Francis Gush is an English singer and one of the most promising young countertenors of his generation. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo and Dinah Harris, Francis has embarked on an international career. Equally comfortable on a concert platform as on a theatre stage, he has proven to be a versatile performer adept at embodying meaning and character in any role.
In 2018 he was cast as the only singer in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, at the Swan Theatre in Stratford. He is now in the early stages of pursuing an opera career, with recent highlights including the role of Arsace in Hampstead Garden Opera’s run of Handel’s Partenope, which The Stage described as ‘a blowaway performance’, with ‘every note beautifully sung’.
In the autumn of 2019, Francis performed Purcell’s The Indian Queen with Emanuelle Haïm and Le Concert D’Astrée at Opéra de Lille, and toured to Shanghai to perform in Handel’s Semele with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the Shanghai International Arts Festival.
Upcoming engagements include the role of David in Exeter Baroque’s performance of Handel’s Saul, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with La Nuova Musica at the BBC Proms, and a UK tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Britten Sinfonia Voices and a stellar line-up of soloists including Roderick Williams, Anna Dennis and Nicholas Mulroy.