With a voice described as ‘bell clear and beautiful’ (The Stage), English-Dutch countertenor Francis Gush is a graduate of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo and Veronica Veysey-Campbell.
Upcoming performances include the title role Cesare in English Touring Opera’s Giulio Cesare / Handel and Arbante in La Forze dell’amor paterno / Stradella with The Barber Opera.
Operatic engagements include Athamas (cover) (Semele / Handel) with Opéra de Lille, Arsace (Partenope / Handel) with Hampstead Garden Opera which The Stage reviewed as ‘a blow-away performance’, and Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea / Monteverdi). He has also covered the Spirit (Dido and Aeneas / Purcell) at the BBC Proms with La Nuova Musica. His performance at the Wigmore Hall with Steven Isserlis was described as ‘a show-stealing turn’ (The Arts Desk). Other recent work has included relaunching English National Opera’s ‘Engage’ scheme, with performances around the United Kingdom.
In 2019 Francis performed in Purcell’s The Indian Queen under Emmanuelle Haim at the Opéra de Lille, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Bucharest, and Handel’s Semele with English Voices and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers with St Bartholomew Choral Society at Cadogan Hall.
Francis completed a season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing as the solo singer in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.