Oskar McCarthy studied English and Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. His operatic roles include Taddeo (L'Italiana in Algeri) Uberto (La serva padrona) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for Pop-Up Opera, Falke (Die Fledermaus) for OperaUpClose, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Secrecy (The Fairy Queen) for Barefoot Opera, Dottorre/Marchese (La traviata), Angelotti/Sciarrone (Tosca), Escamillo (CarMen) and Orest (Elektra) for Secret Opera, Angelotti (Tosca) and Bello (La fanciulla del west) for Midsummer Opera, Trinity Moses (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for King's Opera, and Arsamenes (Serse) and Edmund Bertram (Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park) for Hampstead Garden Opera. Recent concert work includes the role of Zurga in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, Mozart and Duruflé's Requiems for the Brandenburg Choral Festival and Handel's Messiah for the National Portrait Gallery. Recital work includes Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder for the 2014 London Month of the Dead and the premiere of John Whittaker’s Shakespeare Songs for Opera Anywhere.
As an actor-musician, Oskar has performed in Secret Cinema's immersive productions of The Shawshank Redemption and Brazil, and alongside aerial theatre artists Ockham's Razor as part of the 2013 London International Mime Festival. Other recent projects include the role of Wilfred Owen in Where Then Shall We Start?, a semi-operatic multimedia theatre piece by Jennifer Leach, performed at the Queen's House, Greenwich, in November 2014, and After Party, a new play with music by Katherine Armitage, commissioned by the Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 as part of The Schubert Project. After Party won the 2015 Buxton Fringe award for New Writing.
Oskar is a core company member of ERRATICA, an ensemble with whom he trains and devises innovative cross-genre work.Their first show Triptych, performed in spring 2014 at the Print Room Notting Hill and the Spitalfields Music Festival, received warm praise from The Observer, The Times and Time Out, among many others. Other recent projects include a staged version of David Lang’s the little match girl passion, performed at Shapes in Hackney Wick, and La Celestina, a new site-specific video opera, which premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in March 2015.
“Oskar McCarthy was a winning Taddeo”
Broadway World, L'Italiana in Algeri
“Oskar McCarthy as Taddeo... brought life to a changing character that possibly was not in the original”
Planet Hugil, L'Italiana in Algeri
“I particularly enjoyed Oskar McCarthy as Taddeo, the unfortunate and slightly dim lover of Isabella, McCarthy certainly provided the most comedic performance and had a real connection with the audience”
The Theatre Tourist, L'Italiana in Algeri
"As the cads, Oskar McCarthy and Adam Torrance are in fine voice”
Reviewsgate, Cosi fan Tutte
"The boys, tenor Adam Torrance and baritone Oskar McCarthy, carry an energetic chemistry between them..."
Fringe Opera, Cosi fan Tutte
"Adam Torrance and Oskar McCarthy give fine comic performances as Ferrando and Guglielmo"
Daily Express, Cosi fan Tutte
"...baritone Oskar McCarthy as Guglielmo, suitably scathing in Donne mie, la fate a tanti"
Whats on Stage, Cosi fan Tutte
"it was Ferrando (Robert Lomax) and Guglielmo (Oskar McCarthy) who stole the show with their hilarious acting and pitch-perfect singing"
This is the West Country, Cosi fan Tutte
"McCarthy and Lodge are both excellent, adept singers and competent actors"
Performance Reviewed, Rita & La Serva Padrona