Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Devon was raised and educated in London. Wanting to improve on his vocal potential Devon started private tuition with Adrienne Johns and joined the Voices Theatre Company. With “VTC” Devon made his operatic singing debut in the title role of “Don Giovanni,” performed in concert. He later sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and the bass roles in Bach’s “Wachet Auf” and Haydn’s “Nelson Mass”.
Devon later went on to study at Trinity College of Music, studying initially with Morag Noble and John Wakefield, and later Iris Dell’Acqua. While there he gained his Dip TCL in Voice and Performance, and was Highly Commended in the Elisabeth Schumann prize for Lieder.
While studying at Trinity, Devon featured in several productions which included The Compere in the British premiere of `Four Saints in Three Acts’ by Virgil Thompson and Ravel’s “Les enfants et les Sortileges.” Vaughan Williams `Serenade to Music.’ Devon’s oratorio repertoire includes also the role of ‘Christus’ and bass solos in ‘The St John Passion’, `Mozart Requiem’ and `The Gates of Justice’, cantata for baritone, and tenor - by Dave Brubeck.
Devon had begun to build an impressive of work even prior graduating developing his skills in productions such as “Un ballo in Maschera”, “Iris”, “Eugene Onegin” for Opera Holland Park and “Turandot” for English Festival Op for whom he covered the role of the “Mandarin”.
Devon’s’ talent as both a singer and performer were becoming increasingly in demand. This gave him the opportunity to perform roles such as “Sweeney Todd” and ‘Tonio’ in “I Pagliacci” both for Surrey Opera, the latter production being at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall; Apollo in Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” for Kent Opera at the Theatre Royal, Bath, as Frank in The Flying Fox,( Die Fledermaus)for Tete-A-Tete’ at the Battersea Arts Centre. These were followed by performances as ‘Frazier’ in Porgy and Bess for TCC Productions in Lisbon.
Following on from his successful portrayal of the crooked ‘lawyer’ Frazier, Devon went on to sing the roles of Don Alfonso in “Cosi Fan Tutti”, Osmin –The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zuniga and Morales from “Carmen” and Ferrando – “Il Trovatore” all for Pavilion Opera; with three of the productions being performed in Tokyo.
Devon has also been involved in the premiere of several productions, creating such roles as ‘Chaka’ - title role – for CBTO, at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham; ‘Father of the Son of Hope’ in “Cry of Innocence” based on the Stephen Lawrence story, for Gynyame at the Greenwich Theatre, . ‘Mark’ in the “Silent Twins” by Errolyn Wallen, for Almeida Opera, ‘Olimpio’ and ‘Prince Colonna’ in the World Premiere of Havergal Brian’s “The Cenci” at the QEH.
More recently he has performed the roles of ‘Banquo’, in Verdi’s Macbeth, Dr.Miracle in “The Tales of Hoffman”, ‘The Mandarin’ from “Turandot” and ‘Mephistopheles’ from Gounod’s “Faust,” for Midland Opera.
Devon’s oratorio repertoire includes also the role of ‘Christus’ and bass solos in ‘The St John Passion’, `Mozart Requiem’ and `The Gates of Justice’, A cantata for baritone, and tenor - by Dave Brubeck.
Devon’s versatility as a singer and performer has enabled him tour & perform extensively in Australia, The Caribbean, India Europe and Japan. During which time he has developed a rich and varied concert repertoire which includes not only European art songs and operatic arias but also Caribbean folk songs, spirituals and jazz standards. He currently performs regularly on the concert platform with the highly regarded pianist and accompanist Janine Smith.
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