Lyric bass Trevor Eliot Bowes was born in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is currently one of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists.
In the current Trevor makes his debut with Scottish Opera as Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream; returns to Opera Holland Park as Ceprano Rigoletto; understudies Public Opinion Orpheus in the Underworld for English National Opera; and performs Mozart’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Highlights in recent seasons include Ben Benny Paul Bunyan, A Cappadocian Salome; José Castro La fanciulla del West and Policeman Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for English National Opera; Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress with the Münchner Philharmoniker; Silvano Un ballo in maschera for Grange Park Opera; Ein Lakai Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Holland Park; and Boots and Footman Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne.
His operatic roles include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Death Savitri, Cadmus and Somnus Semele, Léandre L'amour des trois Oranges, Don Inigo L’heure espagnole, Simone Gianni Schicchi and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte. As a full-time member of Opera North, in Leeds, roles included Talbot Maria Stuarda opposite Sarah Connolly and the Drum-maker in Jonathan Dove's The Adventures of Pinocchio. He also performed in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg as Fedro in Early Music Russia's production of Boris Goudenow (Johann Mattheson's 1710 version) and as Nanni in Haydn's L'infedeltà delusa with Le Parlement de Musique, in Strasbourg. He has also understudied roles for both Opera North and English National Opera.
Concert appearances include Handel Messiah for the London Handel Festival; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Orchestra of English National Opera under Martyn Brabbins; Bach Cantata 71 under Helmuth Rilling (Toronto International Bach Festival); the Thief in Grieg’s Peer Gynt (Royal Scottish National Orchestra); and Mendelssohn Elijah, Vaughan Williams Hodie and Handel Messiah in cities across Canada. He has made several appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival in The Rake's Progress under Martyn Brabbins, King Arthur under Laurence Cummings and The Fairy Queen under Harry Bicket. In 2016 he recorded the role of Arimanes in Balfe's Satanella for Naxos with Richard Bonynge and the Victorian Opera Orchestra.
Benoît / La bohème / English National Opera Drive & Live / 2020
“Trevor Eliot Bowes sang the role with a resonant bass voice, appropriately biting in tense, dramatic moments.”
“Trevor Eliot Bowes is painfully lifelike as grumpy security guard Benoît.”
Silvano / Un ballo in maschera / Grange Park Opera / 2018
“Trevor Bowes was particularly fine as the drunken ‘sailor’, Silvano.”
“Trevor Bowes produced a nice vignette as the sailor in that scene, wittily remaining in character for the curtain calls.”
(Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews)
Figaro / Il barbiere di Siviglia (Paisiello) / New Chamber Opera / 2017
“Bowes was indefatigably characterful and mischievous as the resourceful and quick-witted servant.”
(Seen and Heard International)