Classical Singers

Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin | Mezzo Soprano

Carrickfergus born mezzo- soprano and Samling scholar trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on the Young Artist Programme of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin in 2006.

In opera, she has worked with companies including Dorset Opera, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera. Castleward Opera, Bern Opera House ( Switzerland), Mid Wales Opera, Opera Della Luna, Opera Holland Park, OTC (Dublin), The Opera Group, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Welsh National Opera.

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Daniel Szeili

Daniel Szeili | Tenor

Tenor Daniel Szeili was born in Rosenheim, Germany, and studied Theater and Music Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the Internationales Studienzentrum für Oper (international study centre for opera) in Kirchbach, Austria, where he trained extensively in German and Italian Opera. He completed further vocal studies in Vienna and Berlin. Since summer 2011, he has studied with Inci Paige-Bashar in Kansas City, USA.

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Erika Mädi Jones

Erika Mädi Jones | Soprano

British Jugendlich-dramatischer soprano Erika Mädi Jones debuted to critical acclaim as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Longborough Festival Opera in summer 2016. She looks forward to singing her debut of Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes this summer with the Dartington International Summer School orchestra under the baton of Sian Edwards.

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Gardar Thor Cortes

Gardar Thor Cortes | Tenor

Gardar Thór Cortes was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, into a family of musicians. His Icelandic father was a world-class tenor who founded the Icelandic Opera, the Reykjavík School of Singing and the Reykjavík Symphony Orchestra. His English mother, Krystyna, was a concert pianist who studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Gerard Quinn

Gerard Quinn | Baritone

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Helena Dix

Helena Dix | Soprano

Having sung the title role in Cristina Regina di Svezia for Wexford Festival Opera to five star reviews and being previously nominated as Best Young Singer in The International Opera awards, all eyes are currently on Helena Dix.

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Hrólfur Sæmundsson

Hrólfur Sæmundsson | Baritone

Hrolfur Saemundsson initially studied singing at the Reykjavik Vocal Academy before completing his MA in Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston, 2002.

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Kim Sheehan

Kim Sheehan | Soprano

Soprano Kim Sheehan, described by Opera Now as “sporting a super voice and blissfully funny acting skills” has sung many of the roles in the coloratura repertoire in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and her home country of Ireland. She has worked with such established companies as the Royal Opera House, Zürich Opera House, Opera North, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Festival Opera, NI Opera and Wexford Festival.

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Linda Finnie

Linda Finnie | Mezzo Soprano

Linda Finnie was born and educated in Scotland, graduating from the RSAMD with two DRSAM Diplomas in singing (performer and teacher). Whilst a student she was the recipient of all the major singing prizes at the Academy, received a Sir James Caird Scholarship, the John Noble Bursary from Scottish Opera, and the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award , London.

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Lukas Kargl

Lukas Kargl | Baritone

Austrian baritone Lukas Kargl is in high demand in opera and concert throughout the UK and Europe. After initial training at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts, he studied with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, gaining his MMus with Distinction in 2006 and continuing on the School’s renowned Opera Course. Lukas has been a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Foundation Scholar, was the winner of GSMD’s Patrick Libby Prize and the recipient of the coveted Youngster of Arts Prize from the city of St. Pölten, Austria.

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Maria Jones

Maria Jones | Mezzo-Soprano

Maria Jones began her training at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and went on to study opera at the Royal Northern College of Music. She made her professional début as a Principal Artist with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre, singing Pitti Sing (The Mikado), title role (Iolanthe) and Phoebe (The Yeomen of the Guard). She later performed Pitti Sing in Rome, on a tour of the USA with D’Oyly Carte and for the Carl Rosa and Buxton G&S Festival companies.

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Paul Austin Kelly

Paul Austin Kelly | Tenor

Paul Austin Kelly has performed leading tenor roles with the NY Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and Milan’s La Scala opera houses, to name but a few. Originally a specialist in the Rossini repertoire, he sang numerous times at the Pesaro Festival, and recorded several Rossini operas with the Opera Rara label.

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Sebastien Obrecht

Sebastien Obrecht | Tenor

Sébastien Obrecht’s original musical career was as a cellist with leading ensembles, but he then decided to pursue a career in singing.

Conductor Paul McCreesh offered him his debut as Mathan in Handel’s Athalia. The production by the Academy of Ambronay was broadcast on the French TV programme Musiques au coeur with Eve Ruggeri, and Sébastien’s performance received critical acclaim : “…among which the tenor Sébastien Obrecht is distinguishable by his elegance” (Le Monde de la Musique); “Sébastien Obrecht, the evening’s revelation…”

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Simon Lobelson

Simon Lobelson | Baritone

Simon Lobelson was born in Sydney of Egyptian parents and brought up in Brussels. He gained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and completed his Opera Diploma with distinction at the Royal College of Music in London on a scholarship under Roderick Earle. He currently studies with Sir Donald McIntyre and has since worked as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Steinunn Soffia Skjenstad

Steinunn Soffia Skjenstad | Soprano

The Icelandic/Norwegian soprano, Steinunn Soffía Skjenstad, started her musical studies in Reykjavík, Iceland and graduated from the Icelandic Academy of Arts before studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. From 2008 – 2012, Steinunn studied at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre where she specialised in singing German lieder in addition to being a member of the opera class. Since 2012, Steinunn has been a singer with the Opera Studio of Theater in Lübeck in Northern Germany, where she has worked with directors such as Dieter Kaegi, Anthony Pilavachi and Reto Nickler.

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Telman Guzhevsky

Telman Guzhevsky | Tenor

Armenian-born Israeli tenor Telman Guzhevsky studied sciences at Tel Aviv University before undertaking postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music where he won the Ricordi Opera Studies Prize, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  He studied with Sally Burgess from 2006 -2009, and then with Carlo Bergonzi in Italy.

Telman Guzhevsky sang Count Vronsky on the soundtrack for the film Anna Karenina by Joe Wright, which received the Ivor Novello Award in 2013.

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