Benjamin Lewis is a baritone who began singing as a founding member of the Halle Youth Choir and a student of Patrick McGuigan. Attending Oxford University, he played a principal role in nearly every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta and performed Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis & Galatea for Oxford Opera. Since leaving Oxford he has played various roles including Buonafede (Il Mondo della Luna), Father (Hansel and Gretel), Sacristan (Tosca), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), and covered Count Harasova (The Jacobin) whilst part of the chorus for Buxton Opera Festival.Read More »
Carrickfergus-born, Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Foundation Scholar, Carolyn Dobbin, trained on the Opera Theatre Company Young Artist Programme in Dublin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
In opera, Carolyn Dobbin has worked with numerous companies including Dorset Opera, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Castleward Opera, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), Mid Wales Opera, Opera Della Luna, Opera Holland Park, Opera Theatre Company, The Opera Group, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Welsh National Opera.Read More »
Born in Birmingham, Christopher Turner read Music at the University of Hull, furthering his studies with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the National Opera Studio, where he was sponsored by the Scottish Endowment Trust and The Friends of Covent Garden. He has received many prizes, including The Michael and Joyce Kennedy Prize for Singing Strauss, The Frederic Cox Prize, the Elizabeth Harwood Prize, and, most recently, a Countess of Munster ‘Young Star’ Award and the Sybil Tutton Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund. He was also a major scholar of the Sir Peter Moores Foundation.Read More »
Dawid was born in Johannesburg and he moved to the UK in 2001 to further his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Studying with Ryland Davies since he arrived in the UK, Dawid subsequently attended the National Opera Studio and received a coveted position on the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme which commenced in 2009. He also represented South Africa in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2009.Read More »
Recently described by critics as ‘The most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’ with ‘8 stars out of 5’ for her performance of Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, Australian born Helena Dix has secured her name on the operatic stages all around the world.
Helena has had a great deal of success in competitions, most notably representing Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Helena was also runner up in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the McDonalds Aria held at the Sydney Opera House. She made her USA debut as a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Opera competition to great critical review.
Helena’s operatic repertoire includes: The title role in Cristina Regina di Svezia for Wexford Festival Opera, Oldenburg Staatstheatre and Chelsea Opera group, Elettra in Idomeneo and Odabella in Attila for Nurember Staatsopera and Lubeck opera, Gioconda in La Gioconda for Vallodiad, Flowermaiden Parsifal for English National Opera, Elvira (cover) in Ernani for The Metropolitan Opera, Isabella in Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera where she has also covered Frasquita in Carmen and Karolina in The Two Widows. Also, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Nella Gianni Schicchi for The Opera Project, Li-Li Greed for the Glyndebourne Young Artist Project and Musetta in La Boheme for Opera Novella. She has also covered the title role Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera.
Her concert engagements include: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Mozart Coronation Mass in C, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Mendelssohn Elijah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Faure Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Chausson Poème de l’amour et de la mer , Orff Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Verdi Requiem for which she is always in demand.
Helena has performed in many of the UK’s leading venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Cadogan Hall,Westminster Abbey, St. James Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Dorchester Abbey, St.Paul’s, Ripon, Guildford and Gloucester Cathedrals. Her credits with orchestras include the RPO and she has sung under the baton of conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Simone Young, Anthony Negus and Mark Wigglesworth.
Helena is a regular favourite at The Metropolitan Opera where she has covered the roles of Elvira in Ernani (James Levine), Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux (Maurizio Benini), Elettra in Idomeneo (James Levine) and Norma – Title role (Carlo Rizzi).
Helena was delighted to return home to Australia last year to star in her first staged Wagner role Elsa in Lohengrin and was then a last minute addition to Melbourne opera’s Robert Devereux where critics rated her ‘8 out of 5 stars’, saying that she was ‘The most exciting voice since Sutherland.
She starts off the new year covering the fiendish role of Semiramide for The Metropolitan Opera and then goes on to make her house and role debut at Longborough festival in the title role of Ariadne Auf Naxos. Other plans include include a return to The Royal Albert Hall to sing the Verdi Requiem with the RPO, a trip to San Francisco Opera to cover Elisabetta in Devereux and her UK Norma debut with Chelsea opera.
In 2019 Helena will return to The Metropolitan opera to cover Vitellia in Clemenza di Tito and make her Met debut as Alice in Falstaff as well as returning to her hometown Melbourne to sing the Title role in Norma with Melbourne opera.Read More »
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.Read More »
The winner of the triennial International WagnerStimmen Wettbewerb in 2015, Kirstin read English & Italian at the University of Auckland before returning to her ancestral roots, graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as Master of Opera with Distinction. Further study followed at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, as an Independent Opera Postgraduate Fellow and Samling Artist.Read More »
British-Australian soprano Kristy Swift has performed extensively in the UK and abroad. She recently sang the role of Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte for Mid Wales Opera, and Marzelline in Beethoven’s Leonore for the Buxton Festival. Prior to this, she was the featured soloist in the Strauss Gala UK and Turkey tour for two consecutive seasons with Raymond Gubbay.
Kristy has also sung the title role in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus (cover), First Sprite/cover Noémie Cendrillon.Read More »
Hailing from Llanberis North Wales and residing in Cardiff, Mari Wyn Williams completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Studies whilst attending the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Suzanne Murphy between 2000 and 2005.
Shortly after this Mari accepted a position with Radio Cymru within the BBC as a production assistant, whilst continuing to master vocal technique under the tuition of Gail Pearson. Mari continued her studies in 2011-2012 completing a Masters Degree at the Welsh International Academy of Voice, achieving distinction, under the tuition of Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile.
Highly regarded as the Romanian operatic tenor with the most complex repertoire covering top operatic roles and an impressive symphonic and concert repertoire (more than 120 titles!), Marius Vlad is one of the most appreciated Romanian tenors, an exquisite singer, a true actor delivering with each role an unforgettable interpretation.Read More »
Melinda Hughes graduated with honours from the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, The Netherlands and returned to London to study as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. She completed her studies at The Brussels Opera Studio in Belgium then toured Europe for three years as the soloist with the André Rieu Strauss Orchestra, performing Operetta favourites with frequent appearances on Television and Radio.
Operatic roles performed include Aida (Dorset Opera) Tosca, The Countess, Madame Butterfly (Diva Opera, Longborough, London City Opera, Columbia Artists, USA,) Mimi (Diva), Fiordiligi (London City Opera) Violetta (Central Festival Opera & ECO), Gilda and Frasquita, (ECO), Konstanze (BYO), Donna Anna, (Pavilion), Pamina (Chateau de La Hulpe, Brussels), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Euridice, Frau Fluth, Nedda (I Pagliacci touring Europe) Konstanze (BYO) Ninette (L’Amour pour trois oranges, Opera Studio La Monnaie, Brussels)Read More »
Nadine Livingston studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she gained a First Class BMus Honours and a Postgraduate Diploma, with Distinction under the tuition of Barbara Robotham. She is a Samling Artist, and was from 2009-2011 an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera.
On the concert platform Nadine has sung Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in China with the Macao Orchestra, with the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Festival, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Goldberg Ensemble, Schoenberg’s 2nd String Quartet with the Vertavo String Quartet, and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.3 and Neilson’s Symphony No.3 with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). Nadine has also appeared with the RSNO as part of their New Year Viennese concerts and at the Ryder Cup Gala Concert.Read More »
Paula Sides was born in Cookeville, Tennesee, graduating with honours in music from Columbus State University. She studied on the opera course at the Royal College of Music, where she received the Tagor Gold Medal. Other prizes included the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition, the Coutts & Co. Award and the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship, supported by a Clayton Award.Read More »
Serbian mezzo-soprano Sanja Radišić (1980) was born to a prominent artistic family in Belgrade. Among her early studies are classical ballet and piano. While graduating as graphic designer, her vocal talent was suddenly discovered by world renowned mezzo-soprano Biserka Cvejić.
She began her studies at the Music Academy of Belgrade where she received the prestigious “Danica Mastilovic” prize for best student of the year.Read More »
Lyric tenor Telman Guzhevsky finished 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 was nominated for Oscar and received the Ivor Novello Award in 2013.Read More »