“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)
Alessandro Fisher Tenor
Alessandro Fisher is a graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge. He won First Prize at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He is a Classical Opera Associate Artist, and roles with the company have included Christian (The First Commandment), Don Polidoro (La finta semplice) and Bastien on a new recording of Bastien und Bastienne (due for release in autumn 2018). Other opera roles have included Alindo/Delmiro (Hipermestra) at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival, First Armed Man/Priest (Die Zauberflöte) and Bellecourt (Vert-Vert) for Garsington Opera, Banquo in Luke Styles’ Macbeth for Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Project, the title role in Rameau’s Dardanus for English Touring Opera, Count Bandiera in Salieri’s La scuola de’ gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera, and Theodore in Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes for Retrospect Opera (recording). In 2019 he will make his début at the Salzburg Festival singing Lucano/First Soldier (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Concert highlights have included recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day, ‘The Last of the Romantics: Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna’ at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Roussel’s Evocations with the BBC Philharmonic (also on Chandos CD).
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.
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.
Anna Devin Soprano
Anna Devin has performed regularly with the Classical Opera since first appearing with them on tour in Baden Baden in 2012, and she sings the role of Tamiri on the 2015 recording of Mozart’s Il re pastore. She is an alumna of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist programme, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the National Opera Studio. Recent seasons saw her sing Susanna in Scottish Opera’s and Welsh National Opera’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro, débuts with La Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic, role and festival début as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at Mozartwoche Salzburg, role début as Nannetta (Falstaff) at the Royal Opera house, Covent Garden, Michal in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Saul. This season she will make her début at Madrid’s Teatro Reale as Cecila in Lucio Silla, debut as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Early Opera Company, debut Semele at Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Debut Fiordiligi with Northern Ireland Opera.
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.
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.
Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath became an Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2019. Chiara studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Glenn Chambers and has since been awarded numerous prizes, including the Grand Prix de Duo Chant-Piano at the 2013 International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition. With Classical Opera she has appeared in '1768 – a retrospective' at Wigmore Hall and as Ninetta in La finta semplice at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and she also sings the two licenza arias on the company’s recording of Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione. Mozart roles include Despina (Così fan tutte) at Oper Frankfurt, Cinna (Lucio Silla) at Theater an der Wien, Opéra de Versailles and Philharmonie de Paris, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, Barbarina and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Operklosterneuburg, and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Drottningholm Festival in Sweden.
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.
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.
Ellie Laugharne Soprano
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, soprano Ellie Laugharne was a Jerwood Young Artist for the Glyndebourne Festival, and more recently an Associate Artist for Opera North. She is currently a Classical Opera Associate Artist and a Samling Artist. For Classical Opera she has sung the role of Emirena in the company's 2015 production of Adriano in Siria, and appeared as Zerlina in its 2016 concert performance of Don Giovanni. Other operatic appearances have included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Frasquita (Carmen) and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) for Scottish Opera, The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Tina (Flight) for Opera Holland Park, Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) for English National Opera, and Despina (Così fan tutte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera North.
Updated 3 July 2018
Ellie Laugharne website
Emily Edmonds Mezzo-soprano
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.
Gwilym Bowen Tenor
Gwilym Bowen was made an Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2019. Gwilym has an established specialism in earlier repertoire, which has brought a number of significant débuts. Highlights on the concert platform have included Johannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt, Messiah with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Stephen Layton, Bach Cantatas at the Lincoln Centre with Masaaki Suzuki, and Monteverdi duets at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Dunedin Consort. Forthcoming engagements include Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Three Choirs Festival, Handel’s Brockes-Passion with Concerto Copenhagen on tour in Hamburg, Amsterdam and Utrecht, and Matthäus-Passion with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under Stephen Layton.
Updated 10 Jan 2019
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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.
Ida Ränzlöv Mezzo-soprano
Swedish mezzo-soprano Ida Ränzlöv became an Associate Artist of Classical Opera in 2019 and is also currently a member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart Opera Studio. She was born in Helsingborg, Sweden, and graduated with distinction from Malmö Academy of Music in 2016, where she studied singing with Britta Johansson and Conny Antonov. The same year she joined the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School (RCMIOS), graduating in 2018 as a recipient of an Independent Opera Voice Award. She was a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist (2018), a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition (2018), an alumni of Solti Accademia di Bel Canto (2017), winner of the Lies Askonas Competition (2017) and received the Maisie Lewis Award from the Musician’s Company (2018), of which she also was appointed Yeoman of the Company. Her studies in London were generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Vivien & Peter Beckwith Fund and Victoria Robey OBE. Recent engagements include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Sesto (cover, Giulio Cesare) for Glyndebourne Festival, The Daughter (The Vanishing Bridegroom) for British Youth Opera, the title role in Faramondo for London Handel Festival, and The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Arminda (La finta giardiniera) with RCMIOS.
Ida Ränslöv Website
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.
Louise Alder Soprano
Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She won the Young Singer Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She also won the 2015 inaugural Young British Soloists’ Competition, is the recipient of Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award and took 2nd Prize in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. She is a Classical Opera Associate Artist, and has appeared with the company in Handel’s Messiah at Middle Temple Hall and in concert at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square. She is a member of the Frankfurt Opera Ensemble, where her roles have included Atalanta in a new production of Xerxes, Gilda (Rigoletto), Sophie (Werther) and Despina (Così fan tutte). Other opera roles have included Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for Welsh National Opera, Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne, Ilia (Idomeneo) for Garsington Opera, Euridice in Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus for the Royal Opera, Rapunzel (Into the Woods) for the Théâtre du Châtelet and Gilda, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Oper Frankfurt. In 2017 she sang the role of Marzelline in Fidelio at the BBC Proms.
Updated on 3 July 2018
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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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Bottone Soprano
Rebecca Bottone studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and was one of Classical Opera’s inaugural Associate Artists. 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), Semira (Artaxerxes) and Worldly Spirit (The First Commandment), as well as numerous concerts at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. She sings the role of Semira on the company’s recording of Artaxerxes and also appears on ‘The A-Z of Mozart Opera’. Other roles and engagements include Queen Tye (Akhnaten) for English National Opera, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Scottish Opera, First Innocent (world première 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 première of Dove’s Pinocchio) for Opera North and Minnesota Opera, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Garsington Opera, and Hugh Wood’sEpithalamion at the BBC Proms. Recordings include the role of Cis in Albert Herring with Richard Hickox and EMI, and two Rossini roles for Opera Rara: Eurice (Adelaide di Borgogna) and Cleone (Ermione). She appeared in the BBC documentary ‘The Genius of Beethoven’, David Starkey’s ‘Music and Monarchy’ and in Steven Poliakoff’s acclaimed film Capturing Mary.
Update on 3 July 2018
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.
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 before completing his training at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. He won second prizes at both the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and at the Hugo Wolf Competition in Stuttgart. He was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2013, and during the 2013/14 season he joined the Stuttgart Opera Studio, where he performed the title role in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Gastone (La traviata), Abdallo (Nabucco) and Second Priest (Die Zauberflöte). He is currently a Classical Opera Associate Artist, and with the companyhe has sung Osroa in J. C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria, Lucio Vero in Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, and Soliman on the company’s acclaimed recording of Mozart’s Zaide. He also appears in the title role on Classical Opera’s recording of Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione, due for release in October 2017.
Thomas Elwin Tenor
Thomas Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music and is an alumnus of the Solti Accademia Bel Canto and the Verbier Academy. In 2017 he became an Associate Artist of Classical Opera, and will appear with the company in Haydn’s Applausus at Cadogan Hall (March 2018) and in La finta semplice at Birmingham Town Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall (June 2018). For the 2014/15 season he was a member of the opera studio at Oper Stuttgart, where roles included Officer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Kuska (Khovanshchina), Adballo (Nabucco), and Borsa (Rigoletto). Other roles include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Nathanael (Contes D’Hoffman), Kuska (Khovanshchina) and Borsa (Rigoletto), all for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in a new production by Sigrid Herzog at the Vorarlberg Landestheater, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Teatro Barocco, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for English National Opera and Telemaco (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria) for The Grange Festival.
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.