Canadian bass-baritone Giles Tomkins studied at the Opera Division of the University of Toronto. He has performed in masterclasses given by Marilyn Horne, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Michael Schade, and Martin Isepp and has attended the prestigious Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh. He has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, Opera In Concert, the St Lawrence String Quartet, and the Canadian Brass. In the United Kingdom he has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, with Scottish Opera as Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, and in The Midnight Court Opera in the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House.
He has appeared on several Naxos recordings with the Aradia Ensemble, including Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, and Handel’s Rinaldo. In 2007 he recorded Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte with pianist Boris Zarankin for Doremi Recordings. He has sung Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Tanglewood, conducted by James Levine, and other engagements have included Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, both with Scottish Opera.