Ian Storey was born and raised in Chilton, Co. Durham. He obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Furniture Design at Loughborough University, thereafter taking up a teaching position in New Zealand, where he began to study singing with Anthea Moller. After returning to the UK he studied with Bryan Drake and Laura Sarti in London, then with Dante Mazzola in Milan and Carlo Cossutta in Trieste. He is now coached by James Vaughan, Head of Music at La Scala.
His opera career began in 1991 with the role of Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia followed by Rodolfo in La bohème and Radames in Aida, all with Opera East. Other roles performed included Don José in Carmen, Osaka in Iris, and the title roles in Peter Grimes and Faust.
In 1993, with sponsorship from The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and The Peter Moores Foundation, he studied at the National Opera Studio in London. Walter Scott & Partners funded further study in Italy.
He understudied many leading roles with the major British opera companies including Mark in The Midsummer Marriage, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Carlo VII in Giovanna d'Arco and Corrado in Il corsaro for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Alvaro in La forza del destino for Scottish Opera.
Ian has recorded Nozze istriane, Jenfa and Lulu on CD. Broadcast recordings for BBC Radio 3 include The Olympians by Bliss, Elgar's The Spanish Lady and Benjamin's A Tale of Two Cities. He has also recorded Nozze istriane for Italian TV. Commercial DVD’s of Tristan und Isolde and Boris Godunov have been followed with a solo album entitled Ian Storey Sings.
He has sung Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, Manrico in Il trovatore, Pinkerton in Madama butterfly, Boris in Kat'a Kabanova (recorded live for BBC Radio 3) and Florestan in Fidelio (also recorded live for BBC Radio 3) or Scottish Opera; Cavaradossi, Boris, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and Calaf in Turandot for Welsh National Opera; Cavaradossi for Opera North; Jean in Hérodiade for Dorset Opera; Cavaradossi in Bari, Calaf for the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, in Genoa, Montpellier, Bari, Mexico City, Berlin Staatsoper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and in the Arena di Verona; Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana in Treviso; Gregor in Vec Makropulos and Števa in Jenfa in Naples, with Raina Kabaivanska; Calaf and Lorenzo in Nozze istriane in Trieste; Don José in Carmen in Cagliari, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm and for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Alwa in Lulu for Palermo; Samson in Samson et Dalila in Genoa, St.Galler Festspiele and Trieste; Herman in Pikovaya Dama in Bologna, Riga, Bordeaux and shared with Placido Domingo in Madrid; Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos in Venice, Vienna Staatsoper and Lisbon; Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West in Turin; Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer for La Scala in Milan, Athens, Washington DC and San Francisco; the title role in Otello in St.Gallen, Naples, Los Angeles with James Conlon and in Wroclaw; Števa in Jenůfa in Oviedo and for La Scala; Sergey in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Riga; the title role of Tannhäuser in Frankfurt am Main and Bologna; Tristan in Tristan und Isolde with Patrice Chéreau at La Scala, Dimitri in Boris Godunov in Venice and Torino; Florestan in Barcelona and Torino; Tristan for the Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, in Zurich, Barcelona, Bilbao, Genova, Oslo, Venice, Düsseldorf; Darmstadt and for Glyndebourne Festival,; Énée in Les Troyens for Berlin Deutsche Oper and Karslruhe; Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in San Francisco, Bari and the Staatsoper, Berlin; Parsifal for the Wels Festival. Most recently Dick Johnson in Fanciulla de West in Frankfurt
Concerts include Vc Makropulos at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (also recorded for Netherlands’ Radio Vara), Verdi’s Requiem in Durham Cathedral and in Newcastle; a recital in honour of Renata Scotto in Gdansk, Poland; the Glagolitic Mass in Venice; Das Lied von der Erde in Bologna; Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Bologna and in Rome; Canto di Pace in Trento; Cavalleria rusticana in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra; Aegisth in Elektra at the Edinburgh Festival, São Paulo and with the LSO in London; Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Accra, Ghana to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Independence (orchestra and chorus of La Scala); Act III Turandot (Berio) for the 200th Anniversary of Ricordi in La Scala conducted by Riccardo Chailly; Act II Tristan for the Bregenzer Festspiele, with the Berliner Philharmoniker and in the premier performance in Lithuania, Title role of Rienzi in concert in the Avery Fisher Hall, New York; Dream of Gerontius with the Berlin Philharmoniker; Wagner Gala concerts in Ghent and Antwerp; Tristan in concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008 Ian was awarded the Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by Loughborough University - "in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Opera".
He is an Ambassador for Herefordshire in the United Kingdom.