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“There is something unique about Classical Opera – they have achieved the rare combination of top quality venues, repertoire and established artists, while providing valuable opportunities for young singers. I do not see this mixture of youth, established artists and professionalism anywhere else.”
Jacques Imbrailo (baritone)

Ailish Tynan
Soprano

Ailish Tynan sang the role of Weltgeist in Classical Opera's 2013 performance of Mozart's Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots. She sang the role of Elisa on our recording of Il re pastore – the fourth release in our complete recording cycle of all Mozart's operas – and also appears on our recording 'Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective'. Ailish was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a BBC New Generation Artist and won the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at the 2003 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Operatic engagements include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims) for the Royal Opera House, Tigrane (Radamisto) for English National Opera, Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at La Scala and Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse among others.

Alessandro Fisher
Tenor

Alessandro is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Postgraduate Vocal Studies course studying with Iris Dell'Acqua. He read Modern and Medieval Languages (Italian and German) at Cambridge University, where he was choral scholar in Clare College Chapel Choir. Alessandro's opera performances include Bellecour (Vert Vert) for Garsington Opera, Banquo (Luke Styles' Macbeth) as part of the Glyndebourne Festival Jerwood Young Artist Project and understudy for Snout (Midsummer Night's Dream) at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, among others. In April 2016 he was awarded joint first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier awards at the Wigmore Hall in London.

Allan Clayton
Tenor

Allan Clayton studied at St John's College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He made his début with Classical Opera singing in Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots in 2007, becoming an Associate Artist later that same year. In 2015 he performed a programme of Handel, Boyce, Arne and J. C. Smith at Wigmore Hall and the Newbury Festival, and he subsequently returned to make a studio recording of this programme, 'Where'er You Walk', which was released as his début solo recital disc in May 2016. Opera roles include Castor (Castor et Pollux) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Komische Oper, Cassio (Otello) and Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream) for English National Opera, and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Allan appears regularly at the BBC Proms, where his work has included the title role in Oedpius Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo, and Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  

Ana Maria Labin
Soprano

The Romanian born soprano Ana Maria Labin grew up in Zurich. In concert she has performed with the Classical Opera Company, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic, English Concert, Collegio Ghislieri and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Opera roles include Valencienne (La Veuve joyeuse)Â for La Scala and Paris, Arminda (La finta Giardiniera) at Aix-en-Provence, Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera North, Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Armida (Rinaldo) and Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Glyndebourne on Tour, and La Baronessa Irene (La vera costanza) at Haydnfestspiele Brühl.

Andrew Kennedy
Tenor

Andrew Kennedy is a former BBC New Generation Artist, and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. Appearances with Classical Opera have included Artabanes (Artaxerxes) at St John's Smith Square and concerts at Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. Andrew sings the roles of Oebalus and Der Christgeist on our recordings of Apollo et Hyacinthus' and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots respectively, both part of our complete Mozart Opera Recording Cycle. Mozart roles feature heavily in his extensive repertoire, and include Ferrando in Così fan Tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Tito in La clemenza di Tito, Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

Andrew Staples
Tenor

Andrew Staples became an inaugural Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2006. With the company, he has appeared as Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Alessandro (Il re pastore) and Artabanes (Artaxerxes), and has sung in numerous concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and Kings Place. He also appears on our recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Andrew made his Royal Opera House début as Jacquino (Fidelio), returning as Flamand (Capriccio), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Artabenes (Arne's Artaxerxes) and Narraboth (Salome), and has sung Belfiore (La finta giardiniera) for the National Theatre, Prague and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for the Salzburger Festspiele. Other engagements include concerts with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Symphony Orchestra among others.

Angela Simkin
Mezzo-soprano

Born in Lincoln, Angela Simkin began her training at the Royal Northern College of Music before studying at the Royal College of Music, where she was a member of the International Opera School and an Ian Evans Lombe Scholar. Previously a member of the National Opera Studio, she joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House, London, in September 2016. Angela made her Classical Opera début in April 2016 singing the role of Lucilla in Jommelli's Il Vologeso. For the Royal College of Music her roles included Nancy (Albert Herring), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Concepcion (L'heure espagnole) as well as Teseo (Arianna in Creta) and Iside (Giove in Argo) for the London Handel Festival.

Ann Hallenberg
Mezzo-soprano

Ann Hallenberg regularly appears in opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Opernhaus Zürich, Opéra National Paris, Théâtre de La Monnaie Brussels, Bayerische Staatsoper München and Royal Swedish Opera. Opera roles include Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Orphée (Gluck's Orphée ed Euridice), and the title roles in Handel's Ariodante and Agrippina among many others. Equally at home on the concert platform, Ann has built an unusually vast concert repertoire that spans music from the early 17th century up to the present day. She has recorded more than 40 discs and DVDs.

Anna Devin
Soprano

Anna Devin studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House where her operatic roles have included Zerlina (Don G­iovanni), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Amante (Il Tabarro), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel) and Silvia (L'isola Dis­abitata). Further operatic roles have included, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) for Garsington Opera and Sophie (Werther) for Scottish Opera. With Classical Opera she has appeared in concert at Wigmore Hall and in July 2013 she recorded Arbate (Mitridate, re di Ponto).

Anna Leese
Soprano

Anna Leese became an inaugural Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2006. She studied at the University of Otago and the Royal College of Music in London, and won the 2005 Richard Tauber Prize and the 2007 Maggie Teyte Competition. Her previous appearances with Classical Opera include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Tamiri (Il re pastore), as well as our début recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera' and numerous concerts. She made her début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Musetta (La bohème), returning as Micaëla (Carmen), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos). Further operatic engagements include Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for the Flanders Opera and New Zealand Opera, Musetta for the Canadian Opera Company, and Suzel (L'amico Fritz) for Opera Holland Park. She has also released a recording for EMI with Graham Johnson.

Anna Stéphany
Mezzo-soprano

Anglo-French mezzo soprano Anna Stéphany appeared with Classical Opera in 'Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective' at Wigmore Hall, which was recorded and released in 2010 by Wigmore Hall Live. From 2012-15 Anna was a member of the ensemble at Zürich Opera, where she sang the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Siebel in Gounod's Faust and Nicklausse in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. Other Mozart roles include Annio in La clemenza di Tito for Aix en Provence. On the concert platform, her appearances include La damoiselle élue with the Philharmonia and the St Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

Ashley Riches
Bass-baritone

Ashley Riches was a member of the King's College Chapel Choir at Cambridge University, where he read English, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist, and represented the Royal Opera at the Leading Young Artists of the World Gala, at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. He made his Classical Opera début in '1767 - a retrospective' at Wigmore Hall. His operatic roles include Morales (Carmen), Mandarin (Turandot), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), and Officier (Les Dialogues des Carmelites) at Covent Garden, Osmano (L'Ormindo) at the Globe, the title role in Owen Wingrave for Opéra National de Lorraine, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for Garsington Opera, Claudio (Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Pollux (Rameau's Castor et Pollux) with the Early Opera Company and Schaunard (La bohème) at English National Opera. His recordings include Poulenc's Chansons Gaillardes with Graham Johnson for Hyperion, the role of Pilate in Bach's St John Passion for the Academy of Ancient Music, Mercury in Daniel Purcell's The Judgement of Paris and Handel's L'Allegro for the Gabrieli Consort, and he recently recorded a solo disc of Shakespeare sonnets set to music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, for Resonus Classics.

Barry Banks
Tenor

Barry Banks appears in the title role of Classical Opera's recording of Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto. Barry's outstanding facility in roles by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti regularly takes him to the world's leading opera houses, and performances have included Arturo (I puritani), Arnold (Guillaume Tell), the title role in Mitridate and Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Idreno (Semiramide), Don Ramiro (La cenerentola) and Iago in Rossini's Otello. At English National Opera he has appeared as Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) and the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto.

Ben Johnson
Tenor

Ben Johnson has appeared with Classical Opera as Aceste (Ascanio in Alba) and in concerts at King's Place and Milton Court. In 2008 he won First Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier awards, and he was an English National Opera Harewood Artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent. Operatic engagements have included Novice (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) for ENO, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Opéra National de Bordeaux, Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) for Opéra de Baugé, the title role in Albert Herring for British Youth Opera, Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) at the RCM, and Tonik (Smetana's The Two Widows) for Scottish Opera. He is the Founder and Chief Conductor of the Southrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He is professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Benjamin Appl
Baritone

Benjamin Appl trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen, and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, München, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in May 2016 and his first solo album 'Heimat', released in March 2017,  contains German and English Songs. Appl was a BBC New Generation Artist, and an ECHO Rising Star artist for the 2015/16 season. He will make his Classical Opera début in Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus in June 2017. Other operatic roles include Owen Wingrave (title role) at the Banff Festival, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) at the Aldeburgh and Brighton FestivalsSchaunard (La bohème) with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Baron Tusenbach (Eötvös's Tri Sestri) for the Deutsche Staatsoper and a new commission for Bregenz Festival (Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße by Bernhard Gander).

Benjamin Hulett
Tenor

Benjamin Hulett trained as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ben made his Classical Opera début at Wigmore Hall in 2013, and appears in the role of Agenore on our recording of Il re pastore, the fourth release in our complete recording cycle of Mozart's operas. Ben's opera roles have included Flute (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Jaquino (Fidelio), the Four Servants (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Narraboth (Salome) for Hamburg State Opera, Tamino (The Magic Flute) for Welsh National Opera, Edmondo (Manon Lescaut) for the Royal Opera House, Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Opera North, Madwoman (Curlew River) for Rome Opera, and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Grange Park Opera.

Caitlin Hulcup
Mezzo-soprano

Caitlin Hulcup appears as Arbaces on Classical Opera's recording of Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes. Mozart opera roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Palau de les Arts Valencia, and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) with Taipei Symphony, as well as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). Other opera roles include Enriquetta (I puritani) and Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bolshoi Theatre and the NCPA Beijing, Aristeo Rossi's Orpheus for the Royal Opera House, and the title role in Gluck's Orfeo (Scottish Opera).

Christopher Ainslie
Countertenor

Christopher Ainslie appeared with Classical Opera in the title role of the Royal Opera's production of Arne's Artaxerxes and in our subsequent recording of the work, as Zephyrus in our recording of Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus, and in concert at Wigmore Hall. Christopher has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of the countertenor repertoire, and highlights on the opera stage include Innocent 4 (Birtwistle's The Minotaur) at the Royal Opera House, Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea) and Eustazio (Rinaldo) at Glyndebourne, Voice of Apollo (Death in Venice) for Opéra de Lyon, Ottone (Poppea) at Drottningholm, the title role in Tamerlano at the Göttingen Handel Festival, and Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Voice of Apollo and Ottone for Opera North.

Cora Burggraaf
Mezzo-soprano

Cora Burggraaf graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague before continuing her studies in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She appears on Classical Opera's recording of Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots and on 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Opera roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for San Francisco Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Netherlands Opera, Bella in Tippett's Midsummer Marriage for the Royal Opera House and Stéphano in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in the Salzburg Festival and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Cora has appeared as a recitalist at venues such as Wigmore Hall, and has received prizes including the 2009 VSCD New Generation Award, the 2009/10 ECHO Rising Star Award, and the Elizabeth Everts Prize 2006.

Daniel Norman
Tenor

Daniel Norman sings the role of Rimenes on Classical Opera's recording of Thomas Arne's Artaxexes. His numerous opera roles include Mime (Das Rheingold) for Oviedo Opera, Red Whiskers (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne in New York, White Minister (Grand Macabre) for English National Opera, the title role in Arne's Alfred for the Early Opera Company at the Covent Garden Festival, and Borsa (Rigoletto) in his début for the Royal Opera. Daniel appears on several recordings, including four volumes of the Hyperion Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson, the Grammy nominated recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra, and his début solo disc, Britten's Winter Words and Who Are These Children? with Christopher Gould (BIS).    

Darren Jeffery
Bass-baritone

Darren Jeffery first sang with Classical Opera in 2004 at the Barbican, and has since collaborated with the company on several projects. Most recently he appeared in the company's performance of Handel's Messiah at Middle Temple Hall in 2015, sang the role of Publio in a concert performance of La Clemenza di Tito in 2014, and later the same year appeared in Mozart's Requiem at the Barbican. His operatic roles have included Leporello (Don Giovanni), Donner (The Rheingold), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Mr. Flint (Billy Budd) and Hobson (Peter Grimes) all with English National Opera, Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) with Chicago Lyric Opera, and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for New Israeli Opera. Darren has received two Grammy awards for his contribution to recordings of Falstaff and Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra. Additional recordings include the London Symphony Orchestra's Fidelio, Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart's Requiem, and Garsington Opera's Maometto Secondo, on which he sings the title role.

David Shipley
Bass

David Shipley was Head Chorister at Lichfield Cathedral and a Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral. He was subsequently awarded a Sir Elton John Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, and is currently a scholar on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, having made his company début in 2009 in Handel's Dixit Dominus, and he sang the role of Priest of Apollo on the company's recording of Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus. Most recently he appeared as Commendatore in the company's performance of Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall in 2016.  Further roles have included Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for Royal Academy Opera, Dr Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) for Amersham Music Festival and Tiresias (Oedipus Rex) with the Monteverdi Choir and the London Symphony Orchestra. David Shipley is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his roles so far have included Arthur and Officer III (The Lighthouse), Captain (Eugene Onegin), Sciarrone (Tosca), Guccio Gianni Schicchi, and High Priest of Baal Nabucco.

David Soar
Bass

David Soar was born in Nottinghamshire and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He made his Classical Opera début singing the role of Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall in 2016. Other operatic roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Mr Flint (Billy Budd) and Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia) at Glyndebourne, Le Duc (Roméo et Juliette) for the Salzburg Festival, Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur) at Covent Garden, Nilakantha (Lakmé) for Opera Holland Park, Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Roy Disney (The Perfect American), and Bernardino (Benvenuto Cellini) for English National Opera, Seneca (L'incoronazione di Poppea) for the Academy of Ancient Music, Colline (La bohème) and Masetto (Don Giovanni) for the Metropolitan Opera, and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Escamillo and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for Welsh National Opera. Recordings include The Dream of Gerontius and Roméo et Juliette for Chandos (both BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis); Stanford's Stabat Mater for Naxos (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill); Stravinsky's Threni (Royal Flemish Philharmonic/Phillippe Herreweghe) and Adriana Lecouvreur on DVD for Opus Arte with Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann (Royal Opera House Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder).

Eleanor Dennis
Soprano

Eleanor Dennis studied at the Royal College of Music and was a Harewood Artist with English National Opera. Her roles with Classical Opera have included Lucio Cinna (Lucio Silla) and Orasia (Telemann's Orpheus). Further operatic roles include First Shining One/Madam Wanton/Voice of a Bird/Celestial Voice 3 (Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress) for ENO, the title role in Rodelinda and Costanza (Riccardo Primo) for the London Handel Festival, Romilda (Xerxes) for English Touring Opera, Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for British Youth Opera and the title role in Francisco Antônio de Almeida's Ippolito for the Festival de Sablé.

Elizabeth Bailey

A former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, Elizabeth Bailey has appeared with us in recital at Wigmore Hall and in the role of Elisa in our 2011 performance of Il re pastore at Kings Place. Among others, her opera roles include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Elvira (L'Italiana in Algeri) for Opéra de Lausanne, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at Theater St. Gallen, and Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Opéra royal de Wallonie. Elizabeth was a finalist in Operalia 2009 and, in 2008, she was a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, where she won the Jacques Stehman Audience prize.  

Elizabeth Watts
Soprano

Elizabeth Watts sings Mandane on Classical Opera's recording of Thomas Arne's Artaxerxes. She won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Song Prize at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Mozart roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Royal Opera and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Welsh National Opera, and Susanna for Santa Fe Opera. Other roles include Marzelline (Fidelio) for the Royal Opera, Almirena (Rinaldo) for Glyndebourne on Tour, and Iole (Hercules) and Tigrane (Radamisto) in concert with Harry Bicket and The English Concert.

Ellie Laugharne
Soprano

Ellie Laugharne began her vocal training at the Birmingham Conservatoire before studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne, and is an Associate Artist with Classical Opera. She made her company début singing the role of Emirena in Adriano in Siria in April 2015, and in June 2016 she sang the role of Zerlina in our performance of Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall. Other roles include the title role in Stephen Oliver's Euridice and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for British Youth Opera, First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at the BBC Proms, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Susanna and Barbarine (Le nozze di Figaro) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for Scottish Opera, Sandrina (La finta giardiniera) for the Buxton Festival, Valencienne (The Merry Widow) at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, and Governess (Turn of the Screw) with Opera Holland Park.  

Erica Eloff
Soprano

Erica Eloff studied at the North-West University, Potchefstroom in South Africa. She made her début with Classical Opera at A Festival of Music in Bologna with Martin Randall Travel, and in 2015 she sang the role of Farnaspe in our production of J. C. Bach's Adriano in Siria. Her operatic repertoire includes Meleagro (Atalanta), Nerone (Agrippina), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) and Elettra (Idomeneo). In the UK, she has worked with Garsington Opera, Bury Court Opera, Cambridge Handel Opera and Opera North, while engagements abroad have taken her to the Düsseldorf Festival, NWU Opera in South Africa and WOWSA Opera Pretoria. On the concert platform, Erica has worked regularly with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Players in repertoire such as Handel's Theodora and Messiah, and Bach's Passions and B Minor Mass.    

Filipa van Eck
Soprano

Filipa Van Eck studied at the Royal College of Music as the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She made her Classical Opera début in 2015, singing the role of Sabina in J. C. Bach's Adriano in Siria. Previous operatic roles have included the title role in Arianna in Creta and Rosmene (Imeneo) for the London Handel Festival, Barbarina (Jonathan Dove's The Little Green Swallow) for British Youth Opera, Micaëla (Carmen) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Woodhouse Opera, the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea for English Touring Opera, Lisetta (La gazzetta), Gabrielle (La vie parisienne), the title role in L'enfant et les sortilèges and Laurette (Le Docteur Miracle) for the RCM and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Cape Town.

Gemma Summerfield
Soprano

Gemma Summerfield is studying at the Royal College of Music's International Opera School, having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours degree and gained a Masters in Performance at the RCM. She won First Prize and the Loveday Song Prize at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Her previous awards have included The Cuthbert Smith Prize in the Lies Askonas Competition 2014, The Governors' Recital Prize for Voice 2013, The Norma Grieg Prize for French Song 2013 and the Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing 2011. Her opera roles have included Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) at the RCM and Annina (La traviata) for the Rye Arts Festival.

George von Bergen
Baritone

George von Bergen is a former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and first performed with the company at Kings Place in 2008. As an ENO Harewood Artist, George has appeared in the roles of Sharpless (Madam Butterfly), Zurga (The Pearl Fishers) and Marcello (La bohème). Other recent highlights include Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Danish National Opera, the title role of Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet for Croatian National Theatre's new production, Ford (Falstaff), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) for Opera Holland Park, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Teatro alla Scala's new production by Richard Jones, and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream) for both Garsington and Longborough. Oratorio performances include Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St John Passion, Puccini's Messa di Gloria and Fauré's Requiem.

Helen Sherman
Mezzo-soprano

Helen Sherman studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was the first student to receive the International Artists Diploma in opera. For Classical Opera, Helen has sung the role of Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and performed in our Mozart in London festival at Milton Court, and she has recently been named an Associate Artist. In 2011, Helen represented Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and in 2012 she was awarded Australian Music Association prizes at the Royal Overseas League Music competition in London. Previous operatic roles include Aurelio (L'assedio di Calais) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for English Touring Opera, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for Mid Wales Opera, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Governess (The Queen of Spades) for Grange Park Opera.

Jacques Imbrailo
Baritone

Jacques Imbrailo studied at the Royal College of Music under Ryland Davies and on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, winning the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007. He first worked with Classical Opera in 2006 singing Mozart at Wigmore Hall, and the following year he sang the role of Guglielmo in the company's production of Così fan tutte. In 2012 he featured in Handel's Messiah at Wigmore Hall, and in 2016 he sang the title role in the company's performance of Don Giovanni at Cadogan Hall. Other roles include Valentin (Gounod's Faust) for Baden-Baden, Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera, Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) in Florence and Houston, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for both the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera and Opéra de Lille, Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas) for Opera di Roma, the title role of Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Figaro (The Barber of Seville) for Welsh National Opera.

James Hall
Countertenor

James Hall graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2012. He was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, was a finalist in the Brooks Van Der Pump English Song Competition (2012), and winner of the Somerset Song Prize (2013). He will make his Classical Opera début in June 2017 in Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus. His past role include Spirit (Dido & Aeneas) for OperaUpClose, Soloist in Purcell's The Fairy Queen with the Temple Ensemble, Cupid and Huntsman (Blow's Venus & Adonis) for the Dunedin Consort and Opera Lyrica, Osmida (Jommelli's La Didone) for Ensemble Serse, Endymion (Cavalli's La Calisto) for Hampstead Garden Opera, Oronte (Handel's Riccardo Primo)at the London Handel Festival, Bertarido (Rodelinda) for the Amade Players, and Pastore III (L'Orfeo) with the Monteverdi Choir at the BBC Proms. James sung the role of Johan in the world première of David Bruce's Nothing, a community opera led by Glyndebourne in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Jennifer France
Soprano

Jennifer France began her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, before completing the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Lillian Watson. Winner of the Loveday Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and of a 2014 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, she made her début with Classical Opera in April 2016 singing the role of Flavio in Jomelli's Il Vologeso. Her other roles include Marzelline (Fidelio) for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Winterthur Festival, First Niece (Peter Grimes), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride) for Opera North, The Controller (Flight) for Opera Holland Park and Dalinda (Ariodante) and Despina (Così fan tutte) for Scottish Opera, where she was an Emerging Artist. Her recordings include 'Debussy: Songs, Volume 3' with Malcolm Martineau available on Hyperion CD.

Jennifer Johnston
Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston appears on Classical Opera's début recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. A former BBC New Generation Artist, she is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of numerous awards. She has appeared in opera at the Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Opéra de Lille, Beijing Festival, Baltic Sea Festival, Scottish Opera and Opera North, and she sang the role of Jocasta on the London Symphony Orchestra's live recording of Oedipus Rex.

John Mark Ainsley
Tenor

John Mark Ainsley recorded the role of Alessandro on Classical Opera's recording of Mozart's Il re pastore, and performed in Mozart's Requiem at the Barbican. Other roles have included Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Captain Vere (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Royal Opera House, the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo for the Theater an der Wien and the Munich Festival, and Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) for English National Opera. Recordings include Saul, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Pulcinella and Bach's Mass in B minor (Philips Classics), L'Enfance du Christ, Alexander's Feast, Acis and Galatea, Berlioz's Requiem and the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Decca), Charlie (Brigadoon) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for EMI and a series of recital discs for Hyperion.  

Jonathan McGovern
Baritone

A former Associate Artist, Jonathan McGovern sang with Classical Opera at Martin Randall Travel's 2012 Rhine Valley Music Festival and in 2013 performed the title role in Telemann's Orpheus. A graduate of King's College London and the Royal Academy of Music, Jonathan debuted as Junior in Bernstein's A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Dresdner Musikfestspiele, and has since distinguished himself as an exciting new vocal talent on both opera and concert stages. Engagements have included the role of Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Verbier Festival, the title role in Il ritorno d'Ulisse under Christian Curnyn, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy at the Verbier Festival under Charles Dutoit, Carmina Burana at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the NDR Podium der Jungen under Andrew Litton and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniel Cohen.

Katherine Watson
Soprano

Katherine Watson graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge where she was also a choral scholar. A former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, she appears in the role of Hyacinthus on our recording of Apollo et Hyacinthus and sang in our performance of Lucio Silla at Cadogan Hall in 2012. As a prolific concert artist, Katherine has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Stephen Layton, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Cohen, Paul Agnew, Emmanuelle Haïm, Harry Bickett, Sir Roger Norrington and Laurence Cummings. Notable engagements include Handel's Apollo e Dafne with Arcangelo at Zankel Hall, New York, Handel's Messiah in Seville with the Hallé orchestra at Bridgewater Hall (Howarth) and with Polyphony at St John's Smith Square, and a tour of Rameau arias in Asia with Emanuelle Haïm. Opera roles include Iphis (Handel's Jephtha) at the Beaune Festival and Un Songe/l'Amour/une Phrygienne in Rameau's Dardanus for Opera de Bordeaux.

Kishani Jayasinghe
Soprano

Sri Lankan British soprano Kishani Jayasinghe is a former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and made her company début as Sifare in the 2009 production of Mitridate, re di Ponto at Sadler's Wells and the Buxton Festival. From 2006 to 2008, Kishani was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. She has also sung for Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne on Tour, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, National Reisopera in Holland, Singapore Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis and the Wexford Festival. Her opera roles include Mimì­ (La Bohème), Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Rosina (Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles) and Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow). She has won top prizes in various International Vocal Competitions.

Kitty Whately
Mezzo-soprano

Kitty Whately trained at Chetham's School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She was the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2011 and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award in the same year. Kitty made her Classical Opera début in 2010 singing the role of Edith in Arne's Alfred at Kings Place. Other operatic roles include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) as part of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy, and Nancy (Albert Herring) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2013-15, during which time she made her début album 'This Other Eden' featuring English poetry and song, recorded Ravel's Shéhérazade with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, songs from Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter with the BBC Concert Orchestra, featured in a Chamber Music Prom singing the music of Stephen Sondheim, and as Nancy in Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. On the concert platform she has sung Chansons d'Auvergne and Duruflé's Requiem with the RPO, Dream of Gerontius at St John's Smith Square, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and made her BBC Proms début in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Suite from Act II of Caroline Mathilde.

Klara Ek
Soprano

Klara Ek has previously appeared with Classical Opera as Vitellia (UK première of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and in concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and, in September 2016, at the annual Haydn Festival at the Esterházy palace in Eisenstadt. She can also be heard on the company's début recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Other operatic roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Danish National Opera, Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) for Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels and Arminda (La finta giardiniera) for the Academy of Ancient Music, and she has appeared in concert with many of the world's leading orchestras.

Lawrence Zazzo
Countertenor

Lawrence Zazzo sang the title role in Classical Opera's début production of Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus in 1998, and in 2011 he returned to appear with the company in concert at Wigmore Hall. In 2016 he joined the company in Eisenstadt to perform in the annual Haydn Festival at the Esterházy palace. Further operatic appearances have included the title roles in Handel's Giulio Cesare for Opéra National de Paris and Radamisto for English National Opera, Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Farnace (Mitridate, re di Ponto) for Bayerische Staatsoper and Trinculo (Ades' The Tempest) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  

Louise Alder
Soprano

Louise Alder is a graduate of the Royal College of Music's International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Competition and is the recipient of Glyndebourne's 2014 John Christie Award. She is a current Classical Opera Associate Artist, and made her début with the company at St John's, Smith Square, in 2014. Her operatic roles have included singing Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) in her début at the BBC Proms with Glyndebourne Festival, Clomiri (Imeneo) at the London Handel Festival, Zelide (Zaïs) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall, Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lisa (La Sonnambula), Silandra (L'Orontea), and Musetta (La bohème) all with the Frankfurt Opera, and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) at Glyndebourne.

Marcus Farnsworth
Baritone

Marcus Farnsworth won first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Marcus appears on the first recording in Classical Opera's complete Mozart Opera Recording Cycle, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Opera roles include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and English Clerk in Britten's Death in Venice for English National Opera, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) for the Early Opera Company, the title role in Britten's Owen Wingrave in Nuremberg and Eddy in Mark Anthony Turnage's Greek for Music Theatre Wales.

Mark Stone
Baritone

Mark Stone studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, in 1998, was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. With Classical Opera, he has sung at Wigmore Hall and also appears on our recording ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’. Opera roles have included the title role in Don Giovanni for the Hamburg State Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Il Conte (Nozze di Figaro) in Hamburg and Cologne, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Belcore (L'Elisir d’amore) at the Welsh National Opera and Mountjoy (Britten’s Gloriana) for the Royal Opera House. At the English National Opera, Mark has sung the title role in ‘Don Giovanni’, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), among others.

Martene Grimson
Soprano

Martene Grimson became an inaugural Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2006. She is a former winner of the Maggie Teyte Competition, and won second prize at the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Her previous engagements with Classical Opera include Hyacinthus (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Arbate (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Cinna (Lucio Silla), Aminta (Il re pastore), Sesto in the UK premiére of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito and concerts at Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. She also appeared on the company's début CD, 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Other operatic appearances have included Glauce (Cherubini's Medea) for Nationale Reisopera, Holland, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera East and Longborough Festival Opera, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) for Opera North, and Laurette (Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle) and Mrs Gleaton (Floyd's Susannah) for Wexford Festival Opera.

Mary Bevan
Soprano

A former Associate Artist, Mary Bevan has performed with Classical Opera at Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. Mary is one of Britain's top emerging artists, receiving acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stand out performances. In 2014, she was awarded the UK Critics' Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music. Opera roles have included Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte) and Papagena (The Magic Flute) for English National Opera, Music and Euridice in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Royal Opera House and Musetta (La bohème) at the St Endellion Festival. A dedicated recitalist, she has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Wigmore Hall. Among others, Mary's numerous recordings include Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth and Ode for St Cecilia's Day with Ludus Baroque, Vaughan Williams' Symphony No.3 and Schubert Rosamunde with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and a selection of Handel songs with L'Avventura London for Opella Nova Records.

Matthew Rose
Bass

Matthew Rose appears on Classical Opera's recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera' and has also appeared with the company at Wigmore Hall. Other recordings include a critically acclaimed Winterreise with pianist Gary Matthewman and Schwanengesang with Malcolm Martineau (both Stone Records). In concert, Matthew has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms and the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York. he has worked with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra among others. His recital appearances include the Brighton, Chester and Cheltenham International Festivals, and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall, and the Kennedy Center, Washington.

Miah Persson
Soprano

Internationally renowned Swedish soprano Miah Persson worked with Classical Opera on the recording of Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto, and most recently performed a programme of Haydn and Mozart at Wigmore Hall in 2014. In her distinguished career she has appeared at the Paris Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera New York and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. Recent highlights include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea at Teatro alla Scala Milan.

Natalya Romaniw
Soprano

Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw is a former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and has appeared with the company at Cadogan Hall and in recital in Baden-Baden. In 2012 Natalya joined the Young Artist Program at Houston Grand Opera, where she has sung Mimi (La Bohème), Ines (Il trovatore), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Micaela (Carmen) and Krystina (Weinberg's The Passenger). Other operatic engagements have included La rondine and Giulia (La scala di seta) for British Youth Opera, cover for Anne Truelove in The Rake's Progress at the Millennium Centre, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Clonter Opera, Governess (Turn of the Screw) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Maliella (I Gioielli della Madonna) and Fiora (L'amore dei tre Re) for Opera Holland Park. On concert platform Natalya has appeared in Mozart's Requiem with Swansea Philharmonic Choir, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Duruflé's Requiem at Sherbourne, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Garsington Opera.

Neal Davies
Bass-baritone

Neal Davies studied at King's College, London, and the RAM, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Operatic appearances have included Major General Stanley (The Pirates of Penzance) and Ko-Ko (The Mikado) for the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Giulio Cesare, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Alaska Wolf Joe (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; L'Allegro, Zebul (Jephtha), Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Ariodates (Xerxes) and Kolenaty (The Makropoulos Case) for the English National Opera; Leporello (Don Giovanni) for the Scottish Opera and Montreal Opera; Leporello, Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Zebul and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) for Welsh National Opera. His wide discography includes Messiah, Theodora, Saul and Creation (Gramophone Award 2008) under McCreesh, Jenůfa and Makropulos Case under Mackerras, Barber's Vanessa under Slatkin, Messiah under Rene Jacobs, the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson and Britten's Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010).

Nick Pritchard
Tenor

Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist. He sang the role of Aquilio in Classical Opera's 2015 production of J. C. Bach's Adriano in Siria. Other opera roles include Prologue (The Turn of the Screw) for Opera Holland Park, the title role in Telemaco for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Paulino (The Secret Marriage) for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), the title role in Albert Herring, Matthew in the world première of Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera, and Acis (Acis and Galatea) for Handel House with La Nuova Musica under Laurence Cummings. Nick appears as a soloist on recordings of Monteverdi's Vespro Della Beata Vergine (Fiori Musicali and Novum), Haydn's Nelson Mass, Britten choral works, Couperin 'Motets Choisis' (all for Novum) and Gounod's Ave Maria (Decca).  

Pumeza Matshikiza
Soprano

South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is a former Associate Artist of Classical Opera. She sang the title role in our 2010 production of Zaide, for which she received the Patrick Fyffe-Dame Hilda Brackett Prize, and has performed with us in recital at Wigmore Hall. Pumeza was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2007-2009, where roles included Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Slave in Strauss' Salome, Innocent (Birtwistle's The Minotaur), Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel) and Tebaldo (Verdi's Don Carlo). Further engagements have included her debut as Eve in the world première of Giorgio Battistelli's CO2 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert Orchestra as part of the Bristol Proms series, and Mimì (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Oper Stuttgart. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Pumeza's debut album 'Voice of Hope' was released in 2014.  

Rachel Kelly
Mezzo-soprano

Rachel Kelly studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the National Opera Studio, and is a recent graduate of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden's Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. She is making her debut with Classical Opera as the title role in Jommelli's Il Vologeso. Other operatic roles have included Pisana (I due Foscari), Zaida (Il turco in Italia) and Mercédès (Carmen) with the Royal Opera House, Mirinda (L'Ormindo) which was a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare's Globe, Proserpina (Orfeo) at London's Roundhouse, and Catherine (The Devil Inside) for the Scottish Opera.

Rebecca Bottone
Soprano

Rebecca Bottone became an inaugural Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2006. Her appearances with the company have included Sabina (Adriano in Siria), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Servilia (Gluck's La clemenza di Tito), Melia (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Despina (Così fan tutte), Elisa (Il re pastore) and Semira (Artaxerxes), as well as numerous concerts at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. She can also be heard on our recordings of Artaxerxes and 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Other roles include Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Scottish Opera, First Innocent (world premiére of Birtwistle's The Minotaur), Maid (Ades' Powder Her Face) and First Niece (Peter Grimes) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cricket and Parrott (world premiére of Dove's Pinocchio) for Opera North and Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream) for Garsington Opera.

Rebecca Ryan
Soprano

Rebecca Ryan is an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and first performed with the company in the 2007 staging of The Marriage of Figaro. She has also performed with Classical Opera as Forgiveness in The First Commandment at Wilton's Music Hall, and in concerts at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. Born in New Zealand, Rebecca graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Music from the University of Otago, before moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Other operatic roles have included Micaëla (Carmen) for University of Otago Opera and in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Angelica (Orlando) for Independent Opera at Sadler's Wells, Mme Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor) for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Lidka (The Two Widows) for Scottish Opera. Her recordings include Silete venti on CD for Naxos, Ch'io mi scordi di te? for RTÉ TV's The Symphony Sessions and Exsultate Jubilate for RTÉ TV's The Mozart Sessions.

Robert Murray
Tenor

Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, and he was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House. He has appeared with Classical Opera in concert at Wigmore Hall ('Mozart in Salzburg' and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), the Barbican ('The A-Z of Mozart Opera') and in our Mozart in London festival at Milton Court. His operatic roles have included Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Agenore (Il re pastore), Belfiore (La finta giardiniera), Jacquino (Fidelio) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for the Royal Opera, the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Piquillo (La Périchole) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) for Garsington Opera, among others. Recordings include a Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum Classics and excerpts from Britten's Gloriana for Chandos.  

Rowan Hellier
Mezzo-soprano

Rowan Hellier studied at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She first performed with Classical Opera singing the part of Cecilio (Lucio Silla) at Cadogan Hall in 2012, and in 2015 she sang the title role in our production of J. C. Bach's Adriano in Siria. Other roles include Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Annina (La traviata), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Der Trommler (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Hirt (Tosca) and the title role in Vanitas at both the Berlin and Hamburg Staatsoper. Concert performances include the title role in Carmen with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for Welsh National Opera, Sesto (Giulio Cesare) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Santiago de Compostela Festival, and Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Barbican.  

Sam Furness
Tenor

Sam Furness (tenor) studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Club Prize in 2012. His past roles include the title role of Les contes d'Hoffmann for English Touring Opera, Quint and the Prologue (The Turn of the Screw) for Northern Ireland Opera, Baron Lummer (Intermezzo) and Jaquino (Fidelio) for Garsington Opera, Joe (La fanciulla del West) for English National Opera, the title role in Albert Herring for Opera Holland Park, for a new production at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, and for the Opera di Firenze, Florence, Steva (Jenůfa) for Scottish Opera, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) for Turku Music Festival, and Novice (Billy Budd) for Teatro Municipal, Santiago.

Samantha Price
Mezzo-soprano

Welsh mezzo-soprano Samantha Price studied at the University of Reading and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A finalist in the 2014 Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition, she was a Samling Artist and trained on the English National Opera Works Programme and at the National Opera Studio. She made her début at ENO as Third Gentleman (Julietta) while still a student. and joined their Harewood Young Artist programme at the start of the 2014/2015 season. In 2015 she appeared in Classical Opera's 'Mozart in London' festival at Barbican's Milton Court.

Sarah Fox
Soprano

Sarah Fox sang in Classical Opera's first two productions - as Hyacinthus in Apollo et Hyacinthus and Rosina in La finta semplice - and she recorded the role of Barmherzigkeit in Classical Opera's Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots. Other roles have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) for Welsh National Opera and Asteria (Tamerlano), opposite Placido Domingo, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin and the Liceu, Barcelona.

Sarah-Jane Brandon
Soprano

Sarah-Jane Brandon studied at the Royal College of Music and won the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. She has appeared with Classical Opera as Eltruda (Arne's Alfred) and in concert at Wigmore Hall and Milton Court. Her operatic appearances include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Sandrina (La finta giardiniera) at the Royal College of Music, Lisaura (Alessandro) at the London Handel Festival and Flowermaiden (Parsifal) for English National Opera. She was one of the featured Young Artists at the 2011 Salzburg Festival, and other recent concert appearances include Elijah with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra and Mahler's Symphony No.4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  

Sophie Bevan
Soprano

Sophie Bevan made her Classical Opera début in 2005 as Publio in the UK première of Gluck's La clemenza di Tito, and became an Associate Artist in 2007. Other appearances with the company include Weltgeist (Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots), Silvia (Ascanio in Alba), our J. C. Bach, Handel, Gluck and Haydn retrospectives at Wigmore Hall and several concerts at Kings Place. She appears on our recordings of Apollo et Hyacinthus and Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, singing the roles of Hyacinthus and Der Weltgeist respectively, and appears in the title role on our recording of Zaide. She can also be heard on our recording 'Blessed Spirit – a Gluck retrospective' (Wigmore Hall Live, 2010). Further roles include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for Welsh National Opera, Xenia (Boris Godunov), Soprano (Messiah), Despina (Così fan tutte), Télaïre (Castor et Pollux) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for English National Opera, and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Garsington Opera. Her extensive concert repertoire ranges from Handel's Samson to James Macmillan's Parthenogenesis, and in 2008 she made her BBC Proms début in Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music.

Soraya Mafi
Soprano

Soraya Mafi studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She won the 2014 Maggie Teyte Prize and 2nd Prize in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Her roles have included Papagena (The Magic Flute) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for English National Opera, Constance (Dialogues des Carmlites) and First Niece (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera, Aminta (Il re pastore) for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the title role in Arianna in Creta for The London Handel Festival. She was the winner of the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award, and is a Classical Opera Associate Artist.

Stuart Jackson
Tenor

Stuart Jackson was a choral scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied Biological Sciences before completing his musical training at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. He was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and last season joined the Stuttgart Opera Studio. He is a Classical Opera Associate Artist, and with the company he has performed the roles of Osroa in J. C. Bach's Adriano in Siria, Lucio Vero in Jommelli's Il Vologeso, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Soliman on a recording of Mozart's Zaide. He has also appeared in concert with Classical Opera at St John's Smith Square and Middle Temple Hall. Other operatic roles include Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), First Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte) and Count Errico (La vera costanza) with Royal Academy Opera, Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the title role in Orphée et Eurydice, Gastone (La traviata), Abdallo (Nabucco) and Second Priest (Die Zauberflöte) with Stuttgart Opera Studio.  

Susan Gritton
Soprano

Soprano Susan Gritton is acclaimed for her versatility in music ranging from Handel and Mozart to Berg, Britten and Strauss. Susan appears on Classical Opera's début recording 'The A-Z of Mozart Opera'. Notable operatic appearances include Liù (Turandot), Micaëla (Carmen) and Marenka (The Bartered Bride) for the Royal Opera, Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) for La Scala, Opera Australia and Tokyo's New National Theatre, Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) at Aldeburgh, Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) for English National Opera and the title role in Theodora for Glyndebourne. Mozart roles include Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Staatsoper, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Bayerische Staatsoper and ENO, Elettra (Idomeneo) for The Netherlands Opera, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opéra de Montreal and Bolshoi.

Susanna Hurrell
Soprano

Susanna Hurrell (soprano) trained at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Miriam Licette scholarship, Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton awards. In 2013 she was awarded the Grange Park Opera Aria Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition. She made her Classical Opera début in 2013 singing the role of Cephisa in Teleman's Orpheus at the London Handel Festival. Other roles include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at Convent Garden, Despina (Così fan tutte) at Opéra de Limoges, Norina (Don Pasquale) at Longborough Festival Opera, Cephise (Pigmalion) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nymph (Monteverdi's L'Orfeo) with the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, Erisbe (Cavalli's L'Ormindo) with the ROH at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, and Governess (The Turn of the Screw) in a co-production with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and Moscow's Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre.

Thomas Hobbs
Tenor

Thomas Hobbs is a former Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and has performed with the company at Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. Thomas is in demand with many leading baroque and early music ensembles, appearing throughout Europe and the US as a soloist in key works from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Operatic engagements include Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) with Oxford Philomusica, Telemachus (Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses) for English National Opera, and Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi's Orfeo with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music. Concert performances include Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion and St John Passion with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and arias in the Passions with the Academy of Ancient Music, CVG and Ex Cathedra. Thomas' ever expanding discography includes Bach B minor Mass with CVG and Dunedin Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Handel Acis et Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort, and Mozart's Requiem with the Dunedin Consort.

Tim Mead
Countertenor

Tim Mead read Music as a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, before winning a number of scholarships to continue his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music. He made his Classical Opera début in 2004 as Farnace in Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto. Other roles include Oberon (Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Goffredo and Eustazio (Rinaldo), and Giulio Cesare (title role) at Glyndebourne, the title role in Philip Glass' Akhnaten at Opera Vlaanderen, Voice of Apollo (Death in Venice), Tolomeo (Julius Caesar), and Ottone (L'incoronazione di Poppea) at English National Opera, Angel/Boy in George Benjamin's Written on Skin at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Gulbenkian Lisbon, on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and in the U.S. première at Lincoln Center, Orlando (title role) at Scottish Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, and Fifth Innocent in the world première of Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur for the Royal Opera House.

Tom Verney
Countertenor

Tom Verney was a choral scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, before completing the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He made his début with Classical Opera singing the role of Aniceto in Jommelli's Il Vologeso at Cadogan Hall in 2016. His operatic roles include L'Amfiparnaso (Vecchi) for Cambridge University, Athamas (Semele) for Hampstead Garden Opera, Testis 1 in Jonathan Miller's production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the National Theatre, Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream) for Shadwell Opera in Cambridge, the Rosslyn Chapel (as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), for Guildhall Opera in the Barbican Theatre and for a joint production with the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and Scottish Opera, The Voice of Apollo (Death in Venice) for Garsington Opera, Corrado (Vivaldi's Griselda) for The Serse Trust, and L'Augellino (The Little Green Swallow) for British Youth Opera. Tom appears regularly on the concert platform. He has sung with the Dmitri Ensemble, and was a soloist on their recording of MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross.