Stuart MacIntyre studied music at Edinburgh Napier University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before winning full scholarships to study the song repertoire with the late Martin Isepp, over two summers, at the Banff Centre in Canada. He concluded his education as a Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where he was a member of the RCM’s Opera School.
In a twenty-five-year career as a baritone soloist, he worked predominantly as a concert singer. This included solo appearances at the Cuenca, Salzburg, Cheltenham, Bath, Glyndebourne and Edinburgh International Festivals. He has also appeared several times as a soloist at the BBC Proms. He worked with many distinguished orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra (Orff’s Carmina Burana, on tour in Spain); the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon under Jean-Bernard Pommier); the City of London Sinfonia (as the English Clerk in concert performances of Britten’s opera Death in Venice under Richard Hickox, also recorded for Chandos); the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Grieg’s incidental music to Peer Gynt under Manfred Honeck); the English Concert (Biber’s Missa Christi Resurgentis directed by Andrew Manze, also recorded for Harmonia Mundi USA); and the English Baroque Soloists (Bach’s Mass in B minor under Sir John Eliot Gardiner on tour in Japan), among others. The many distinguished conductors with whom he has appeared have also included Sir Colin Davis, Franz Welser-Möst and Sir Andrew Davis. He was privileged to work particularly closely with the late Sir Stephen Cleobury, their many appearances together having included Jesus in the UK première of Francis Grier’s The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3); Martinů’s The Opening of the Wells with the chamber music group Endymion; and several annual performances as Pilate in both Bach Passions with the Academy of Ancient Music at King’s College, Cambridge.
Stuart MacIntyre passionately held a longstanding ambition to teach and he began teaching in earnest some eighteen years ago, initially alongside his performing career. He now works solely as a singing teacher. Formerly, he taught choral scholars at Oxford University for six years and at Cambridge University for four years. He also taught for seven years at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was much in demand as a singing teacher and where he devised, taught and examined courses in vocal pedagogy. Currently, he also teaches singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at Selwyn College, Cambridge, in addition to his thriving private teaching practice in central London.