Jeffrey Ledwidge began his career as a treble with the Palestrina Choir under the direction of Ite O’Donovan. He has studied with Dr. Veronica Dunne and Philip O’Reilly and has attended master classes with Philip Langridge. He is now established as one of Ireland’s premiere bass soloists, with an extensive professional repertoire, specialising in oratorio and contemporary works.
Jeffrey is renowned for his outstanding solo oratorio performances, including J.S. Bach’s Johannes Passion and Matthäus Passion along with many of Bach’s Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Saul and Dixit Dominus. Mozart`s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes and many of his Masses, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Beethoven`s Symphony no.9, Haydn’s Creation and Dvořák`s Stabat Mater.
He has worked extensively with RTÉ as a soloist, both with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He is also a member of Chamber Choir Ireland, under the direction of Paul Hillier. His career has seen him travel to countries such as Brazil, China, USA,
Russia and Lebanon
On the operatic stage, Jeffrey has performed as soloist with Opera Ireland and Opera Theatre Company, including roles in Boris Godunov, La Traviata, The Silver Tassie, The Rake’s Progress, La Bohéme, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. 2009 saw him create the role of Conor O’Brien in the world premier of Fergus Johnstone’s opera The Earl of Kildare. Most recently, Jeffrey sang the
role of Davenaut in Heinrich Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr.
Recent engagements include Bach`s Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion and Messe in h-Moll, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven Symphony No.9, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Elgar’s The Apostles. Jeffrey recently took part in two performances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival with renowned vocal group Theatre of Voices, one of the concerts marking the eightieth birthday year of the composer Arvo Pärt.