Na'ama Goldman has attracted attention throughout Europe following her recent appearances at Wexford Festival Opera in the title role of Alphonse Mariotte's Salome, Opera de Tenerife as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Rossini Opera Festival as Mercesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims, Hamburg as Mete in the world premiere of Peiffer's Vom Ende der Unschuld, and at the Vienna Konzerthaus in Haydn's Arianna a Naxos. This summer, she will join the roster of Glyndebourne Festival Opera for their production of Beatrice et Benedict after which she will debut with Opera Royal de Wallonie as Fenena in Nabucco. She will take the role of Carmen for The Grange Festival in their summer 2017 season.
Born in Israel, she is a graduate of the Mettar Opera Studio at The Israeli Opera. She has performed many roles in her native country including Carmen, Elvira in Don Giovanni (at the Masada Festival), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Sivigilia, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fenena in Nabucco and Maddalena in Rigoletto, all at the Israeli Opera. She will return there as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, and Angelina in La Cenerentola. Notable roles at the Mettar Opera Studio included Charlotte in Werther, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Na'ama currently resides in Milan.
Born in Northumberland, Richard Pinkstone graduated from the University of York, where he read Music and sang Damon, Acis and Galatea and Tamino, The Magic Flute. He is currently studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he is under the tutelage of Timothy Evans-Jones and Gary Matthewman. Richard Pinkstone is a Royal College of Music Richard Carne Scholar, supported by an Yvone Wells Award and The Josephine Baker Trust. At the Royal College of Music, he has sung The Witch, Hansel und Gretel, directed by Liam Steel, and Alfred Die Fledermaus directed by John Copley. His concert repertoire includes Beethoven's Mass in C, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Schubert's Mass in G and he made his international debut with a recital of music by Puccini, Rossini and Verdi at the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.
Current engagements include the title role in Albert Herring for the inaugural Grange Festival, Podestà La finta giardiniera for the Royal College of Music International Opera School and Messiah in Truro Cathedral.
Donna is an award winning soprano who has been honoured as an Associate of the Royal Academy Of Music. She sang her first major role, Marzelline, in Birmingham Opera Company’s award-winning production of Fidelio and has returned to sing Cunegonde in Candide and Elettra in Idomeneo. Other roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Rusalka for English Touring Opera. Her expertise in contemporary repertoire has earned her several major premieres, including her debut for The Royal Opera House, ROH2 in The Gentle Giant; Estella in Life is a dream, by Jonathan Dove and Lulu in American Lulu – Neuwirth/Berg for The Opera Group, Young Vic, Scottish Opera and Bregenz Festspiele co-production.
Concert highlights include Le Rossignol with the CBSO and Bernstein’s Mass with the LSO at the Barbican. Roles this season include Emilie in the British premiere of Ernest Tochs’ Egon Und Emilie at King’s Place London and Musetta La Boheme for English Touring Opera. For The Grange Festival she will sing Fortuna and the maid, Melanto in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
Alex Otterburn, baritone is currently in his final year at the Royal Academy,and has shown himself to be a young artist to watch. In 2015 Alex was invited by Michael Chance to make his European concert debut as Curio (Giulio Cesare) at the Concertgebouw with the Symphonie Atlantique alongside Lawrence Zazzo, Anna Christy and Patricia Bardon, in addition to making his debut as Schaunard (La bohème) with the Lyric Opera and RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by David Heusel. Recent seasons have also featured Eugene Onegin at the Dartington International Festival under Sian Edwards and Malatesa (Don Pasquale) on tour across the UK with Opera Holloway. Other highlights have included Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night conducted by Gareth Hancock, where he was praised by Opera Magazine for possessing “a lovely baritone which lent a redeeming glow to Kalenik”, and Mercurio in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
His roles include Marco (Gianni Schicci), as well as Burgess and Dr Crabbe (Peter Grimes) and Prince Yeletsky cover (Pique Dame) for Grange Park Opera, Father (Hänsel und Gretel) and Gasparo (Rita) for Opera Holloway and Sprecher and Papageno cover for Ryedale Festival Opera. Recently Alex entered the prestigious Georg Solti Academia and took masterclasses with Angela Georghiu, Carmen Giannattasio, Massimo Giordano, Dennis O’Neill and Jonathan Papp. Alongside his Academy commitments, this season marks his debut as Guglielmo in Daisy Evans’ production of Così fan tutte for Bury Court Opera and also the release of Alex’s debut CD and the first recording of Susanna Self’s Songs of Immortality.
Building a diverse concert repertoire, Alex has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Haydn’s The Seasons, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. Most recently Alex impressed with a selection of Mozart arias with L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève under Arie van Beek. Alex gained a first class degree in Economics from the University of Manchester before embarking on his studies at the DIT Conservatory in Dublin. A 2014 winner of the International Opera Awards bursary, Alex is supported by the Sickle Foundation, Josephine Baker and Lucille Graham trusts and attends the Royal Academy on a full scholarship.
Born in London, Harry Sever was a chorister in Winchester and then studied music at Oxford where he was awarded first class honours. He is a conductor, repetiteur and composer whose work spans a variety of genres and media. He has conducted in major venues throughout the UK and worldwide in opera, ballet, and concert repertoire. Recent engagements include The Nutcracker (Peter Schaufuss Ballet, Danish Tour), La Bohème (Pop-Up Productions, Hong Kong; Swansea City Opera), and a new commission for the Tête-à-Tête festival. With a love for contemporary repertoire, Harry has worked as an assistant conductor with Independent Opera and the Britten Sinfonia at Sadler’s Wells (UK premieres of Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus and Voseček's Biedermann and the Arsonists).
As a vocal coach, repetiteur and accompanist, Harry has worked with singers from the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the National Opera Studio, in masterclasses with Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Toby Spence, and in workshops with the Southbank Sinfonia and CHROMA. Harry is passionate about community music-making, and has recently worked with the Choir of London and choirs from across the West Bank as part of the Palestine Choral Festival.
As a composer, Harry’s work is primarily in the theatre. His first musicalJames and the Giant Peach toured internationally with Sell a Door productions. Other scores include The Kreutzer Sonata (Arcola Theatre),My Mother Said I Never Should (The Theatre, Chipping Norton), and for television,Stalker (CBS). For Grange Festival he is an Assistant Conductor.
Gareth John is a current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. Winner of the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Gareth Brynmor John read geography at St John's College Cambridge before continuing his studies at the RAM. Roles for the RAM include the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Sprecher in Mozart's Die Zauberflote. Gareth's considerable operatic repertoire also includes Edouardo in Donizetti's Siege of Calais, Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Sid in Britten's Albert Herring. Gareth is a seasoned concert artist and he has sung with the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players. Highlights include Orff Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall, Handel Messiah and the Faure Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus. Gareth's song repertoire is extensive and he regulrly performs in the Songsmith's Series at St John's Smith Square and at the London English Song Festival. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Barber Institue and Leeds Lieder Festival and his recording of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen was released in 2015 on Linn Records. Gareth won the Royal Academy of Music Patron's Award, an Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship and the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal. His NOS training is supported by the Royal Opera House Richard Carne Charitable Trust, a Young Artist Development Award made available through Glyndebourne's New Generation Programme and Christopher Ball.
Mezzo soprano Angela Simkin is a current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. After studying at the RNCM, she continued her training at the RCM. Operatic roles for the RCM International Opera School include Conception in Ravel's L'heure Espagnole, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Madama Rosa in rossini's La Gazzetta. In the summer of 2015 Angela sang Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, the title role of Cenerentola for Woodhous Festival Opera and Lady Angela in Patience for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Other operatic roles include Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina, Valencienne in Lehar's Merry Widow and Rosina in Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia. Angela has an extensive concert and oratorio repertoire including the Bach Passions, Handel's Messiah, Bruckhner's Te Deum and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Angela has attended a number of Young Artist's programmes including the Solti Accademia and the Verbier Festival Academy. Throughout her training she has worked for various UK opera companies including English Touring Opera, The London Handel Festival, Grange Park Opera and Bampton Classical Opera. She is a Britten Pears Young Artist and the reciptient of a Boris Christoff Award for Young Singers. Angela's training is supported by English National Opera, Alison & Malcolm Thwaites, a Musician's Company Award and a Young Artists Award from Glyndebourne's New Generation Programme.
British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin is in increasing demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. Her career to date includes performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Floral Hall and Clore Studio) and with Opéra National de Lyon. Principal roles include the title role in Aida, Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Nadia in Tippett’s The Ice Break with Birmingham Opera Company (“outstanding performance”, The Times), directed by Graham Vick and Mother (Hansel and Gretel) for National Opera Studio. She recently sang the role of Desdemona (Otello) with Everybody Can! Opera. Nadine has created the roles of Alicia, Swaharaga and Lucia for Nigel Osborne's opera Naciketa, the role of Erin for Steven Kilpatrick's Flight Paths and the principal role of Imoinda in the UK premiere of The Crossing, an opera by the Cuban-American composer Odaline de la Martinez, at the 5th London Festival of American Music. At the sixth festival in November 2016, Nadine will lead a programme of works byfemale American composers, accompanied by Susanna Stranders. Nadine has recorded the role of Mrs. Waters in Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate for Retrospect Opera, also under the baton of de la Martinez, to be released in spring 2016. In concert, Nadine has performed Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Schubert's Mass no. 5, Strauss's Four Last Songs and the soprano solos in both Mahler's Symphony no. 4 and Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine. In 2104, Nadine made her Purcell Room debut with a programme of song cycles by Previn, Copland and Harbison with pianist Tomasz Lis and later that year made her US recital debut at the National Opera Center, New York with Verdi songs and arias, a programme she repeated in London. Recently the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria at Coventry Cathedral and in Villebon, France in May 2016, also with WSO. She will sing Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and Violetta (La traviata) for the Mediterranean Opera Studio, Italy in July. Nadine has worked closely with some of today's most influential artists and has collaborated with Yinka Shonibare MBE on his film installation Addio del Passato. The multi-media work was premiered in New York before exhibiting at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2013. Her radio appearances have included ‘A Tribute to Malcolm McLaren’ on BBC Radio 2 as well as guest appearances on Radio 4's ‘Midweek’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’ and Radio 3's ‘In Tune’. Recently hailed by ‘Opera Now’ magazine as one of their favourite top ten sopranos in “a new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers”, Nadine is currently being coached at the National Opera Studio as part of their ‘Singers of Tomorrow’ programme. On 27 September 2015, Nadine was named the winner of the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize.
Laeticia Rucculo is a current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. A graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, University Mozarteum, Salzburg and Mannes College of Music in New York, French-Italian pianist Laetitia Ruccolo gained a degree in foreign languages from the University of Aix-Marseille. She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, English and German. Co-founder of the company Bare Opera and the original musical director of Loft Opera in Brooklyn, USA, Laetitia has worked as pianist and vocal coach on production with the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Mozarteum Opera Studio and Tuscia Opera Festival in Veterbo, Italy. She has played at SongFest in California and the Schubert Institute in Austria, where she collaborated with pianists including Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles and Graham Johnson and with singers such as Christa Ludwig and Robert Holl. She is also an accompanist for the L'Art du Chant Francais. Laetitia has regularly collaborated with contemporary composers including John Musto, Jake heggie and Mohammed Fairouz. A seasoned solo artist, Laetitia has performed with chamber ensembles, singers and orchestras worldwide. In New York, she has performerd at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Laeticia's NOS training is supported by the Nicholas John Trust.
Sioned Gwen Davies
Sioned Gwen Davies is a Welsh mezzo-soprano. She recently completed her year with National Opera Studio where her studies were generously supported by Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She is one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. After completing her studies on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, in the summer of 2012 she performed the role of Margarida in Julian Philip's opera The Yellow Sofa as part of the Glyndebourne Opera Jerwood Scheme. In 2013 she sang the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera and was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for 2013/14.
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Susan Roper. She completed both PGDip and Masters with distinction, attaining 100% in her final recital, after previously gaining a BMus(Hons) with first class honours.
At RNCM, roles included 2nd woman (Dido and Aeneas), Paquette (Candide), Bacchis (La Belle Helene) Cyrus (Belshazzar), 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, performances have included Old Nog in Stephen McNeff’s Tarka the Otter with Buxton Festival Opera (2011), soloist in Ronald Corp’s The Wayfarer at Royal Festival Hall, and 3rd Wild Goose/Cover Poppet (Paul Bunyan) for British Youth Opera (2013).
She is the 2013 recipient of a Miriam Licette Scholarship administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund at the Royal Opera House, the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize for singers at RNCM and an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.
Recent and future performances include chorus in Monteverdi's Orfeo with English Voices for Baayerische Staatsoper (July 2014) and the role of Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) with Eboracum Baroque in a small semi staged tour of Scotland in August 2014.
She studies with international soprano Nelly Miricioiu, and was a 2013/14 trainee on the ENO Opera Works Programme. She has recently completed her training at the National Opera Studio during 2014/15.
He Wu is a current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. After studying with Amanda Roocroft at the RCM Opera School, Chinese born soprano He Wu received her M.Mus with distinction from the GSMD and completed her B.Mus at the RAM. Operatic roles include Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Diana in Handel's Giove in Argo (in collaboration with Handel Festival), Princess in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges and Receptionis in Tansy Davies' Between Worlds. He Wu has performed as a recitalist at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Kings Place and she has won several awards including the first prize in the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival, the Michael Head Song Prize (English Song Competition), the Betty Brenner Award and the Helen Marjorie Tonks Award. She has been a finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition. She was selected by the Chinese Embassy to receive the Outstanding Artistic Contribution Award for Chinese Students in the UK. Her studies have also been generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Sidney Perry Foundation and Help Musicians UK, Sybil Tutton Award. He Wu is a Samling Scholar and RCM Siow-Furniss Scholar
Hungarian-born baritone Gyula Nagy, based in London and Dublin, finished his training at the National Opera Studio, London, in June 2015, where his training was supported by the Royal Opera House and the International Opera Awards Foundation. Previously, he studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with teacher Philip O'Reilly and vocal coaches Brenda Hurley and Andrew Synnott. Gyula is also an alumunus of Opera Theatre Company's Young Associate Artists' Programme in Dublin.
His recent operatic roles include Don Giovanni, which was his core role at the National Opera Studio, Tarquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for Irish Youth Opera, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly for Lyric Opera, Dublin; while for the Royal Irish Academy of Music his roles include Forester in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Cat in Stravinsky’s Renard, Tancredi in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge.
Gyula has worked with renowned conductors as Stephen Barlow, John Butt, David Brophy, John Wilson, Fergus Sheil, Mark Shanahan, Derek Clark, Colman Pearse, Gavin Maloney, David Leigh; he has also worked with many distinguished directors such as Elaine Kidd, Keith Warner, Michael Barker-Caven, Gilles Rico, Catriona McLaughlin, Lynne Parker, Conor Hanratty, Tom Creed, Roberto Recchia and Vivian Coates. Gyula has performed with orchestras such as the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin.
During the autumn of 2015 Gyula is going to work with Scottish Opera covering Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and he will be an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera from January until June 2016 where his engagements include the covers of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and also in Elena Langer’s Figaro Gets a Divorce as well as the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.
Gyula is grateful for the support provided in earlier years by the Tudás a Jövőnkért Foundation, Hungary, the International Opera Awards Foundation, London, the John McCormack Society, Dublin and the Gaiety Bursary, Dublin.
Soprano Katherine Broderick was the winner of the 2007 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She studied at the National Opera Studio, London, having previously trained with Susan McCulloch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she won the Gold Medal and took the undergraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music, during which time she spent a year at the Mendelssohn Hochschule in Leipzig. She now studies with Anthony Roden and is currently an ENO Harwood Artist. Plans this season and beyond include Brünnhilde Siegfried and Helmwige Die Walküre in concert in Opera North’s 2016 Wagner Ring Cycle; Helmwige also in concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Mahler Symphony No 8 (soprano 1) for the Leeds International Concert Series; returning to English National Opera to sing Berta The Barber of Seville and a recital for Leeds Lieder with Joseph Middleton including Strauss Vier letzte Lieder. Past opera appearances include Ortlinde Die Walküre for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Berta The Barber of Seville for ENO; First Lady Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne on Tour; Helmwige and Woglinde The Ring Cycle for Opera North; Helmwige for Oper Leipzig and in concert with WNO and with the Hallé and Philharmonia Orchestras; Mrs Coyle in Britten Owen Wingrave and a concert of Gluck arias for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy. Of her performance as Miss Jessel in Britten The Turn of the Screw with the London Symphony Orchestra, Erica Jeal wrote in the Guardian: “Katherine Broderick’s gleaming Miss Jessel was excellent.” Katherine made her BBC Proms debut in 2007 singing Woglinde with the BBC SO and Donald Runnicles, returning the following year to sing Young Lover in Puccini Il Tabarro with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Other concerts have included appearances with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, London Symphony, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic, Symphony and Scottish Symphony and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and at the Three Choirs Festival in repertoire including Mahler Symphonies 2 & 4, Britten War Requiem, Zemlinsky Waldgespräch, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony and Sinfonia Antartica, Honegger Joan of Arc, Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Brahms Requiem, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Te Deum and Requiem, Bruckner Mass No 3, Rossini Stabat Mater and Berlioz Les nuits d’été. Outside of the UK she has appeared with the Polish National Radio SO; National Orchestra of Spain; sung Mahler Symphony No 4 and Poulenc Gloria with the Singapore SO; Strauss Vier letzte Lieder with the Queensland SO; Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the RTÉ National Symphony and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestras and Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In recital, Katherine has recently appeared at Opéra de Lille, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Bath Mozartfest and on BBC Radio 3 working with pianists Simon Lepper, Malcolm Martineau, Eugene Asti and James Bailleau. Katherine was one of the first recipients of the Susan Chilcott Award in 2005 and the following year won the Maggie Teyte Prize. She has also been awarded successive Maidment Scholarships from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, the Claire Francis award from the Ogden Trust, the Sybill Tutton award, and is a Samling scholar.
Neal Cooper's current and future engagements include his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as Melot & cover of Tristan / Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Tannhauser at Longborough Festival Opera, Tristan at Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Mark / The Wreckers at Bard Summerscape Music Festival in NYC with the American Symphony Orchestra. Leon Botstein conducting, Calaf/Turandot at 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 at 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 studied German literature at Durham University and singing at the Paris Conservatoire. He studied at the National Opera Studio. He is the nephew of boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper.
Italian pianist Rosangela Flotta, a current Young Artist with National Opera Studio, graduated with distinction as a repetiteur from the Cosenza Conservatory of Music in Italy, where she studied with Giuseppe Finzi. She also obtained a master's degree in Music Didactics. Rosangela has experience as a song accompanist both at the Cosenza Conservatory and in international competitions. In Italy she has had internships at Teatro del Giglio, Lucca, Teatro Goldoni, Livorno and Teatro Rendano, Cosenza and she has worked on numerous opera productions as repetiteur, assistant stage manager and assistant lighting designer. Rosangela has collaborated with distinguished conductors and directors including Luca Ferrera, Nicola Paszkowski, Rosetta Chcchi, Alessio Pizzech and Vincenzo Grisostomi. Operatic engagements include Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore during the International Lyric Workshop Opera Studio-Verbicaro with touring performances in Oberstenfeld, Bellstein, Marbach, Talheim and at Teatro Rendano in Cosenza as well as Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper and Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Teatro Rendano in Cosenza. Passionate about choral repertoire, Rosangela has performed numerous concerts, singing soprano, with the choir Aura Artis of Cosenza and she has attended several choral conducting courses with Lorenzo Donati. Rosangela's NOS training is supported by the Jean Dunlop Scholarship and a Roderick Brydon Memorial Award.
Rosie Hay was born in Staffordshire and studied with Gerald Wragg at the City of Leeds College of Music. Whilst still a student she won the first International Young Singer of the Year Award at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Rosie began her career singing a wide variety of styles. She was a founder member of the Finzi Singers who specialized in modern music and with whom she made many recordings. She sang with a number of other choirs including the Western Wind Ensemble with whom she recorded and performed in Jerusalem. Since 1992 Rosie has been a member of the chorus of Welsh National Opera with whom she has also performed many principal roles, most notably the title role Madama Butterfly and most recently Berta in a new production of The Barber of Seville and Anna in Nabucco which the company took to Finland for the Savonlinna Opera Festival. WNO regularly performs at ROH Covent Garden and has been to the Coliseum and Sadlers Wells. Being a member of an international opera company has taken Rosie to Paris, Hong Kong and the Middle East where WNO had a week's residency at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman where Rosie sang solo in a concert in the magnificent King's Concert Hall. Rosie has performed as a principal in several videos, and a number of recordings, including two world premiers, 'The Doctor of Myddfai' by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and James Macmillan's 'The Sacrifice' which features Rosie not only singing but playing the electric guitar!
Romanas Kudriasovas is a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio. Born in Lithuania he played violin and piano from an early age. After studying as a choral conductor he studied for a BA in opera singing at the Music and Theatre Academy in Lithuania then took his Masters degree at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg and lastly at the Wales International Academy of Voice (Master with distinction). Romanas has sung roles from Baroque to the 20th century including Elviro (Handel Serse), Antenor (Rameau, Dardanus), Valens (Handel Theodora) Mr X (Kalman Zirkusprinzessin), Bill (Weil/Brecht Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahogonny). A career highlight has been the role of Sacristan in Tosca opposite Bryn Terfel's Scarpia in a performance celebrating his 50th Anniversary. Praised for his effortlessly sonorous voice, Romanas studies a variety of Mozart and lighter Bel Canto roles. Having been a member of the Schleswig -Holstein Music Festival he has performed a huge variety of oratorios in important venues throughout Europe and Asia, including the Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall, The Rudolfinum in Prague, the new Marinsky Theatre Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Kanazawa Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Singapore Philharmonic and the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall. He has trained at the Georg Solti summer bel canto academy with Leo Nucci, Barbara Frittoli, Silvana Bartoli and Richard Bonynge. Masterclasses have included one with Kiri Te Kanawa. He is a Samling artist. He is a fluent English, German, Lithuanian and Russian speaker.
Charles Johnston, baritone, has performed numerous roles with the English National Opera as well as many other leading opera companies internationally. His 2014/15 engagements include Montano in Christopher Alden’s new production of Otello, also covering Jago, Marquis d’Obigny in the revival of Konwitschny’sLa Traviata, and cover of Jack RanceLa Fanciulla de Westall for English National Opera. Described as “immaculate” and the “Jewel in the crown” by The Times for his portrayal of Sir John Falstaff for Mid Wales Opera, Johnston’s previous role highlights include the title role inRigoletto, Dr KolenatyThe Makropulos Case, NikitichBoris Godunov, The CardinalThe Duchess of Malfi, also covering OedipusThebans, FaninalDer Rosenkavalier, ScarpiaTosca,The DutchmanDer Fliegende Holländer, and AmonasroAidafor ENO, ForesterTheCunning Little Vixen, GaribaldoRodelinda, TalbotMaria Stuarda, and ScarpiaToscawithEnglish Touring Opera, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, EisensteinDie Fledermaus, MarcoGianni Schicchi, Il PedoneLa Wally, and MichonnetAdriana Lecouvreurfor Opera Holland Park, RambaldoLa Rondinefor Iford Arts, the title role in Puccini’sGianni Schicchiand MicheleIl Tabarroat Haddo House. Further afield Charles has performed the title role inDon Giovanni, Il conte AlmavivaLe nozze di Figaro, and GolaudPelléas et Mélisandefor l’Opéra de Chambre de Paris, GaribaldoRodelindaat BAM, New York, and the title role in Verdi’sMacbethin Singapore. Other roles include Roderigo, Nabucco, Giorgio Germont, Ford, Posa, Il conte di Luna, Sonora, and Lord Enrico Ashton, and the Four Villains. He has portrayed many of the leading baritone roles of Benjamin Britten including Balstrode and Ned KeenePeter Grimes, Demetrius and TheseusA Midsummer Night Dream, Mr NoyeNoye’s Fludde, AnaniasThe Burning Fiery Furnace, and the FatherThe Prodigal Son.
Rachel Nicholls is widely regarded as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of her generation.
She made her Royal Opera House debut as Third Flower Maiden in Parsifal; returning as Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos and Prilepa/Queen of Spades. Other operatic engagements are Tatiana/Eugene Onegin and Senta/Der Fliegende Hollende for Scottish Opera, Jennifer/The Midsummer Marriage and Sieglinde/Der Walkure at the St Endellion Festival. Jesse/Mahogony Songspiel at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte Montepulciano, First Woman, First Fury/ The Mask of Orpheus at the BBC Proms, Philipa/ Babbette’s Feast at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Euridice/Orpheo ed Eurodice on tour with the Israel Camerata, Armida/Rinaldo at the Edinburgh Festival, Nerone/L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the New Theatre, Tokyo and Fiordiligi/Cosi fan tutte at the Theatre de Champs Elysee, Paris, She made debuts as Helmwige/Die Walkure at the 2010 Longborough Festival and Brunnhilde/Gotterdammerung at the Festival in 2012, returning for three critically acclaimed Ring Cylces as Brunnhilde in 2013.
She is also in demand as a concert artist and has performed with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bach Collegium Japan, BBC Symphon, Bochum Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, Darmstadt Hofkapelle, Gdansk Music Festival, Huddersfield Choral Society, London Handel Players, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of St John’s, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic, at the Brighton, Chelsea, Fishguard, London Handel and Three Choirs Festivals and in recital at the Wigmore Hall, London. Conductors with whom she has worked include Avner Biron, Martyn Brabbins, Stephen Cleobury, Francesco Corti, Thomas Dausgaard, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Martin Gester, Andrew Greenwood, Richard Hickox, Adrian Leaper, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Anthony Negus, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, Steven Sloane, John Storgårds, Masaaki Suzuki, Hilary Davan Wetton and Barry Wordsworth.
Recordings include B Minor Mass and Cantatas – Volume 42, 44 and 49 (BIS), the St Matthew Passion (Sabra), For You (Signum), Dorinda Orlando (K617), Metella Silla (Somm), Wendy Hiscock’s Mother & Child (Symposium), Hummel Mass in D Minor (Chandos), two volumes of Music by Cecilia McDowall (Dutton) and Paul Spicer’s Easter Oratorio (Birmingham Bach Choir). Recent and future engagements include Leonore/Fidelio for Bergen National Opera, Guinevere/Gawain for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lady Macbeth / Macbeth for NI Opera, Eva / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Isolde / Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Opera, the Wesendonck Lieder at the 2013 St Endellion Festival, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Verdi Requiem in Milton Keynes, Janacek Glagolitic Mass for Cambridge University Music Society.
Rachel Nicholls was born in Bedford and currently studies with Dame Anne Evans and Richard Smart.
Austrian-Australian tenor Gerard Schneider studied with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a member of the Opera Course. He is currently studying at the National Opera Studio, London. During his time at the Guildhall, Gerard appeared in the title role of Debussy's L'enfant Prodigue, as Jacopo in Verdi's I due Foscari, as Ramon in Massanet's La Navarraise, and as both General Sir Philip Wingrave and the Narrator in Britten's Owen Wingrave.
This year has seen Gerard appear in the title role of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito in Salzburg and again at the Teatro Communale, Firenze. Gerard was a member of the 2014 Young Artist Program at the Salzburger Festspiele and appeared as Ruiz alongside Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli in a new production of Verdi's Il Trovatore conducted by Daniele Gatti. Gerard's past engagements include repertoire at the State Opera of South Australia, London Symphony Orchestra, Co-Opera, and Clonter Opera in operatic roles including Rodolfo, Ferrando, Bardolfo, Don Riccardo and Alfred and as both Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro in Wiesbaden Germany and the Bregenz Festspielhaus.
Gerard's past awards include the Phoebe Patrick Award, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Prize, the David Harper Prize and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Prize at the 2011 Australian Singing Competition and the Tait memorial prize at the 2014 Royal Overseas League Singing Competition.
Stephen Rooke, tenor, sang the role of Moser, one of the Meistersingers, and covering the role of Walther in the English National Opera production. Trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has been a member of both Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera and was awarded the Eric Vietheer Prize by Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has performed for the Royal Opera House, for Scottish Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera and Welsh National Opera.
Adrian Powter studied at the RNCM. He began his career at Glyndebourne and in 2000 created Philip in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, a production which was later presented by Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas. Other roles have included Masetto (Don Giovanni) for English Touring Opera, the title-role in Don Giovanni for London Opera Players, Figaro (Figaro’s Wedding) and Orsini (Rienzi) for Palace Opera, Schaunard (La bohème) for Castleward Opera and Longborough Festival Opera, Frank (Die Fledermaus) for Scottish Opera Go Round and Scottish Opera On Tour, Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus), Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) and Pish-Tush (The Mikado) for Carl Rosa Opera, Marullo (Rigoletto) for Mid-Wales Opera and The Lost Chord for Opera North.
Recent highlights have included: Wagner (Faust) for English National Opera; Father (Hansel and Gretel) for Iford Arts; de Brétigny (Manon), Benoit – Alcindoro (La bohème); Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri) and Baron Douphol (La traviata) for Scottish Opera; Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) and Angelotti (Tosca) for Diva Opera; Marcello (La bohème) for Garden Opera; J. S. Bach Coffee Cantata and Peasant Cantata on tour with the Israel Camerata, the St Matthew Passion for the Oxford Philomusica and Messiah for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent and current engagements include: the title role in Don Pasquale for Opera Project; Dr Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Baron Douphol (La Traviata) for Diva Opera; Elviro (Xerxes) and Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) for English National Opera; Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) for Longborough Festival Opera; Count Ceprano and Rigoletto for the Opéra de Limoges.
Wide-ranging and versatile in his experience, Philip Mountford is in demand as a concert performer and ensemble pianist. Philip began his studies with Marlene Fleet and later graduated from Trinity College of Music with an honours degree having studied with Christine Croshaw and Eva Bernathova. He has performed across the continent in France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and also in North America.
Festival appearances include Newbury, Ludlow, Chichester and Hawkshead.
Philip has been privileged to work with many distinguished artists, notably mezzo soprano Rosalind Plowright whom he regularly partners in recital, Sergei Leiferkus, Nelly Miricioiu and Sir John Tomlinson.
In recent years, Philip has been involved in performing anthology programmes of poetry, prose and music with some of the country’s leading actors including Sian Phillips, Edward Fox, Virginia McKenna, Dame Dorothy Tutin and Sir John Mortimer. Recordings include the world premiere of Walter Leigh’s ‘Music for Three Pianos’ on Tremula Records and a forthcoming song recital disc with Rosalind Plowright.
Alice Turner is a concert pianist, award winning accompanist and repetiteur. She has performed recitals with some of the leading musicians of her generation, including tenor Andrew Staples, baritones Benedict Nelson, Gary Griffiths and Duncan Rock, sopranos Elizabeth Llewellyn, Natalia Romaniw, mezzo Rebecca Afonwy-Jones and pianist Malcolm Martineau. As a music director and repetiteur, she has directed the UK premiere of Jake Heggie's For a Look or a Touch (London 2011), and works regularly for a number of opera houses including English National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, the Buxton Festival and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she has been on the music staff since 2005. She is a Samling Artist, resident staff accompanist at Oxenford International Summer School and performs regularly across the UK, including recent concerts at the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Sage in Gateshead, St James, Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields and the Welsh Millenium Centre, Cardiff.
Lauren Lee Fielder
Lauren is coming to the end of her studies for a Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance at the RNCM with Mary Plazas, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund Maidment Scholarship.
She completed her Master’s at the RNCM in 2013 with Distinction.
At the RNCM she won the 2013 Dame Eva Turner Scholarship Award, and has been a finalist in the Frederic Cox Award, the Chris Petty English Song Prize, and the Bessie Cronshaw/Frost Brownson Song Cycle Competition. Lauren was also awarded the 2007 Music Maker of the Year Award in Nottingham.
In 2012, Lauren performed works by Mahler and Stephen McNeff with the Warrington Youth Wind Orchestra, and covered the role of goddess Giunone in RNCM Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. The following year she performed as part of the RNCM’s Day of Song, dedicated to Benjamin Britten, and participated in a masterclass with the late Barbara Robotham. 2013 also saw Lauren perform works by Puccini for The London Master Classes Divas and Scholars study day, and a selection of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with The University of Huddersfield Orchestra.
The Wesendonck lieder was the repertoire that went on to secure Lauren a win in the RNCM Concerto Auditions 2014, at the same time Lauren sang the role of Mathurine from Gluck’s less well known comic opera L’ivrogne corrige (A Drunkard Cured).
Lauren covered the soprano soloist’s role in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at The Bridgewater Hall with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Choir and will perform a selection of German and Italian song/operatic repertoire in the College’s 2014 Day of Song at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
At the end of her time at the RNCM, Lauren will be celebrating by performing as a finalist in the college’s highest award ‘Gold Medal’ in June.
Lauren will debut as Santuzza from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana in July 2014 and perform her Concerto win in season 2014/15 at the RNCM.
Bryony Williams is one of New Zealand’s most promising emerging sopranos. She began studying at the RNCM with Lynne Dawson in 2012, and this year was awarded the Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholarship, enabling her to take up a place on the prestigious Opera and Voice Studio leading to the International Artist Diploma for 2013/2014. Currently, Bryony is a member of the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in their new production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.
Born in Canterbury, England, Bryony spent much of her life in New Zealand until moving back permanently to the U.K last year. She completed a Bachelor of Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Voice with Distinction at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in 2011. A review in the New Zealand Listener commented that Bryony was ‘one to watch’ after her much praised performance as the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the NZSM in 2011. She also sang the title role in Handel’s Alcina to much acclaim in 2012, the role of Ino in Semele in 2009, and has sung with the New Zealand Opera in both Cavelleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci and Macbeth. In 2011 Bryony was one of 5 finalists in the 2011 IFAC Australian Singing Competition held in the Sydney Opera House. From this she was awarded her overseas study scholarship for her first year at the RNCM. Bryony has also had experience with live broadcasts; singing national anthems at two major international rugby test matches, and she recently featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ with a set of five songs by Richard Strauss.
Bryony played the lead role of Adina in the RNCM’s December production of L’elisir d’amore, and during her Postgraduate year she was the winner of Frederic Cox Award for Singing and the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss. A further highlight of her time at the RNCM to date includes her performance with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, singing Beethoven’s concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’ under the baton of Douglas Boyd as part of the college’s 40 year celebration concert series.
Sophie was born in London but grew up in Sydney, Australia. She has trained as an actor and a singer and holds a Bachelor of Performance and the Dean’s Medal for first place from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney. She also has a Masters of Music with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Mary Plazas. In performance her experience spans plays, opera, oratorio and recital as well as a number of Top of the Pops appearances as a member of the St Winifred’s Choir.
She has been a Young Artist with Pacific Opera and this year joined the inaugural Buxton Festival Young Artists Programme where she will cover the role of Ramiro in La Finta Gardiniera and perform other repertoire in recital. Sophie has appeared with Buxton Festival Opera, Clonter Opera, Benslow Baroque Opera, Focus Opera and the Gabrieli Consort and Plyers. Operatic roles have included Kaschey the Immortal (Kascheyevna) The Maiden in the Tower (Chatelaine), Serse (Arsamene), Semele (Ino and Juno), Albert Herring (Nancy), La Sonnambula (Teresa), Hansel and Gretel (The Sandman) and the title role of Carmen.
On the concert platform notable solo appearances include Rossini Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning.
Sophie has been the recipient of the Allan Mullins Scholarship, The Farleigh Vocal Scholarship and the Eunice Pettigrew Prize at the RNCM.
Winner of the 2013 Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and the 2013 Vocal Competition at The International Eisteddfod 2013, Iúnó is currently in her final year at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, where she studies with Catherine Benson. Before taking up a place to study at the Conservatoire Iúnó lived and worked in London, experiencing the classical music world working for Artist Management Agency HarrisonParrott. Whilst in London she studied privately with Soprano Yvette Bonner and sung with the London Choral Society and The Holst Singers. Iúnó has recorded solo vocals for TV productions including the BBC's Desperate Romantics, and performing on Granada Televisions My Favourite Hymns whilst still at school.
From September to December 2012, Iuno took a placement at the Conservatorio "G. Frescobaldi" in Ferrara, Italy, where she studied with Soprano Cinzia Forte and Baritone Paolo Coni, working primarily on the Italian language and Bel Canto repertoire. Whilst in Italy she performed in the Ridotto del Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, and also with Italian Festival "In Chorde" (Freon Musica), which led to various performances in the Emilia-Romagna region.
In England recent performances have included Soprano Soloist for Bach's B Minor Mass conducted by Paul Spicer in the Adrian Boult Hall, Soloist for Shaftesbury Arts Festival, and solo recitals including a performance at St. Chad's in Shrewsbury as part of the "Concerts in the Round" series. In Opera, she has sung with British Youth Opera in their Summer Opera course, has sung the role of Adele from Strauss's Die Fledermaus (scenes), Graduate (Street Scene) and has performed with Winterbourne Opera. In the Summer of 2012, she was a finalist in the televised final of the International Eisteddfod Llangollen.
This year Iúnó has performed in the Auditorium of the Theatre Severn in a Proms Concert to support The West Shrewsbury Hospice; at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara with Festival "In Chorde"; in London duo-recitals at St Mary-at-Hill with soprano Sophie Pullen and Pianist Yoko Misumi, with whom she has also performed in a fundraising concert supporting the Neal Turkington Nepal Project at the In & Out Club, St James's Square. She has also collaborated with guitar duo Daniel Bovey & Julian Vickers in a concert for classical song repertoire ranging from Britten to Rodrigo and De Falla.
Future performances this winter include soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater, Oxford; the title role in "Ninja" by Viennese composer Ulf-Diether Soyka; Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) in a production of opera scenes; Lia in Debussy's "L'enfant prodigue" and in concert as part of the Beyond Classical concert series at Symphony Hall Birmingham. In march 2014, Iúnó will sing the role of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" (6th & 8th March, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham).
Born in London, Harry Sever was a chorister in Winchester and then studied music at Oxford where he was awarded first class honours, holding the Michel Academic Scholarship and New Chamber Opera's repetiteur scholarship. He has worked with choirs and orchestras in America and Australia, and now runs his own ensemble, The Novalis Chamber Orchestra, whilst training at the Guildhall School of Music. Recent opera engagements include Tamerlano, Il Re Pastoreand Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei (New Chamber Opera).
As a composer, Harry works primarily in theatre (previous scores include 'Love's Labour's Lost' and 'As You Like It', both at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall) and in pop, as a songwriter and arranger for a number of groups both in London and further afield.
Elgan Llŷr Thomas
Jessica Eccleston mezzo-soprano
Eda Seppar piano/repetiteur
Catrin Woodruff soprano