SIR SIMON KEENLYSIDE – Baritone – 1984 & 1987
Sir Simon Keenlyside made his operatic debut, as a British Baritone, here at Clonter in 1984. He first appeared in the Royal Opera House just 6 years later as Ping from Turandot. From 1994 onwards, Simon has performed with The Royal Opera almost every season, and opera houses throughout the world. He was appointed a CBE in 2003 and awarded a knighthood in 2018.
AMANDA ROOCROFT – Soprano – 1984
Amanda Roocroft’s first appearance Clonter, was as a student of the Royal Northern College of Music, in 1984. Whilst studying, in 1988, she won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and in 1989 she was praised by the British Critic, Michael Kennedy, for her performances in the college production of Cosi fan tutte. In the years between 1989 and 2010, Amanda has succeeded in performing at well-established events and venues including the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House, The English National Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. In 1994, she was also the subject of a Granada Television documentary, Amanda Roocroft: Opera’s Rising Star. As well as breaking into the British Opera circuit, Amanda succeeded in the North America, appearing in Don Giovanni as Donna Elvira at the Metropolitan Opera, and sang at Houston Grand Opera. In 2003, the University of Manchester awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Music. For her performance in Jenufa in the English National Opera in 2007, Amanda received the Laurence Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. Throughout her career, Amanda has also had the great pleasure of performing with the likes of Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic, and has made regular appearances at the London BBC Proms and at the Edinburgh International Festival.
JONATHAN LEMALU – Bass-Baritone – 2000 & 2001
Jonathan’s association with Clonter began in 2000. He was cast for Clonter’s production of The Marriage of Figaro and returned to Clonter in 2001 to perform in The Barber of Seville. Along with the rehearsal and training of stagecraft, vocal and physical stamina, Jonathan was awarded the 2000 Clonter Opera Prize winner. Also, as a 2001 Singers Academy Member, Jonathan received invaluable coaching from John Tomlinson at the Royal Opera House. In 2010, Jonathan was awarded with a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
LEE BISSET – Soprano – 2000 & 2006
Scottish soprano Lee Bisset studied at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Her first operatic role was Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for Clonter for whom she also sang Violetta in La traviata. Selected engagements include: Jenůfa (Scottish Opera), Káťa Kabanová (Longborough Festival Opera), Sieglinde Die Walküre (Opera North and Ópera São Paulo), Tosca (Opera Memphis and Opera Omaha), Senta Der fliegende Holländer (Ópera de Bellas Artes, Mexico City), Leonore Fidelio (Dorset Opera Festival), Minnie La Fanciulla del West (Opera Omaha); and concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Teatro Real, Madrid, the Theatro São Pedro, Brazil and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Recently she sang Liza in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Isolde at the Konzert Theater, Bern, Switzerland and Sieglinde Die Walküre in Singapore. She will sing all the Brünnhildes in the new Longborough Ring.
NATALYA ROMANIW – Soprano – 2010 & 2011
Natalya won the Clonter Opera prize in 2010, and performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Clonter in 2011. She went on to cover Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on tour, and successfully auditioned for the young artist programmes at the MET, New York, The Jette Parker young artist programme, Covent Garden and Houston Grand Opera, Texas, which was the offer she accepted. In 2012 Natalya was the first ever recipient of both the Lovely Song Prize and first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Subsequent accolades include representing Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, where she was a Song Prize finalist. Last season Natalya was nominated for the Times Breakthrough Category at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Most recent roles include Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera, Lisa Queen of Spades in a return to Opera Holland Park, Jenufa for Grange Park Opera in their new Theatre in the Woods at West Horsley Place. In 2017-18, Natalya sings Tatyana Eugene Onegin, in her house debut with Welsh National Opera, and for Scottish Opera in a new production by Oliver Mears. Looking further ahead, Natalya will make her debut with English National Opera as Mimì La bohème. Last summer she returned to Garsington Opera as Marenka The Bartered Bride. Also last season she made her first solo recital recording in a collaboration with the pianist Lada Valesova, featuring repertoire by Dvořák, Janáček, Novák and Rachmaninov.
Garsington Opera – 2017 – Final Scene, Eugene Onegin
Opera Holland Park – 2019 – ‘Otchego eto prezhde ne znala’, Iolanta
Garsington Opera – 2019 – ‘Ten lásky sen’, The Bartered Bride
Garsington Opera – ‘Isolated Arias 2020’ – ‘Song to the Moon’, Rusalka
JUNG SOO YUN – Tenor – 2011
Since performing the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Jung Soo has performed for HRH Prince Charles at St James’s Palace and sung in Kiri Te Kanawa’s Christmas Concert at Cadogan Hall. Jung has also sung across the UK in oratorio repertory, including Haydn’s Creation and Verdi’s Requiem, and in recital at Wigmore Hall. Operatic performances include Macduff Macbeth and Italian tenor Der Rosenkavalier for Opera North, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi and Nadir Les pêcheurs de perles for Opera Holland Park, the title role in Werther for Les Azuriales Opera, and Scottish Opera, and Ruggero Lastouc La rondine for Go Opera/Opera di Peroni. Jung covered the role of Raimbaud Robert le Diable for the Royal Opera House, making his Royal Opera House debut in 2013 as Mainfroid Les vêpres siciliennes.
KOJI TERADA – Bass – 2011
Since performing the role of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Koji went on to sing in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in the 2012 season, returning in 2013 to understudy the role of Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
ELIN PRITCHARD – Soprano– 2011
Since performing the role of the Maid and cover of the title role Lucia di Lammermoor in 2011, she returned to take part in the Opera Gala in 2015. Welsh soprano Elin Pritchard is a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and of London’s National Opera Studio. Her operatic roles include Violetta La traviata and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Den Jyske Opera, Kupava The Snow Maiden and Nedda Pagliacci for Opera North, Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor for Buxton Festival Opera (having first covered the role at Clonter in 2011), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Finnish National Opera, Micaela Carmen for Mid Wales Opera, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for British Youth Opera, and 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, Elin has sung Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress, Violetta La traviata and First Dryad Rusalka. She sings regularly in concert, her repertoire including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor, Brahm’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Te Deum, Fauré’s Requiem, Gounod’s Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass with the English Chamber Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.
MARTA FONTANALS-SIMMONS – Mezzo Soprano – 2012
Marta performed the role of Hansel in Clonter’s 2012 production of Hansel and Gretel. Studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Marylin Rees, Marta was the winner of the 2011 Maurene Lehane Vocal Award, runner-up for the 2011 Thelma King Award, and finalist in the Hampshire Singing Competition. She has performed as a soloist at Barbican Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square. Recordings include Harvey’s Songs of Li Po for BBC Radio 3, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Holst’s The Coming of Christ with the Holst Orchestra. Recent opera experience includes Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera 2012), Eva Comedy on the Bridge (Minotaur Music Theatre 2011) and Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (British Youth Opera 2011). In 2012, Marta performed the role of Ruggiero Orlando generoso at The Barber Opera. Marta is proud to be a Susan Chilcott Scholar and Concordia Foundation Artist.
Milton Court 2016 – Fantoches – Debussy
Milton Court 2016 – Suleika I – Schubert
RAPHAELA PAPADAKIS – Soprano – 2012 & 2013
Raphaela played Gretel in Clonter’s 2012 production of Hansel and Gretel, returning to Clonter to win the Opera Prize in 2013, and performing in the Opera Gala later that same year. In 2014 she made her professional operatic début at Garsington Opera as Bathilde, Offenbach’s Vert-vert, as well as her song recital début at Carnegie Hall New York. Also Raphaela covered the Nymph in Michael Boyd’s production of Orfeo for the Royal Opera House, and the London première of Nicola LeFanu’s Tokaido Road, for which Raphaela created the role of the spurned geisha Kikuyo for the world première, Cheltenham Festival. Raphaela sang the role of Ann in the British première of Simon Vosecek’s Biedermann and The Arsonists, and won 1st Prize at the National Mozart Competition. Rafaela has recently completed the English National Opera’s training scheme for young artists, and gone on to cover at the Royal Opera House, and perform at the Berlin Staatsoper. Recent roles include the cover of the title role in Cavalli’s Hipermestraat Glyndebourne Fesitval Opera and Orestilla in Porpora’s L’Agrippina in its British premiere with Barber Opera. Recent and future plans include Haydn’s Creation with Paul McCreesh, performances with Multi-Story at the Aldeburgh Festival, creating the role of Doria Manfredi in a new play about Puccini’s life called Il letto by Christopher Hogg, a Helios Collective production for the Buxton, Copenhagen and Grimeborn Opera Festivals, and concerts of French song with Tom Poster, Elena Urioste and the Navarra Quartet at the Roman River Festival, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Jonathan Dove – Adelaide’s aria from The Enchanted Pig
BEN MCATEER – Baritone – 2012
Since performing the role of the Father in Hansel and Gretel, whilst still at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, performed the roles of Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro and Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon. Other performances have included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera Holland Park, and converts with LSO and the Ulster Orchestra, including a world première of Mark Anthony Turnage’s At Sixes & Sevens as part of the City of London Festival. Ben went on to the National Opera Studio.
Full Biog – http://www.benmcateer.com
Welsh National Opera 2017 – Brüderlien, Die Fledermaus
The Big Bang! INO Inaugural Concert, January 2018
The Marriage of Figaro: An interview with Sir Thomas Allen and Ben McAteer 2016
HELEN ANNE GREGORY – Mezzo Soprano – 2012
Since performing the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Helen went on to take part in much concert work, the highlight of which was performing Wesendonck Lieder at the Bridgewater Hall, She went on to sing in the Chorus for Garsington Opera in the UK première of Rossini’s Il Maometto Secondo and covering the role of the Witch in their production of Hansel and Gretel.
Full Biog – http://www.helenannegregory.com
ELINOR ROLFE JOHNSON – Soprano – 2012
Since performing the role of the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Elinor went on to perform in a number of venues, including Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, St. George’s Hanover Square and the Theatre Royal Glasgow. She has toured with Avner Biron and the Israel Camerata and performed on two occasions at the London Handel Festival 2013. Over the following year, Elinor performed the roles of Drusilla L’inoronazione di Poppea, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream – both for the Roayl Conservatoire of Scotland – and Ismene Orpheus for trhe Classical Opera Company. As a RCS scholarship holder, she was also generously supported by the Russell Sheppard Trust Vocal Scholarship and the Richard Stapely Trust. Future engagements included Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Hampstead Garden Opera, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the Anton Bruckner Choir at St John’s Smith Square, and Elinor reached the Quarter Finals of the Wigmore Song Competition.
Full Biog – https://www.elinorrolfejohnson.com
MAGDALENA MOLENDOWSKA – Soprano – 2012
Since performing the role of Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Madgalena won the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, making her debut in leading roles in tow major opera houses in Poland, including the Polish National Opera. She appeared in two other GSMD opera productions as Anita in La navarraise and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She went on to complete a full season contract with Glyndebourne Festival.
ANUSH HOVHANNISYAN – Soprano – 2012
Since winning the Clonter Opera Prize in 2012, and performing in the Opera Gala of the same year, Anush joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Covent Garden. In 2014 Anush won the 1st Prize in Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger International Competition. As a Jette Parker Young Artist she performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2013-2015, and has worked under the direction of renowned conductors such as Jonathan Santagada, Renato Balsadonna, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Antonio Pappano. Anush is the winner of First and Public Prizes, Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera special prizes at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition. Most recent and upcoming performances include Violetta Valery, La traviata, for Scottish Opera, Amaltea, Mose in Egitto, in Cadogan Hall, Berg Seven Early Songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9, with the Southbank Sinfonia, Strauss four Last Songs with Amicus Orchestra, and performing debut as Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, at New Generation Festival in Florence. Further to the unanimous praise on her debut as Violetta Valery La traviata, for Scottish Opera, Anush makes a house debut at the Welsh National Opera in 2018/2019 season in the same role. She will return to Welsh National Opera in 2020 as Hélène Les vêpres siciliennes and make her debut with Opera North as Musetta in the revival of Phillida Lloyd’s acclaimed staging of La bohème.
GÉRARD SCHNEIDER – Tenor – 2013 & 2014
Gérard Schneider made his first appearance at Clonter in 2013 as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and he returned to perform in the 2014 Opera Gala. Since then Gérard has performed throughout the world, including major debuts at the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Wexford Festival Opera, and the Salzburger Festspiele. Gérard joined the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt in the current season, debuting to great acclaim as both the Prince in Rusalka and Der Hirt in Krol Roger. He also made his debut with the Komische Oper Berlin in Barrie Kosky’s new production of La bohème and returned to Bard SummerScape for three projects celebrating the works of Alexander Pushkin which included the role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri. For the 2019/20 season, Gérard will continue his Ensemble work with Oper Frankfurt, performing Der Hirt in Krol Roger and the Prince in Rusalka. Also, he will be making his debut in the role of Gounod’s Faust in a new production at Opera Omaha.
Full Biog – http://www.gerardschneider.com/index.html
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie 2015 – Che gelida manina La bohème
Joyce DiDonato Master Class, Carnegie Hall 2015 – Se all’impero amici Dei La clemenza di Tito
International Meistersinger Akademie, 2018 – Tombe degl’avi miei Lucia di Lammermoor
Frankfurt am Main 2019 – Questa o Quella Rigoletto
Salut! demeure chaste et pure Faust
ALISON ROSE – Soprano – 2013
Alison made her first appearance at Clonter in 2013 as Adele in Die Fledermaus, returning to take part in the Opera Gala the same year. Since then she has gone on to win the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize and the 2017 Leonard Ingrams Award and was a National Opera Studio Young Artist for the 2015/16 season. Concert highlights include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in 2016, Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Iain Burnside’s musical play Shining Armour with Roderick Williams and Victoria Newlyn, Britten’s Les Illuminations at the Southwell Music Festival and solo recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Royal Opera House Crush Room. Operatic roles include Papagena, Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro Garsington Festival Opera and English National Opera; Governess, The Turn of the Screw (Bury Court Opera); Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen Grimeborn Festival/Arcola Theatre; Frasquita Carmen (understudy) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lady in Waiting Gloriana St Endellion Festival with Martyn Brabbins, Miranda The Dancing Master GSMD, Bětuška The Cunning Peasant GSMD and Servilia La clemenza di Tito RNCM. Performances at the National Opera Studio included residencies with Opera North, Welsh National Opera, and a performance of scenes from contemporary opera at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Recent and future performances include her debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 at the Southwell Music Festival and Britten’s Les Illuminations with Sian Edwards for the Lewes Festival of Song. Further performances include her debut with Opera North on their Whistle Stop Opera tour, and a return to ENO for a Studio Live production of Judith Weir’s Blonde Eckbert. Alison continues her studies in London with Gary Coward.
Full Biog – http://www.alisonrosesoprano.com
SAMANTHA CRAWFORD – Soprano – 2013
Since performing the role of Rosalinde, Samantha’s roles have included Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave for the Aldeburgh Festival and Edinburgh Internation Festival, under Mark Wigglesowrth; Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer at the Barbican’s Milton Court under Julian Clayton; Mozart Requiem with the New Bristol Sinfonia; Dvoràk’s Stabat Mater and Mendelssonhn Paulus at Christchurch Priory. Outside of the UK, Samantha has performed in concerts at the Fontainebleau Palace and with the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Orchester in Vienna.
Full Biog – http://www.samanthacrawford.com/
2016 – Komm, komm, holder knabe! Parsifal
LAWRENCE THACKERAY – Tenor – 2013
Since performing the role of Eisenstein for Clonter, Lawrence took up a place on the Opera Course at the Guildhall where he played Arlecchino in The Adventures of Pinocchio. He also performed the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute for Lismore Music Festival and numerous Oratorio performances, including Saint Nicholas, The Creation, Elgar’s Coronation Ode and Gounod’s St. Ceclia Mass.
Full Biog – https://www.lawrencethackeray.net
Recordings – https://www.lawrencethackeray.net/videos
ALISON LANGER – Soprano – 2013
Since performing in Die Fledermaus, Alison joined the Guildhall’s Opera course, performing the role of Erodiade in San Giovanni Battista. In her 2nd year roles included Princess in The Cunning Peasant Dvoràk, Norina I Pazzi per Progetto Donizetti. In 2015 she performed as Lisette in La rondine for Opera in the Open in Dublin.
Full Biog – http://alisonlanger.com
BETHAN LANGFORD – Mezzo Soprano – 2013
Since stepping into the breach for the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus 2013, Bethan returned to take part in Clonter’s Opera Gala.
PAUL CURIEVICI – Tenor – 2014
Since Faust, Paul has created roles in two world premières at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre – Titorelli in Philip Glass’ The Trial, and Eames in The Virtues of Things – as well as covering the role of Jack O’Brien in the new Covent Garden production of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and singing First Jew for Northern Ireland Opera’s Salome. Further projects have included Jack in The Importance of Being Ernest at the Barbican Theatre and the Lincoln Centre, New York, and the Royal Opera House; and Don Basilio in Scottish Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Full Biog – https://www.paulcurievici.co.uk
Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, ROH Finale 2016 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_-1JxTjnHE
THOMAS HOPKINSON – Bass – 2014
Since performing at Clonter, Thomas went onto perform on the concert platform Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and The Sea Symphony, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, The Star Bear in Howard Blake’s The Bear and Handel’s Messiah. In 2015 he went to take part in the Longborough Fesitval Opera, covering Count Ceprano, Rigoletto, and singing chorus in Tristan und Isolde and Rigoletto. Further productions have included Prince Gremin, Eugen Onegin for Opera on Location; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Full Biog – http://www.tdhopkinson.co.uk
Recordings – http://www.tdhopkinson.co.uk/audiovisual.html
HEATHER IRESON – Mezzo Soprano – 2014
Since performing the role of Martha in Faust, Heather has since performed the role of 3rd Lady in a touring production of The Magic Flute with Young Opera Venture, and she was selected to be in the chorus for the Glyndebourne Festival. Heather performed in the chorus for Carmen and Polluto, for which she was a part of the UK premiere staging of this little know Donizetti opera.
Full Biog – http://www.heatherireson.co.uk
ANNA GILLINGHAM – Soprano – 2014
Anna made her international operatic debut at the Opera di Firenze Maggio Musicale playing the role of Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Recent concerts have included Der Hirt auf dem Felsen at the Vinterfest in Sweden; Opera arias with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Turkey; and Handel’s Messiah and Mahler’s 4th Symphony in London. Anna went on to sing Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at Theater Basel the following year.
KAMILLA DUNSTAN – Mezzo Soprano – 2015
Since performing the role of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Clonter in 2015, and returning to take part in the Opera Gala in 2018, Kamilla performed several roles at the Royal College of Music. These included Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Ariodante in the lead role, and Hansel, in Hansel and Gretel. Kamilla was also selected to perform as a soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, singing Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, which was broadcasted live by BBC Radio 3. Kamilla went on to join the Opera Centre at the Aspen Music Festival & School (USA) for their summer season and school. This year Kamila will make her solo debuts at Glyndebourne Tour as Zwiete Dame Die Zauberflöte and Suzy/Lolette La Rodine at West Green House The Opera Garden. In 2017 Kamilla was an Alvarez Young Artist and covered the role of Zaida in Garsington Opera’s production of Il turco in Italia. November 2018, Kamilla was selected as a finalist with pianist Joe Howson for the Maureen Lehane Singing Competition at Wigmore Hall. Kamilla covered Eurydice Woman, one of the lead roles in English National Opera’s production of Birtwistle’s opera The Mask of Orpheus, October-November 2019. In October 2019, Kamilla made her Wagnerian debut as Floßhilde in a concert performance of Das Rheingold at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Lloyd.
Full Biog – https://www.kamilladunstan.com
Must The Winter Come So Soon – Barber, Vanessa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPFVDxS2M4k
Malheureux roi! – Les Troyens Berlioz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsJjokKPiDo
Wie du warst – Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXaeLiF2Rj0
NICK DWYER– Baritone – 2015
Since performing the role of Frosch and Ivan in Die Fledermaus at Clonter in 2013, Nick Completed his Masters degree with distinction at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014. Nick then returned to Clonter in 2015 to perform the role of Alfonso in Clonter’s 2015 production of Cosi fan tutte. Since then Nick has performed with Grange Park Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, British Youth Opera and Clonter Opera. Roles include Marcello (La bohème, OperaUpClose, Soho Theatre), Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte, Greenwich Theatre), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro, OperaUpClose), Sid (Albert Herring, Hampstead Garden Opera), Masetto (Don Giovanni, Opera Vera), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin, GPO), Alidoro (Cenerentola, OperaUpClose), Escamillo (Carmen, OperaUpClose), Javert (Les Miserables, Pimlico Opera Prisons Project). Cover roles include Eugene Onegin (GPO), Angelotti (Tosca, GPO), Geronimo (The Secret Marriage, BYO), Adolf (The Jacobin, Buxton Festival Opera), and Marullo (Rigoletto, Bury Court Opera).
ANDREW MCTAGGART– Baritone – 2015
Since Andrew performed the role of Guglielmo at Clonter, he has toured with Scottish Opera performing A Little Bit of Figaro and Mikado at venues around Scotland, returning to Opera Bohemia to sing the role of Baron in La traviata.
Full Biog – https://www.andrewmctaggart.co.uk
DOMINIC WALSH– Tenor – 2015
Since performing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at Clonter, Dominic has performed a recital tour of Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin in London and Australia, performed with the Wexford Festival Opera and has covered the role of Nanki-poo in The Midkado for Scottish Opera. Other engagements include covering Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera and the 2017 Spring Tour with English Touring Opera.
MARLENA DEVOE – Soprano – 2016
Since performing the role of Violetta in Clonter’s production of La traviata in 2016, returning to take part in Clonter’s Opera Gala in 2018, Marlena, having already won the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and the Tait Memorial Prize, went onto win the Leonard Ingrams Award later that year, and was a 2018 Alvarez Artist at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, where she made her debut as Alice Ford Falstaff. Further engagements have included Mimì La bohème for New Zealand Opera 2018, which she also repeated for additional performances with Lyric Opera, Dublin, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Orion Orchestra at Cadogan Hall and Messiah with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Current engagements include Mimì La bohème for Oxford Opera, Verdi Requiem at the Snape Maltings and Classical Favourites with the Roman River Festival Orchestra.
Si, mi chiamano Mimì, La bohème 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjkGgizpdig
TVNZ – New Zealand Public Broadcast 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ESrCRkqHI8
PETER AISHER – Tenor – 2016
Since performing the role of Alfredo in Clonter’s production of La traviata in 2016, Peter graduated from his postgraduate studies with Distinction and was the winner of the Ted Moss & Bertha Taylor-Stach Prize for Lieder, and of the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize. He was a young artist at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, singing 120 performances across two seasons. His operatic repertoire includes several Mozart roles: Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando Così fan tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; Handel: Arete (Giove) Giove in Argo, Lurcanio Ariodante; and several other roles from the lyric repertoire: Alfredo La traviata, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Albert Albert Herring, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor. Operetta roles include Alfred Die Fledermaus, der erste Fremder Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Frederick Pirates of Penzance. Performances on the concert platform include: Bach St John Passion (tenor soloist), St Matthew Passion (tenor soloist), Christmas Oratorio (evangelist and tenor soloist), Handel Messiah, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Missa in tempore belli, Mendelssohn Lobgesang, Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Virgine, Mozart Requiem, Vesperae solennes de confessore, Litaniae Lauretanae, K.109, Orff Carmina Burana, Tippet A Child of Our Time, Vaughan-Williams On Wenlock Edge, as well as contemporary works: Giles Swayne’s Hubbub, Christopher Brown’s A Five-Gated Well, and David Earl’s settings of Rupert Brooke poetry for tenor and piano with the composer at the piano.
Full Biog – http://peteraisher.com/en/
PIRAN LEGG – Bass-Baritone – 2016
Since performing the role of Germont in Clonter’s production of La traviata in 2016, Piran has performed extensively in Opera and concert around the UK and abroad, singing roles with companies such as Wexford Festival Opera, Garsington Opera and the LSO. He has ranged from characters such as Schaunard in La bohème at the Cadogan Hall to Antonio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Piran also enjoys more contemporary projects and has taken part in cutting edge new work in festivals around London and the U.K. He has recorded a C.D. of new songs written on a theme of “Songs of the Big Smoke” and has played the roles of Crow and Eric Satie in WorkShopOPERA’s acclaimed productions of Boys of Paradise and Seven Velvet Suits respectively. He also premiered the role of King Erysichthon in Edward Rushton’s chamber opera Cicadas with the LSO. As well as performing on the Operatic Stage, Piran has a busy schedule of concert performances. 2017 saw Piran undertaking a wide variety of projects, including Bach’s St. Mathew Passion and Elgar’s masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius, working with Bergen National Opera on Il Turco in Italia and taking the role of Samuel in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, with Winslow Hall Opera. Highlights of 2018 included a critically acclaimed role debut as Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, a debut as Colas and Buff in a Mozart double bill with Pop Up Opera and a return to Bergen National Opera in the Flying Dutchman, along with a thrilling performance as Action in West Side Story with the Bath Festival. Piran has won Music Prizes at the Canterbury Festival, is a former International Opera Awards Young Artist Bursary Winner and Fishmongers Music Scholar.
Ferrando, Il Trovatore 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYZaVt_Uvv0
NATALIE SINNOTT – Mezzo Soprano – 2016
Since performing the role of Flora inn Clonter’s production of La traviata in 2016, Natalie went on to cover Lel in Snowmaiden and chorus in Aida at Opera North in 2019. She also works a lot with a music charity called “Lost Chord” performing with Dementia. Natalie was due to cover the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola at the Grange Festival this summer.
Full Biog – http://www.nataliesinnott.com
RICHARD SHAFFREY – Tenor – 2016
Since performing the role of Gaston (and understudying the role of Alfredo) in Clonter’s production of La traviata in 2016, Richard went on to perform the role of Il Cancelliere in the Wexford Festival Opera’s production of Maria de Rudenz in the same year. In 2018, in addition to returning to Clonter to take part in its annual Opera Gala, Richard performed the role of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Rye Arts Festival and made his debut with Scottish Opera as The Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos.
TURIYA HAUDENHUYSE – Soprano – 2016
Since performing the role of Fora in Clonter’s production of La Traviata in 2016, she was awarded a Golden Medal in the 3rd Berliner International Music Competition 2019, and won the 2nd Prize in the Kattenburg Competition 2017 at Opéra de Lausanne. She is also a prize winner of the 27th International Singing Competition 2017 Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In 2019 Turiya was part of the prestigious Vocal Residency at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. She made her guest debut at the Dutch National Opera in 2018 as part of the Opera Forward Festival, in the role of Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, for which she received critical acclaim in the New York Times. Further appearances on the operatic stage include Dinah in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (Opera Zuid), Mercédès in Carmen (Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg), Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Tauride (Euphonia Opera), Cinders in the world première of The Hive (Grimeborn Festival), Kirsten in the world première of Der Eisenhut (Tête à Tête Opera), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Rye Arts Festival), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (RCM International Opera School), Model in Henri Christiné’s Phi-Phi (Opéra Lausanne), and Suor Dolcina in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (LUCA School of Arts Belgium).
Full Biog – http://www.turiyahaudenhuyse.com
Je veux vivre, Gounod – Concours Kattenburg – 2ème Prix 2017 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYvd368OUM
HENRY NEILL – Baritone – 2017
Since performing the role of Figaro in Clonter’s 2017 production of the Marriage of Figaro, in the 2018-2019 season, he was a member of the Deutsches Nationaltheater und StaatskapelleWeimar ensemble last season, where roles included Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Figaro and Count Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Masetto Don Giovanni, Silvano Un Ballo in Maschera, Angelotti Tosca and Freddy My Fair Lady. Recent guest engagements were Edmund Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (new commission) The Grange Festival, Noah in Russell Hepplewhite’s Silver Electra (new commission) English Touring Opera, Spontini’s Agnes Von Hohenstaufen Theater Erfurt, Count Le Nozze di Figaro at Hackney Empireconducted by Jane Glover, La Traviata at West Green House Opera, Friquet in Offenbach’s Vert-Vert Garsington Opera conducted by David Parry and recitals with pianist Somi Kim Wigmore Hall and International Holland Music Festival.Notable concert performances include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, appearances on BBC Radio 3‘s In Tune, at the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Leeds Lieder Festival and on Dutch Radio 4. Whilst at the Academy, he performed Butterworth’s Six songs from A Shropshire Lad with Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder).
Henry’s recent and future engagements include Schaunard La bohème Opera North (2019), Bernstein double bill (tba) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Linbury Theatre, SOLOIST Shlomowitz’s Electric Dreams Grand Théâtre de Genève, Papageno Die Zauberflöte Opera på Skäret in Sweden and Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia Opéra National de Lorraine.
Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (Die Zauberflöte) 2019 – https://youtu.be/3PJ2dMz9GVA
Reviews – “His singing had a grandeur and class of it’s own” Bach Track “Fabulously charismatic” Royal Overseas League
MARGO ARSANE – Mezzo Soprano – 2017
Since performing the role of Susanna, Margo’s voice has evolved towards the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. She is currently a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London for 2018/19. In June 2019, Margo debuted in the role of Rosina Barber of Seville with Scherzo Ensemble in Longhope and London. In 2018, Margo made her debut in the role of Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro at Dartington Festival. She also toured French opera house with Le Concert Spirituel – Hervé Niquet as Climene / Premier Amour in Lully-Moliere’s Les Amants Magnifiquesat the Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Massy… The tour will continue at Opera de Limoges in 2019. Past roles include, in addition to Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Clonter Opera, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto at GSMD, cover Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera, Concepcion L’Heure EspagnoleRavel for Festival Pentecote en Berry, Bettina Don Procopio Bizet with Opera South, among others. 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…Margo has sung in public masterclasses for world-renowned singers like Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley, Teresa Berganza, Stuart Skelton, Leontina Vaduva, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Janet Williams, … among others. Margo is proud to be a 2018 Sybil Tutton Award recipient from Help Musicians UK and a 2017 Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient, and is grateful to the OAF for renewing their support in 2018. She is also currently supported by the Kathleen Trust, Two-Temple Place, and the National Opera Studio. She is also grateful to the Kathleen Trust, William Barry Trust, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, Mercers Company, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and Guildhall School for their generous support in the past. Margo 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 and promoting peace through the universal language of music.
Voi che sapete, Le nozze di Figaro Mozart 2019 – https://youtu.be/Tm5YkdSGBB0
Svegliatevi nel core Giulio Cesare – Handel 2019 – https://youtu.be/4DIUdZiRLIg
Nobles Seigneurs, salut! Les Huguenots Meyerbeer 2019 – https://youtu.be/MeNrzchMWd8
ELIZABETH SKINNER – Soprano – 2015, 2016 & 2017
Since performing the role of Fiordiligi at Clonter in 2015, taking part in the Opera Gala in 2016, and returning to perform the role of the Countess in Clonter’s 2017 production of the Marriage of Figaro, Elizabeth then went on to perform the role of Iolanta Tchkiovsky and to create the role of Prosperpina in the world première of The Tale of Januarie by Julian Phillips and Stephen Plaice based on Chaucer’s A Merchant’s Tale. Recent engagements have included Amadeus at the National Theatre, and Glyndebourne over the last year.
JOSEP-RAMON OLIVÉ – Baritone – 2017
Ramon was selected as an ECHO Rising Stars artist for 2018/19 season. Recent highlights include a tour with Le Jardin des Voix, directed by William Christie, Mercutio Romeo et Juliette at Teatro Calderón de Valladolid and his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in which he performed in two productions concurrently, both as Maximilian-Captain Candide and Kuligin Káťa Kabanová. Josep-Ramon returns the Liceu in forthcoming seasons as Zaretsky Eugene Onegin and Schaunard La bohème. Josep is represented by CLB Management.
Elbphilharmonie | »Rising Stars« Interview 2018 – https://youtu.be/_51v6oP9udY
Le manoir de Rosemonde – Duparc 2017 – https://youtu.be/MdAFgLLmbOw
Heimliche Aufforderung – Strauss 2017 – https://youtu.be/4bEQlj2BNSc
Reviews – “Olivé’s sense of phrasing in the recitative was very fine, whilst his light and fluid account of the aria had a nice trenchant quality too” Robert Hugill
ANGHARAD LYDDON – Mezzo Soprano – 2017
Since performing the role of Cherubino for Clonter Opera in their 2017 production of Marriage of Figaro, following her professional debut for English National Opera in 2015 as Kate in Pirates of Penzance, she returned to perform the role again in their 2017 revival. She also sang the role of Daughter of Aknaten in their 2019 revival of Phellm McDermott’s Olivier Award-Winning production, Akhnaten. She also understudied Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Perdita in The Winter’s Tale and Schoolboy, Dresser and Walter in Lulu for the company. Other operatic roles include Olga in Eugene Onegin at the 2019 Buxton International Festival, and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold for Grimeborn Festival in 2019, Hansel in Iford Arts’ 2018 Education Project, entitled ‘Gingerbread’, based on Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Suzuki in Madam Butterfly for Salon Opera, Julia Bertram in Mansfield Park for the Grange Festival and Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Abo Svenska Theater in Finland. Other covered roles include Polinesso in Ariodante and Alto in Trauernacht, a staging of Bach Cantatas, for Festival d’Aix en Provence. Angharad is a Samling Artist and among her concert highlights are performances at the Wigmore Hall, Stravinsky’s The Faun and the Shepherdess and Requiem Canticles with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philarmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. Angharad represented Wales in the 2019 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Finalist in the Song Prize competition. She is due to perform a recital with Llyr Williams at the Wigmore Hall in the Autumn as part of her prize. Angharad is represented by the Harlequin Agency.
Silent Noon – Vaughan Williams | BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 – https://youtu.be/-TOz1MIieHk
JADE MOFFAT – Mezzo Soprano – 2017
Since performing the role of Marcellina in Clonter’s 2017 production of the Marriage of Figaro, Jade went on to make her her Wigmore Hall recital debut with Independent Opera in 2018. She was also a Samling Artist, and a Tait Memorial Trust Scholar. She covered the role of Cornelia in Giulio Cesare for Bury Court Opera, and later joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus for their summer season. In September 2018 Jade travelled to Roquecor, France to undertake a residency at Le Brel, culminating in a recital with Gamal Khamis (piano) and Jonathan Radford (saxophone). She then travelled home to Australia in November as a soloist in Mahler’s 8th Symphony for Griffith University. In 2019 Jade joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus for their summer and touring seasons. For the Glyndebourne Festival she sang Servant, and cover Spirit 4 in Cendrillon, as well as chorus in Damnation de Faust, Die Zauberflöte, and Rusalka. She made her Glyndebourne Opera Tour debut as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, as well as chorus for L’elisir d’amore. Jade is the proud recipient of the Wessex Glyndebourne Award for 2019/2020. In January 2020 Jade joined Scottish Opera as the mezzo-soprano Soloist for their Opera Highlights Tour, performing in 17 rural destinations across Scotland. Before covid-19 restrictions were put in place Jade was looking forward to joining Garsington Opera for their 2020 season as an Alverez Young Artist, where she would cover the role of Ježibaba in Rusalka, as well as chorus for Rusalka and Fidelio. Jade’s recent operatic roles include Zenobia Radamisto, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Marta Iolanta, Mother Mavra, Carmen Carmen, Judith Bluebeard’s Castle, Diane The Perfect American, Fenena Nabucco, Mrs Nolan The Medium Fatima and Puck Oberon, and cover for Bianca The Rape of Lucretia, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Columbina Le donne curiose and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly.
Full Biog – http://www.jademoffat.com/bio
ANDREW IRWIN – Tenor – 2017
Since performing the role of Basilio and Curzio for Clonter Opera in 2017, Andrew won the 2017 Forde Taylor prize for Gilbert & Sullivan at the Feis Ceoil (Dublin) and the E.A. Redman prize for German Lieder performance at the RWCMD. Andrew’s opera engagements have included Conte Almaviva in Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Junge Mitteldeutsche Kammeroper, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Die Knusperhexe Hänsel und Gretel with the Leipzig Sommerorchester. On the concert platform Andrew has performed Evangelist in Schütz Historia Der Geburt Jesu Christi in the Altes Rathaus, Leipzig and Stainer Crucifixion in Cardiff and Dublin. His recital repertoire includes Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann Dichterliebe, Britten Winter Words, Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel and Finzi Oh Fair to See. Andrew made his Welsh National Opera in February 2019 singing Amelia’s Servant Un Ballo in Maschera and covered Cecil Alberto Devereux for the company. His plans include Mozart Great Mass in C Minor with Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society/Alexander Thacker, Jan in HMT Leipzig’s production of Millöcker Der Bettelstudent. He is represented by Caroline Phillips Artist Management.
CORINNE COWLING – Soprano – 2017
Since performing the role of Barbarina and covering the role of Susanna, for Clonter Opera in 2017, Corinne has returned to take part in Clonter’s Outreach programme to the Elderly – Tea with…Songs from the Shows, whilst performing as understudy to the leading role of Christine Daaé on London’s West End in the original production of Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Corinne has performed in major concert halls across the UK as soprano soloist for Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National UK Tour 2017, 2018, and 2019. Recent performance engagements include the role of Arthebuze in Charpentier’s Actéon with Lost&Found Opera; Movement Director/Assistant Director/Ensemble in J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, Bernstein’s Candide and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with West Green House Opera; Assistant Movement Director for Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Peep-Bo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with Charles Court Opera at the King’s Head Theatre; Barbarina/Cover Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Clonter Opera; Cosette in Schönberg’s Les Misérables with Pimlico Opera. Previous orchestral and recital engagements include Romance on the Green with Perth Symphony Orchestra; ‘Home’ with Freeze Frame Opera featuring Alexander Lewis and Mark Coughlan; soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the University of Plymouth Choral Society and Sinfonia; The Magic of Opera Gala at Woburn Abbey; Semi-Chorus for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder; LSO’s Guildhall Artist Platform Recital Series (Barbican Centre, LSO St Luke’s); Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs alongside The Prince Consort (Wigmore Hall); UK Premiere of Juliana Hall’s Night Dances and When the South Wind Sings (Song in the City, Re-Sung). Winning first place in the Franz Schubert Prize at the GSMD, Corinne was awarded a place on the Franz Schubert Institute Master Course in Austria, working closely with industry professionals including Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles and Helmut Deutsch. She also won third prize in the AESS Dame Patricia Routledge Competition 2017 and was a finalist in Bampton Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017. Corinne is represented by Michelle Blair Management.
Full Biog – http://www.corinnecowling.com
Venere bella, from Guilio Cesare – Handel2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNqbqAaoA0E
EDWARD ROBINSON – Baritone – 2017
Midlands born baritone, Edward Robinson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music as the Oglesby Trust and Drapers de Turckheim Scholar, under the tutorship of the internationally acclaimed baritone, Quentin Hayes. Edward’s passion for opera has lead him to perform in a number of innovative productions during his career. Edward’s operatic achievements include the role of Pilgrim The Pilgrim’s Progress, Marco Gianni Schicchi, Don Pedro Much Ado About Nothing, Silas The Orphans of Koombu, Valens Theodora, Bobinet La Vie Parisienne, Le Surintendant des plaisirs Cendrillon, Sicario Macbeth, Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro and Boy 2 Trouble in Tahiti; performing with Dorset Opera Festival, Clonter Opera, Northern Opera Group and as a young artist at The Buxton International Festival, 2018 and 2019. As a baritone soloist, Edward has performed at venues such as the Opéra Comique, Paris, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Sage, Gateshead. Recent concerts as guest soloist, include Bramhs’ Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah and Alexander’s Feast, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and a staged performance of his Songs of Travel with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra. Edward also premiered a solo work at the Leeds Lieder Festival, 2017 and gives recitals as a musician for the organisation Live Music Now. Edward ensemble experience on the concert and oratorio platform most notable include a performance of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Berlioz Requiem at the Grieghallen, Norway and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Upon graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music Edward was awarded the Robin Kay Memorial Prize for Opera Singing. The award is given annually to the singer the college deems to have the most promising career in opera. Edward joins an esteemed list of winners that includes Sir Simon Keenleyside, Amanda Roocroft, Kang Wang and Kathryn Rudge. Edward has also won awards such as The Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder, The Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition Audience Prize, the Harriet Cohen Memorial Award and Staffordshire Young Singer of the Year. When not performing Edward is a facilitator for educational and outreach opera. Leading vocal workshops and assisting choirs, Edward has worked with Chango Music, Clonter Opera Outreach, Stagecoach and Chant Productions.
Full Biog – https://www.edwardrobinsonbaritone.com
EUGENE DILLON-HOOPER – Bass – 2017
Since performing the role of Doctor Bartolo for Clonter Opera in 2017, he went on to perform the roles of Colline for RNCM Opera in 2017, tool part in Garsington Opera’s production of Capriccio nad Die Zauberflöte in 2018, and in 2019 Doctor Grenvil La traviata for Grange Park Opera/Al Bustan Festival in 2019, and Bertrand Iolanta for Les Azuriales.
BECHARA MOUFARREJ – Tenor – 2018
Since performing the role of Rodolfo in Clonter Opera’s production of La bohème in 2018, Bechara has recorded Nessun Dorma for Classic FM’s Classics You Know series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now a Principal Tenor with the Serbian National Theatre where his roles include Alfredo La Traviata, Il Duca Rigoletto and Rodolfo La bohème.
Reviews – Iyad Kanaan Joseph le Juste – World premiere – Lebanon – ‘The soloists form a beautiful quartet that dialogues with natural emotion… The expressiveness of Bechara Moufarrej, whose duet with the soprano is one of the highlights of the oratorio, combines perfectly with the mesmerizing voice of Fernando Afara.’ L’Orient Le Jour, 1 June 2018
Part of 12:40 – Twelve new opera arias for the National Opera Studio’s 40th Anniversary 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEKmPjMF1yw
La bohème in Lockdown from Germany Lebanon Ukraine Russia & Serbia – https://www.facebook.com/bmoufarej/videos/10222574400651558/
MIRJAM MESAK – Soprano – 2018
Since performing the role of Mimi in Clonter Opera’s 2018 production of La bohème, having taken part in Clonter’s May Masterclasses in 2017, and the Opera Gala in the same year, Mirjam received both her Masters degree in voice from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a First Class Honours under the tutelage of Prof. Rudolf Piernay. For the season 2018/19 she was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Mirjam has gone on to work with the finest singers and coaches including Helmut Deutch, Graham Johnson, Edith Wiens, Birgitta Fassbender, Eugene Asti, Julius Drake, Stephan Loges. Mirjam has since performed as a soloist in several of London’s renowned concert halls such as the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall (including as part of the LSO’s This is Rattle festival), and Wigmore Hall. Recent opera engagements include Iolanta, Iolanta, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Erste Geist/Erste Uhr Karl V and Blumenmädchen at the Bayerische Staatsoper, to name a few. Season 2019/20 at the Bayerische Staatsoper includes roles such as Juliette, Die Tote Stadt, Taumannchen, Hänsel und Gretel, Esmeralda Die verkaufte Braut, Xenia, Borid Godunov, Mignon, Mignon and Gianetta, L’elisir d’amore. Concert highlights include Beethoven 9th with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and conductor Erik Nielsen, as well as the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Kahchun Wong. In 2019 Mirjam was awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize in the section Performing Arts – Bayerische Kunstdörderpreis in Der Sparte Darstellende Kunst.
Full Biog – https://www.mirjammesak.com
Blaibach – Michaela’s Aria “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante, Carmen, Bizet 2019 – https://youtu.be/QuuvyR81x0s
Reviews – ‘…I’ve not heard Lauretta’s “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi delivered with such artistry in concert; Mesak has the measure of authentic messa di voce and phrase-roundings, as well as an understanding of the young girl’s plight…’ David Nice, The Arts Desk, 2017 ‘a light soprano with amplitude in her soaring,’ David Nice, The Arts Desk ‘Estonian Mirjam Mesak (Mimì) is surely a singing actress with a great future, and she effortlessly shone out over the biggest vocal ensembles and accompanimental textures…’ Robert Beale, 2018‘…Never is the radiance of her voice careless, there is always skepticism, longing, the idea of a woe. A wonderful artist…’ – Egbert Tool, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2019‘…Mirjam Mesak stood out as Iolanta. Fragile and fairy-like, her lyrical soprano let the princess shine from within. With a slightly rapturous timbre, she played and lived the blindness credibly and thus gave her role an unbelievable amount of depth…’ – Norman Schwarze, Bachtrack, 2019
ALEXEY GUSEVY – Baritone – 2018
Since performing the role of Marcello in Clonter’s 2018 production of La bohème, Alexey continued as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for the 17/18 season with roles inIolanta, Eugene Onegin, Ariadne auf Naxos and The Fiery Angel, and completed a further season in 2018/19. A keen concert artist Alexey has appeared with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic / Vladimir Jurowsky in Prokofiev Semyon Kotko and at the Golden Mask, En Blanc et Noir, Malvern, Llandeilo and Salisbury Festivals. He numbers amongst his artistic collaborators the conductors Stuart Stratford, Alexander Polianichko, Andrey Anikhanov, Valery Voronin and Maurizio Dones.
Reviews – ‘Gusev has a wonderfully clear,immaculately-focused voice.Both his tone and his diction arecrystal clear and his top registeris glorious to hear’. www.musicweb-international.com ‘Alex Gusev giving a compellingaccount of the title role’ The Herald ‘Russian lyric baritone Alexey Gusev made a great impact in the lead roles, Napoleon and Andrey Bolkonsky in Prokofiev’s War and Peace.’ ‘In this show, Napoleon wins the singing prize, if not the war – a superbly mature performance’. Richard Morrison, The Times, Iolanta, Scottish Opera 2017 – ‘Alexey Gusev’s Robert is impressive, and one to watch’ theoperacritic.com, New CD Release: Decades -A Century of Song Vol 3, in the highly acclaimed series with Malcolm Martineau ‘… delightful Russian songs….Baritone Alexey Gusev, with his dark, unmistakably Slavic timbre, dispatches these with elegance and point, patently relishing the verbal music of his native language. This is another young singer to watch’ Gramophone Magazine
Britain’s Got Talent 2020 – https://youtu.be/rXD8Vo6Yo-U
La Boheme in Lockdown from Germany Lebanon Ukraine Russia & Serbia – https://www.facebook.com/bmoufarej/videos/10222574400651558/
ERIKA BAIKOFF – Soprano – 2018
Since performing the role of Musetta in Clonter Opera’s 2018 production of La bohème, Erika went from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to the Lyon National Opera Studio. This season she will appear as Le Feu/ Princesse/ Rossignol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and sing the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony under the baton of Daniele Rustoni. Last season, she was heard in the role of Juliet in Boris Blacher’s Romeo and Juliet and Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. Erika is a 2020 Metropolitan National Council Semi-finalist. She is also the recipient of the first prize at the 2019 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition, 2019 Career Bridges Grant, 2018 Mondavi Young Artist Founders’ Prize, 2018 Audience Award at the Art Song Preservation Society Competition, 2018 Paul Hamburger Prize at the Guildhall School of Music. She has been featured in masterclasses with world-class musicians such as Dalton Baldwin, Julius Drake, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, and Ann Murray. She has also participated in summer courses such as the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, directed by Edith Wiens, the Chautauqua Institute, and Songfest as a Schubert Fellow.
IMA (Internationale Meistersinger Akademie) 2019 O luce di quest anima – Arie der Linda aus Linda di Chamonix, Donizetti – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gqrbwItWic
Reviews – ‘The wonderful Erika Baikoff brought relief to the Mahler landscape in the last movement sublimely introduced by the harp and the clarinet. With a pure and very expressive voice, both in the music and in the text, the Russian-American soprano envelops in a fragile but transparent case the paradise described in this wonderful music.’ Augustine Javel
JOLYON LOY – Baritone – 2018
Since performing the role of Schaunard in Clonter Opera’s 2018 production of La bohème, Jolyon has gone on to perform the roles that include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia 2020, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Marquis de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites* and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Upcoming appearances and recent highlights include residencies at Opera North, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera with the National Opera Studio, the final rounds of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition at Dzintari Hall in Latvia, the 4th Éva Marton International Singing Competition at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, 2nd Prize & the Bayreuth Festival Award at the 2019 Wagner Society Singing Competition at the Wigmore Hall, baritone soloist in Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonieat St John’s Smith Square, Apollo in John Eccles’ Semele with Cambridge Handel Opera Company and the Academy of Ancient Music (recorded on AAM Records), Le Directeur (cover*) Les mamelles de Tirésias and Marco* Gianni Schicchi at London’s Hackney Empire Theatre with British Youth Opera and the Southbank Sinfonia, Don Fernando (cover*) in Fidelio as a 2020 Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist and Stimme der Wächter in Die Frau ohne Schatten under Valery Gergiev at the 2019 Verbier Festival. Jolyon is due to join the National Opera Studio in London as a Young Artist in 2020/21. [* cancelled due to Coronavirus]
Full Biog – http://www.jolyonloy.com
Reviews – The Rape of Lucretia, RCS, 2020 – ‘Tarquinius was well sung by Jolyon Loy. Loy recently won 2nd Prize in the Wagner Society’s singing competition at Wigmore Hall, and his suave lyric baritone suggests a natural Don Giovanni, Almaviva or Onegin’ Hugh Canning, The Times ‘[…] the handsome, soft-edged Jolyon Loy turned Tarquinius into a tragic, almost sympathetic character’ Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine, Semele, Academy of Ancient Music, 2019 ‘As Apollo announcing the birth of Bacchus, the baritone Jolyon Loy was a suave, commanding and suitably joyful presence’ Sandra Bowdler, Opera Magazine
‘Wie Todesahnung… O du mein holder Abendstern’, Tannhauser, Wagner 2019 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KENpjMLreP4
CONNOR BAIANO – Bass – 2018
Since performing the role of Colline in Clonter’s 2018 production of La bohème. His other experience includes the roles of Bertrand in Iolanta (2019, Royal Academy Opera), Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (2018) and Black Bob and Tom in The Little Sweep (2018, Cambridge Youth Opera). In 2018 he also sang in the chorus for Der Fliegende Holländer with Longborough Festival Opera, and sang the bass solos in Mozart’s Requiem, performed with Prior Park Choral Society, Bath. In November 2019 Connor sang the role of Sarastro in Royal Academy Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte.
Full Biog – https://www.connorbaiano.co.uk
PEDRO OMETTO – Bass-Baritone – 2018
Since performing the role of Benoit and Alcindoro in Clonter’s 2018 production of La bohème, Pedro has performed the roles of Theseus in Midsummer Night’s Dream at the São Pedro Theatre in 2018, Don Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Banquo Macbeth for Duchy Opera in 2019.
MARCUS HARMAN – 2018
Since appearing as the waiter in Clonter’s 2018 production of La bohème, Marcus has gone on to be the Alternate Evan Hansen, and cover for Jared and Connor, in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen.
FABIAN LANGGUTH – Baritone – 2019
Since performing the title role in Clonter’s 2019 production, Fabian has won the Trude Eipperie Rieger Prize in October 2019, before returning to take part in another Clonter Opera Gala in November 2019 (stepping in very heroically at the last minute). He then went on to take part in the France Inter, which performed at the Royaumont and Musée d’Orsay in Paris. In November 2019 he reached the 2nd Semi Finals of the International Vocal Competition’s Hertogenbosch (IVC), in the Netherlands. Just before lockdown Fabian was taking part (cut short by the Coronavirus) in the Hans-Christoph Rademann masterclasses, involving musicians from 24 nations.
Finale Lied-Wettbewerb Stuttgart 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9L031sVtpE
1st Round Lied-Wettbewerb 2018 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvxjrA5U764
Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2019 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3XCQwoksG8
ALEXANDRA LOWE – Soprano – 2019
Since performing the role of Elvira, Alexandra has gone on to study at the National Opera Studio where she performed in scenes as The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus– amongst others. She was awarded the second prize at the Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 and is joining the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House in September 2020.
Full Biog – http://www.alexandralowe.co.uk
Final of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2020 – In quali eccessi… Mi tradì quell’alma ingrata’, Don Giovanni https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThOxS0z_znI
ELIZA BOOM – Soprano – 2019
Since performing the role of Donna Anna in Clonter’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni, Eliza has gone on to win the Richard Bonynge Award at the Bel Canto Competition in Sydney, and spent the year training at the National Opera Studio in London. In September 2020 she will join the Bayerische Staatsoper Opera Studio in Munich.
ANDREW HENLEY – Tenor – 2019
After Clonter, Andrew went on to perform the role of Heinrich der Schreiber in Wagner Tannhäuser with the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Austria. Future engagements include 1st Japanese Emissary/Fisherman (cover) in Stravinsky The Nightingale with Welsh National Opera and the Royal Opera House, Britten Les Illuminations with the Moscow Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and Verdi Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
ALEXANDRA OOMENS – Soprano – 2019
Since performing the role of Zerlina in Clonter’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni, Alexandra has gone on to perform the role of Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North, and will return to Pinchgut Opera to sing Créuse Médée, and sing the role of Dalinda Ariodante at the London Festival of Baroque Music. Alexandra is represented by Rayfield Allied.
Myself, I shall adore, Semele, Royal Academy 2019 – https://youtu.be/O538ISucidQ
Reviews – ‘Alexandra Oomens showed much promise as Barbarina.’ Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH **** ‘There are also standout performances…and Alexandra Oomens who makes an all too brief but memorable appearance as Barbarina.’ John Murphy, The Stage **** ‘Alexandra Oomens was the peppy Barbarina.’ Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine ‘Barbarina, a cameo role played deliciously by newcomer, Alexandra Oomens.’ Eve Luddington, On: Yorkshire Magazine
JACOBO OCHOA – Baritone – 2019
Since performing the role of Masetto in Clonter’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni, Jacobo has gone on to perform the role of Fiorello, El Barbero de Sevilla, for the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, at the Teatro Major Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for Ópera de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Tbilisi Z Paliashvili Opera and the Ballet State Theatre. He was due to perform this role for the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, in April, and to contracted to perform the role of the Domestico/Araldo/Sicario in Macbeth for the Teatro Regio di Parma in September.
SIMON GRANGE – Bass – 2019
Since performing the role of Leporello in Clonter’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni, in November 2019 Simon performed the role of Mr Bluff The Impressario for Teatru Manoel in Malta, and was due to sing the role of Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia in concert for Palace opera this July (Postponed until July 2021) and to be a Young Artist for Neville Holt, performing the role of The Marquis in La traviata, also now postponed.
STEPHEN FORT – Bass – 2019
Since performing the role of the Commendatore in Clonter’s production of Don Giovanni in 2019, Stephen joined the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and was scheduled to return to their chorus for the 2020 Festival, covering the role of the Keeper of the Madhouse in Stavinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.