Classical Singers

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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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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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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Linda Finnie

Linda Finnie | Mezzo Soprano

International Mezzo-soprano Linda Finnie was born and educated in Scotland, graduating from the RSAMD in Glasgow with two DRSAMD diplomas in singing, performer and teacher. Whilst a student she was awarded all the major singing prizes of the academy, which included the Lieder Prize and Governors’ Recital Prize. She was also the recipient of a Countess of Munster Scholarship, two Sir James Caird Scholarships, the John Noble Bursary from Scottish Opera and the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award London, culminating in gaining full international recognition as the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize at the International Vocalisten Concour ‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands.

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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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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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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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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

Classical Biography

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)

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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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Natasha Jouhl

Natasha Jouhl | Soprano

London-born soprano Natasha Jouhl studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the prestigious Gold Medal, and at the National Opera Studio.

The recipient of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera John Christie Award, and Glyndebourne on Tour Promise Award, Natasha has forged a close relationship with the company having performed many roles in recent seasons including the title role in Rusalka and First Wood Nymph, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Musetta La bohème, Micaëla Carmen, and has covered Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande, Alice Ford Falstaff, and the title roles in Rusalka and Rodelinda (GFO/GOT). 

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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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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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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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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

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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