“Ivan Ludlow’s powerful and beautiful voice was able both to illuminate the proud and masculine sides of this song cycle as well as to delve in to the subtler semantics of the poems.” Music and Vision, Schumann op. 24 Liederkreis
Ivan, like Kate, has Winchester connections – he was apprentice lay clerk for 9 months at Winchester Cathedral, when David Hill was organist. He later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.
Ivan is now an established and regular guest at Europe’s most prestigious opera houses including Opéra National de Lyon, Capitole de Toulouse, Welsh National Opera, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Opéra Comique (Paris), Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg), Opéra de Marseille, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra de Metz, Casa da Musica (Porto), Vlaamse Oper (Antwerp), Opéra de Lausanne. Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Eisenstadt Haydn Festival and Opera Faber (Ponte de Lima Festival, Portugal). He performs with conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Cyril Diedrich, Franck Ollu, Christoph Ullrich Meyer, Gerard Korsten and Gustav Kuhn. He has sung the title roles in Don Giovanni and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte), Nick Shadow, (Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress), Danilo (Lehàr’s Die Lustige Witwe), Iarba (Cavalli’s La Didone), Escamillo (Carmen), Nevers (Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer), The Count (in Strauss’ Capriccio) Marcello (La Bohème), Aeneas, The Traveller (Britten’s Curlew River), Astrologer (Britten’s Burning Fiery Furnace),both Tarquinius and Junius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia andBaritone (Maxwell-Davies’ No. 11 Bus),
Ivan is a frequent recitalist, performing throughout Europe and the United States. He is often partnered by Daniel Tong, pianist of the Ensemble. Concert and oratorio engagements include performances with orchestras such as Le Parlement de Musique, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Il Seminario Musicale, the Israel Camerata and Northern Sinfonietta and The Remix.
Recent engagements included Don Giovanni in Lisbon, The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River in Nîmes, Lyon and Athens, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Lyon and Athens, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia in Antwerp and Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in St. Etienne.