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 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 (Barbican Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music); Giovanni in Silent Opera’s adaptation of Don Giovanni in Beijing; Clitandre/Les Femmes Savantes by Molière in Paris; the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s Lunea (Anton Schurz) at the Zurich Opera; the Animal Tamer, the Athlete/Lulu (Hamburg Staatsoper); and the Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen (Helsinki Festival). In autumn 2018 he appeared at the Opera Garnier in the world premiere of Bérénice by Michael Jarrell and as Cekunov, the small prisoner/From the House of the Dead (La Monnaie in Brussels and Opera Lyon).