Ian Belsey - Singer

Ian is celebrating over forty years in show business, and is now one of the world’s leading performers in light opera, particularly in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan : The Savoy Operas. He made his debut aged eight at the Pier Theatre, Bournemouth in The Sooty Show, before appearing in Variety; later studying at the RAD, the GSMD, and at the RCM, both in the Opera School and as a Post Graduate.

An all round entertainer, Ian is in demand to appear on the musical and concert stage, either as a performer or involved in staging and choreographing productions, as well as coaching singers and actors in vocal technique. He has appeared at every major theatre and concert hall in the United Kingdom as well as France, Germany, Holland, Spain, New York, Bermuda, the Far East, as well as a number of cruise liners.

The repertoire of opera he has performed is substantial. In the operatic repertoire he has specialised as a lyric baritone in the bel canto repertoire,  as well as playing many character roles. He has performed in every work of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and has the distinction of playing Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore more times than any artist in history.  He has appeared with Welsh National Opera, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, English Festival Opera, Kentish Opera, Pimlico Opera, New London Opera Players  & The Covent Garden Festival; appearing with many of the major orchestras, as well as West End musicals: Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Chess, Cats, Hello Dolly!, My One & Only and King’s Rhapsody.

Most recently Ian has been appearing exclusively with Opera della Luna in their productions of HMS Pinafore, The Parsons Pirates, The Mikado, The Ghosts of Ruddigore, La Belle Helene, The Tales of Hoffmann, Orpheus In The Underworld, The Sorcerer, Moonstruck, and The Amorous Goldfish, Charles Court Opera’s HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury, Kentish Opera’s productions of Orpheus in the Underworld, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Carmen, The Mikado & HMS Pinafore.

Ian has just recently returned from a successful concert tour with the NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, several appearances in pantomime as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella as well as countless concerts ranging from light classics to opera galas.

Ian has recently been in demand not only as a singer, but as a writer, utilising this particular skill  to host and present concerts.  Forthcoming events see him narrating Peter And the Wolf and The Carnival Of The Animals. Born To Sing - Songs For Eurovision which was released on Eurovision day 2018 as a download, will be re-released in the spring of 2019 on hard copy disc, when Ian  will be appearing in cabaret to promote the new format, as well as appearing at the Buxton Opera Festival with Opera della Luna's smash hit Orpheus In The Underworld, as well as HMS Pinafore to notch up some more performances at Wilton's Music Hall.