American pianist Dylan Perez is the current Lord & Lady Lurgan Collaborative Piano Fellow and the Royal College of Music, London. He graduated in 2018 with Distinction with an Artist Diploma and in 2016 with Distinction with an Artist Masters from the Guildhall School where he studied with Eugene Asti, Andrew West, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, and Pamela Lidiard. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz. Dylan won the Accompanist Prize at the 2020 Bampton Young Singers Competition and has received the Gerald Moore Prize for Accompanists, along with the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment. He has been a semi-finalist in the Das Lied International Song competition and a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Dylan is a Britten-Pears and Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut and the Académie Royaumont. Dylan recently made his Wigmore Hall recital debut and has performed at Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Cadogan Hall. He has played in masterclasses with Renee Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Felicity Lott, and with Roger Vignoles, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Christian Gerhaher at Wigmore Hall. Dylan can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3, whether it is for a Proms Extra concert, a Total Immersion performance, or live on InTune. Dylan is the founder of re-sung, a London based song recital series that focuses on the connection between text and music, with special interest on creating new interpretations of masterworks and championing contemporary songs.
Scottish soprano Lucy Anderson is a former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and has received critical praise for the “lovely Straussian gleam” and “heartfelt conviction” of her singing. Operatic work includes First Lady The Magic Flute, Countess Ceprano Rigoletto, the Opera Highlights Tour (Scottish Opera), Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites, Magda The Consul (Guildhall School) and Nella Gianni Schicchi (LSSO). Lucy was awarded first prize in the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition and has received the Frances Collins Award, a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, a Mary Gillespie Award, the Mary D Adams Scholarship and the Norma Greig French Song Prize. Lucy was a finalist in the Wagner Society Competition at Wigmore Hall, semi-finalist in the Mozart Singing Competition and represented the Guildhall School in the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize. Concert highlights include Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust (LSO), Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project (BBCSO), a recital of songs by Strauss at Barbican Hall, Mahler Symphony No. 4, Strauss Four Last Songs, and solo performances in Aberdeen Music Hall and the Usher Hall. Future engagements include Tatiana Eugene Onegin as a Young Artist with Opera Holland Park and Helen Helen & Paris (Bampton Classical Opera).
Born in Jersey, Georgia Mae Bishop graduated with distinction from the Opera School at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama after initial studies at Trinity Laban. Operatic roles include; Ulrica, Un ballo in maschera (OHP YA), Mistress Quickly (cover) Falstaff (Garsington Opera), Zita Gianni Schicchi (Barbican Hall), Madam de Croissy Dialogues des Carmélites (Guildhall Opera). Other highlights include; Second Prize, Wagner Society Singing Competition, First Prize, Chartered Surveyor's Competition, Alto soloist, Scenes from Goethe's Faust (LSO, Barbican), Symphony No.5, Ustvolskaya, (LPO, Royal Festival Hall). Passionate about her Jersey heritage and song, Georgia devised a recital looking at Jersey’s influence on poets and composers from both England and France; discovering strong links with Victor Hugo, John Ireland and Claude Debussy especially. Future plans include performing the role of Giovanna in Opera Holland Park’s Rigoletto and the Emerging Artist Programme at the Institute of Young Dramatic Voices with Dolora Zajick in Nevada.
Charlotte Bowden is currently studying at the Royal College of Music where she is grateful to be a Huffner Scholar, a Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award holder and to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist, and studied at the Verbier Festival Atelier Lyrique in July 2019.
She was awarded Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2018 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, First Prizes in the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and the Michael Head Prize, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Snape Maltings, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the London Handel Festival.
Her operatic repertoire includes title roles in Acis and Galatea, Semele, and Theodora. She performed the role of Bridesmaid in Der Freischütz with Sir Mark Elder and the OAE at the Royal Festival Hall, and recently covered roles including Second Woman in ETO’s triple bill production of Dido and Aeneas/Jonas/I Will Not Speak. In November 2019 she performed the role of Flaminia in Haydn Il mondo della luna for the RCM Opera Studio. In concert she has performed a wide variety of repertoire, including Handel Messiah, Haydn The Creation, Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B minor mass, Mozart Mass in C minor, Mahler’s second and fourth symphonies, Beethoven’s ninth symphony, and Rossini Petite messe solennelle.
Upcoming highlights include covering the role of Thérèse in Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias for BYO, Handel Messiah in Budapest, Mendelssohn Elijah, Monteverdi Vespers, a recital at St Martin in the Fields and taking up a place at the RCM Opera Studio in September 2020.
Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles included Countess Ceprano Rigoletto; Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth; the Voice from Heaven Don Carlo and Ines Il trovatore. She also sang Micaela La tragèdie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall and Melantho/Love The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse.
In the 2019-20 season she will make her debuts with Capella Cracoviensis and Longborough Festival Opera.
Other recent performances include her house and role debut as Clara Porgy and Bess (Grange Park Opera); her debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Serena Porgy and Bess), Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the BBC Proms.
Soprano Iúnó Connolly is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA DipRAM) and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons).
Recent operatic appearances include Gianetta (L'elisir d'amore, Iford Opera); Brigitta cover (Iolanta, Opera Holland Park) and chorus in Calixto Bieto's production of Carmen (English National Opera). Other roles include Ariel in the UK premiere production of The Enchanted Island at the Peacock Theatre (British Youth Opera) and Delilah in Handel's Samson (Theatre Heidelberg, Germany). In early 2020 she will sing the role of Chocholka & Mrs Pasek in The Cunning Little Vixen (Barnes Music Festival).
With duo partner Dylan Perez, she has performed at numerous venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Clement Danes, Black Heath Halls, the Schubert Society of Great Britain and The Chipping Camden International Music Festival; the pair were semi-finalists in the Das Lied International Song Competition and finalists in the 2019 International Haydn Singing Competition in Austria.
Soprano Mimi Doulton is a Live Music Now Artist (with pianist Dylan Perez), a Longborough Festival Emerging Artist, a Leeds Lieder Young Artist, an Opera Prelude Artist and a Park Lane Group Young Artist. She has developed and premiered new works for the Royal Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Birmingham Opera Company, Mahogany Opera Group, Tête a Tête, Club Inegales, Fondation Royaumont, Graeae, Snape Maltings, and Wigmore Hall.
Her 2019/20 season includes role debuts as Jano (Jenufa), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Lapak/Jay/Pepik (The Cunning Little Vixen), PeepBo (The Mikado), and Ilia (Idomeneo), as well as covering in Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park for Music Theatre Wales and The Royal Opera.
Mimi graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, having previously read Music and Languages at King's College London. She continues her studies with Gary Coward.
British mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory is a recent graduate of Royal Academy Opera, where she was a Karaviotis scholar, winner of the 2018 RAM Club Prize and the Tom Hammond Opera Prize, a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata soloist, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle.
One of Laurence Cummings’ Handel House Talents for 19/20, further engagements include the Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Longborough Festival Opera, the role of Laura in Tom Coult's premiere of Violet and covering Katya in Philip Venables' Denis & Katya both for Music Theatre Wales, and a return to the Amersham Festival of Music to sing Dorabella Così fan tutte.
A 2019 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera, she covered and performed the role of Flamel in Offenbach's Fantasio, before joining the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar to sing Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro. She debuted with British Youth Opera in 2018 as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’ pastiche The Enchanted Island, earning herself the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells for her performance in the role.
German mezzosoprano Maria Hegele is studying with Dinah Harris, having previously graduated from the University Mozarteum Salzburg. She is a Siow Furniss Scholar supported by the Basil Coleman Opera Award and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She was participant of the Heidelberger Frühling, a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Imogen Cooper Trustee.
Maria won the first prize in the Claude Debussy Chamber Music Competition 2018. Her stage performances have included Mercedes in Bizet's Carmen, Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Hermia in Britten's Midsummer Nights Dream, Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Lisetta in Haydn's Il mondo della luna.
British soprano Ella de Jongh is currently studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of Professor Janice Chapman. She has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses in song and opera with the likes of Brenda Hurley, Tobias Truniger, Susan Bullock, Elaine Kidd, Roderick Williams and Birgid Steinberger. In the summer of 2019, Ella was fortunate enough to be an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera in their highly acclaimed production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride at Wormsley Estate under Director Paul Curran and Conductor Jac van Steen. Other recent notable engagements include reaching the final in the Susan Longfield Competition for Sopranos and Mezzo-Sopranos, performing a Pre-LSO Czech Platform at the Barbican Hall as well as the UK Premiere of Andrew Norman's newly commissioned opera A Trip to the Moon with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Operatic roles include The Witch Hansel und Gretel and First Lady The Magic Flute. Scenes roles include Elizabeth 1st Gloriana, Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Giorgetta Il Tabarro, Lady Billows Albert Herring and Vitellia La clemenza di Tito. Ella has recorded a number of CD’s with Faber & Faber, as part of the national Sing Up! campaign and in 2014, completed a commercial for Apple under award winning Marketing and Advertising director Ian Thatcher. Ella’s studies are very generously supported; she is a Haberdashers' Opera Scholar and the recipient of The Nicky Bird Scholarship, for which she is hugely honoured.
Annabel Kennedy is a 23-year-old Mezzo-Soprano from Devon. She is a Violet Lucas Scholar supported by the Monika Saunders Award and the Josephine Baker Trust, studying a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Amanda Roocroft and Caroline Dowdle. Her recent awards include First Prize in the RCM Concerto Competition, Second Prize in the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, First Prize for the ‘AESS Courtney Kenny Award’ and the ‘Undergraduate Prize’ for the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition. Recent engagements include her solo debut at Cadogan Hall performing a Suite of Lieder composed by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha with the London Chamber Orchestra, under Christopher Warren-Green andperforming the role of Euterpe in Handel’s Parnasso in festa at Wigmore Hall as part of the London Handel Festival.
British/Australian soprano Lauren Lodge-Campbell studied at the Guildhall School with Janice Chapman and Yvonne Kenny. Lauren was awarded both 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, and is a member of the 2019/20 edition of Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist programme of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.
At the Guildhall School Lauren was the winner of the Susan Longfield Prize and the Franz Schubert Institut Lieder Competition. The latter awarded her a full scholarship to study at the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria. Lauren was the winner of the inaugural Cheltenham Bach Choir Competition, the Schubert Society Song Prize at the London Song Festival, and a Semi Finalist in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition with duo partner, Michael Sikich.
Recent engagements include Serpetta La finta giardiniera (Les Arts Florissants); Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Pinchgut Opera); Handel Brockes Passion (Arcangelo, Wigmore Hall); Princess The Hogboon (London Symphony Orchestra); a recital of Handel arias (Southbank Sinfonia); Handel Messiah (London Handel Orchestra).
Lauren looks forward to future tours to Asia, Australia and France with Les Arts Florissants.
Colombian Baritone Jacobo Ochoa is currently studying at the GSMD with Professor Rudolf Piernay.
Recent operatic roles include Belcore (L’elisir d’amore - Donizetti) with Opera de Tenerife (Opera Studio); Masetto (Don Giovanni - Mozart) with Clonter Opera, UK; Caliban cover (The Enchanted Island - Jeremy Sams) with BYO.
Future engagements include reprising the role of Belcore at the Tbilisi National Theater, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Opera de Colombia in Bogota and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Clonter Opera. Later in 2020 Jacobo will make his debut with Festival Verdi in Parma.
Jacobo is grateful to be supported by The Drake Calleja Trust.
British Soprano Isabelle Peters is a Masters graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of John Evans. She gained her Undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her recent roles include ‘Pamina’ (Waterperry Opera, Die Zauberflöte, 2019) and ‘First Lady’ (Cover/Performed Opera First, Garsington, Die Zauberflöte, 2018). Isabelle is currently a BAME Chorister Fellow at the ENO where she will appear as 1st Bridesmaid’ (The Marriage of Figaro) and has covered ‘Yum-Yum’ (The Mikado) and ‘Frasquita’ (Carmen).
She was a 2020 ROSL Annual Music Competition Finalist and winner of the Franz-Schubert-Institut Lieder Competition and Chartered Surveyors’ Vocal Prize in 2017. Isabelle looks forward to joining Garsington Opera again this season as an Alvarez Young Artist, where she will cover ‘1st Nymph’ (Rusalka).
Collin Shay is a French-American countertenor. Performances this year include Lliam Paterson’s The Angel Esmeralda (GSMD, Scottish Opera co-commission), Schnittke’s Faust Cantata (Barbican, Sian Edwards, LSSO), and Sorceress Dido and Aeneas (GSMD). Recently performed Jules Maxwell’s The Lost Thing (ROH Linbury Theatre), Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard (ROH Hackney Empire), Serafino (cover) The Intelligence Park (Music Theatre Wales, Linbury Theatre), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSMD), Cupid Venus and Adonis (GSMD). Recording appearances on Magic Lantern Tales by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Champs Hill Records), Tunder Appreciated with Musica Poetica (Veterum Musica). Shay studies on the GSMD Opera Course as a Gwen Catley Scholar, a Weavers’ Scholar, and Brian Nisbet Early Music Prize winner.
Tenor and conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark is a regular on the recital and oratorio circuit. Solo highlights include St Nicolas in Britten’s work of the same name, The Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Jennik in Smetana’s Bartered Bride, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Flute and Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
He has performed the Evangelist in Bach’s passions numerous times, most notably with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. He is a keen proponent of English Song and Lieder, and has put on several recitals in the City of London and performed a recital in 2019 as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. He is returning to Aldeburgh several times in 2020: his next recital is Britten’s ‘Birthday Hansel’ with harpist Valeria Kurbatova. He has sung in numerous masterclasses, most recently taken by tenor James Gilchrist and Sir Thomas Allen. He studied music and German in Durham, Vienna and at King’s College London. He then studied singing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he was the Morag Noble scholar and is currently taught by Nicky Spence and Alison Wells. Ben has sung with the BBC Singers, the Sixteen, Tenebrae, Stile Antico, the Eric Whitacre Singers and several other smaller consorts.
Ben leads choral and singing workshops around the world, including annual singing weeks in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. He directed the Singing Outreach Programme for Westminster Cathedral from 2013-19, conducts four adult choirs and the three children’s choirs of St. John the Divine, Kennington alongside the London Youth Boys’ Choir. He is instrumental in organising the “Big Sing” in the Royal Academy courtyard every summer, which features over ten choirs. He has conducted the annual Festival Choir at the Roman River Festival for the last three years and runs four ‘Come and Sing Days’ each year at Benjamin Britten’s Red House.