Pianist Dylan Perez is a recitalist, chamber musician and coach specialising in vocal repertoire who is highly in demand across the UK. 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. He was also the Lord and Lady Lurgan Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London from 2019-2020. Prior to relocating to London, he studied at the University of Michigan with Louis Nagel and Martin Katz.
He has been awarded the Gerald Moore Prize for accompanists and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Accompaniment in association with a performance of Die schöne Müllerin, directed by Graham Johnson. He has also won the Accompanist’s Prize at the Bampton Young Singers Competition. He has participated in many international competitions including Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Wigmore Hall/International Opera Competition, and the Das Lied International Competition.
Dylan has been an Oxford Lieder Young Artist (with contralto Jess Dandy) and has performed at the festival in subsequent years. He is an alumnus of the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, where he performed in masterclasses for Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Helmut Deutsch, and Elly Ameling. Dylan is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studied there with Christoph Pregardien, Julius Drake, and Richard Stokes. He is a laureate of the Académie Royaumont in association with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Together with mezzo Ema Nikolovska, Dylan gave his debut recital at Wigmore Hall in May 2019. He has performed in recital at other venues in London such as the Barbican, Milton Court Concert Hall, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 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.
This season, in addition to re-sung, he will give recitals at New Malden, Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie/De Munt, Musée d'Orsay, and Heidelberger Frühling.
Dylan was recently appointed to the Vocal Coach faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. He has also recently recorded the complete songs of Samuel Barber for Resonus label.
Jersey-born British mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is a graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where her roles included Zita Gianni Schicchi, Madame de Croissy Dialogues des Carmélites, Vera Boronel The Consul and Zenobia (cover) Radamisto. She was the winner of the Chartered Surveyors Competition, 2nd prize winner at the Wagner Society Singing Competition (2016) and a recipient of an Opera Awards bursary. Prior to this she studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Described as ‘a performer with a strong vocal personality and stage presence’ (Opera magazine), Georgia was recently an Emerging Artist with the Institute of Young Dramatic Voices led by Dolora Zajick and made her role debut as Flosshilde in Birmingham Opera Company's production of RhineGold at Birmingham Symphony Hall. She was an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for the 2021 and 2018 seasons, covering Annina in Der Rosenkavalier and Mistress Quickly in Flastaff respectively. She was a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park for the 2019 season, performing the role of Madame Arvidson in YA performances of un ballo in maschera.
Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert highlights include; Alto Rhapsody Brahms, Sea Pictures Elgar (Canterbury Symphony Orchestra), Alto semi-chorus soloist Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Folk Songs Berio, (South Bank Centre), Messa da Requiem Verdi, Messiah Handel, and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).
Georgia is an Opera Prelude young artist, and future plans include concert performances of Rossweisse in Die Walküre and Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung (GAFA) and cover Forester’s wife and owl in The Cunning Little Vixen (ENO).
Soprano Iúnó Connolly has performed at various venues in the UK & abroad including the The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Ensemble - A New Dark Age - 2020), English National Opera (Chorus - 2020), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Heidelberger Frühling Festival; ENO / Lillian Baylis House; Opera Holland Park; Iford Opera; Royal Academy Opera; Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings; Chipping Camden International Music Festival; St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall Birmingham.
She was a finalist in the International Haydn Singing Competition and the Nico Dostal International Singing Competition, both in Austria and was also a winner of the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize.
Iúnó is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA DipRAM) and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons).
Future plans include performing the role of Clarice in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna for Bampton Classical Opera. www.iunoconnolly.com
Shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the category of Young Artist, Cumbrian contralto Jess Dandy has been praised for her instrument of velvety plangent timbre, and her artistic maturity of remarkable immediacy.
Jess was the contralto soloist at the First Night of the BBC Proms 2021, singing Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and a new commission by Sir James Macmillan. She has appeared on the concert platform with the Orchestre révolutionnaire et romantique, The English Concert, Florilegium, BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Dunedin Consort, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Les Arts florissants; collaborating with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Bicket, Trevor Pinnock, John Butt, William Christie, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Stephen Layton.
Other recent highlights include a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts which included Jess’s Wigmore Hall debut, and a solo recital with Malcolm Martineau at Perth Concert Hall. Jess also appeared at Wigmore Hall in a Vivaldi and Ariosti programme with La Serenissima.
Highlights of the 21/22 season include Bradamante in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furiosoat the Teatro Real Madrid and the Seine Musicale Paris; Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg at the Großes Festspielhaus; and appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and the Britten Sinfonia, as well as Jess’s return to Wigmore Hall for a recital with Martin Roscoe.
Jess is co-founder of the mental health initiative, SongPath, which encourages creative and restorative connection on therapeutically curated musical walking trails in beautiful surroundings.
British-pakistani soprano Mimi Doulton is fast developing a reputation as an acclaimed interpreter of contemporary opera and song. She was a finalist in the 2022 Royal Overseas League vocal competition and won 2nd prize at the 2021 John Cage Interpretation Award, Halberstadt. Recent engagements include concerts at Wigmore Hall and Cafe Oto; creating work by Rakhi Singh for the Royal Opera, and Michael Betteridge for Birmingham Opera Company; and a Germany-UK tour of Disruptions, co-created with sound artist Jonathan Higgins. Forthcoming plans include her German operatic debut in Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Shadwell Opera and the world premiere of Jasmine Morris' Animal Farm at the Aldeburgh Festival. 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 is a Young Artist with Park Lane Group (2018 - ), Live Music Now (2020 - ), Longborough Festival Opera (2021), Leeds Lieder (2019), and was a Wild Plum Arts resident Artist in 2020.
Latvian soprano Oksana Lepska made her Carnegie Hall concert debut when she was twelve.
She has since performed in concert halls across Europe, UK and the United States.
Oksana moved to London after receiving an offer to study at the Royal Academy of Music,
where she successfully completed her Bachelor of Performance Degree. Her studies
continued at Royal College of Music, where she completed a Master of Performance Degree
with distinction under the tutelage of Patricia Bardon, whilst being supported by the
Bruce-Payne Vaseppi full scholarship.
Oksana’s most notable achievements to date include: 1st prize at the National Mozart
Competition in London, the title role in Handel’s Alcina for Saluzzo Opera Academy, seven
solo recitals, first prize at the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in New York
(2021; 2019; 2014) and first prize for most promising singer at Academia Belcanto
competition in Graz, Austria.
Colombian Baritone Jacobo Ochoa, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class Honours degree. He was a member of the Tenerife Opera Studio (2019/20) during which time he performed the role of Belcore at Opera de Tenerife, Na tional State Theatre of Tbilisi, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
He made his debut at the Festival Verdi in Parma in 2020, where he performed in the con cert version of Macbeth conducted by Roberto Abbado, a CD of this event is being re leased in December 2021.
He has sung the role of Masetto with UK company Clonter Opera and appeared with British Youth Opera (Caliban - The Enchanted Island).
Jacobo is the winner of the Colombian National Singing competition, where he was also awarded a scholarship to study in Barcelona for one year. He then went on to win 2nd prize at the Logroño international singing competition in Spain. During his time at the Guildhall he was awarded 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers.
He has been supported by the Drake Calleja Trust and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has had the opportunity to work with tenor Michael Fabiano, vocal coach Kevin Murphy, soprano Mariella Devia in masterclasses in the UK and in Tenerife respectively. He has also worked closely with Maestro Giulio Zappa.
Future engagements include, his debut as Lindorf in a production of Les Contes d’Hoff mann (Offenbach) for Opera de Tenerife, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) for West Green Opera and his return to the Festival Verdi in Parma for a new production of La Forza del Destino in the role of ‘Un Alcade’ and will cover ‘Fra Melitone’.
British baritone Dominic Sedgwick was a member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2017-2019 where his roles included Kuligin in a new production of Káťa Kabanová, Novice’s Friend in a new production of Billy Budd, Moralès in a new production of Carmen and Third Ghost Child in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline.
His 2021/22 season sees a return to the Royal Opera as Marullo in a new production of Rigoletto, his debut at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Anthony in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Julius Caesar, his debut for the Opéra National de Bordeaux as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Schaunard La Boheme for Nevill Holt Opera. Recent roles include Melot in a new production of Tristan und Isolde for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and English Clerk in David McVicar’s new production of Death in Venice for the Royal Opera. Upcoming engagements include further roles for the Royal Opera and debuts for Théâtre Luxembourg and Grange Park Opera.
Concert engagements include his debut at the Bremen Musikfest, Messiah with the OAE, the RLPO and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pilate in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the BBC Proms with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen as well as a number of concerts with the OAE featuring Bach Cantatas as part of their Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place. In recital Dominic has performed at venues across the UK including London's Wigmore Hall, Leeds Lieder and the Oxford Lieder Festival. He continues as a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2021/22 season.
He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera School. He was awarded the Audience Prize in the inaugural 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition.
An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence's unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship have earned him a place at the top of the music profession.
This summer of 2021 saw Nicky return to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Tichon in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Káťa Kabanová, conducted by the Festival’s Music Director Robin Ticciati.
The 2021/22 season sees Nicky make his role debut as Siegmund in a new production of Die Walküre for the English National Opera directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Nicky will also return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Laca in Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa conducted by Henrik Nánási.
Future seasons see Nicky return to La Monnaie, L’Opéra national de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera.
Nicky gives recitals internationally, appears in concert extensively and records prolifically. Upcoming recital appearances include Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie, the Janáček Brno International Festival and the Two Moors Festival.
In 2020 he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award for his critically acclaimed recording of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared.
In 2022, he won the BBC Music Magazine “Personality of the Year” Award, the organisers declaring him as a “true force of good”.
Edward Picton-Turbervill is currently studying for a postgraduate Masters in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall, generously supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company. He is musician-in-residence at St John the Divine Kennington, a role which entails playing the organ, conducting, teaching the piano, and composing for the childrens' choir. He was educated at St John’s College Cambridge, where he was organ scholar, and graduated with a First in Music in 2015. He stayed on at St John’s as a Benefactor’s Scholar to read for an MPhil in Environmental Policy, and it was during this year that he wrote Talking Through Trees, which was published by the Old Stile Press in 2017. Following a year as an exchange student at the University of Heidelberg, he was appointed as the music teacher at Atlantic College, where he taught Music for three years from 2018-2021.
Scottish mezzo soprano Lauren Young was an inaugural Mascarade Opera Studio Artist in Florence, Italy. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s (RCS) Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Lauren is a recipient of an Independent Opera Fellowship. In 2020, she was the winner of the Clonter Opera Prize, Joaninha Trust Award, and was runner up in the Ye Cronies Award at the RCS in 2019 and 2020. With her duo partner Jose Javier Ucendo, she was a finalist in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2020 and won the Elgar-Spedding Lieder Duo Prize at the RCS.
Recent engagements include covering the roles of Mrs Alexander Satyagraha and Rossweisse The Valkyrie with English National Opera, opera scenes at Teatro La Fenice, singing Charlotte Werther and Fillipyevna Eugene Onegin, Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia (RCS Opera) and Witch Hansel and Gretel (Silent Opera/BYO) at Opera Holland Park. Lauren made her Wigmore Hall debut in October 2020 as part of the Independent Opera Scholar’s Recital. Future engagements include Daughter of Akhnaten in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten in English National Opera’s 2022/2023 season.