Roland Wood was born in Berkshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan and Robert Alderson, then at the National Opera Studio. He was the winner of the 1998 Webster Booth Prize and the 1999 Frederick Cox Award, and was also awarded Second Prize in the 2000 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Awards.
Roland made his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2000 singing a performance of Nick Shadow/‘Rake's Progress' conducted by Mark Elder. The following year he made his Scottish Opera debut and in 2002 sang for the first time at English National Opera. Between 2002 and 2004 Roland Wood was a Company Principal at Scottish Opera, roles including Dr Falke/'Die Fledermaus' and Marullo/'Rigoletto'. In 2003 and 2004 he sang Papageno/'Die Zauberflöte'. In 2003 Roland was chosen as the English entrant for BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff, where he was a semi-final winner.
He has now performed regularly with many of the UK’s leading opera companies. For ENO his roles include The Count/’The Marriage of Figaro’, Paolo/’Simon Boccanegra’, Kissinger/’Nixon in China’, Alfio/Cavalleria rusticana’, Marcello/’La Bohème’, Zurga/’Pearl Fishers’ and Papageno/’Magic Flute’. At Scottish Opera he has sung Robert Storch/’Intermezzo’ and Albert/’Werther’. For ETO he has taken title roles in both ‘Don Giovanni’ and ‘Eugene Onegin’. He has also performed often with Nationale Reisopera in Holland, with roles including Renato/’Un Ballo in maschera’, Enrico/’Lucia di Lammermoor’ and Germont Père/’La Traviata’.
In 2012 he sang the title roles of Bunyan and The Pilgrim in an acclaimed new production of Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ at ENO and in the following year made his US debut at Santa Fe Opera with Germont Père.
Roland Wood has recorded extensively for both Chandos Records and Opera Rara and has also featured often on the concert platform, where highlights include Tippett’s ‘Child of Our Time’ with the Hallé, ‘L’enfance du Christ’ with the English Chamber Orchestra, Donizetti’s Il Diluvio Universale’ with the London Philharmonic and ‘Candide’ at the opening concert of the Edinburgh Festival.
Last year he made his Canadian debut singing Renato for the Canadian Opera Company then created the leading role of Oedipus in the world premiere production of Julian Anderson’s ‘Thebans’ for ENO. He made his debut at Opera North singing Germont Père, sang Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen and toured Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Belgium with the Flanders Symphony. In January he made his first appearance at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden with the role of Roucher in ‘Andrea Chénier’ and returns in the summer for Ford in ‘Falstaff’. He also sings Conte de Luna/’Il Trovatore’ and Escamillo/’Carmen’ for Scottish Opera and appears again with the Hallé singing Mahler Lieder under Sir Mark Elder.
Future highlights include his first Macbeth at the Opera Theater of St Louis in 2016, Scarpia/’Tosca’ at Grange Park and Rigoletto at COC in 2018.