Ivan Ludlow was born in London and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He makes regular guest appearances at some of Europe’s most prestigious venues including the Opéra Comique, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Salzburg Festival, the Lyon Opera, as well as stages in Lucerne, Moscow, Strasbourg, Naples, Glyndebourne, Hanover, Toulouse, Marseille, Antwerp, Porto, Athens, Spoleto, and Amsterdam.
He has performed under the baton of numerous conductors including Adam Fischer, Ludovic Morlot, Christophe Rousset, Rino Alessandrini, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Premil Petrovic, Gustav Kuhn and has worked with directors like Christoph Marthaler, Macha Makaïeff, Olivier Py, Alvis Hermanis, Peter Sellars, and Krzysztof Warlikowski.
He has sung the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin and played Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Danilo (Die Lustige Witwe), Iarbas (Didone), Nevers (Les Huguenots), the Count (Capriccio), Marcello (La bohème), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), the Husband (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), and Wotan /the Wanderer in the version of Wagner’s Ring adapted by Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove. More recently, Ivan appeared in Purcell’s King Arthur at the Barbican Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music, the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea (Anton Schurz) at the Zurich Opera, Lulu (the Animal Tamer/the Athlete) at the Hamburg Staatsoper, and The Cunning Little Vixen (the Forester) at the Helsinki Festival. In autumn 2018 he appeared at the Opéra Bastille Paris in the world premiere of Bérénice by Michael Jarrell and at La Monnaie in Brussels in From the House of the Dead (Cekunov / the small prisoner).
He also performs in recital and in concert. He was invited by Macha Makeïeff to take part in her original production of Les femmes savantes (role Trissotin). He has participated in world premiere productions by Isidora Zebeljan and Francesco Filidei (Giordano Bruno) and also recorded Henrik Hellstenius’s Ophelia in Norway. His discography includes melodies by Schumann, Fauré, Poulenc and Bridge with pianists Graham Johnson and Daniel Tong and, on DVD, Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Die Lustige Witwe at the Lyon Opera as well as a version of Lulu recorded in Brussels.