Classical Singers

Benjamin Lewis

Benjamin Lewis | Baritone

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.

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Carolyn Dobbin

Carolyn Dobbin | Mezzo Soprano

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.

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Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner | Tenor

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.

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Dawid Kimberg

Dawid Kimberg | Baritone

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.

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Eirlys Myfanwy Davies

Eirlys Myfanwy Davies | Mezzo-Soprano

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Helena Dix

Helena Dix | Soprano

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.

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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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Kirstin Sharpin

Kirstin Sharpin | Soprano

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.

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Kristy Swift

Kristy Swift | Soprano

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.

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Mari Wyn Williams

Mari Wyn Williams | Soprano

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.

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Marius Vlad

Marius Vlad | Heldentenor

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.

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Melinda Hughes

Melinda Hughes | Soprano

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Nadine Livingston

Nadine Livingston | Soprano

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.

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Pablo Bemsch

Pablo Bemsch | Tenor

Born in Argerntina, having initially studied violin, Pablo Bemsch went on to study singing at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana and Musikhochschule Stuttgart, with teachers like Monica Trini, Francisco Araiza, Michael Rhodes, Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli and Bruno Pola. Whilst a student he was the recipient of prestigious scholarships from both the Lyra Foundation Zurich and the Vontobel Family Foundation Zurich.

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Paula Sides

Paula Sides | Soprano

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.

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Piran Legg

Piran Legg | Baritone

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Sanja Radišić

Sanja Radišić | Mezzo Soprano

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.

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Telman Guzhevsky

Telman Guzhevsky | Tenor

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.

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