Jeremy White, Bass – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Jeremy White


Praised for singing “with insouciant brilliance”, Jeremy White enjoys an international career in opera, concert and recording, and is a permanent member of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.


International opera appearances have taken Jeremy White to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux, Dutch National Opera, Bregenz Festival, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera House.

Read Jeremy White’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Roles for The Royal Opera this Autumn he would have been Antonio Le nozze di Figaro, Sagrestano Tosca and Luther Les Contes d’Hoffmann, but these productions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic


“…the act flew by with immense verve, helped by a show-stealing performance by Jeremy White, the Royal Opera’s regular Sacristan, simultaneously figure of fun and dangerously fundamentalist cleric.”

“Jeremy White is the skilful Sacristan.”

“…Peachum was sung with insouciant brilliance by Jeremy White…”

“…Jeremy White challenged, with his authoritative, vividly characterized intervention and the Polovtsian Khan Konchak…”

“…As Christus, White seemed to be reaching out to something transcendent and beyond…”




Jeremy White enjoys an international career in opera, concert and recording.  International opera appearances have taken him to the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Teatro alla Scala, Grand-Théâtre de Bordeaux, De Nederlandse Opera, Bregenz Festival, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.

He is currently the sole Staff Principal at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  He has also performed with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Grange Park Opera, and at London’s South Bank.

Jeremy White has appeared in a huge number of operatic roles which in recent seasons have included: Kecal The Bartered Bride, Sagrestano Tosca, Bonze Madama Butterfly, Marquis La traviata, Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème, Talpa/Betto Il trittico, Il Re Aïda, Talbot Giovanna D’Arco, the title role in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Polkan The Golden Cockerel, Khan Konchak Prince Igor, Varlaam Boris Godunov, Rocco Fidelio, Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos, Kecal The Bartered Bride, Dikoy Káťa Kabanová, Notary Der Rosenkavalier, Schwarz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Luther Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Béthune Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Achilla Giulio Cesare, Pluto Orfeo, Tiresias Oedipus Rex, Dansker Billy Budd, Superintendent Budd Albert Herring, Parsons 1984 (Maazel), Daddy Hogan Anna Nicole, Trulove The Rake’s Progress, Peachum The Beggar’s Opera (Britten), Snug A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Abbot Curlew River and multiple roles in The Nose.

Opera roles performed in concert have included Salieri Mozart and Salieri and Featured Bass Soloist Tamos in Egypt, Fabrizio La gaza ladra, Fifth Jew Salome, Bernard Where the Wild Things Are (Knussen), Polyphemus Acis and Galatea, Enrico Anna Bolena, Wotan Das Rheingold, Chub Christmas Eve, Blind Ballad Singer Gloriana and Hobson Peter Grimes, in performances with Berlin Philharmonic, Chelsea Opera Group, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Concert, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, and London Symphony Orchestra.

His several Proms appearances have included the parts of Herod/Père du Famille L’Enfance du Christ with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.  He has sung Stravinsky’s Les Noces for Westdeutsche Rundfunk Köln and Christus in Arvo Pärt’s Passio in New York, Jerusalem and Poland.  Concert tours have taken him to many major venues in Europe, the USA, Brazil and Israel, Among more unusual experiences, he particularly enjoyed playing Mother in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins in a concert in which Sir John Eliot Gardiner both conducted and duetted with Susan Graham, and making a recording for which he and his colleagues had the Raphael Rooms (and at one point, the Sistine Chapel) entirely to themselves for several days.

Jeremy White’s concert repertoire ranges from early music to the latest contemporary compositions.  He works regularly with all the leading British orchestras and conductors and has had a long association with Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, Andrew Parrott and Trevor Pinnock in Bach, Handel and Mozart.  Engagements in Twentieth Century repertoire have included works by Webern with Pierre Boulez and Britten with Hans Graf as well as appearances with John Adams, Luciano Berio, Oliver Knussen and Arvo Pärt, in their own works.

HIs extensive recording credits include Israel in Egypt with Andrew Parrott and the Monteverdi Vespers with Harry Christophers.  He recorded Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Progress and Britten’s Paul Bunyan with Richard Hickox and Fifth Jew Salome with Sir Charles Mackerras, all for Chandos Records.

Recently Jeremy White returned to De Nederlandse Opera as Rychtár Jenůfa.  His recent and forthcoming roles for The Royal Opera included Benoit La Bohème, Bonze Madama Butterfly, Sagrestano Tosca, Vaudémont Vespri siciliani, Fifth Jew Salome, Marchese La traviata, Schmidt Andrea Chenier, Nikitich Boris Godunov, Rychtár Jenůfa, and Machinist Makropulos Case.  This Autumn he would have performed Antonio Le nozze di Figaro, Sagrestano Tosca and Luther Les Contes d’Hoffmann, but these productions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monteverdi: Vespers / Harry Christophers, The Sixteen

“Monteverdis Vespers of 1610 is quite simply one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written and without doubt the most varied and inspired before Handel and Bach began composing their oratorios and passions.”


Jeremy White – Handel: Israel in Egypt

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Singing Bass with the Taverner Consort Choir and the Taverner Players Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Parrott. 

Using some of the finest early-music soloists of the day, Parrott and his forces give posterity a recording that welds tightly focused emotion to a laudable and uncommon feel for the music. The soloists produce appropriately light but well-focused tone and display an ability to negotiate the intricacies of Handel’s notes evenly and with an exceptional grasp of the phrasing required for successful performance.


Jeremy White – Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress

Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim’s Progress

Conducted by Richard Hickox with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra. This recording received a 1998 “Critic’s Choice” award from BBC Music magazine.


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