Edward Hawkins

Born in London, Edward read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music with Iaan Wilson. 

Having begun singing in his late twenties, Edward quickly began to develop a professional career, studying privately with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward.

In 2015 Edward became a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, and worked for four years on various critically acclaimed productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts. Highlights have included Barry Kosky’s Saul and performing in the semichorus of Brett Dean’s award-winning Hamlet.

Immediately prior to the COVID 19 lockdown, Edward was performing the role of Achilla in Giulio Cesare for English Touring Opera. He was also due to perform in the ETO staged performances of Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as one show as Don Alfonso in their English-language production of Così fan tutte. During the period of theatre closures, Edward filmed two staged song cycles by Shostakovich for English Touring Opera, available to watch for free here. This autumn, Edward has been covering Rocco in Fidelio and Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Previous engagements have included performing the Doctor and Banquo in English Touring Opera’s 2019 English-language version of Verdi’s Macbeth, and the voice of Neptune in their production of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Edward subsequently performed the role of Banquo in English for Duchy Opera at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Edward has previously performed the roles of Luka (The Bear), Long Tom (Merrie England), Sergeant Merrill (Yeomen of the Guard) and Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea).