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Current Bursary Recipients
Filipino-Australian soprano Sarah Ampil recently relocated to the UK from Sydney. A former recipient of the Joan Sutherland Memorial Award and the Opera Australia Opportunity Award, her operatic credits include Ginevra (Ariodante, Apollo Opera Collective); Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera, Operantics); and Micaëla (Carmen, Central Coast Opera). Sarah has been engaged as a soloist by several illustrious ensembles, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Omega Ensemble and Hawkes Bay Orchestra, with whom she made her New Zealand debut in 2019 as soloist for Britten’s Les Illuminations.
Sarah is an alumna of the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of New South Wales and her Master of Music Studies (Performance) and Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Sarah recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of Professor Eiddwen Harrhy. During her time at RNCM, she appeared as Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Lisette in La Rondine (opera scenes), undertook two Artist Residencies with Opera North as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, appeared as a finalist in both the 2022 Frederic Cox Award and Concerto Competition, and performed in masterclasses led by Susan Bullock CBE and David Owen Norris.
Laura Attridge is a writer and director who is fast establishing herself as a dynamic new voice in opera. Her passion for the relationship between words and music has led to many fruitful collaborations with composers. Her recent song, Kind Regards, written with composer Lillie Harris, was premiered online by the Royal Opera House in March 2021 and has received over 1.5 million views thus far. A new choral song cycle also written with Lillie, and co-commissioned by Glyndebourne, will premiere later this year.
Laura’s other recent writing projects include an oratorio – Our Future In Your Hands – for Buxton International Festival written with composer Kate Whitley, and a new community opera for Lammermuir Festival written with composer Lliam Paterson entitled Catriona and the Dragon. As a poet, she has had work published in prestigious magazines and zines such as The Rialto and Mslexia, and featured in anthologies Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets and Not About Now. Her song cycles have premiered at Glyndebourne, the Royal College of Music (RCM), the National Gallery and Bard College (New York).
Her ongoing creative partnership with composer Lewis Murphy has produced numerous works for the stage: A Different Story (2019, Royal Opera House); Then to the elements (2018, Scottish Opera); Belongings (2017, Glyndebourne); First Date (2017, Sound Festival); Damsel/Wife/Witch (2015, And So Forth); and Now (2014, RCM and Tête-à-Tête Festival). Their latest commissions are a one-act youth opera for Leeds Youth Opera entitled ARC23, and a children’s opera for English Touring Opera called Paper and Tin; both pieces premiered in 2022.
Twitter: @lch_attridge https://twitter.com/lch_attridge
Megan Baker is a British mezzo soprano studying at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She completed her undergraduate study in 2021 as a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. Scenes with the RCM included Proserpina, L’Orfeo in 2020, Miss Todd, Old Maid and the Thief and Alma March, Little Women in 2021.
Megan was a Young Artist with Nevill Holt Opera for their 2021 Summer Season taking part in the chorus of Verdi’s La Traviata. Her first year at the RCS included a workshop with director Keith Warner on the works of Stephen Sondheim, where she performed in scenes of A Little Night Music as Desirée Armfeldt. She has also participated in masterclasses led by Ann Murray DBE, Susan Bullock CBE and Dame Josephine Barstow. Scenes at the RCS saw Megan perform the roles of Eduige, Rodelinda, Hänsel, Hänsel und Gretel, Rosina, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo, I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Charmant, Cendrillon.
Megan made her role debut as Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring in the summer of 2022 with St Paul’s Opera, and looks forward to play the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever with RCS Opera. Upcoming roles in 2023 include Aloès in Chabrier’s L’étoile, Mary in Cui’s A Feast in a Time of Plague and Olga in Langer’s Four Sisters.
Hannah Bennett is a mezzo soprano from Luton, Bedfordshire, currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the Alexander Gibson Opera School course.
Operatic engagements include Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park: 2021 Young Artists Scheme), Flora, The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera), Sesto, Giulio Cesare (King’s Opera), and Tisbe, La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia). Hannah sang as part of the Bridesmaids’ Chorus in Weber’s Der Freischütz with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, at the Southbank Centre and created the role of Variable 3 in Bofan Ma’s This is no opera. In 2021, Hannah worked with Nevill Holt Opera as a Young Artist, returning in 2022 as an Associate Artist in the chorus for La bohème.
In concert, Hannah has performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Amersham Music Festival and was a 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist. She has sung at the Holywell Music Room, St John’s Smith Square and was a Semi-Finalist for the 2022 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Singing Competition at Wigmore Hall.
Hannah is an Alumna of the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a member of the prestigious Song Circle, performing in recitals at the Italian Cultural Institute, Leeds Lieder and Wigmore Hall. She was also a Bach Cantata Scholar, featuring as a soloist and regular chorus member for the RAM / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series.
In Autumn 2022, Hannah portrays Marilyn Monroe in Gavin Bryars’ chamber opera Marilyn Forever with RCS Opera, conducted by William Cole and directed by Caroline Clegg.
Emilia Bertolini is an Australian soprano of Irish and Italian heritage currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Vocal) at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is the recipient of the Julien Scholarship, and studies with Nuccia Focile and James Baillieu.
Emilia is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, and is a proud member of both the Academy’s Song Circle and Bach series. In 2022, Emilia made her debut at Wigmore Hall where she performed the world premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Combat of Joseph della Reina and the Devil with the Nash Ensemble. Other highlights in 2022 include performing as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Creation, taking part in several of the Academy’s Bach concerts, performing the role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel in the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Scenes concert, the premiere of Duncan Fraser’s Be Loved: A Passion at St James’s Piccadilly, and the role of Corydon in the Ryedale Festival production of Acis and Galatea.
Before relocating to the UK from Melbourne, Emilia was a Melba Opera Trust young artist, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, obtaining a Bachelor of Music with first-class Honours, and Diplomas in both French and Italian.
Born in Jersey, dramatic mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is a recent winner of the inaugural Mastersingers Wagner Competition, an Opera Prelude Young Artist, and an emerging artist at Dolora Zajick’s Institute of Young Dramatic Voices.
In the 2021/22 season she sang Rossweisse, Die Walküre and Flosshilde, Götterdämmerung in concert performances with GAFA Arts Collective, covered Forester’s Wife/Owl, Cunning Little Vixen at English National Opera, sang Alto Shepherd, Orfeo at Garsington Opera and gave the premiere “Opera in Development” performances of Estèr in TIDE at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Highlights from previous seasons include Flosshilde in Birmingham Opera Company’s production of RhineGold at Birmingham Symphony Hall, performances as an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for the 2021 and 2018 seasons, and covering Annina in Der Rosenkavalier and Mistress Quickly in Falstaff respectively. She was a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park for the 2019 season, performing the role of Madame Arvidson in Young Artist performances of Un ballo in maschera.
Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO.
During lockdown Georgia started learning the native Jersey language of Jèrriais and has since commissioned the first ever Art Song cycle composed using Jèrriais poetry and text. She will be giving the premiere performance of the cycle in the 2022 season alongside a series of educational workshops in local primary schools in collaboration with ArtHouse Jersey.
Originally from France, Benoît Déchelotte is currently studying as a baritone towards a master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Samantha Malk and Stephan Loges. At GSMD he has had the opportunity to study with Iain Burnside, Graham Johnson, Adrian Thompson, Bretton Brown, and Jonathan Lemalu, and participated in masterclasses with Julia Bullock, Richard Hetherington, and Craig Terry.
Previously, he studied at the Conservatories of Rouen, and Lyon with Marcin Habela. He has also worked with vocal coach Graham Lilly. He received the 2nd Young Artist prize at the International Jeunes talents en Normandie competition in 2022 and 3rd prize in 2020. He was also a finalist in the Vivonne Competition in 2021.
On stage he has appeared as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Longhope Opera, Chairman Walsingham in Cesar Cui’s A Feast in Time of Plague with Oxford Opera Society, Le Cicérone in Jean Françaix’s Paris, à nous deux! with the Guildhall brass department, Germont in a French version of La Traviata with the Vibrato(s) charity, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Valentin in Hervé’s Petit Faust. His work in Guildhall’s Opera Scenes allowed him to tackle the roles of Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Don Inigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole.
Danish soprano Katrine Deleuran is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, currently studying with Professor Rosa Mannion and pianist and coach Caroline Dowdle. She is a Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist together with her duo partner Aleksandra Myslek, a Young Artist at the Atelier Lyrique opera programme at Verbier Festival, and a festival singer at Berlin Opera Academy in 2022. She debuted as Nedda, Pagliacci, at Denmark’s Soeholm Opera in 2021. During summer 2022, she will sing the role of Gertrude, Hänsel und Gretel at both Verbier Festival and in Berlin.
Katrine has worked with prominent opera coaches and singers including German dramatic soprano Manuela Uhl, American baritone Thomas Hampson, coach and pianist Elisabeth Rowe from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Manhattan School of Music’s Cynthia Hoffman, soprano Edith Wiens, soprano and vocal professor Chantel Mathias at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli.
Operatic and concert highlights include the role of Lady Mary Grantham in the world premiere of Mathias Vestergård’s new opera Titanic, masterclasses and concerts as a young artist at the Soeholm Opera Festival from 2017-2021, and singing excerpts of Adele, Die Fledermaus in The Operetta Boat around the Copenhagen canals as part of Copenhagen Opera Festival.
Leo Doulton is a writer and director working in opera, theatre, and interactive forms.
As a director, Leo was a 2022 JMK Award Finalist, and was longlisted for the 2019 Offie Award for Best Opera. Recent work includes Macbeth (York Shakespeare Project, 2021), Come Bargain With Uncanny Things (Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2021), We Sing/I Sang (Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2020), Antony and Cleopatra (York Shakespeare Project, 2019), Der Zar lässt sich Photographieren (Bloomsbury Theatre, 2019), Don Jo! (Grimeborn Festival, 2019) and The Perfect Opera (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2019).
As a writer, Leo’s work includes the interactive immersive operas Come Bargain With Uncanny Things and We Sing/I Sang, the libretti for The Perfect Opera and Opera Dots: Pagliacci (Royal Opera House, 2019), and the musical Man & God (Bloomsbury Studio, 2019). Translations include The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken (Scottish Opera, 2021) and Don Giovanni. In 2022, Leo was invited to attend a Britten Pears Foundation Creative Retreat to develop Come Bargain With Uncanny Things ahead of its return in October 2022.
Writing prizes include Count, Kindred, Kine, Citizen (shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship 2020), Four Apocalypses (longlisted for the Bear Creek Gazette Prize 2022) and the game Beckett’s Tavern (winner of the 2020 Saga Forge Adventures Competition). Leo’s interactive fiction regularly appears in Voidspace Magazine.
Leo has presented academic papers on practice-based research at University College London, the University of York, the British Shakespeare Association, the Wiener Library, and Oxford Brookes.
British-Pakistani soprano Mimi Doulton is fast developing a reputation as an acclaimed interpreter of contemporary opera and song. She won 2nd prize at the 2021 John Cage Interpretation Award in Halberstadt and was a finalist in the vocal section of the 2022 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition.
Recent engagements include her German debut in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are (Bamberger Symphoniker/Shadwell Opera), and debuts at Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival and Café OTO. This autumn she will make her debut at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre in the world premiere of Oliver Leith’s Last Days.
Mimi made her professional debut in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake with Birmingham Opera Company in 2018, directed by the late Sir Graham Vick. She has developed and premiered work with composers including Rakhi Singh, Philip Venables, Samantha Fernando, and Errollyn Wallen for companies such as Snape Maltings, Tête a Tête, the Royal Opera and Graeae.
Mimi graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, having previously read Music and Languages at King’s College London. She continues her studies with Gary Coward.
Twitter: @mimidoulton https://twitter.com/mimidoulton
British conductor James Ham enjoys a growing reputation across the orchestral, opera, and ballet repertoire for his versatility, wealth of ideas, and genuine music making.
Performances in the 2021-22 season include a 20-performance tour of The Nutcracker with Scottish Ballet, Oscar Straus’s operetta rarity The Chocolate Soldier with Opera della Luna, The Great Gatsby with Northern Ballet, and a third visit to the Gibraltar Philharmonic. Recent performances include concerts with the Magdeburg Philharmonie, Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern Akademie, and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently conductor of the London Orchestra Project, which he co-founded along with the leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In the theatre, James has conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Tosca. In 2020, he was Studienleiter and Assistant Conductor to Wayne Marshall on Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Theater an der Wien, and on Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Gärtnerplatztheater. As a former Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet, he conducted several performances of The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Grand Tour both in Birmingham and on tour.
James has assisted Vladimir Jurowski and Edward Gardner with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Karel Mark Chichon with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie on several occasions. Other conductors he has assisted include Sir Mark Elder and Martin André. During his studies, he participated in international masterclasses with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, and Sir Colin Davis, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Armenian soprano Hasmik Harutyunyan is a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied under the tutelage of Clare Shearer. She further enriched her studies at the Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts (WAVDA) under Dennis O’Neill and Ryland Davies. Hasmik started her musical journey as a violinist at the age of 6 followed by vocal studies at the Tchaikovsky Specialist Music School and at the Yerevan State Conservatory. Her recent engagements have included Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Sister Lillianne in the UK stage premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Alexander Gibson Opera School, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Mimi in La bohème (WAVDA).
Her operatic roles include Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites , Mimi in La bohème, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Xenia in Boris Godunov and Micaela in Carmen. Awards include 2nd Prize at The Gyumry Renaissance International Competition, 3rd Prize at the Tatevik Sazandaryan & Pavel Lisitsian SInging Competition, and the Young Singer’s Prize at the Delphic Games International Competition, Armenia.
Hasmik previously held the Barekamutyun Scholarship for Excellence at the Yerevan State Conservatory and was one of the first recipients of the Opera Europa Eva Kleinitz Scholarship in 2022. In September 2022 she joins the National Opera Studio.
New Zealand soprano Madison Horman has recently completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she attained her Masters of Music with Distinction as well as a Postgraduate Diploma: Advanced Studies in Performance.
She recently made her Bridgewater Hall debut performing as part of the ensemble in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and in August performed with the Philharmonia Voices in a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles at the Edinburgh International Festival.
During her time at the RNCM, Madison made her operatic role debut as Mrs Gobineau in the RNCM production of Menotti’s The Medium, and sang the role of Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes in an extensive two-day RNCM conducting masterclass with full orchestra, as well as excerpts of Mimì from Puccini’s La Bohème. She has been heard in partial roles including the title role of Strauss’ Arabella, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, and Magda in a scene of Puccini’s La Rondine.
In 2022 Madison won the Royal Over-Seas League Award at their overseas final and the Bessie Cronshaw/Frost Brownson Song Cycle Prize at the RNCM for her performance of Korngolds Drei Lieder. In both 2020 and 2021, she was a finalist in the Frederic Cox Award competition at the RNCM, and was a finalist in the 2021 Sir David Madison Opera Prize in Liverpool. Madison has been a winner in the New Zealand Aria Competition, the International Trinity College Exhibition Prize, and was nominated for the New Zealand’s National Young Performer Awards in 2016 and 2018.
Twitter: @MHorman_Soprano https://twitter.com/mhorman_soprano
Charlotte Kelso is an Australian soprano and recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she completed a Master of Performance as an RCM Scholar. Her studies were kindly supported by the Friends of State Opera South Australia. During her time at the RCM, Charlotte created the role of Ingrid in Richie Johnsen’s opera Three Penelopes (RCM/Tête à Tête), and performed scenes from Les Pecheurs des Perles (Leïla), and L’amico Fritz (Suzel). She was also a finalist in the 2021 Lies Askonas Competition.
Over summer 2021, Charlotte participated in the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices in Nevada, studying on the American Wagner Project under Dolora Zajick and Luana DeVol. She was due to cover and perform Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the International Belcanto Academy, however this was unfortunately cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As a mezzo, Charlotte was a 2018 Emerging Artist with State Opera South Australia, appearing as Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Clarrie in Wesley-Smiths’ Boojum!, and the title role in Edwards’ Christina’s World, the latter earning her a 2019 Adelaide Critics Circle nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year.
In the 2020 Adelaide Festival, Charlotte covered Dodo in Scottish Opera’s Breaking the Waves (Mazzoli), and performed in Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You as part of Marshall McGuire’s curated concert series at UKARIA Cultural Centre. Concert performances have included Bach’s Actus Tragicus with Adelaide Baroque at Coriole Music Festival, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian premiere of Arnesen’s Magnificat for the Australian Intervarsity Choir Festival. She was a finalist in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition in both 2018 and 2019, and won the Conductor’s Award in 2019.
Tenor Thomas Kinch is a 2022 Associate Artist for the Welsh National Opera. A recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in 2021 he participated in Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices as an Emerging Artist, and will return to the Institute this year.
Thomas has recently toured the UK with Opera Up Close as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Other recent engagements have included Turiddu with Edinburgh Grand Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Opera Bohemia, and Cavaradossi in Tosca and Turiddu with North Wales Opera.
Thomas was a 2021 New Generation Artist with Iford Arts, and performed Canio in their double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, jumping in at short notice as Turiddu alongside Susan Bullock as Santuzza and Paul Carey Jones as Alfio. In 2022, Thomas reprises Turiddu in a new translation of Cavalleria Rusticana (A Paisley Kiss) for Paisley Opera, and returns to Opera Bohemia to sing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
During his time at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera School, Thomas studied under full scholarship and performed Father Grenville (Dead Man Walking), Gerrardo (Gianni Schicchi), Sam Kaplan (Street Scene) and Satyavan (Savitri). Oratorio and concert appearances have included singing the role of Walter Widdup in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, and performing the Verdi Requiem ‘Ingemisco’ for the International Holocaust Memorial Service.
South African tenor Thando Mjandana is a graduate of the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, a former Jette Parker Link Artist, and a graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and the University of Cape Town Opera School.
Recent and upcoming engagements include singing Caliban in the world premiere of Sycorax at Bühnen Bern, Policeman 1 in Blue at Dutch National Opera and Tenor Soloist in Welsh National Opera’s Messiah, before returning in Spring 2023 to sing Tamino in The Magic Flute. Thando is a semi-finalist in the Voices of Black Opera Vocal Competition.
In the Royal Opera House 2021/22 season, Thando sang Messenger in a new production of Theodora, Philistine Messenger in a new production of Samson et Dalila, a Noble of Brabant in Lohengrin and Gastone in La traviata. He also appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Oxford Sinfonia.
Other recent engagements include Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore (Waterperry Opera Festival); Odoardo, Ariodante (Royal Opera House); Nelson and Crab Man, Porgy and Bess (Dutch National Opera/English National Opera) and a variety of roles at Cape Town Opera including Tamino in The Magic Flute, Botshelo in Sibusiso Njeza’s Blood of Mine and Chief in Angelique Mouysis’s The Blue-Eyed Xhosa. His repertoire also includes Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), and Des Grieux (Manon).
Concert appearances include the Johannesburg Philharmonic and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, while competition successes include reaching the final of Guildhall’s Gold Medal in May 2021, and 1st and 3rd prizes at the Amawzwi Omzansi International Opera Competition.
Aleksandra is a Polish collaborative pianist and a répétiteur. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied piano with Prof. Christopher Elton and Prof. Hamish Milne, while her chamber music studies were supervised by Prof. Michael Dussek and Ian Brown.
Aleksandra is a prizewinner of both solo competitions and chamber music contests such as the III International Chopin Competition in Budapest, Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize, Brenda Webb Accompanist Prize, Tunnell Trust award, Edith Poulsen Accompanist Prize and many others.
Aleksandra gained the majority of her professional experience in opera at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she was a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment 2019-2021. Since then, she has worked as a répétiteur with Gidon Saks on his role of Hagen for a Deutsche Oper production, Opera Loki on Carmen and Tosca, Longhope Opera on L’elisir d’amore, Gap Festival on Così fan tutte, Opera on Location on Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, new operas such as Syllable by Ed Jessen and Outlier by Josh Kaye and many others.
Apart from her Academy mentors, Aleksandra is particularly grateful for artistic advice from Audrey Hyland, Prof. Richard Stokes, Graham Johnson, Christoph Prégardien, Ferenc Rados, Maxim Vengerov, Michel Beroff, Rodney Friend and Sarah Pring. In 2022 she was both the Leeds Lieder and Solti Accademia Young Artist and in autumn 2022, she will begin her formal répétiteur studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Twitter: @aleksmyslek https://twitter.com/aleksmyslek
Born in Mexico, Alan Pingarrón was a Jette Parker Anniversary Company Artist for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the 2021/22 Season and a Link Artist in the 2018/19 Season.
In 2010 Alan graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Música, UNAM, and was named Voice of Mexico Bicentenary by the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, obtaining a FONCA Scholarship; additional awards include Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the Opera Prima Competition, the Artesana Opera de San Miguel Jury Prize and the Francisco Araiza First Prize in the Sonora International Competition. Concert work includes the reopening of Bellas Artes Palace, a tribute concert for Manuel Esperón and events in the Cervantine Festival and the Tamaulipas International Festival. In 2016 he made his debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus in the Young Euro Classic Festival.
Alan made his debut with The Royal Opera in the 2021/22 Season as First Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte) and returned to The Royal Opera for First Philistine (Samson et Dalila), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) and the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Celebration.
The South African soprano Nombulelo Yende joined Oper Frankfurt’s Opera Studio in the 2021/22 season, during which she made her European debut singing the Guardian of the Temple’s Threshold / Falcon in Die Frau ohne Schatten and sings in Il tabarro and as Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica. During her second season, roles include Poljka and The Warder in new productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Enchantress and Strauss’ Elektra, the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel and her role debut as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin.
Nombulelo has also sung Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Serpina (La serva padrona), Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto) and 1st Lady (Die Zauberflöte) at the Artscape- and Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town and Youngblood Arts and Culture Development, and recently appeared in the RMB Starlight Classics in Johannesburg. A finalist at the 2018 Tbilisi International Voice Competition, she won the 2017 Schock Foundation Prize for Singing, the 2016 Heidelberg Scholarship Prize and 2015 Ruth Ormond Prize. She also won a prize at the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini in France and the audience prize at the Bertelsmann Foundation’s 2019 International Neue Stimmen competition in Gütersloh. Nombulelo studied at Cape Town University.
Past Bursary Recipients
Born in Wellington, London-based mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew completed her undergraduate studies at the New Zealand School of Music, after which she went on to join New Zealand Opera as an Emerging Artist from 2012 to 2013. Bianca is a graduate of the Opera Studies programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she is an Artist Fellow for 2017/18.
Bianca’s recent operatic performances include: Un musico Manon Lescaut for Auckland Philharmonia; Radamisto Radamisto, Flycap The Tale of Januarie, Philomène Alexandre Bis, Neighbour Mavra, Laura Iolanta for Guildhall Opera; Meg Page Falstaff for Cambridge Philharmonic; and Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Days Bay Opera NZ.
Bianca is known for her engaging and creative performances both in operatic and recital repertoire, and was the winner of the Song Prize in the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards with her duo partner, pianist Dylan Perez. In 2017, Bianca was a finalist in the Guildhall School’s prestigious Gold Medal competition, and a finalist in the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition.
On the concert platform, Bianca has given performances with all the major orchestras in New Zealand in repertoire from Messiah to Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. She has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, recording Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Simon Rattle for LSO Live, and as a soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.
Bianca is a Samling Artist, a Kiwi Music Scholar and recipient of the Gwen Catley Scholarship from the Amar-Franses Foster-Jenkins Trust. She continues to receive generous mentorship and support from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.
Margo Arsane is a French mezzo-soprano. After studying the violin for 14 years, she trained as a soprano at the CNSMD Lyon, the Hochschule für Musik Munich and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she recently graduated. After leaving she re-trained as a mezzo-soprano. She now continues to study privately with Gary Coward.
She has won several prizes at international competitions, among which: First prize at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie Wettbewerb 2013, Special Prize at the International Voice Competition 2014 in Marmande and “Young Hope” Prize at the Concours International de Chant de Clermont-Ferrand 2013.
Recent roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Clonter Opera, Nannetta Falstaff with the Cambridge Philharmonic, Bettina Don Procopio Bizet with Opera South, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto at GSMD, and covered the role of Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera.
She also made her debut under the baton of renowned French baroque conductor Hervé Niquet (Le Concert Spirituel) in the role of Climène Les Amants Magnifiques by Molière/Lully, touring at the Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Massy… In the past, Margo has also performed Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy, Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Nicolai, Alice Le Comte Ory Rossini, Bettina Don Procopio Bizet, Parasha Mavra Stravinsky, Brigitta Iolanta Stravinsky.
Margo is proud to be one of the 2017 Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipients. She has also been a Young Artist for the Peace and Prosperity Trust since 2016, a charity which works towards building bridges between the Middle East and the West through music.
In 2019 Mark makes his debut at Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre conducting Aurora Orchestra in two performances of ‘The Monstrous Child’ by Gavin Higgins and Francesca Simon. He appears in recital at the Luxembourg Philharmonie and works as assistant conductor at Garsington Opera and with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris.
Recent highlights include ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ (Dartington International Festival), ‘Goyescas’ (Grange Festival), ‘Tosca’ (Musique Cordiale International Festival) and a two-concert Brahms residency with Guy Johnston and Faust Chamber Orchestra at Hatfield House. Mark was assistant conductor for the world première production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s ‘Coraline’ (Royal Opera). He works regularly with figures including Vasily Petrenko, Sian Edwards, Marin Alsop, David Parry, David Hill, Steuart Bedford, and the late Sir Colin Davis, and has conducted orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St John’s and the Hangzhou Philharmonic, China. Mark was awarded a Bayreuth Festival Young Artist Bursary and recorded the world première of Alex Woolf’s ‘NHS Symphony’ for BBC Radio 3, which won a Prix Europa. He studies with Sian Edwards and was awarded an International Opera Awards Bursary in 2017.
An accomplished pianist, Mark has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, Holywell Music Room, Opera Bastille (Paris) and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. He is musical assistant to The Bach Choir and regularly conducts the choir in concert and the recording studio.
Born in London, Mark had lessons in violin and piano from an early age. He played in the National Youth Orchestra, and studied at Cambridge University and Royal Academy of Music, where he received numerous prizes and was appointed a Junior Fellow. Mark contributed a chapter on Wagner, Beethoven and Faust to the recently published ‘Music in Goethe’s Faust’.
Born in London, Ed read History at Cambridge University before training at the Royal Academy of Music and with Royal Academy Opera. Winner of the Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, he was a Maidment Scholar, a Sybil Tutton Award holder and an International Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient. Ed made his professional stage debut creating the title role in the world premiere of Luke Styles Macbeth for the Jerwood Young Artist Scheme at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with performances at Glyndebourne and the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. He has since appeared in the title role in the baritone version of Werther, Ernest Shackleton in Russell Hepplewhite’s Shackleton’s Cat, cover Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Marco in Gianni Schicchi for English Touring Opera, Pandolfe in Cendrillon for Theater Freiburg and cover Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His other roles include Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (Royal Academy Opera), Truffaldino in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow and cover Chao Lin in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Edinburgh Fringe) and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Dartington). Future plans include Algernon Montcrief in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest for Opera de Fribourg, with performances in Fribourg and Paris, house debuts in Germany and concerts with the London Handel Festival.
An award winning accompanist, Laïla Barnat has been increasingly in demand as a répétiteur, vocal coach and French coach, invited by the Royal Opera House in London, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper and Zurich Opera House amongst other places, working alongside the maestri Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, Alberto Zedda and Fabio Luisi.
She was trained in London at the National Opera Studio and Royal College of Music and at the Plácido Domingo Opera Studio in Valencia. She is a scholar of the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, the Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Solti Academy and ENOA. She has acquired experience on stage in recitals in Europe, North America and Asia.
Born in Jersey, mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop initially studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and continues her studies on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Marcus van den Akker. She is the winner of the Chartered Surveyors’ Competition, was awarded Second Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a finalist in Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize.
Opera credits include the title role in Carmen, (Dartington Festival Orchestra), Vera Boronel in The Consul (Guildhall Opera), Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, (Opera Lyrica), Witch in Hansel und Gretel (Pimlott Foundation) and in a concert performance with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, and Chorus in Don Carlos, La Boheme and Samson et Dalila, (Grange Park Opera) and Paul Bunyan, (British Youth Opera).
Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the contralto soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert performances include Alto semi-chorus soloist in Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Berio Folk Songs, (South Bank Centre), Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Elgar’s Sea Pictures and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).
Georgia’s studies are generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Steel Charitable Trust and the Opera Awards Foundation. Upcoming performances include Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites for Guildhall Opera, and mezzo soloist in Elgar’s The Music Makers.
An alumna of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Russian soprano Vlada Borovko became a member of the programme at the start of the 2015/16 season, immediately upon her graduation from the Kazan State Conservatory.
Shortly after her joining the program, she made an impressive debut as Violetta Valery on the main stage of Royal Opera House, when she was called at the last moment to step in for an ailing colleague. The event marked not only her debut in the role but also her stage debut in a leading role. Since then she has appeared in productions of Norma, L’elisir d’amore and Boris Godunov, as well as taking on the role of Aspasia in the Royal Opera House’s acclaimed production of Mitridate, Re di Ponto.
Current highlights include a return to the Royal Opera House as a guest artist to debut the role of Musetta La bohème, company debuts at Oper Köln and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe as Violetta La traviata, a role and house debut as Adalgisa Norma at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile as well as her first Mimi La bohème in Stuttgart.
Further role assignments whilst on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House included Frasquita Carmen, Xenia in a new production of Boris Godunov which was also presented at the BBC Proms, Anna Nabucco, Clotilde Norma, Ermione Oreste, Mlle Jouvenot Adriana Lecouvreur, and Giannetta L’elisir d’amore.
On the concert platform she performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Grange Festival as part of their inaugural season and was a finalist in Placido Domingo’s prestigious 2017 Operalia competition.
Borovko initially studied foreign languages at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. Upon her graduation she enrolled at the Kazan State Conservatory where she studied under the guidance of Galina Lastovka. While still a student, she was invited to take part in the world premieres of two contemporary works and sang Stephano Roméo et Juliette in Kazan. She made her professional opera debut as Mércèdes Carmen at Tatar State Opera and Ballet Theatre and sang Annie and Strawberry Woman Porgy and Bess with Marco Boemi at the International Shalyapin Opera Festival.
Bursary supported by Julia Smithies.
British baritone Peter Brathwaite trained at the Royal College of Music International Opera School
and Flanders Opera Studio, Ghent. His roles with English Touring Opera include Elviro Xerxes,
Silvano La Calisto, Kaidama Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, L’incognito L’assedio di Calais
and Schaunard La bohème. Elsewhere he has sung Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Luis Katibu di
Shon, Marcello La bohème (Nederlandse Reisopera), Billy Bone Captain Blood’s Revenge
(Glyndebourne on Tour), Sid La fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), Mimoun Zatopek!
(RLPO), Nelson Porgy & Bess (Opéra de Lyon/ Edinburgh Festival), Baritone What You Will
(Shakespeare’s Globe). Recent concerts include performances with the Estonian National
Symphony under Tõnu Kaljuste, and recitals for London Song Festival. Future plans include his
role début with La Monnaie, Brussels.
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British soprano Grace Carter studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trinity Laban Conservatoire London and the Dutch National Opera Academy. She is a recipient of awards from the Opera Awards Foundation, Help Musicians UK and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She was a member of the Dutch National Opera Young Talent programme 2015/2016 and is currently a Concordia Foundation Artist
Recent engagements include Ginevra/Ariodante– Handel (cover) and Therese/ Les Mamelles de Tirésias– Poulenc (cover) for Dutch National Opera, Susanna/ Le Nozze di Figaro– Mozart with Jonathan Cohen and the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, and a recording project with Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music France.
On the concert platform performance venues include London’s St-Martin-in-the-Field, St James’s Piccadilly and St John’s Smith Square, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Canadian conductor Vanessa Chartrand-Rodrigue graduated with honours from McGill University in voice. Thereafter, she attended a Master’s degree in viola da Gamba at the Université de Montréal before moving to Germany to pursue her operatic studies with Ks. Jeanne Piland. Vanessa was recently awarded a scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society of London for their contemporary music conducting masterclass with Jessica Cottis, who she counts among her mentors, along with Vladimir Jurowski, with whom she has worked on repertoire with the Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra.
Vanessa has collaborated as a conductor and singer with renowned ensembles including Ensemble UnitedBerlin, Zafrann Ensemble, Mosaik Ensemble, Chroma Ensemble, Michaelis Consort, and performed at major contemporary music festivals such as MärzMusik, MIKROMUSIK Festival for Experimental music and sound art, ULTRASCHALL Festival, Documenta 14 and Duisburger Akzente. She has worked as musical director and performer with the theatre ensemble kainkollektiv (winner of the Georg Tabori development prize in 2015), Beggar’s Opera Berlin and baroque ensemble The Dansant, which she directs from the viola da gamba. She was assistant conductor for Don Giovanni (Alltagsoper Berlin), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opera On Tap Berlin), assistant to Peter Leonard in the Berlin Opera Academy’s production of Carmen, and second principal conductor with Lyric Opera Berlin’s L’elisir d’amore. She recently conducted the world premiere of New York composer Lisa Bielawa’s Mauer Broadcast for double choruses, ensemble and soloist for the Berlin wall celebration.
As a singer, Vanessa counts among her operatic roles Dorabella, Hänsel, Medoro, Niklaus, Ciesca, Carmen, Lucienne and Hermia. She has performed Cherubino (Barcelona Opera Studio) and the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Zezere Arts Festival (Portugal). As a concert soloist she has sung Mendelssohn’s Sommernachtstraum (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, Mahler’s Das Himmlische Leben (Tonhalle Düsseldorf), Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, and Mozart’s Requiem.
Acclaimed for his “strikingly individual timbre” and his “moving, rich baritone” (Philadelphia Magazine), 23-year-old Dennis Chmelensky’s 2018/19 season features his wide-ranging passion for German lieder, opera and contemporary music.
Chmelensky will continue touring Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch alongside pianist Mikael Eliasen, and perform the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the baton of Karina Canellakis. His recent highlights include concerts dedicated to Leonard Bernstein’s centennial and performances of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place as Junior. He will reappear as Paul in Rene Orth and Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell’s opera Empty the House, which he gave a world-premiere of in 2016, and perform Ned Rorem’s Aftermath later this season.
A Berlin-native, he made his debut with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Staatskapelle Berlin as a boy soprano, and performed with many ensembles, including Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sing-Akademie Berlin, Lautten Compagney, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Chmelensky was awarded scholarships from various foundations including the Bürgerstiftung Siegen (2018), Gerda Lissner Liederkranz Foundation (2016), and the Richard Wagner Society in Berlin (2013). Chmelensky’s notable roles include Junior (A Quiet Place), Golaud (Impressions of Pelléas), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Junius (Rape of Lucretia), and Schaunard (La Bohème).
His debut album, DENNIS, was released in 2009 by Sony Music. He previously attended the Universität der Künste Berlin for voice and conducting, and currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Mikael Eliasen and Marlena Malas. He enjoys watching films, running, and has also acted in movies.
A young tenor, Nenad Čiča has recently made his German debut as Enrico di Guisa in the revival of Caterina di Guisa by Carlo Coccia, in the production of I Virtuosi Ambulanti. In January, made his Italian debut as Fenton at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova. He has been an honorary member of National Theatre in Belgrade since 2012, making his debut as a Messagero (Aida), quickly followed by number of other roles: Steuermann (Der Fliegende Holländer); Narraboth (Salome), Cassio (Otello), Ismaele (Nabucco); Lensky (Eugene Onegin); Alfredo Germont (La Traviata), Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Luigi (Il Tabarro), Rinuccio (Gianni Scchicchi).
He has also performed at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad and „Madlenianum Opera & Theatre“ (Belgrade), with National Symphony Orchestra and Choir of National Broadcasting Corporation.
Born in Split, Croatia. After receiving Master’s degree at Faculty of Sport and Physical education, he has begun vocal studies and received Bachelor and Master’s degree at Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, in the class of Višnja Pavlović – Drakulić. During the studies, he was a member of Opera Studio at „Madlenianum Opera & Theatre“ leaded by KS Biserka Cvejić. He won several singing competitions: National competition; „Lazar Jovanovic“;„Petar Konjovic“. He received scholarship from IVAI (International Vocal Arts Institute) in New York guided by Joan Donermann and Paul Nadler.
He has worked with numerous distinguished teachers: Ruggiero Raimondi, Craig Rutenberg, Laura Brooks Rice, Ruth Falcon, Joan Dornemann, Stojan Stojanov Gančev, Marijana Mijanovic, Doreen Defeis and James Hopper; Snežana Brzaković, Djordje Nesic and conductors: Andrea Battistoni, Paul Nadler, Ivan Kozuharov, Kriss Russman, Larry Newland, Stephen Schreiber, Peter Leonard, Eraldo Salmieri, Bojan Sudjic, Dejan Savic, and also with stage directors: Marina Bianchi, Dejan Miladinovic, Nebojsa Bradic, Paolo Baiocco, Ognjan Draganov, Martin Lloyd Evans.
Neal Cooper’s current and future engagements include his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as MELOT / cover Tristan in a new production of Tristan und Isolde, TRISTAN and TANNHÄUSER Longborough Festival Opera, Le Villi Scottish Opera, TRISTAN Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, MARK in The Wreckers Bard Summerscape Music Festival in NYC with the American Symphony Orchestra, CALAF Turandot Opera Northern Ireland and ERIK Der fliegende Holländer Reisopera. He made his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut in 2013 as THIBAULT Les Vêpres siciliennes, returned in 2014 for MELOT Tristan und Isolde and will cover TANNHÄUSER there in 2016.
Other engagements have included GABRIELE ADORNO Simon Boccanegra English National Opera, RADAMES Aida Riverside Opera and CICCILLO I gioielli della Madonna and NICK La Fanciulla del West, among other roles, for Opera Holland Park. He has covered CAVARADOSSI Tosca, ERIK The Flying Dutchman and CALAF Turandot for ENO. Covers for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden have included JACOPO I due Foscari, LUIGI Il tabarro and the title roles in Parsifal and Tristan und Isolde. He also performed with Antonio Pappano in a Covent Garden Insights programme. Concert appearances include the title role in extracts from Siegfried in the Wagner 200 Celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall, and the title role in the Good Friday scene of Parsifal, with John Tomlinson as Gurnemanz.
Neal Cooper was born in South London and studied German literature at Durham University and singing at the Paris Conservatoire. After several years working in France he returned to Britain to train as a dramatic tenor, studying at the National Opera Studio. He is the nephew of the boxing heavyweight champion Sir Henry Cooper.
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Fearghal is a tenor from Dublin. He has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Opera credits include Orpheus/Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Quint/Prologue in The Turn of the Screw, Pygmalion in Pygmalion, Prunier in La Rondine and Ruiz in Il trovatore. Most recently Fearghal has been part of Opera Theatre Company’s touring production of La bohème and looks forward to working on their incoming production of Don Giovanni, with a new translation by Roddy Doyle. Upcoming events also include Acis in Acis and Galatea and Marco in The Gondoliers.
Canadian/British soprano Eve Daniell was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She moved to London, UK, in 2014 to pursue post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she receivied a Sainsbury Award, the Catherine Osborne Opera Award, and in 2015 won the prestigious Pavarotti Prize. She has performed the roles of Fiordiligi, Contessa, Konstanze, Tatyana, and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) among others. On the concert platform she has performed with the Victoria Symphony, Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, Victoria Bach Ensemble, she sang the title role in Handel’s Athalia at St John’s, Smith Square, conducted by Paul Spicer, and most recently was a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music for the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms, conducted by Saraki Oramo.
British mezzo soprano Sophie Dicks is a recent alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music where she trained to Masters level. She now studies in London with mezzo soprano, Anne Mason.
Sophie Dicks completed five years at the RNCM, undergraduate and postgraduate, under the tuition of Ann Taylor. Whilst there, Sophie was a regular member of the College’s opera choruses, having performed in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Offenbach’s La Belle Helene, Bizet’s Carmen, and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. She has also sung the roles of Hansel, Lucretia,Cenerentola, Tisbe and Hermia in scenes. The first full role Sophie studied was the role of Varochka in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki and in her final year she sang the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty cup for singing in 2011, the Annie Ridyard Scholarship for Mezzo-Sopranos and she was an International Opera Awards bursary recipient in 2013. Sophie has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with Rosalind Plowright OBE, Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Felicity Palmer, Dame Ann Murray and Rebecca Evans.
Professionally, Sophie has worked with Buxton Festival Opera covering and in the chorus and Opera Holland Park where she was one of the 2015 Christine Collins Young Artists singing the role of Mallika in Delibes’ Lakmé.
Recent engagements include a return to Opera Holland Park to cover the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.
Magid El-Bushra was born in Khartoum, Sudan and studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, the Royal College of Music in London, and at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent. His various prizes include a Royal Philharmonic Society Susan Chilcott Award, and first prize at the Concorso Musica Sacra in Rome.
Recent engagements include Nicholas Lens’ Shell Shock with Orchestre de Radio France at the Philharmonie in Paris, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha (Wiener Festwochen, Potsdamer Winteroper, Hamburger Theater Festival; Konrad Junghänel), Orontes in Telemann’s Der misslungene Brautwechsel (conducted by Michael Hofstetter), Bach’s St John Passion with Concerto Köln, and the Cheshire Cat in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House.
Other notable operatic engagements have included the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Amsterdam Concertgebouw/Théâtre des Champs Elysées; David Stern), David in Handel’s Saul (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater; Andreas Spering), Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne Tour; Jonathan Cohen), and Primo Uomo in Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali (Opéra de Rouen). He has worked with conductors such as William Christie, Hervé Niquet, and Laurence Cummings.
On the concert platform, Magid has performed Handel’s Chapel Royal Anthems (Basel Kammerorchester; Paul Goodwin), Buxtehude’s Das Jüngste Gericht with Masaaki Suzuki in Japan, and Bach’s Mass in G and Mass in A with Raphaël Pichon. He has given recitals at the Aldeburgh and Montréal Bach festivals, at the Bijloke in Ghent, Konzerttheater Bern, and Casa da Musica, Porto. He recorded the Pie Jesu in Duruflé’s Requiem for Harmonia Mundi.
Lauren Fagan has distinguished herself as a young soprano to watch, after a series of acclaimed debuts following her recent graduation from Covent Garden’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. In the current season, she joins Sir Antonio Pappano in Rome with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as Roxana in concert performances of Szymanowski’s Krol Roger, the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and returns to Opera Holland Park as Verdi’s heroine Violetta (La traviata), marking her first performance of the role.
At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lauren Fagan has appeared in a number of diverse productions on the main stage, ROH2, and the Linbury Theatre. These included Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) and Lila (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter) and returns for the first time as a guest artist in 2018/19 as Woglinde in Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle under Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano. Most recent highlights include her tour de force debut as Musetta (La bohème) with Welsh National Opera across the UK and on tour to Dubai, and her “pristine-voiced” (The Financial Times) Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Holland Park and at the 2016 Verbier Festival.
Concert highlights have included joining Sakari Oramo for Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music as part of the Last Night of the BBC Proms, Mozart’s Requiem with the BBC Singers under David Hill, and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the Philharmonia Orchestra. This season’s concert appearances include Peer Gynt with Orchestre national de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin, and Agnés in concert performances of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, with the Melos Sinfonia conducted by Oliver Zeffman, in London at LSO St Luke’s and also in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre.
English soprano Susanna Fairbairn is a dynamic, award-winning young opera singer and soloist. She is a former Park Lane Group Young Artist, Handel Singing Competition finalist and winner of the Dvořák Prize at the Emmy Destinn Young Singer Awards.
Originally a first-study flautist, Susanna won an Instrumental Scholarship whilst at Magdalen College, Oxford. Subsequently, she studied voice at Trinity College of Music (winning the English Song Competition, Wilfred Greenhouse Allt Prize and Paul Simm Opera Prize) and the Wales International Academy of Voice.
Operatic highlights include Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Eleonora Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, Juno La Calisto and Bice Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera; cover Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Opera North; Galatea Acis and Galatea for Opera Theatre Company (Ireland); Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera; Count Gontran Une Éducation Manquée for Pop-Up Opera; and Margery The Dragon of Wantley for London Handel Festival.
Solo appearances have included Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple in Canterbury Cathedral in the composer’s presence; Messiah at Wales Millennium Centre; Brahms Requiem in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff; and St. John Passion in Birmingham Symphony Hall and as a semi-staged piece with English Touring Opera. A keen recitalist, Susanna has performed at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, and St. James’s Church Piccadilly. Her début solo CD is available on Naxos: Songs of Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz, about which Gramophone Magazine said ‘Susanna Fairbairn is in delectably fresh voice throughout, and she forges a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance with her accompanist Matthew Schellhorn.’
Mezzo-soprano Adriana Festeu is winner of the Song Prize at the Emmy Destinn Competition and a recipient of an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.
Her operatic roles include Cenerentola, Calbo Maometto secondo, Megacle L’Olimpiade, Rustena La verita in cimento (all Garsington Opera, cover); Marianna Signor Bruschino, Lucilla Scala di Seta (British Youth Opera); Isolier Le comte Ory (Opera South); Endimione La Calisto, Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Royal Academy Opera); Fidalma Il matrimonio segretto, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Madame Nolan The Medium (Romanian National Opera); Candida Emilia di Liverpool (European Opera Centre), Priestess King Arthur and Juno The Judgement of Paris (New London Consort) and most recently Xerxes (cover), Giovanna Rigoletto (Longborough Opera), and Orphée Orphée et Euridice (Opera Prelude).
Adriana has performed in Masterclasses with Ileana Cotrubas, Ann Murray, Barbara Bonney, Jose Cura, and is an alumna of the Georg Solti Academy, working with Frederica von Stade and Kiri Te Kanawa.
A recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, she studied in the Opera Course with Lillian Watson and has also completed a PhD: Exploring Zwischenfach: understanding vocal classification and its professional significance. Adriana is grateful to the Opera Awards Foundation, Opera Prelude, and the AHRC for supporting her studies.
2015 Opera Awards Bursary Recipient Nazan Fikret, trained at the GSMD and there, was winner of the English Song Prize and Susan Longfield Award. She is a 2015-17 Making Music Young Concert Artist, a Britten-Pears Scholar and Concordia Foundation Artist. Career highlights include Flora The Turn of the Screw for ENO, Teatro Real, Aix en Provence and Nationale Reisopera, Diane Disney The Perfect American for ENO/Teatro Real, Girl/Polar Bear How the Whale Became for the ROH Linbury, cover Wendy Peter Pan and Queen of the Night for WNO, and Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte for the RPLO/European Opera Centre.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season included contemporary opera scenes for Aldeburgh Music Jerwood Opera Writing Scheme, becoming a Britten Pears Scholar (Bach with Mark Padmore and Brahms with Professor Thomas Quasthoff), a return to WNO covering Angelika Figaro Gets a Divorce and Karolka in Jenufa for Longborough Festival Opera. She is also proud to have performed as a soloist alongside fellow bursary recipients for the Opera Awards Gala in May, and a soloist for HM Queen’s Official 90th Birthday aboard HMS Havengore on the River Pageant.
Nazan will finish the season with a solo recital at St Martin in the Fields in conjunction with Making Music.
She begins the 2016-17 season with a recital for Asia House (with Talent Unlimited Charity), continues her series of recitals and oratorios as a Making Music YCA and performs as Königin der Nacht, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Lisbon’s Rota Das Artes Festival.
Juliane Gallant is accomplished in both operatic and song repertoire, working as musical director, repetiteur, accompanist, coach and conductor. She studied Piano accompaniment with Pamela Lidiard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She also holds degrees from the Université de Moncton, the University of Ottawa, and the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal. In September 2018, Juliane was one of only 12 conductors selected for the Women Conductors Course: Conducting for Opera, run by the Royal Opera House, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Philharmonic Society.
Juliane has worked as musical director for Opera on Location (Don Giovanni, Carmen), St Paul’s Opera (Così fan tutte, Orphée aux enfers), Opera Up Close (Carmen, Music oft hath such a charm, Ulla’s Odyssey), Opera Mio (A Fantastic Bohemian: The Tales of Hoffmann revisited), and the Clapham Opera Festival (La Boheme). She has also served as repetiteur for Magnetic Opera (The Medium), Rossini Young Artists (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Die Zauberflöte). She will be the musical director for the Kings Head Theatre’s new production of Carmen in early 2019.
As a song recitalist, Juliane has been heard at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, the Purcell Room and on West End stages. A firm believer of the healing power of music, she regularly tours with Lost Chord, bringing song to people living with dementia. She also plays in a variety of workshops and events with Opera Holland Park Inspire, sharing opera with people of all age groups and walks of life.
Andrii Ganchuk is a Ukrainian baritone currently on the Fabbrica Young Artist Programme at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In 2017 he completed his Masters in Opera Performance at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) with distinction, where he studied with renowned Scottish baritone Donald Maxwell and acclaimed accompanist Michael Pollock.
As a member of the Fabbrica Young Artist Programme Andrii successfully performed the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto in a reduced version, and in December 2018 he will cover the role for the opening of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In the 2018/2019 season he will be involved in 5 opera productions, including the role of Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Graham Vick directing and Jérémie Rhorer conducting.
Andrii made his operatic debut in 2016 as Ford in the RWCMD production of Verdi’s Falstaff, under the baton of Maestro Carlo Rizzi. Since then he has sung the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear and Frank Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene. He also took part in an Opera Gala accompanied by the Welsh National Opera orchestra.
During his studies Andrii has been generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Friends Connect Fund. He is a recipient of the Philippa and David Seligman Award for Excellence and Eileen Price McWilliam Award in memory of her sons, Alastair and David. Despite the fact Andrii has a PhD in Economics and an MBA, eventually his passion for singing convinced him to become an opera singer.
Polish countertenor Damian Ganclarski studied at the Academy of Music in Lodz, under the guidance of Professor Urszula Kryger. In July 2015 Damian graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he had been under the tutelage of world-renowned countertenor Michael Chance and coaches Ian Partridge and James Baillieu. He was selected as a winner of a bursary from the Opera Awards Foundation. As a result of a competitive audition Damian was also selected to participate in the Josephine Baker Trust scheme. He was also kindly supported by Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust. He has been honoured to take masterclasses with professors such as Teresa Berganza, Ingrid Kremling, Maciej Pikulski, Ewa Podleś, Udo Reinemann and Teresa Żylis-Gara.
In 2009 Damian came first in the Polish Songs Competition in Warsaw. After winning the Warsaw Competition the young countertenor started to perform regularly in many prestigious concerts and festivals in Poland, such as Wrocław’s Academy of Music, Association of Polish Music Artists, Łódź Association of Old Music, International Bach Festival and Festival Carousel of Culture. He has performed on renowned stages with Polish orchestras. Furthermore, he had the honour to perform in Turkey with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara (Handel and Mozart’s arias and Orff’s Carmina Burana) and the Antalya Symphony Orchestra (Handel and Mozart arias). He took part in Polish premiere of Handel Orlando, singing the part of Medoro during the Festival of Baroque Operas in Warsaw.
In 2009 Damian made his debut in the Grand Theatre in Łódź in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto under the guidance of Paul Esswood. The young vocalist gained acclaim from audiences and critics. He is especially interested in oratorio and opera from the Baroque to the contemporary period and songs from the Romantic era to 21st century.
Baritone Robert Garland currently holds the position of Associate Artist within the Royal Academy of Music Opera School under the tutelage of Mark Wildman and Jonathan Papp. Previous studies include a Masters of Performance with Distinction from the Royal Academy and a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Welsh College of Music.
During his time at the Academy Robert has performed John Styx (Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers), Herr Peachum (Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper), Masetto (Mozart’s Don Giovanni) and Steward (Dove’s Flight). In addition to his roles with the Royal Academy, Robert has also performed Figaro (Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia), Guglielmo (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte) and Belcore (Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore).
Robert has worked with numerous opera companies in the chorus, in various small sung roles and major covers. Recent companies include The Grange Festival, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Nevill Holt Opera.
In addition to operatic work Robert frequently gives oratorio and recital performances. Oratorio performances include Brahms’ Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Handel’s Messiah. Robert has also recently given recitals at the Guards Chapel, where he holds the position of Lay Clerk, and at the Corn Exchange in Newbury as part of the International Newbury Spring Festival.
Toby Girling’s current and future engagements include NICOMEDES Der König Kandaules and PALLANTE Agrippina De Vlaamse Opera, BELCORE L’elisir d’amore Scottish Opera, MORALES Carmen The Grange Festival, ANGELO Das Liebesverbot Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall, and SAM Trouble in Tahiti with Oper Leipzig on tour in Bolzano, a role which he also sang with the Wexford Festival.
Recent engagements include EVANGELIST/WATCHFUL/FIRST SHEPHERD Pilgrim’s Progress English National Opera, MASETTO Don Giovanni, RUGGERO La Juive (Peter Konwitschny), Mozart’s Mass in C minor, a staged version of Winterreise and JUNKMAN/HERMANN AUGUSTUS Candide Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, TOP in Copeland’s The Tenderland Opéra de Lyon, GUGLIELMO Così fan tutte English Touring Opera, and IL CHIRURGO/ALCADE La Forza del Destino Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.
As a member of the Frankfurt Opera Studio Toby’s appearances included roles in Don Carlos, Tristan und Isolde, La Vida Breve and Daphne, as well as Young Artists concerts. Other previous engagements have included GUGLIELMO Così fan tutte and the SORCERESS Dido and Aeneas Verbier Festival, CEPRANO Rigoletto Iford Festival, and the NARRATOR in Conor Mitchell’s The Musician Belfast Festival. Toby has taken part in recitals on BBC Radio 3 and in venues throughout the UK.
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Anna Gomà, born in Barcelona, holds a diploma in drama from the Col.legi de Teatre de Barcelona and is a certified teacher of the Edgar Willems music teaching system.
She made her debut as a soloist in productions organized by the education department of the Gran Teatre Liceu, including Regals and Lisistrata. Anna has worked with international conductors such as Luis Fernando Malheiro, Adam Szmidt, Hans-Friedrich Härle, Andrés Juncos, Pablo Assante, Manuel Valdivieso, Borja Quintas and Ricardo Estrada, in theatres and in concert halls including Malfitana Hall in Verona, Zaragoza Auditorium, Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Tenerife Auditorium, National Auditorium of Madrid, Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Jovellanos Theatre in Gijón, Clasac Theatre in Dublin and Badlands in Canada.
Other highlights include performances with Constança National Theatre Orchestra, Rhein-Main Philarmonie, Orquestra Filarmónica Marchegiana and Orquesta del Reino de Aragón.
She has performed Siebel at the Teatro Amazonas, Carmen and Lola with Harmonía Symphony Orchestra,
Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Jenkins’ Requiem, Apollo in Apollo et Hyacintus, Mozart’s
Coronation Mass, Suor Angelica, Flora (La traviata), Handel’s Joshua, Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), El Barberillo de Lavapiés and Serpina (La serva padrona), along with concerts in Verona, Germany, Spain, Italy and Bulgaria.
Recent competition wins include the First Prize in the Concorso Elsa Respighi in Verona (2015), Jury Prize in
the Concours de chant Canari (2017), Saô Pablo Prize in the Concurso Auditorio de Tenerife, Best Zarzuela singer
(2016) in the Concurso Ciudad de Logroño and finalist in the Concurso Alfredo Kraus (2017).
In 2019 Anna will appear as Mercedes in Carmen at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo.
Alex started his musical education in Hull University reading Music and Drama. During his three years, He performed, composed and conducted many shows and operas at the Gulbenkian Theatre.
During his education, he has studied with Sarah Leonard, Christopher Wilson and Henry Herford. He has sung at master classes from Robert Tear, Sarah Conolley, Simon Keenlyside and Dame Felicity Lott in their respective specialities. He graduated from Trinity Laban conservatoire with a Masters in Vocal performance. During his time at Trinity, Alex has performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall, worked with ENO in a workshop production of Two Boys by Nico Muhly and performed in staged Operatic productions of Rinaldo (Handel), Albert Herring (Britten), Gianni Schicci (Puccini) and Marriage of Figaro scenes (Mozart). Alex went on to study with ENO’s ‘Opera Works’ course for young and emerging artists, leading him on to working with Grange Park Opera chorus for 2 seasons.
Following this that Alex was asked to join the a cappella quintet Apollo5. Created by the charity that founded VOCES8, Apollo5 is a world renowned performance ensemble as well as maintaining a far reaching education programme. Apollo5 works with over 20,000 students annually, as well as performing in world class venues in the UK, Europe and the USA. During his time with Apollo5, Alex has become a known and admired vocal workshop leader, overseeing projects in Nottingham, Henley on Thames, Hackney and Surrey.
Alex also sings with the Philharmonia Chorus on their professionals scheme, with Barber-shop-o-gram and is a Lecturer with Opera Prelude. He is also a beneficiary of The Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.
Phoebe Haines’ vocal qualities have been variously hailed as ‘extraordinary’ (The Times), ‘silvery’ (The Evening Standard), ‘impressive’ (The Los Angeles Times), and ‘opulent’ (Sunday Times Culture). Phoebe studied at the University of Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In the 2018 season alone, Phoebe has performed as a concert artist at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, the Suzhou Grand Theatre, the Royal Palace of Bucharest, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts.
Phoebe made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2014, singing Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Großes Festspielhaus. She also appeared as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a co-production with Teatro Alla Scala.
Phoebe has performed and apprenticed with companies including Aldeburgh Music, English National Opera, Opéra de Baugé, Center for Contemporary Opera, Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival, Clonter Opera, Songfest Los Angeles, and has appeared as a soloist with such wide-ranging orchestras as the Camerata Salzburg, the China Film Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
International solo recital venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France), Giardini La Mortella (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Topping Rose House (New York’s Hamptons), and the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest. Phoebe has concertized as far afield as Agra, India, and made her Chinese debut in 2016, when she was selected as the UK Representative at iSING! International Artists Festival. Phoebe returned to iSING! Festival in Summer 2018, touring with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra under Dane Lam. Later in the season, Phoebe made her Hong Kong recital debut, and appeared as a featured artist in a number of musical programmes on Jiangsu TV.
Having trained at ENO in 2015, Phoebe continues to work with the company as a Vocal Mentor to the Youth Programme. Phoebe appeared onstage at the London Coliseum for ENO’s 50 year anniversary gala, ‘Opera for All’ in October 2018. A sought-after public speaker, Phoebe has given talks on subjects from Mozart to Britten for organisations including the International Women’s Forum, the Cadogan Hall, and the London Festival of Song. She is passionate about her work with Streetwise Opera.
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Roxana Haines is a theatre and opera director working throughout Europe, and from January 2019 she will be the resident Staff Director for Scottish Opera.
Roxana trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she gained an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice following undergraduate studies in English and Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London. Roxana’s practice encompasses a wide range of contexts and disciplines. Passionate about collaboration and interdisciplinary work, she has experience and training in puppetry, circus and physical theatre.
In the 2018/2019 season she has directed shows at Scottish Opera (Edgar), Clonter (Children’s show), Huddersfield (Sweeney Todd), and has revived work in Luxembourg, Madrid and Lisbon (La Petite Flute Enchantee). As an assistant director this season she has worked at Aix-en-Provence (Dir. Katie Mitchell) and Scottish Opera/Opera Holland Park (Dir. Antony McDonald).
She has led and facilitated learning and participation sessions for The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park and An Album of Memories, her concert series for people who live with dementia, has appeared at the Bloomsbury Festival and at Memory Cafes across London. She also co-leads workshops in child development for organisations across the UK.
Winner of the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize and Audience Prize at the IVCs’ Hertogenbosch 2017 and the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize 2015, Sheffield-born mezzo soprano Anna Harvey studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Further accolades include a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship, the Alumni Development Graduation Award and Russian and English Song Prizes from the Royal Academy of Music, and a Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera.
Anna has performed at the Verbier, Beaune, Gstaad, and Aldeburgh Festivals, as well as the BBC Proms, singing at the Last Night of the Proms in 2016. She has sung with ensembles including The English Concert, Gabrieli, La Nuova Musica and Arcangelo, and at venues including the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon and the Lincoln Center, New York.
Anna has worked with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Sakari Oramo and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and performed with opera companies across Europe, including Welsh National Opera (where she was Associate
Artist in 2017), Dutch National Opera, Theater Chemnitz, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Birmingham Opera Company, Longborough Festival Opera and Garsington Opera. In August 2018 Anna joined the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and roles this season include Hänsel, Flosshilde and Suzuki.
Other highlights this season include Handel’s Messiah with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra at the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona and Second Witch in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington.
Max Hoehn was the first recipient of the Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Director Fellowship, a prize-winner at the 9th Europäischer Opernregie-Preis and a nominee for Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards.
His productions as director include Biedermann and the Arsonists (Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells), Stephen Oliver’s The Waiter’s Revenge (Birmingham Opera Company), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Pop-Up Opera UK Tour), Erik Satie: Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life (Cheltenham Music Festival). In summer 2017 he helped launch Opera Lab Europe with performances in Lisbon and London of three a cappella operas: Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga, Zad Moultaka’s Hummus and Stephen Oliver’s The Waiter’s Revenge.
He wrote Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry, a new English translation of Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina for Graham Vick’s award-winning 2014 production for Birmingham Opera Company. He took part as librettist and director in Aldeburgh’s 2014/15 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme.
He has assisted directors including Graham Vick, David Pountney, Johannes Erath and Jonathan Kent at Glyndebourne, Oper Frankfurt, Welsh National Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Grange Park and with the Mariinsky Theatre on tour.
He helped programme Festival Música na Fábrica in Lisbon’s LX Factory in 2017 with the support of the British Council.
In 2017/18 he revives Le Nozze di Figaro (Grand Théâtre de Genève), directs a concert staging of The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera), the National Opera Studio’s Residency at Scottish Opera and Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company). He has just completed Violetta’s Ghosts, a short film based on La Traviata.
The New York Times praised Maeve Höglund as “a striking soprano,” and one who “stands out among singers.” In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Höglund sings Leïla in The Pearl Fishers with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Konstanze in concert with Maryland Lyric Opera, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the Oregon Symphony.
Ms. Höglund made her Opera Philadelphia debut in the 2017-18 season as Lola in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s award-winning opera The Wake World. She also made her Michigan Opera Theatre debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and was soloist in Messiah with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She returned to the role of Susanna later in the season with Opera Maine, and joined the Maryland Lyric Opera Studio in the summer of 2018.
In the 2016-17 season, Ms. Höglund was Musetta in La bohème with Charleston Opera, Margaret Hughes in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players with Little Opera Theatre of New York, and Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with On Site Opera’s co-production with Atlanta Opera. In the 2015-16 season, Maeve debuted with PORTOpera as Frasquita in Carmen, and with Long Beach Opera in Ter Veldhuis’ The News. She also sang Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla for her Chicago Opera Theater debut, and was a soloist in Carmina Burana with Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Other notable engagements include starring roles in Gotham Chamber Opera’s production, “Baden-Baden 1927”, featuring works by Weill, Hindemith, Toch, and Milhaud; as well as Atilia in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo; Dafne in Apollo e Dafne with Pocket Opera; Rose in The Clever Mistress, and Lucrezia in My Last Duchess, both with Cutting Edge Opera. She was soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the American Classical Orchestra and toured London with Wynton Marsalis, performing his Mass with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Recordings include: Stefan Weisman’s opera, Darkling, released by Albany Records, as well as the recording of the complete vocal works of Victor Herbert, released by New World Records.
Baritone Jack Holton grew up in North Kent and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
In 2019, Jack’s opera roles have included Don Giovanni (Rogue Opera), Mr. Jedermann (cover) (Scoring a Century – British Youth Opera), Sky Masterson (Guys & Dolls – West Green House Opera), Count Anckarström (Un ballo in Maschera – Opera Holland Park Young Artist), and Eugene Onegin (The People’s Opera). This spring he will perform as the title role in Don Giovanni (The Merry Opera Company), and in the summer he will perform as La Poigne (Margot le Rouge – Opera Holland Park).
Jack was a chorus member for Wexford Festival Opera’s 2019 productions of The Veiled Prophet, La Cucina / Adina, and Don Quichotte, performing the role of 3rd Bandit in Don Quichotte. Jack was a chorus section leader in the ROH’s The Return of Ulysses at Camden’s Roundhouse, and he sang in the Princes des Ténèbres semi-chorus in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle, having previously sung as an Older Brother in Maxwell Davies’ The Hogboon with the same orchestra and conductor. Jack has co-led series of workshops for Longborough Festival Opera on Wagner’s Der fliegender Holländer and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Jack has also sung the baritone and bass solos in numerous oratorios, including Mendelsohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems at the Aldeburgh Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Chipping Campden Festival Chorus, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and a new composition written for Jack’s voice at the Wigmore Hall.
Simone is an East Anglian/Jamaican mezzo-soprano and theatre-maker passionate about sharing unheard stories, and diversity and inclusion in the arts. She is studying with Marcus van den Akker for a Guildhall Artist Masters, made possible by kind support from the Guildhall School Trust and Help Musicians UK.
In 2018/19, Simone is thrilled to be joining the chorus for Porgy and Bess at English National Opera and Dutch National Opera, the ENO chorus for Britten’s War Requiem, and the ensemble for Dido, after Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, for ENO and the Unicorn Theatre. She will also be joining the ensemble for the London Festival of American Music’s production of Imoinda by Odaline de la Martinez, and singing Little Green Lizard for Pegasus Opera in The Nightingale and the Rose by Richard Hagemann. Recent highlights as a performer include Esther in Mamzer by Na’ama Zisser (in workshop, Royal Opera); mezzo in remnants by Lara Agar (Wigmore Hall); and chorus in The Abduction from the Seraglio and Candide (Grange Festival).
As a theatre-maker, Simone runs HERA with Linda Hirst and Toria Banks, an opera company specialising in touring untold stories by underrepresented artists, and co-directs music theatre collective VOX. She has assisted award-winning opera directors Thomas Guthrie on Burying the Dead and Toria Banks on Generations, both touring 2019. She is looking forward to directing Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night featuring soprano Katherine McIndoe in 2019, and Le Nozze di Figaro for Teatre Principal de Maó in Menorca in 2020.
Sky Ingram is an Australian soprano based in London, where she trained at the National Opera Studio (sponsored by Opera North), Opera Course at GSMD, WAAPA, and the Elder Conservatorium.
Sky performed the role of Lea in the world premiere of Glare for her debut at the Royal Opera House in 2014 to huge critical acclaim and 2015 marked her American debut as Avis in The Wreckers for the Bard SummerScape in New York, USA. Returning to the Royal Opera House, Sky sang the role of Venus in Rossi’s Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and in 2016 she sang the title role of Rusalka in Valladolid, Spain, and La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro in Norway.
Sky has performed oratorio, concert and recital repertoire around Australia, in New York, Norway, and the UK, and has sung on ABC and BBC radio. She has performed, in concert, in various venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Paris Auditorium St Germain, Rouen Opera House, St John’s Smiths Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican Concert Hall, Australia House UK, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Centre in New York.
Since the age of 11 with a school music scholarship Sky has won several music awards, scholarships and competitions in both Australia and the UK including; Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, Harold Rosenthal Prize, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Bursary, Australian Music Foundation Scholarship, Wingate Scholarship, SA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts section), George Boland Scholarship, and the 2011 ROSL Overseas Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas.
Other roles include: Katya/Katya Kabanova (Opera North cover), La Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera), Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North, ENOcover), Musetta/La Bohème (Opera North, ETO), Micaëla/Carmen (Alexander Productons), Dido/Dido and Aeneas (ETO), Clorinda/La Cenerentola (Opera North), Female Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia (BYO), Frau Fluth/Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Madame Lidoine/Dialogues des Carmelites, Phyllis/Iolanthe, Pamina/The Magic Flute, Abigail Williams/The Crucible.
Future engagements include recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, A Night at the Opera for the Ripon International Festival, Foreign Princess/Rusalka, and Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni for Garsington Opera.
Countertenor JungKwon Jang was born in Buyeo, South Korea and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul. He later graduated MA Voice and Konzertexamen from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Hamburg under the tutelage of Professor Mark Tucker, with whom he still studies.
JungKwon has already had notable operatic engagements both in Germany and the UK, including Lepidus Octavia (Keiser) for the Innsbruck Alte Music Festival and Ruggiero Alcina for the Staatsoper Hamburg (Opera Stabile). He has been a soloist with orchestras including the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (under GMD Marcus Bosch), Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg (under Enrico Calesso), and London Handel Festival Orchestera (under Laurence Cummings) and will this summer perform at the Halle Handel-Festspiele.
He has been won numerous awards, including First Prize at the Korea-Germany Brahms Association Concours, the Berenberg Stiftung Kulturpreis 2017, 5th Prize with 3 Special prizes at the 2018 55th International Francisco Viñas Singing Competition, 4th Prize at the 2018 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition in Sweden, 3rd Prize at the 8th European Singing Competition DEBUT in Germany, 1st Prize at the 26th Competition of Elise Meyer Foundation in Germany, 3rd prize with Special Prize at
the 16th Maritim Musikpreis in Germany and the Audience Prize at the 2017 London Handel Singing Competition, as well as successes in the 2016 “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg “ International Singing Competition, 2016 Osaka International Singing Competition and the Special Prize 2016 International KS Ljuba Welitsch Singing Competition, Marcello Giordani International Singing Competition. He has recently broadcast as a Young Artist for NDR Kultur.
Jungkwon Jang is a member of the 2018/19 National Opera Studio Young Artists Programme.
Welsh born mezzo soprano Anna Jeffers began her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she played many operatic roles and was a major prize winner. Anna continued her studies on the prestigious ENO Opera Works course 13/14 and was chosen as one of eighteen Opera Awards Foundation bursary winners which supported her studies at ENO. Anna is currently learning with Louise Crane and Janet Haney.
Since graduating Anna has played many operatic roles and chorus in various productions working with Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park and Opera Project at Longborough Festival Opera. Highlights have included covering the roles of Eduige in Rodelinda and Second Witch/Lady in Waiting in Macbeth for Scottish Opera, playing Claire Morgan in the community opera Nine Stories High with Welsh National Opera and singing the roles of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Third Spirit in The Magic Flute for Wexford Festival Opera.
Highlights of 2016 include joining the extra chorus at Opera North and Welsh National Opera and returning to Buxton Festival Opera to cover the role of Andronico in Handel’s Tamerlano.
Originally from Aberdare, Emyr Wyn Jones studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining a BMus in Vocal Studies (First Class with Honours) and an MA in Opera Performance (Distinction) under the tutelage of Eric Roberts and Michael Pollock. Roles include Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, Minskman Flight, Papageno The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Sid Albert Herring, Forester Cunning Little Vixen, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff conducted by Carlo Rizzi (all for RWCMD). Other roles include Contractor/Ensemble Gair ar Gnawd[Word on Flesh] (Welsh National Opera/S4C), cover Nana/Starkey Peter Pan (Welsh National Opera), Benoit/Alcindoro La bohème, Schelkalov/Boyar Khruschov Boris Godunov, Henry Cuffe Gloriana (St Endellion Festival), Farmer/Ensemble Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera) and Cadmus Semele (Mid Wales Opera).
Most recently Emyr performed the role of 1st Priest/Cover Papageno The Magic Flute (Longborough Festival Opera) and Mr Flint Billy Budd (St Endellion Festival). Emyr has appeared in concert performances of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with CBSO, and in a Commemoration of the Somme concert with the Hallé Orchestra. He has also appeared on Welsh radio, television, and, most notably, on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.
Awards have included the 2017 Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year, 2016 RWCMD Ian Stoutzker Prize, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal, RWCMD’s HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, the Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Award, the David and Philippa Seligman Award, the Bruce Millar Gulliver Opera Award 2015, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2015 and the 2013 Ffresh Film Award Best Young Actor.
In 2017/18 Emyr will be a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. He is supported by The Opera Awards Foundation, The Banham Foundation, The Carne Trust, Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, The Welsh Livery Guild, and Mr Chris Ball.
British mezzo soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin is a recent alumnus of the National Opera Studio and studies with soprano Nelly Miricioiu. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and ENO’s Opera Works.
The 2016 season includes an international debut as Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto – in a coproduction between Dutch National Opera, De Nederlandse Reis Opera and Opera Zuid – , and UK debuts as Wowkle La Fanciulla Del West with Grange Park Opera, and Ruggiero Alcina with Longborough Festival Opera. She will return to De Nederlandse Reis Opera as Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
2015 included the World Premiere of Nigel Osborne’s “Bosnian Voices” with the critically acclaimed Liverpool Philharmonic 10/10 ensemble, and an appearance at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Awards have included the Miriam Licette Scholarship (Help Musicians UK), the RNCM Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize and an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. She was a finalist in the Jette Parker Young Artist auditions at Covent Garden in 2014 and 2015, and a 2015 Les Azuriales Young Artist.
Roles at NOS include Cenerentola La Cenerentola, Prince Charmant Cendrillon, Despina Cosi fan Tutte, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, 3rd Lady Die Zauberflöte, Judy Punch and Judy and Fanny Price Mansfield Park. At RNCM roles included Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, Mercedes Carmen, Mrs Herring Albert Herring, Xerxes Xerxes, Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, and Masha Paradise Moscow. Externally roles include Old Nog Tarka the Otter Buxton Festival Opera, 3rd Wild Goose/Poppet Paul Bunyan British Youth Opera and Ensemble Orfeo Bayerische Staatsoper.
Indonesian tenor Satriya Krisna obtained his Music BA in 2015, and Masters’ in 2017 under the tutelage of Henny Yana Diemer at the Conservatory of Amsterdam after obtaining a degree in Architecture. He then continued his training at the National Opera Studio 2017/2018 Young Artists programme in London. He won Third Prize, the Audience Prize and the Student Jury‘s Prize at the International Student Lied Duo Competition 2017 with duo pianist, Felix Justin.
In the summer of 2017, Satriya won a scholarship to attend the Verbier Festival Academy, where he performed Triquet in Eugene Onegin (cond. Stanislav Kochanovsky) and engaged in the Lied programme. In September 2017, Satriya won the Judges’ Discretionary Prize at Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize 2017. In summer 2018, he joined the Georg Solti Accademia 2018 in Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy.
Recently in 2018, he played a role as Le Mari in Poulenc Mamelle de Tirésias as part of Les Azuriales’ Young Artists’ programme 2018/2019 in Nice, France and played a role as Don Jose in Bizet/Brooks La tragedie de Carmen with Pop-Up Opera company. He is a member of the Samling Artist and now he plays as Pinkerton in Puccini Madama Butterfly with Diva Opera.
Satriya is currently part of the English National Opera as BAME fellowship member 19/20 and will also be covering the role of Peasant in their production of Luisa Miller and the role of Gamekeeper in their production of Rusalka. He is now developing his singing under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele.
Young British soprano Lucy Knight is winner of the Making Music Award for Young
Concert Artists and an Opera Awards Foundation bursary. Her roles this season
have included Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Bayerisches Staatsoper), Barbarina Le nozze di
Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), and cover Daughter 2 & 3 Philip Glass Akhnaten
(English National Opera).
Lucy’s recent and forthcoming engagements include Bridesmaid Weber Freischütz
(Opéra Comique, Paris & BBC Proms/John Eliot Gardiner); Ensemble Gluck Orphée
(ROH/Gardiner); her début with the Philharmonia Orchestra as the soprano soloist in
Nielsen’s Third Symphony (RFH/Paavo Järvi); Mendelssohn Ein Sommernachtstraum
(LSO/Gardiner); and Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater (RAH/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
and The Healer (Carnegie Hall, RFH, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall).
Born in London, Lucy studied Music at Cambridge University and began her career as a
member of the Monteverdi Choir, before training at the Guildhall School of Music &
Drama, Franz-Schubert-Institute in Vienna, and English National Opera. She is grateful
for the generous support she has received for her studies.
British soprano Alison Langer is currently playing Young Heidi in Follies at The National Theatre London alongside Dame Josephine Barstow and Imelda Staunton.
She trained at GSMD on the prestigious Opera Course under the tutelage of David Pollard.
Last summer she sang in the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, singing the role of the Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) after working with them in both the 2015 festival and the tour.
In March this year, Alison played The New Queen in the world premiere of Snow for The Opera Story. This summer she played Musetta for Iford Arts production of La bohème.
Alison made her professional debut in 2012 singing Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine with Dublin company Opera in the Open. She played the role of Florence in Iain Burnside’s critically acclaimed ‘A Soldier and a Maker’ at the Barbican Pit Theatre and The Cheltenham Festival.
Since then, operatic roles have included Edith in Opera Holland Park’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance, Delilah Beware the Ides – A Handel Pasticcio Opera in the Cotswolds, Norina I Pazzi per Progetto (Donizetti), Erodiade San Giovanni Battista (Stradella), Duchess The Cunning Peasant, (Dvorak).
On the concert platform, Alison has sung at many prestigious venues, most recently as a soloist in the Mozart Requiem at St Martin in the Fields last November. Solo performances have taken her to the Buxton Opera House, Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and The House of Lords and The Savoy Hotel.
British mezzo-soprano Bethan Langford studied at the Guildhall School and the National Opera Studio and is a 2018/19 Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera. Highlights so far include her debut as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for Bury Court Opera, Second Angel in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin with the Melos Sinfonia at LSO St Lukes and on tour at The Mariinsky Theatre, Third Maid (Elektra) under Esa-Pekka Salonen for the Verbier Festival, Noble Orphan in Richard Jones’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival and the BBC Proms and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at Grimeborn.
Bethan has performed at many leading concert venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival and Heidelberger Frühling Festival. She is a Samling Artist, a Les Azuriales Young Artist and a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company. Future engagements include Glasha (Katya Kabanova) and Second Lady in Tom Allen’s Magic Flute, both for Scottish Opera, and a recital at the Wigmore Hall for their Afternoon Series.
Bethan is also excited to be developing a new work at Snape Maltings this year, in collaboration with Gestalt Arts. Indus is based on Bethan’s life as a visually impaired person, with the aim to encourage awareness of all forms of disability and difference in both the arts and society.
South Korean Bass Ki Hyun Lee made his role debut as Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) at the Daegu Opera House in 2015. Between 2016 and 2018 he performed as Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata) at the Keimyung Art Center, Colline (La Bohème), Second Soldier and Fifth Jew (Salome) at the Daegu Opera House.
Ki Hyun studied under tenor Seok Be Ha at Keimyung University, College of Music & Performing Arts in Daegu. As an undergraduate, he was a BSC scholar for 4 years. Currently, he is studying his masters at the Royal College of Music under the tuition of Patricia Bardon. He is an Emma Rose Scholar supported by the Alice Templeton Scholarship, Daegu Opera House Scholar and Sungjung & Hwangjin Scholar.
Polly Leech is a mezzo-soprano from Wiltshire, currently training as a 2017/18 a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. She graduated last year from the Royal College of Music, having gained a postgraduate Masters in Vocal Performance (Distinction) under vocal professor Amanda Roocroft. She was the Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar and was also supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. Polly is a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
Recent and current opera engagements include Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Pop-Up Opera), Fekluša Kat’à Kabanovà (Opera Holland Park), Pitti-Sing The Mikado and Third Lady/Third Boy The Magic Flute (Charles Court Opera), Olga Eugene Onegin (Whitgift School), Queen/Second Village Woman/Mother Raven Snow (new commission by Murphy/Treacher/Lloyd for The Opera Story), Irene Theodora (RCM Oratorio Society), Tisbe Cinderella (HighTime), Countess of Desmond/Lady Lewson/Miss FitzHenry/Mrs Birch/Lady Jersey/Mrs Worrall/Second Nun English Eccentrics by Malcolm Williamson (British Youth Opera), Wife 76 Days by Kenichi Sekiguchi and Angel BEL and the DRAGON by Alex Paxton (RCM/Tête à Tête), Florence Pike Albert Herring (RCM International Opera School), Dritter Knabe Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), and Mrs Herring Albert Herring (Samling Academy Opera).
For the performance of the seven roles she played in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics, Polly was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize and the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells. She will return to Aldeburgh as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in March 2018 to study the role of Irene in Handel’s Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn.
Prior to her musical studies, Polly graduated from Durham University with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
Claire Lees is the winner of the 2019 Wil Keune Mozart Prize at the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition. She recently sang the role of Adina at Iford Arts in their production of L’elisir d’amore and also made her Opera Holland park debut, singing the role of Oscar in the Young Artist performance of Un ballo in maschera. She is a Samling Artist and is a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship and Fellowship.
In 2018, Claire sang her first season in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus where she covered the role of Yniold in Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande and sang chorus in the revivals of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Saul and in a new production of Barber’s Vanessa. On Glyndebourne’s 50th anniversary tour, she covered a Spirit in Massenet’s Cendrillon and sang chorus in Verdi’s La Traviata.
Operatic roles include Yniold (cover), Pelleas et Melisande, Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, Barbican Hall; Soeur Constance, Dialogues des Carmélites, GSMD; Pamina, The Magic Flute, Iford Arts; Foreign Woman, The Consul, GSMD; Papagena, Die Zauberflöte, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; and Drusilla, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Claire has performed at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Peterborough Cathedral. She collaborated with Iain Burnside on Drums and Guns, a joint project between the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Juilliard School and Royal Irish Academy of Music, presented in Dublin, London and New York.
Claire graduated from the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2018. She continues to study with Yvonne Kenny.
Website: Claire Lees
Piran Legg graduated as a baritone from the Guildhall Opera School in the summer of 2014. Since then he has continued his studies on the Artist’s Diploma with Kate Paterson. He made his operatic debut at the Wexford Festival singing chorus and small roles and has previously performed at Clonter Opera as Falke in Die Fledermaus and at Garsington as The Guide, Boy on boat and Polish Father in Britten’s Death in Venice in the summer of 2015. Recent highlights include a debut at the Cadogan Hall singing Schaunard in La Boheme as well taking a young artist position at Iford in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses with Christian Curnyn. Recent concert projects include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at Canterbury Cathedral and a return to Cadogan Hall singing the role of Danieli in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot with Chelsea Opera Group. In July 2016 Piran debuted as Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata at Clonter Opera. Piran was an Opera Awards Foundation bursary winner 2014 – 2015.
Sarah-Jane Lewis received her BMus from the Royal College of Music and MA DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music. She completed her studies in 2014 at the National Opera Studio. As a student, Sarah-Jane won several awards such as 2nd Prize Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2014, 1st Prize Hampshire Singing Competition 2013, and 1st Prize Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award 2012 to name a few. She also performed live on BBC Radio 2 and 3.
In 2017, Sarah-Jane became a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and a Link Artist at the Royal
Opera House. Sarah-Jane has performed the role of Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) for ETO and most recently the role
of Serena (Porgy and Bess) for Grange Park Opera. Future engagements include performances abroad (India
and Siberia) and in London with English National Opera.
Website: Sarah-Jane Lewis
A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio, now currently a Harewood artist with English National Opera, exciting Welsh soprano Rhian Lois has performed to great acclaim on the English National Opera stage in roles such as Frasquita Carmen, Papagena The Magic Flute and Yvette The Passenger, Adele Die Fledermaus, Nerine in Charpentier’s Medea and Atalanta Xerxes.
Recent engagements include her debut as Papagena at the Royal Opera House, Barbarina and Susanna at Welsh National Opera in Le nozze di Figaro and the world premiere of the sequel Figaro gets a Divorce and her US debut as Zerlina Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera. Concert appearances include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edward Gardner and CBSO recorded by Chandos.
On demand on the concert platform, she has performed Mozart Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Simon Halsey, CBSO’s Stravinsky retrospective ‘Igor Fest’, Brahms Requiem at Milton Court, Barbican, Handel’s Messiah in Cambridge and Carmina Burana at the Brangwyn Hall.
Next season Rhian will return to WNO to sing Adele Die Fledermaus and reprise her role as Angelica Figaro gets Divorce at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
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Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), bass Blaise Malaba graduated from the MA in Advanced Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), studying with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock. He is a PhD student in international economic relations at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine).
Blaise’s studies at the RWCMD have been supported by The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, The Waterloo foundation, The Rajeswari Schorlaship, The Alan Rogers Scholarship and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He is a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2018.
Blaise started his vocal training with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr, in 2012, and then in 2015, continued his training with Professor Bogdan Bazylykut at Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (Ukraine).
His repertoire includes Sarastro (Magic Flute), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Luka (The Bear), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), The Death (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi with WNO Orchestra, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi).
In concert platform and oratorios, Verdi’s Requiem and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
Conductors and director he has worked with include Carlo Rizzi, Gareth Jones, Wyn Davies, David Jones, Martin Constantine and William Kentridge in his new piece The Head and the Load. He has also taken part in master classes with John Fisher, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Grace Bumbry.
In 2015, Blaise was finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of World competition and won First Prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition (Ukraine).
Recent engagements include covering Frazier and part of the ensemble in the production of Porgy and Bess from August 2018 to January 2019 with the English National Opera (ENO), co-production with the Dutch National Opera (DNO).
Ella Marchment – artistic director of Helios Collective and Constella OperaBallet – has worked on over 80 opera and theatre productions throughout Europe and produced over 100 events that span opera, ballet, musicals, concerts, theatre, comedy, workshops, club nights, art instillations, and development programmes. Her many directing credits include Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich at Mariinsky II, an opera–ballet production of Stravinsky’s Renard, an acclaimed international tour of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs For A Mad King, Verdi’s Macbeth and A Masked Ball, Puccini’s Il Tabarro at LSO St Luke’s, Hathaway, Verdi’s Otello and Charpentier’s Louise at Buxton Festival, and a sell-out West End production of An Evening with Lucian Freud starring Cressida Bonas. Ella is also co-founder of Theatre N16, which promotes new plays and opera adaptations.
Ella has been employed by companies including the Royal Opera House, International Opera, Buxton Festival, Melos Sinfonia, and Opera Integra. She is committed to solving problems regarding opera’s accessibility and creating professional development opportunities for young artists. Ella especially enjoys presenting opera with a twist: in 2015 she wrote and directed a play–opera adaptation of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, a rock opera interpretation of Puccini’s Tosca, and set up a series of Opera Club Nights in Peckham. Ella became the first director to receive an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary in 2015. Her work is currently supported by Arts Council England and The British Council Artists International Development grant with Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera).
Upcoming directing engagements include Hathaway at Copenhagen Opera Festival, Helios Formations Masterclasses 2016, Dido & Aeneas as part of the Arts and Humanities Festival at King’s College London, Mad King Sweeney at Bury Court Opera, Canary Boys with Constella OperaBallet, and Operatic Mass Actions in the streets of Aarhus as part of the International Living Theatre Festival and City of Culture 2017.
Ruth Mariner is a Director, Facilitator and Librettist working across opera, contemporary opera and learning and participation. Her focus is to bring the artistic integrity and transformative power of opera towards a socially-conscious practice with a focus on developing new audiences.
Ruth studied music at Goldsmiths & Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 2014 she became the first writer to enter Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing an MA in Opera Making course on a joint scholarship from the Leverhulme Foundation and the Ewen Balfour Award. In 2015 Ruth became a fellow and gained a place on Guildhall’s ideas incubator, The Creative Entrepreneurship Scheme, to launch her own opera company.
Ruth is Artistic Director of Gestalt Arts, a company using opera to explore, unite and celebrate unique places and peoples. Gestalt ’s work is visually focused, bridging opera with physical theatre, street theatre and carnival. Gestalt Arts won the Amati Global Investors Entrepreneurship Prize 2017 for their innovation, The Stephen Oliver Award, and coming ahead of Glyndebourne and Opera Holland to win ‘Best Opera at the Youth Audiences Music Award’ in 2018.
Ruth has directed, assisted, directed revivals written libretti and lead education projects for companies including The Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, Clyde Opera, Garsington, Opera 24 and Mahoganny Opera Group. Ruth is also founder and director of The Librettist Network, a movement and education initiative helping opera tell new stories, hosted by Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Partners have included The Royal Opera House and The National Opera Studio.
Xolane Marman’s operatic career began in chorus parts in 2012 in the opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 2013 he was a member of the “Viva Verdi Celebration” at the Baxter Theatre, and a chorus member in the opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the ArtsCape Theatre. In 2014 he was a chorus member in the opera Il Viaggio a Reims, by Rossini, Wagner’s Der Fliegender Holländer, and sang his first solo role in the opera The Dialogues of the Carmelites as the Commissioner. He appeared at Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the South African College of Music (UCT) in 2015, as Giuseppe in La Traviata”, Don Curzio in the SACM Opera Kaleidoscope Le Nozze di Figaro and as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte.
As a stage director, he was an Assistant Director in the University of Cape Town’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the “Four:30” South African Operas (Blood of Mine and Bessie – The Blue-Eyed Xhosa). In 2017 he directed UCT Opera Kaleidoscope’s Servants of Love, which included Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito extracts and a full-scale performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. He completed his Opera Directing internship at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany. He directed Il Matrimonio Segreto for the UCT Opera school in early May 2018. In July 2018 was he Assistant Director to Ms. Claudia Blersch from Zürich Opernhaus, in Cape Town Opera House and UCT´s Don Pasquale production.
In late 2018, Xolane joined the Opernhaus Zürich as trainee director in their production of Handel’s Semele, starring Cecilia Bartoli. In 2019, he directed Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte for the Darling Opera Company and co-directed Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for the Berlin Opera Academy.
Luvuyo Mbundu, baritone, aged 27, grew up in Khayelitsha and started singing at school. He then started performing as an ad hoc singer for Cape Town Opera. He studied at UCT Opera School under Prof Sidwill Hartman and now works with with Sarita Stern.
Luvuyo was 3rd place winner in the Amazwi Omzantsi vocal competition in 2015 and participated in UCT productions of Il Viaggio a Reims and La Traviata before participating in Les Azuriales International Opera Program in Nice, France in September 2017, where he was awarded 3rd prize in the vocal competition.
He sang the role of Publio in the UCT Opera School’s Kaleidoscope production of La Clemenza Di Tito in June 2017 and then sang the role of Papageno in the CTO/UCT opera school production of Die Zauberflöte in Nov/Dec 2017. He was also 1st Prize/audience winner of the Schock singing competition 2017. He gave an An Die Musik concert at Baxter Theatre with Dr Lisa Engelbrecht in March 2018 and presented the same concert in Durban and Mauritius later that year.
Other recent performances include Angelo Gobbato’s Passion of Opera concert and the role of Maletesta in the CTO/UCT opera school production of Don Pasquale.
In 2019 Luvuyo was a semi-finalist to Domingo’s Operalia World Singing Competition and joined the Duesseldorf Oper Am Rhein studio. In December 2019 he will be perform in a Beethoven Year concert with Gabriela Benackova and the Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra Gotha in Germany and the New Year’s Concert with Thuringen Philharmonic Gotha.
Anastasia was born in 1991 and graduated from Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory, Russia. She studied under the tutorship of Professor Svetlana Zaliznyak and completed her Master of Music (Honours) in 2016. Anastasia was the Laureate in The Mussorgsky International Competition (Ekaterinburg, 2014) and was granted the coveted M. Magomaev Cultural and Music Heritage Foundation Scholarship. In 2015 Anastasia was selected as one of 10 young opera singers from Russia to participate in the “Academy Young opera singers from Russia in the Opera of Monte Carlo”.
In recent achievements, Anastasia was the finalist of the 2016 international Competition-Listening Cengio in Lirica (Italy) and was invited to perform as Fenena in the opera Nabucco by Verdi with Opera Classica Europa (Germany). In September 2016, Anastasia debuted as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Cadogan Hall in London (UK) in the Rossini Young Artists’ Festival. Anastasia was also a finalist in prestigious auditions such as Young Program of the Paris National opera, YAP Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) and Contests of Voice Competitions Winners (Saratov, Russia).
More recently in July 2017 Anastasia debuted as Angelina (Cinderella) in Rossini’s La Cenerentola produced by Gabriele Ribis at the Piccolo Festival Friuli Venezia Giulia and directed by Eva Buchmann of the Punto Arte Foundation (Amsterdam). Anastasia is now shortlisted for young programs of Met Opera (NY), Merola Opera Program (San Francisco) and Junges Ensemble of Theatre an der Wien (Vienna) among others.
Eva Meitner is a German conductor of French-German origin. Since January 2015 she is chief conductor of the Sinfonisches Orchester Hoyerswerda and since 2018 chief conductor of the Freies Orchester Leipzig. Since 2018 she’s also conductor of projects with the Konzertchor Leipzig and conducting teacher at Erfurt University since season 15/16. She’s also pianist at the Trio CornoVoce and Duo TastoCorno. Since 2017/18 she has also been a mentor at the Mentoring arts programme of the Leipzig Musikhochschule.
In March 2015 she participated in a conducting workshop with Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic in Luslawice, Poland. In September 2015 she participated in a conducting masterclass with Kurt Masur at Gewandhaus Leipzig and a conducting masterclass with Hamburger Symphoniker with Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr and Prof. David de Villiers in Hamburg.
During the season 13/14 she was artistic and musical director of the Werkstattorchester Dresden. In 2014 she obtained a bursary from the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation and conducted Mozart’s “Entführung aus dem Serail” at Pforzheim theatre. Furthermore she was one of the Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipients 2014.
Previously she was a masters student in conducting at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and assisted Anthony Bramall in many productions at Leipzig Opera.
Caroline is a South African Soprano who has recently completed training with the National Opera Studio. She did her Postgraduate studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, taking voice lessons with Helen Field. She also completed a three year opera course for young artists with the Black Tie Ensemble opera company in South Africa and was accepted to their studio.
While with the Black Tie Ensemble, she performed the roles of Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Violetta in La Traviata, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Caroline then joined the Cape Town Opera Studio in 2013. While with the Cape Town Opera company she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni conducted by Professor Kamal Khan and directed by Matthew Wild; Clara and Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess which she performed in Barcelona and Bordeaux in 2014; and Susanna (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro.
She won the first prize at the ATKV Musiqanto national competition and she was awarded second prize at the Voices of the Nation competition held in South Africa annually. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Belvedere International Competition held in Amsterdam. Caroline was awarded a Royal Overseas League (South African) Prize in March 2016.
With the National Opera Studio, Caroline performed in opera scenes with Opera North in Leeds, Scottish Opera in Glasgow and Welsh National Opera in Wales in collaboration with NOS. She has performed the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Headfirst Productions, during Autumn 2017. Most recently, she covered the role of Clara in Porgy and Bess production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera in Winter 2018/2019 and played the role of Lucy in Treemonisha with Spectra Ensemble.
Caroline is currently preparing the role of Queen of Sheba for the upcoming opera Solomon and the Queen of Sheba at Peckham Theatre.
Website: Caroline Modiba
Mosaic Opera Collective is Ruth Chan, Omar El-Khairy, Jennifer Farmer, Sevan K. Greene, David Austin Grey, Moji Kareem, Sayan Kent, Abigail Kelly, Sam Malik, Jonathan Man, Eska Mtungwazi, Zoë Palmer, a group of BAME artists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines making inroads into the artform of opera. Comprised of singer-songwriters, directors, librettists, composers, playwrights, live art performers, musicians and producers, Mosaic Opera Collective creates urgent, dynamic and engaging works which centre our multi-faceted experiences as BAME artists and in doing so, adds fresh and vibrant narratives to the operatic canon. By bringing their experience of other musical traditions and an interest in cross-culturally integrating instruments to opera, Mosaic explores and challenges the conventions of the form as they interrogate and push against the external and internal barriers in the opera world that currently exist for BAME artists.
Members’ work has been seen, heard and experienced on BBC Television, BBC Radios 3 and 4, ITV, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and at Carnegie Hall, Royal Opera House, Battersea Arts Centre, New York Theatre Workshop, Albany Theatre, Ovalhouse, Young Vic, Bath International Festival, Spitalfields Music, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, Contact Theatre Manchester, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Dubai International Film Festival, Birmingham Rep, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Riverside Studios, English Touring Opera, Opera South Africa, Belgrade Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Bush Theatre.
Noah Mosley is a conductor, composer and accompanist. His recent opera composition, Mad King Suibhne, premiered at Bury Court in March to critical acclaim (‘Mosley has a gift for melody’ Opera Magazine, ‘exquisite vocal writing… divine upper string writing… like a modern Purcell’ Opera Now) and is being performed in an updated version at ENO’s Lilian Baylis House and Messums, Wiltshire. Since 2014 he has been music director of Helios Collective, which received an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary for 2016 and with whom he has toured shows to Copenhagen and Buxton Opera Festivals, Glasgow and many London venues including the Arcola, the Bussey Building and Leicester Square Arts Theatre.
Noah has been a conducting fellow at the Dartington International Summer school, conducting the Dartington Festival Orchestra, a praktikant at Karlsruhe Opera House, assisting Justin Brown on Gurrelieder, and founded King’s College London Opera Company conducting the Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Fairy Queen and I.
Noah has won numerous awards, including the Cameron Mackintosh Award for music at the National Student Drama Festival – conducting a production of Shaffer’s Amadeus – and the Outstanding Arrangement Award in the world-wide and highly competitive 2012 Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in the New York City Town Hall, America.
Recent and future engagements include accompanying Bryan Hymel at the Opera Awards Foundation Gala dinner, creating a new opera-ballet in Tuoro sul Trasimeno and an upcoming opera and choral commission.
South African soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu was a member of the Accademia Rossinana, at the Rossini Opera Festival 2017, where she sang the role of Madama Cortese Il viaggio a Reims.
Looking ahead to the 2018/19 season, Noluvuyiso will appear at the Glyndebourne Festival;
Bergen National Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.
Noluvuyiso was awarded the 3rd Prize at Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA competition in 2015 and the 2nd and Audience Prizes at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2016.
A graduate of the University of Cape Town and a former member of the Cape Town Opera Studio, she has appeared with Cape Town Opera as Gilda Rigoletto; Violetta La Traviata; the title role of Maria Stuarda; Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia; Micaela Carmen and Pamina Die Zauberflöte.
In 2016, Noluvuyiso made her debut as Clara Porgy and Bess for Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires.
Belfast-born Bass-Baritone Timothy Murphy completed his Masters and AdvDip in Vocal Performance and Opera at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, the winner of the 2014 Michael Head Prize for English Song and a 2014 winner of an International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.
Operatic highlights include the roles of Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Headman in May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov and Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Royal Academy Opera, making his German operatic debut in Weimar, performing Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and covering four roles as ‘Ensemble 3’ in Shostakovich’s The Nose at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2017 he toured with Glyndebourne singing within the solo semi-chorus on Brett Dean’s Hamlet. For the 2017/19 seasons he is a member of the studio at Opéra National de Lyon. He made his debut with in Lyon in the premiere of Raskatov’s GerMANIA and returns in 2019 in Blacher’s Romeo and Juliet.
Timothy also performs with The Monteverdi Choir and as soloist in oratorios around the UK and Europe. Highlights include ten solo performances of Handel’s Messiah in a production staged by Le Ballet de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux in Bordeaux Opera House and several concerts of Bach’s Ascension Oratorio with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble at Easter.
Timothy’s passion for music is accompanied by a great enthusiasm for tennis and bookbinding.
Hungarian baritone Gyula Nagy is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio, where he was supported by the Royal Opera House and the Opera Awards Foundation. Previously, he studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Gyula is also an alumnus of Opera Theatre Company’s Young Associate Artists’ Programme in Dublin.
In 2016, Gyula was a WNO Associate Artist, where his engagements included the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and the covers of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and in Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce. Previously, he worked with Scottish Opera, covering Escamillo in Carmen (2015). His operatic roles also include Mozart’s Don Giovanni (National Opera Studio, 2015) and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera, 2014).
From September 2016, Gyula will be joining the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his roles will include Fiorello in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Filotete in Handel’s Oreste, Paul in Philip Glass’s Les Enfants terribles, Nachtigall in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, the Imperial Commissioner in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Flemish Deputy in Verdi’s Don Carlos and Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata. He will be also covering Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
Gyula is grateful for the support provided by Chris Ball (2016), Tudás a Jövőnkért Foundation (2014), Hungary, the Opera Awards Foundation, London (2013, 2014), the John McCormack Society, Dublin (2013), and the Gaiety Bursary, Dublin (2011).
Watch: Gyula Nagy on what the support of the Opera Awards Foundation has meant to him.
Rachel Nicholls is now widely recognised as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of her generation.
Following her debut at London’s Royal Opera as Third Flowermaiden/ Parsifal, she sang a wide repertoire of baroque, classical and contemporary repertorie in opera and concert throughout the UK and Europe, including the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms, and forged a close relationship with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, with whom she made several recordings. Other conductors with whom she has worked include Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington, Richard Hickox and Valery Gergiev and Daniele Gatti.
She first came to notice as a dramatic soprano with her highly acclaimed performances as Brünnhilde for Longborough Festival Opera, culminating in complete Ring Cycles in 2013, followed by Isolde in 2014. In 2013 she sang Senta for Scottish Opera and in 2014 Leonore in Fidelio for the Bergen National Opera.
Recent and future engagements include Isolde, Tristan und Isolde for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Oper Stuttgart, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Grange Park Opera, Fidelio for Lithuanian National Opera, Guinevere Gawain for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and NI Opera, Eva, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and ENO, Isolde’s Liebestod and Elgar’s Spirit of England with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, the Wesendonck Lieder at the 2013 St Endellion Festival, and Verdi Requiem at Cadogan Hall.
Rachel Nicholls was born in Bedford and in 2013 was awarded an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary to study with Dame Anne Evans.
Harry Ogg is a conductor and pianist based in London. Since graduating from Clare College, Cambridge in 2012, he has conducted operas at Opera Holland Park, British Youth Opera, the Julian Light Operatic Society and at LSO St Luke’s with his orchestra Sinfonia d’Amici. He has also conducted the London Mozart Players, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia d’Amici in concert, as well as the Hallé in recordings for NMC Recordings. He has recently assisted Lionel Friend at WNO and BYO, Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé, Stuart Stratford and Steuart Bedford at Opera Holland Park, Anthony Negus for David Poutney’s production of Lulu in Bolzano as well as Edward Gardner, Sir Richard Armstrong, Libor Pešek and Martin Yates in concerts in London and Cambridge.
British baritone Alex Otterburn is a 2014 winner of the International Opera Awards bursary and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed with many companies at home and abroad, including Grange Park Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin, The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Opera Ireland. Recent highlights include his debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw singing Curio Giulio Cesare with Lawrence Zazzo in the title role, Schaunard La bohème at the National Concert Hall Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, arias of Mozart with the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva at Victoria Hall and Yevgény Onégin under Sian Edwards for Dartington Festival.
Joseph Padfield graduated from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama in 2014. Operatic highlights since graduating include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro, Diva Opera), Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte, Diva Opera), understudy Dog/Death/Smith (Swanhunter Opera North), Lido Boatman/Gondolier (Death in Venice, Garsington Opera), understudy Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte, Garsington Opera), understudy Zuniga (Carmen, Scottish Opera), understudy Eisenring (Biedermann and the Arsonists, Independent Opera), Barker (The Adventures of Pinocchio, Cambridge Philharmonic).
Upcoming performances include Ibn Hakia (Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta as a guest artist at
Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in Southampton.
Born in Aveiro, Portugal, Ricardo has distinguished himself for his interpretation of the florid baritone Bel Canto roles, deemed beguilingly sonorous, a technical tour-de-force and mesmerising by different music publications.
Career highlights have included the London premieres of Saverio Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte at Leighton House Museum and of Federico Ruiz’s Los Martirios de Colón at the Southbank Centre.
Ricardo studied singing in Portugal at the University of Aveiro with António Salgado, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with Laura Sarti, respectively. He also worked with singers such as Della Jones, Monserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza and Nelly Miricioiu.
He currently studies with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice, supported by the Opera Awards Foundation.
His operatic roles include, amongst others, Marcello in La Bohème (Regents Opera, Clapham Opera Festival), Dandini in La Cenerentola (Clapham Opera Festival), Silvio in I Pagliacci (Woodhouse Festival), Count Almaviva in Le Nozze Di Figaro (Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme); Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Brava); Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Clapham Opera Festival); Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore (Pop-Up Opera).
Ricardo is also a regular lecturer for Opera Prelude.
Future projects include a return to Wexford Festival Opera to perform in the 2016 productions of Donizetti’s Maria di Rudenz and David’s Herculanum.
Anna Patalong studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning top prizes at both the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition at the Liceu, Barcelona and the Monuiszko International Vocal Competition,Warsaw.
Recent highlights include Anna’s debut with the Opera National de Paris, performing the role of Brigitta in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Mimì La bohème at the Opera de Rouen, a role debut as Liu in Calixto Bieto’s radical interpretation of Turandot with Northern Ireland Opera, a return to the Theater Lubeck and Opera Holland Park for performances of Mimì La bohème together with her debut at the Ruhrtriennale Festival as Woglinde Das Rheingold in a new production by Johan Simons, conducted by Teodor Currentzis.
Anna made her Royal Opera House debut in 2013 as a Blumenmädchen in Stephen Langridge’s critically acclaimed production of Parsifal, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. She returned the following season to cover the lead role of Roxana Krol Roger. Anna has recently performed with Opera de Limoges as Ännchen Der Freischütz, whilst in the UK she has won high praise for her interpretations of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and the title role of Suor Angelica at Opera Holland Park, Terinka in Dvorak’s The Jakobin and
Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera at Buxton Festival Opera and Pamina The Magic Flute with English Touring Opera. She has sung in concert across Europe as well as many venues at home, such as the Royal Albert Hall,
Wigmore Hall, Crush Room, QEH.
Aphrodite Patoulidou embarked on an international career as a member of the Equilibrium Young Artists Initiative by Barbara Hannigan, and as a Guest of Sasha Waltz. She has appeared in theatres such as Staatsoper Berlin, La Monnaie, Teatro Real Madrid, Greek National Opera; in concert halls such as Gothenburg’s, Snape Maltings, Bruges Concertgebouw and festivals such as the Ojai Music Festival in California, Flanders Festival, La Monnaie Sleepover, and at many festivals in Greece.
Her interpretations of Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Elle (La Voix Humaine), Belinda (Dido & Aeneas), Sophie Scholl (Weisse Rose) and Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child have been praised by the international press. Apart from opera, she also engages in concert work, lieder programs and body/voice improvisations.
Upcoming engagements bring Aphrodite to the Berliner Philharmonie with Kirill Petrenko and to the Grand Theater Shanghai as well as the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele with Chris Moulds. She has also been invited to sing two world premieres.
Aphrodite can be seen on screen featuring in documentaries such as Taking Risks by Accentus, Rétro by Particia Nedzwiecki and in films such as Twinkle, twinkle little star by Greek Toys, a series for children for which she wrote the music.
She has a passion for composing, taking pictures, teaching and writing (column: “#liveyourdreamρε”). Her first illustrated cycle of poetry was published in Greece in 2011 as a national first prize winner. She also directed her own show of singers and dancers and she conducted the Greek Choir of Brussels.
Aphrodite studied at the University of Macedonia in Greece, the Royal Flemish Conservatorium of Brussels, University of Arts Berlin and spent some quality time in Paris. She has also studied modern and folk singing and plays the piano and guitar. She currently studies with baritone Aris Argiris. She likes snow and comic books. Not necessarily combined.
American soprano Jacqueline Piccolino has been hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as having “impeccable technique and stage presence” and as “an artist to watch”. In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Piccolino will join the roster of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program singing Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and covering the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka. In addition, Ms. Piccolino will perform Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
As a recent San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, she made her San Francisco Opera debut in the summer of 2013 as Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She returned from 2013-2015 as the First Lady in The Magic Flute, Lady Madeline in La chute de la maison Usher, Laura in Luisa Miller, 2nd maid in the world premiere of Dolores Claiborne, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Clotilda in Norma, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah.
As a participant in the 2012 and 2013 Merola Opera Program, Ms. Piccolino appeared as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Arminda in La finta giardiniera. She has performed the Israelitish Woman in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Erste Dame with Seattle Opera in 2017, as well as Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
Other career highlights include appearing as a Studio Artist with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, a performer in the Napa Festival del Sole’s Bouchaine Young Artist Concert Series and as a participant in the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Vocal Academy.
Ms. Piccolino is a first prize winner from The American Prize in Vocal Performance, the Igor Gorin Memorial Award from the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Rose M. Grundman Award Recipient from the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago. Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music in 2013 and received the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from her Alma mater.
Website: Jacqueline Piccolino
Australian tenor Adam Player completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before graduating with a Masters of Music from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Adam has had a busy performance schedule since completing his studies, performing in the UK, Australia and Ireland. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Lake District International Summer Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and has performed roles with companies including Opera Australia, OzOpera, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, British Youth Opera, and the Hallé orchestra.
Some performance highlights include singing the role of Ulrich Eisslinger in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner), in a concert performanc, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and singing in the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ opera, Silent Night, based on the Christmas truce between a group of Scottish, French and German soldiers in WWI.
Adam was awarded the William McLeod Johnstone Prize for male singers from the Royal Northern College of Music and is a 2015 awardee of an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.
He appears as an Apostle on the Hallé’s Gramophone award-winning recording of The Apostles (Elgar), under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, and as Registrar in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s DVD of Madama Butterfly.
Adam’s recent roles include: Monostatos, The Magic Flute (Mozart), Edmondo, L’assedio di Calais (Donizetti), Ulrich Eisslinger, Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner), Benoit, La Boheme (Puccini), Dancaïre, Carmen (Bizet), Sergei, Moscow, Cheryomushki (Shostakovich), Western Union Boy, Paul Bunyan (Britten), Iro, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi), Francis Flute, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Vasek, The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Bellecour, Vert Vert (Offenbach) and Hervey, Anna Bolena (Donizetti).
Upcoming engagements for Adam include:
– Iro in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) and covering the roles of Mercurio and Pane in La Calisto (Cavalli) for English Touring Opera in Oct-Nov 2016
– Soldato I/ Famigliari II/ Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) for Pinchgut Opera in Dec 2017.
John is from Donegal, Ireland he completed his Bachelor of Music with Hons in 2008 at the University of Ulster and his Master of Music in 2010. This year John completes his studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Ryland Davies and Audrey Hyland. During his time at the Royal Academy of Music he held the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust Scholarship and the Porter (Selleck) Foundation Award. John is a graduate of the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and Les Azuriales. He is a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle and is a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist.
Operatic roles include; Basilio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Nadir THE PEARL FISHERS, Rinuccio GIANNI SCHICCHI, Rodolfo LA BOHEME, Beppe RITA, Don Jose CARMEN, Spoletta TOSCA and Ulysses ULYSSES A MUSICAL ODYSSEY (created the role of Ulysses in the opera by Laurence Roman) and opera scenes including; Bill FLIGHT, Graf Albert DIE TOTE STADT, Pylade IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE, Il Duca RIGOLETTO and Alfred DIE FLEDERMAUS.
On the concert platform he has performed works including Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION, MAGNIFICAT, Beethoven’s CHRISTUS AM ÖLBERGE, MASS IN C, SYMPHONY NO. 9, Berlioz TE DEUM, Handel’s MESSIAH, Haydn’s THE CREATION, THE SEASONS, Puccini’s MESA DI GLORIA, Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE, Saint-Saëns CHRISTMAS ORATORIO and Schumann REQUIEM.
In 2016 John will join the Alvarez Young Artists Programme at Garsington Opera and sings recitals for Stowmarket Concert Society, performing Schubert’s Schwanengesang and at the Great Comp Music Festival.
Welsh Soprano Elin Pritchard is a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she was awarded a Master of Opera with distinction and a Master of Music, and of London’s National Opera Studio.
Her operatic roles include Violetta for Den Jyske Opera, Kupava / The Snow Maiden and Nedda / I Pagliacci for Opera North, Tosca English Touring Opera, Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor for Buxton Festival Opera, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Den Jyske Opera, and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Finnish National Opera Micaela in Carmen for Mid Wales Opera, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for British Youth Opera, Musetta La bohème, Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw, Nella Gianni Schicchi, Giorgetta Il tabarro and Stella I Gioielli della Madonna for Opera Holland Park, For Scottish Opera, she has sung Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress and Violetta La traviata and First Dryad, Rusalka.
Elin Pritchard sings regularly in concert, her repertoire including Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,Bruckner Mass in F Minor, Brahms Requiem, Dvorak Te Deum, Fauré Requiem, Gounod Messe Solennelle, Haydn St Nicholas with English Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No4, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Poulenc Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony and Verdi Requiem.
Recent and future engagements include Miss Jessel / The Turn of the Screw for ENO at Regent’s Park Theatre, Adalgisa / Norma in a concert performance for Chelsea Opera Group, Marie / Daughter of the Regiment at the Buxton Festival for Opera Della Luna, Brahms Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra and at St John’s Smith Square, Opera Gala concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Song recital at Wigmore Hall with the Samling Foundation. Tosca, Mid Wales Opera, Verdi Requiem at Snape Maltings, Sea Symphony in Winchester Cathedral, Alice/ Falstaff The Grange festival and a return to Den Jyske Opera to sing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin.
British soprano Alice Privett graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the Concert Recital Diploma, and from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music where she was a Jennifer Vyvyan and Sickle Foundation Scholar.
Operatic experience includes Ginevra Ariodante (RAO), Carolina The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera), Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Aldeburgh Festival, Gretel (West Green Opera), Romilda Xerxes and Echo Ariadne auf Naxos (Longborough Festival Opera), Giulietta I Capuletti e i Montecchi and Michäela La Tragédie de Carmen (Pop up Opera), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Kilden Theatre, Norway), Mimi (Opera Holland Park as a Christine Collins Young Artist), Simplicius (cover) Simplicissius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera) the title roles in Snow and Goldilocks (The Opera Story), Bianca La Rondine (OHP), and Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Company).
She has sung as an oratorio soloist extensively around the UK, including performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Messiah at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place, and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time in Bath Abbey and Salisbury Cathedral. Recitals have and continue to encompass a wide range of repertoire, from the Baroque to the Contemporary. Highlights have included a solo performance at King’s Place of Berg and Schoenberg Lieder, a selection of Birtwhistle’s Niedecker Songs that were aired on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC proms, Pierrot Lunaire at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Vier Letzte Lieder at the Amersham Festival; she is also a founding member of Schubert & Co., an ensemble of eight singers and pianist Sholto Kynoch.
She was the winner of the Helen Clarke Award (2013) and the Leonard Ingrams Award (2014) from Garsington Opera, the Leon Fischbach Memorial Prize at the London Handel Competition (2015), and a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards (2015). She is grateful to Opera Prelude for their continuing support.
In 2016 – 17 Gyula joins the Opernstudio of Opernhaus Zurich, where his roles will include Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Le petit vieillard and La rainette in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Torquemada in L’heure espagnole, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Second Workman in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Second Brabantischer Edler in Lohengrin. Outside of his engagements in Zurich he will sing the Mozart’s Requiem in the Great Amber hall in Liepaja and St.Peter’s Church in Riga, with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra.
Last season he sang Messiah with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and with the Danubia Symphony, Handel Brockes Passion at the Palace of Arts Budapest, Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus with the Hungarian Radio Symphony, Alidoro in Orontea at the Budapest Spring Festival, the lover in Fairy Queen at the Hungarian State Opera, a highly acclaimed concert version of Adriano in Siria conducted by Leo Duarte at London’s Cadogan Hall and, Carmina Burana in Somerset. He has also attended Edith Wiens Internationale Meistersinger Akademie.
Gyula made his professional operatic debut in October 2014 with Wrocław Opera ISCM World Music Days as Louis in Angels in America by Péter Eötvös. That same year he also sang the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Sir Georg Solti Hall in Budapest.
He was a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera singing the role of A Christian and understudied Nearco in Poliuto.
He graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School under Dinah Harris in 2015 as a Sir Roger & Lady Carr Soirée d’Or Scholar. Gyula is proud to be a recipient of the Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship and the International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary. He is also a Samling Artist.
Current and future engagements of Anglo-French baritone Charles Rice include Eugene Onegin (title role) Angers Nantes Opéra, DEMETRIUS A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan, ALBERT La Juive and ARTHUR KOESTLER Benjamin, dernière nuit (world premiere) and PROCOLO Viva la Mamma Opéra de Lyon, MARCELLO La bohème Opera Theatre Company Dublin, HERMANN Les Contes d’Hoffmann Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and SILVIO I Pagliacci Opéra de Toulon.
Recent engagements include ESCAMILLO Carmen Stadttheater Klagenfurt and Vorarlberger Landestheater, MUSIKLEHRER/HARLEKIN Ariadne auf Naxos Opéra de Toulon, SID Albert Herring English Touring Opera, SOLOIST HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtale Mahogany Opera Group tour (Linbury Studio, Bregenz Festival, Norfolk, and Norwich Festival), ALCHEMIST/INQUISITOR/SENOR/SULTAN ACHMET Candide Opéra National de Lorraine, NED KEENE Peter Grimes Aldeburgh Festival, BELLO La Fanciulla del West English National Opera, CONTE ROBINSON Il Matrimonio Segreto Festival de Sédières, MORALES Carmen Royal Albert Hall, and ANGELOTTI Tosca Grange Park Opera.He also sang the CAT in Stravinsky’s Renard Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist Programme and JAMES Pirates of Penzance Buxton Festival. Charles appeared in concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Cadogan Hall.
He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio.
British conductor Matthew Scott Rogers joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House at the start of the 2016/17 Season. Engagements in his first Season included conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the Young Artists’ Summer Performance, a concert with the Southbank Sinfonia, work as assistant conductor with The Royal Ballet and on the music staff of The Royal Opera. He will additionally work as assistant conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their 2017/18 season.
Conducting engagements include with New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H. Koch Theater, with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program, Samson et Dalila for Chelsea Opera Group, Hänsel und Gretel for Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor for Winslow Hall Opera, Così fan tutte for Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Pärnu Music Festival, a tour to Bucharest with BBC Concert Orchestra and with the Tokyo City Symphony, Osaka Symphony and Dubrovnik Symphony orchestras.
Rogers studied conducting with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Christopher Seaman. He studied at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the University of Glasgow and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Naomi is a mezzo-soprano from Suffolk, currently studying for her Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, having just completed her undergraduate studies there. She studies under the tutelage Louise Winter and is generously supported by the Annie Ridyard Scholarship and the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award.
Naomi’s most recent operatic performances at the RNCM include: Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peaseblossom); Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (cameo role) and Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne (Clara). Her opera scenes also include: Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel), Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Dorabella) and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino). Naomi is currently working on the role of Maestra della novizie in the winter production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
As a regular concert performer, Naomi’s highlights are performing as guest soloist with the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, which was part of their Set Work’s Educational programme. She has also performed as soloist in the orchestrated arrangement of Manuelle de Falla’s Siete canciones populares españolas with the ArkEnsemble’s in the RNCM concert hall.
Puerto Rican lyric coloratura soprano Valerie Rosa is a promising young opera singer with a great commitment to her solo career in vocal performance. With a classical singing training from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico and a BA in Humanities in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Valerie has been part of programs such as the “Savannah VOICE Festival” in Georgia, USA, with baritone Sherrill Milnes and “The Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers” in Oxfordshire, UK, where she had the opportunity to work with artists including Dame Felicity Lott.
Valerie is currently a student at the Royal Northern College of Music in her first year of an MMus Performance in the Vocal Studies and Opera School, with Sandra Dugdale as her tutor. Valerie has also been awarded a bursary supported by the Waverley Fund, for her studies in the RNCM. She has sung with choruses including the Opera Workshop of the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, Lyrical Chorus of Puerto Rico, Pro Lyrical Art of Puerto Rico and “Opera de Puerto Rico” in opera and zarzuela productions such as Madame Butterfly, Cosi fan Tutte, Dialogues des Carmélites, Los Gavilanes and works like Carmina Burana. She has performed with the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra Foundation in a role at a Puerto Rican opera written by Alberto Guidobaldi. Valerie intends to continue her studies in the United Kingdom while pursuing competitions and auditions for the development of her career.
Bursary supported by Jeremy Scott
Isolde Roxby, soprano, graduated with a distinction in MMUS Vocal Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 under the tutelage of Marilyn Rees. She was supported in her studies by the National Opera Studio and The Ruby and Will George Trust.
While studying at GSMD, Isolde performed in a number of concerts both inside and outside the school, including the City of London Festival and Song in the City. She has taken the following roles in opera scenes: Madame Herz in Mozart’s Schauspieldirektor, Clorinda in Rossini’s Cenerentola  Magda in Menotti’s The Consul, Vitellia in Mozart’s Clemenza di Tito, Rosmene in Handel’s Imeneo, The Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw , Elizabeth I in Britten’s Gloriana and Frau Fluth in Nikolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor .
In the last two years, she has performed with Clonter Opera, The Helios Collective and Buxton Opera Festival and has been heavily involved with the contemporary opera scene: being the first to sing roles in a number of new operatic works. Last year, she performed one of these roles for Formations Contemporary Opera Masterclasses working with Kasper Holten, Stephen Barlow, David Parry, Stephen Unwin and Robert Saxton. Isolde has upcoming contracts as Belinda in a reconstruction of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas [October 2016] and as Eorran in a new opera [March 2017] being written for her voice.
Isolde has a wide background in the performing arts having been a member of the National Youth Theatre and also a stage director for opera with young adults. She has appeared on TV on a number of occasions for the BBC and Northern Film and Media. Most recently, she was filmed by Channel 4, performing ‘Roxana’s Aria’, for a short opera video to be aired in autumn 2017.
Originally from Newcastle, Isolde performed regularly in her local area. When she moved to London in 2009, she enjoyed singing with various choirs and performing roles alongside her academic studies including Dido in 2009, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance in 2010 and Ida in Princess Ida in 2011. She graduated from King’s College London in 2011, where she was a choral scholar with the KCL Chapel Choir. Isolde was the soprano soloist for their performances of Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé Requiem.
Isolde’s most recent engagement was with Buxton Opera Festival as chorus and cover for the role of Marzelline in Leonore. She is very proud to be a recipient of a 2016/17 International Opera Awards Bursary.
London based Australian tenor Samuel Sakker studied Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, and later Commerce at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Samuel’s 2017/18 season engagements include Erik Der fliegende Holländer (Nederlandse Reisopera); Laertes in the Australian première of Brett Dean’s Hamlet (Adelaide Festival); tenor soloist in Song of the Earth (Royal Ballet and English National Ballet); and opera gala concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Previous highlights include Erik Der fliegende Holländer (Cape Town Opera); Cavaradossi Tosca (English Touring Opera); Alfredo La traviata (Royal Opera House & New Zealand Opera); James Nolan in the definitive recording of Dr Atomic (BBC Symphony Orchestra), which was also performed in concert at the Barbican under the baton of composer John Adams; the title role in Liszt’s unfinished opera Sardanapalo; Alfredo La traviata and Baroncelli Rienzi (Melbourne Opera); and roles for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland.
On the concert platform he has performed as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem alongside Albina Shagimuratova, Joyce DiDonato and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano in Japan; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Barbican Hall/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with The Royal Ballet; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Anghiari Festival in Italy; Mozart’s Requiem at London’s Cadogan Hall; Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem for the Brisbane Festival; as a soloist in Hyde Park for the Last Night of the BBC Proms; and Nessun Dorma for the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park.
2016-17 saw Samuel as a company principal artist at the Royal Opera House and in 2014-16 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, where his roles included 1st Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Heinrich der Schreiber Tannhäuser, Gastone La traviata, Malcolm Macbeth (Japan Tour), Abdallo Nabucco, Barbarigo I due Foscari, Patacha L’Etoile, Sandy/Officer 1 in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse (Linbury Theatre), and understudied B.F. Pinkerton, Macduff, Ismaele, Lensky, Tamino, and Don Ottavio.
Samuel was the recipient of second place in the inaugural Grange Festival Singing Competition, as well as awards from the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation and the Australian International Opera Awards.
Croatian soprano Nela Šarić graduated from Zagreb Academy of Music (prof. Cynthia Hansell-Bakić) and Wales International Academy of Voice, where she studied under renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill and soprano Nuccia Focile. While at WIAV Nela worked and studied with several distinguished coaches including Mo.Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. She was a member of 2015 International Opera Studio in Gijon, Spain.
Nela is the winner of the 1st and the Tokyo Metropolitan Opera Foundation Special Prizes at the 2017 Riccardo Zandonai International Competition in Italy, of the 1st and the Audience Prizes at the 2017 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award in Wales, UK, and the 2nd Prize at the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Austria. In addition, Nela was a finalist at the prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia and the International Zinka Milanov Singing Competition in Croatia.
Recent highlights include covering the role of Violetta Valery in La traviata at Welsh National Opera, singing Musetta in La bohème at the Sendai Music Hall and Gilda in Rigoletto at the Emerald Hall in Japan, Faure’s Requiem with New York’s West Village Chorale, a gala concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Croatian National Theatre in Zadar, and at the Milka Trnina Award Ceremony. She has performed with all the major Croatian orchestras and ensembles. She has recorded the 19th century baroque music of composers from Zadar, produced by Edo Mičić and widely toured Croatia performing renaissance music with distinguished lutenist Edin Karamazov.
Renowned industry professionals she has worked with include conductors Riccardo Muti, Lorenzo Tazzieri, Gareth Jones, Michael Conley, Guido Mancusi and directors Sarah Crisp, Ignacio Garcia, Yasuhiro Miura, Sandra Martinović, Krešimir Dolenčić and Dora Ruždjak Podolski. She has also participated in masterclasses held by Raina Kabaivanska, Della Jones, Susan Bullock, Nelly Miricioiu, Ryland Davies, Annemarie Zeller, Larry Allan Smith, Benno Schollum, Mary Logan-Hastings, Helena Lazarska and Judith Kopecky.
Nela was awarded a Coat of Arms by the City of Zadar for exemplary successes and achievements in the field of music.
Michael J. Scott’s current and future engagements include Loge Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Theater an der Wien, Shabby Peasant (c) Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Spoletta Tosca Nederlandse Reisopera, and Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Marquis The Gambler and Sopel Rimsky- Korsakov’s Sadko Opera Vlaanderen.
Most recent work includes Fatty Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Syphax Der König Kandaules, Scribe Khovanshchina, Tattered Peasant Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk, Erster Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte, Abdallo Nabucco, Knappe Parsifal, Haushofmeister Der Rosenkavalier and roles in Candide Opera Vlaanderen, Policeman/Old Man/Student The Nose Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Titorelli/Flogger/Student Glass’ The Trial Theater Magdeburg, as well as Knappe Parsifal and Haushofmeister DerRosenkavalier Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Other international engagements include Erster Jude (cover Narraboth) Salome Teatro Comunale di Bolzano, Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Rodolfo La Bohème Nationale Reisopera Resident Artists Programme and Don José Carmen Co-Opera Co’s production in London, continuing through the UK.
Michael has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a Masters from the Royal College of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the RCM International Opera School.
He made his debut in 2005 as Don CurzioLe Nozze di Figaro New Jersey Opera Theater. Other roles include Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia with the MSM Accompanying Seminar, Rodolfo La Bohème Co-Operative Opera Company in London, the tenor roles in Lost Childhood IVAI-Tel Aviv, Pasek The Cunning Little Vixen, Erster Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte, and Jenik The Bartered Bride RCMIOS.
The winner of the 8th International WagnerStimmen Wettbewerb in Karlsruhe, New Zealand-born soprano Kirstin Sharpin returned to her ancestral roots in 2001, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, where she studied with Dennis O’Neill as an Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellow and Samling Artist.
Now living in Germany, recent operatic engagements include the title role in Beethoven’s Leonore for the Buxton Festival, Euryanthe, Ada Die Feen and Mariana Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera Group, and a critically acclaimed Elettra in Idomeneo for Blackheath Halls Opera, as well as performances with Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, and the St Endellion Festival.
Kirstin has made several appearances with the RSNO, and her concert repertoire ranges from Handel to Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Verdi, Strauss, Berlioz and Poulenc.
Kirstin has been a semi-finalist in the Elizabeth Connell and Kathleen Ferrier Prizes and the Montserrat Caballé Competition, and is a past recipient of Countess of Munster Trust, Miriam Licette and Sybil Tutton Scholarships, and a Goodall Scholarship from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.
Confirmed plans for 2016/17 include Gerhilde Die Walküre in concert for Saffron Opera Group and a recital series focusing on settings of the ‘Big Five’ Soviet poets.
Born in Johannesburg, bass-baritone Simon Shibambu completed his Diploma and Degree in Vocal arts at Tshwane University of Technology under Hans Van Heerden, before moving to London to study for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music where he studies with Professor Graeme Broadbent. Supported by an ABRSM scholarship.
Simon won several singing competitions and sang in numerous Opera Productions and concerts. He sang before the First Lady of China on her visit to London and sang for Prince Charles when he visited the RCM. Led him to sing to Her Majesty the Queen to whom he was introduced at the Westminster Abbey on the Commonwealth day service and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration.
He is in the Young Singers Project for the Salzburg Festival 2016 in Austria and will be featured in the two Opera productions of Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini and Thaïs by Jules Massenet and he will be involved also in the Concerts and master classes as well. Simon is starting with the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House in September for two years.
Ukranian-born Oksana Sliubyk graduated with distinction from The Lviv National Academy of Music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She continues her studies under the guidance of Susan Waters.
In 2011 she made her debut as Adina in L’elisir D’amore (Donizetti) with Lviv National Academy Opera Studio. Since then she has often performed with Lviv Philharmonic Society and the Lviv National Opera Theatre.
In 2013 she became a bursary recipient from The University of Ottawa and was accepted to study at one of the world’s leading schools, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since then she has been a two-time winner of the Opera Awards Foundation bursary and the Guildhall School of Drama scholarship. In 2016 she made her TV debut in the Made in Chelsea series. Oksana appears in many recitals, master classes and productions of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Opera Awards Foundation.
Oksana is grateful for the generous support of her studies from The Opera Awards Foundation, Serena Fenwick and Talent Unlimited.
Alexander Sprague’s most recent and future engagements include The Fairy Queen Staatstheater Stuttgart, ELECTRICIAN Powder Her Face Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen and Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, DON OTTAVIO Don Giovanni Opera Theatre Company Dublin, SCARAMUCCIO Ariadne auf Naxos Opéra de Nancy, JONATHAN DALE Kevin Put’s Silent Night Atlanta Opera, and GONZALVEZ L’heure espagnole Angers Nantes Opera.
Career highlights have included SHEPHERD/APOLLO L’Orfeo Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the Roundhouse, YWAIN Birtwistle’s Gawain Salzburger Festspiele, ALBERT HERRING (title role) Opera North, ELECTRICIAN Powder Her Face English National Opera, and appearances at Wexford Festival, Welsh National Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Scottish Opera, Edinburgh Festival and Stadttheater Klagenfurt and with Les Talens Lyriques at the Salle Pleyel, Paris.
Alexander has sung in concert with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Festival Orchestra and London Handel Players in venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, and St Martin in the Fields. He sang recitals for Leeds Lieder Festival, London Handel Festival and Ludlow English Song Festival.
He studied at the National Opera Studio and the Royal Academy of Music and is the winner of the Michael Oliver Prize at the London Handel Singing Competition.
Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych graduated from the International Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) in London. Before her studies in the UK, Anna had completed vocal training courses at the Lviv National Academy of Music and the Lviv State Music College in Ukraine.
The most recent opera productions where Anna performed principal roles include Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for the Celebrate Voice Festival 2019 in Salisbury (U.K.), Dorinda in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido for the Halle Handel Festival 2019 at the Goethe Theater in Bad Lauchstädt (Germany) and at the Victoria Teatru in Gliwice (Poland).
Other UK performances have included the solo in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Choral Society at the famous Winchester Cathedral, taking on a part of Phanor in Handel’s Joseph and his Brethren at the London Handel Festival, the role of Ofelia in Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio as well as the role of Erato in Gluck’s Il parnaso confuso and Orfeo in Bertoni’s Orfeo for the Bampton Classical Opera, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus for the Celebrate Voice Festival in Salisbury.
Anna has also toured with Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra and the cast of the Decca recording of Handel’s Ottone through venues across Europe, which included the Theater and der Wien (Austria) and International Beaune Baroque Festival (France).
In 2015 she was nominated for Best Female Supporting Role in an opera at Australia’s Helpmann Awards for her performance of the role of Rosimonda in Handel’s Faramondo at the Brisbane Baroque Festival.
Anna has recorded the principal role of Matilda in Handel’s Ottone for Decca Classics, as well as the much anticipated Pavel Haas CD Fata Morgana, recorded together with renowned pianist Lada Valešová, which was released on Resonus Classics. The Decca Classics recording of Ottone was later nominated for Grammy Awards 2018 and Fata Morgana was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award 2018 and won CD of the Year 2017 from Europadisc.
Anna’s other recordings include the Accent Records CD of Handel’s Faramondo (Rosimonda) live from the Göttingen International Handel Festival 2014, as well as a solo performance on BBC Four’s DVD Maestro or Mephisto – the real Georg Solti.
Alexandra is an English soprano of Irish descent, born in Nottinghamshire. She trained at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, BMus (Hons) and ENO Opera Works. Alexandra is very
proud to be a recipient of a 2017/18 Opera Awards Foundation bursary.
Alexandra has worked for Opera North, Opera Holland Park, British Youth Opera and Bury Court
Opera. Roles performed include Claretta Zaza, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro
and Beatrice Béatrice et Benedict. Roles studied include Musetta, Manon and Pamina.
On the concert platform, Alexandra has sung internationally at venues including the
Elbphilharmonie, Palau de la Musica, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
She recently performed as a soloist at the Rheingau Musik Festival, Germany with the
Upcoming performances include Solo Soprano Chorus and cover Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Opera Up
Close, a Christmas recital at St. James’ Piccadilly and Chorus Giulio Cesare, Bury Court Opera 2018.
Alexandra is grateful to The Opera Awards Foundation, The Kathleen Trust, The Francis
Bernard Caunt Education Trust, The Guildhall School Trust, Talent Unlimited, The Danny Morris
Memorial Trust, The Selston Music Festival, Mansfield District Council, Derek Wileman, William
Morris and the late Serena Fenwick.
Cecilia is a London-based opera director; she has directed for Spectra Ensemble, Helios Collective, XOGA and Opera Holland Park, and assisted at British Youth Opera, University College Opera and Berlin Opera Academy.
Her recent directing credits include Isolde at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, the Young Artists’ La traviata at Opera Holland Park, and The Boatswain’s Mate at the Grimeborn Festival. In 2019, Cecilia will direct the UK premiere of Smetana’s opera, Libuše, with University College Opera at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London and Scott Joplin’s 1911 opera, Treemonisha, with her company, Spectra Ensemble. Challenging preconceptions about what opera sounds like and whose story it tells, Treemonisha is an empowering piece which showcases a number of early-twentieth-century American genres (African American spirituals, ragtime, barbershop and dance music) and makes a case for opera as an inclusive, all-singing, all-dancing genre. Treemonisha will form the basis of a series of curriculum-crossing workshops for secondary school students which Spectra Ensemble will present in tandem with their production in 2019. Alongside her freelance work, Cecilia is reading for an AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at University College London where she works on avant-garde performance.
Ella Taylor is a soprano with a passion for performing contemporary music and works by women and gender non-conforming artists. They are currently a Young Artist with the National Opera Studio, as well as a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where they gained Distinction in MA Performance, a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital, and the Charles Norman Prize.
Operatic work includes La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Strand Chamber Orchestra), Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar), and Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Royal Academy of Music). They have also created the roles of Susanne Meyer in Jonathan Higgins’s Schutzwall (Tête à Tête) and Father in Alex Mills’ and Gareth Mattey’s A Father is Looking for his Daughter (Rough for Opera/Second Movement), as well as performing in scenes as Agnès in Written on Skin, Governess in The Turn of the Screw and Leonore in Fidelio.
On the concert and oratorio stage, Ella is in demand as a soloist. Notable highlights include Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs at Sheffield Cathedral, Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Royal Academy of Music, and a performance on BBC Radio 3 of Oliver Knussen’s Trumpets at the British Composer Awards. Their repertoire includes many of the major oratorios by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart.
Ella is a keen collaborator and recitalist, making a dedicated effort to work with and perform works by people underrepresented in classical music. Recent collaborations include the project After Violence with _REMIX; an exploration of violence and masculinity through a queer lens with drag artist Rhys’s Pieces, as well as working with composers and librettists in the creation of new, LGBT+ work. They also have performed at Leeds Lieder as part of the Composer and Poets Forum and with Ensemble 360 at Music in the Round.
Winner of the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize (David Clover Singers Platform), they were also a finalist in the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being commended in the Mozart Singing Competition and awarded of BBC Chorister of the Year.
Ella is grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK through their Sybil Tutton Award.
Website: Ella Taylor
Nozuko Teto is a native of Bizana, on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She trained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal under Colleen Philp, and undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, studying with Professor Kamal Khan. In 2011 she relocated to Italy to further develop her performance skills, at the CUBEC Center for Belcanto in Modena, where she studied with the legendary soprano Mirella Freni. Following her debut at the Wexford Festival Opera she was nominated for Best Young Female Singer at this year’s International Opera Awards.
Recent engagements include Fiordiligi COSI FAN TUTTE for the State Theatre of Pretoria, Mimì LA BOHEME with Cape Town Opera and the role of Palmyra in Frederick Delius’ KOANGA at the Wexford Festival. Nozuko sang the role of Winnie Mandela in Cape Town Opera’s MANDELA TRILOGY in South Africa as well as on tour to France and the United Kingdom.
In May of 2013 Ms. Teto won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Toti dal Monte competition in Italy. As part of the competition, she sang Mimi LA BOHEME on tour throughout Italy at venues including the Teatro Comunale Mario Del Monaco di Treviso, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Teatro Pergolesi of Jesi and Teatro dell’Aquila of Fermo.
Concert appearances include performances at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti di Modena with the Puccini Festival Orchestra, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Rotterdam Symphony and Handel MESSIAH with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic.
Elgan Llŷr Thomas is a tenor from Llandudno, North Wales. He is an alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music where he graduated from the prestigious Opera Course in 2016.
Elgan is a 2017/18 English National Opera Harewood Artist. He recently understudied the role of Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and will make his ENO stage debut at Regent’s Park Theatre as Prologue/Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw next year.
Elgan is a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and made his company and role debut as Nemorino in their touring production of The Elixir of Love. Concert highlights include a Gala Concert with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China and appearing as Spoletta in a semi-staged concert performance of Tosca at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, starring Sir Bryn Terfel and Kristine Opolais and conducted by Gareth Jones.
In 2015, Elgan won the 2015 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and its inaugural Audience Prize. He also won the Kerry-Keane Young Artist Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2015 Les Azuriales Festival. Elgan is a pastwinner of the Urdd National Eisteddfod Bryn Terfel Scholarship.
Upcoming engagements include Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos for Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park.
British mezzo soprano Felicity Turner studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘beguiling’ and ‘sheer pleasure’.
Most recently Felicity appeared as Dorabella Così fan tutte (Ryedale Festival Opera), Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel (Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra), and in the chorus of Bergen National Opera for Der fliegende Holländer. Other operatic roles include Golden-Tressed Maiden in Maxwell-Davies’ The Hogboon (LSO/Sir Simon Rattle); Third Boy Die Zauberflöte (Mid Wales Opera, Opera Project); Diana La Calisto, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Hampstead Garden Opera); Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea, Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte (GSMD).
Dedicated to making contemporary theatre pieces Felicity enjoyed creating the role of The Hoopoe in a new site-specific opera, SCRAWW!, with Gaggle Haus at Trebah Gardens, and toured London, Dublin, and New York in Drums & Guns, a song-in-theatre piece devised and directed by Iain Burnside. She performs regularly with SongSpiel, a song collective enlivening the multi-voice art song repertoire, and will perform in their forthcoming tour of The Thought Machine, a song-in-theatre piece devised for children in collaboration with composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and hand shadographer Drew Colby.
In recital, Felicity has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Holywell Music Room, and Milton Court Concert Hall. She is Britten Pears Young Artist and a 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artist, and in 2017 won the British Song Competition.
On the concert platform Felicity has appeared at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Cadogan Hall, London, and across the UK, France, and Norway. In 2018 she was the winner of the Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition and competed to the semi-finals of the Froville International Baroque Competition, and in 2017 won the Sacred Aria Prize at the National Mozart Singing Competition.
Winner of the 2019 Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award, Welsh counter-tenor Kieron-Connor Valentine is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and studied with David Lowe. This season, he continues with the second year of his M. Mus course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, studying with Adrian Thompson.
This season, he also joins Glyndebourne Touring Opera to cover the role of Mago Cristiano in Handel’s Rinaldo for their autumn tour. During his time at the RNCM he performed L’humana fragilita in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patri, conducted by Roger Hamilton, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood and Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, conducted by Roger Hamilton.
In 2018 Kieron joined the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh Festival in the role of Didymus in Theodora. During summer 2017 Kieron recorded the soundtrack to a new Welsh opera film, commissioned by Welsh National Opera and S4C and composed by Stephen McNeff, based on the life of the 1st World War poet, Hedd Wyn.
Performance highlights to date include a recital of Renaissance and Baroque song at Cadogan Hall, Chelsea as part of the London Master Class Series, a UK tour with the Military Wives and his début at the BBC Proms as The Lost Boy in The Water Diviners Tale, conducted by David Charles Abell.
In concert, Kieron has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, conducted by Ian Chesworth at St. Michael and All Saints Church, Macclesfield, Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Owen Roberts at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham, Jenkins’ The Armed Man, conducted by Owen Roberts at William Aston Hall, Wrexham, Orff’s Carmina Burana, conducted by Richard Lea at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, conducted by John Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall.
2018 was a very successful year for Kieron in competitions, winning the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, the Douglas Rees Memorial Young Opera Singer of the Year at the Milford Haven Music Festival and the Dunraven Welsh Young Singer. Other awards include the titles of Southport Singer of the Year, Liverpool Singer of the Year, The Stiwt Young Singer of the Year and Liverpool’s Most Promising Singer of the Year Award.
Website: Kieron-Connor Valentine
Waterperry Opera Festival is a unique and innovative opera festival hosted at the beautiful Waterperry House & Gardens in Oxfordshire, committed to creating work that bridges the gap between performer and spectator by offering intimate and immersive indoor and outdoor productions and engaging participatory events. As a charity, Waterperry Opera Festival endeavours to inspire more to take part in art, music and theatre. The festival is also committed to supporting diverse emerging artists and has developed a Young Artist Programme at the very centre of its work.
Waterperry Opera Festival was founded in 2017 by Guy Withers, Rebecca Meltzer, and Bertie Baigent.
Born in Sussex, tenor James Way was winner of the 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. James is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a former Britten-Pears Young Artist and a laureate of the ‘Jardin des Voix’ young artists programme of Les Arts Florissants.
Opera credits include his debuts with Staatsoper Berlin in Purcell’s King Arthur (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and René Jacobs); and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša in the role of the Holy Fool/Boris Godunov at the Royal Festival Hall; the Ballad Singer (Owen Wingrave) for Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals under Mark Wigglesworth, and ‘Davy’ in Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch for Garsington Opera conducted by Douglas Boyd. This season James debuts the role of Sellem in a worldwide tour of The Rake’s Progress under the baton of Barbara Hannigan.
Recent concert highlights include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the BBCSO (Last Night of the Proms), the title role in Handel’s Samson (Dunedin Consort), Jupiter in Handel’s Semele (OAE), the world premiere of Périple d’Hannon by Arthur Lavandier (L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris), and the European premiere of Ross Harris’ FACE (BBCSO), with whom he performs Berlioz Les nuits d’été in 2019.
Engagements for this season include performances and recordings of Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen (Gabrieli Consort and Players), Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 (CBSO / John Wilson) and Tempo in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Freiburger Barockorchester / René Jacobs)
British Mezzo-Soprano Laura Woods is delighted to be a 2015 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary recipient, which has recently seen her engaged in a series of recitals and galas for The International Opera Awards. Laura will make her Russian role debut in August 2016 singing the role of ‘Polina’ in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades for Opera Holland Park under Peter Robinson and directed by Rodula Gaitanou. In July 2016 Laura was interviewed and featured on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ with Opera Holland Park singing ‘Da! Vspomnila’ from The Queen of Spades. 2017 will see Laura create the role of ‘The Witch’ in Mad King Suibhne by Noah Mosley, directed by fellow Opera Awards Bursary recipient Ella Marchment: a new commission for Bury Court Opera, celebrating their tenth year anniversary.