Born and educated just metres away from the south-western reaches of the M25, Paul studied English and Drama at Leeds University, specialising in modern British political drama. It was perhaps surprising that he then found himself teaching English at Eton College, but it was a job he enjoyed and relished. His passion for singing was always in the wings, however, and he eventually gave up full-time teaching to take up a scholarship on the postgraduate course at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After leaving college he enjoyed a variety of singing and operatic jobs including Batignano, the Savoy Opera and Glyndebourne, where he sang in the chorus, covered a variety of principal roles, and performed in studio productions of works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Jonathan Dove. His career was unfortunately interrupted by a lengthy convalescence due to a serious leg injury following a road accident. However, once fully recovered, he understudied the role of 1st Armed man, requiring him to perform on stilts on a raked stage. Feeling suitably empowered, he then left the Glyndebourne chorus to try new solo opportunities, being particularly busy at the ENO – covering the title role in their acclaimed production of Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust, and Hoffmann in a new production of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. In 2013, he performed his first principal role at ENO - Gastone in La Traviata. He has recently returned to Glyndebourne, both as an external cover for roles such as Polonius in Brett Dean's new Hamlet, the Podestà in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, and as a principal in the small role of the Marschalin's Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier. More eclectic highlights of his freelance career have varied from performing the role of the all-powerful Aurelios, 'Master of the Universe' in the eponymous experimental sci-fi opera at the BAC to the role of the rather more lowlife Jemmy Twitcher in Britten/Gay's Beggar's Opera at the Royal Opera. At the ROH Linbury Studio, he was to be spotted amongst the mists of the Congo, playing the Helmsman and Accountant in Tarik O' Regan's Heart of Darkness. He also covered the title role of Marlow. For small professional UK companies he has sung such roles as Tito in Mozart's Clemenza di Tito, Belmonte - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Count Almaviva - Rossini's Barber of Seville, and more recently the heavier lyric roles of Don Jose in Carmen and Canio in Pagliacci (for Stanley Hall).
Paul recently made a significant international debut at the Göttingen International Händel Festival, singing Varo in Händel's Arminio, and he was also delighted to have been asked to perform a recital. The opera was recorded live for the Accent label, and is available on iTunes.
Paul has always been a keen concert soloist, and whilst still at college, sang for the annual Good Friday performance of Messiah at the RAH with the RPO. His oratorio work has since seen him perform works including Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in venues throughout the country including London’s Barbican centre. Paul’s solo recordings include a live charity performance of Mozart’s Requiem on the Hyperion label. Paul is taught by David Pollard.