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Danielle de Niese
Renowned soprano Danielle de Niese was the youngest member to enter the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist’s Program at 19. Her career has included countless starring roles on the opera stages of Paris, London, Naples, Madrid, ZurichBerlin, San Francisco, Tokyo, Sydney and beyond. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has recorded four studio albums. Her accolades include New Artist of the Year at the 2008 ECHO Awards for her debut solo album Handel Arias, the Orphee D’Or from the Academie Du Disque Lyrique, and a 2009 Classical Brit Award nomination. More recently, she appeared in ITV’s Popstar to Operastar and was the subject of her own BBC4 documentary, Diva Diaries.
For Glyndebourne her roles have been Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare, Poppea/L’incoronazione di Poppea, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, Norina/Don Pasquale. Recent engagements elsewhere have included Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro; Despina/Cosi fan tutte; Ariel/The Enchanted Island (Metropolitan Opera, New York); Title role/Partenope (San Francisco Opera); Anne Truelove/The Rake’s Progress (Teatro Regio) ; Calisto/La Calisto (Bayerische Staatsoper) ; Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro (Staatsoper Hamburg) ; Concerts in Ireland, Paris and St Petersburg. Forthcoming engagements include BBC Proms ; Concerts in Madrid and Los Angeles ; Roxanne Coss/Bel Canto, world premier (Lyric Opera of Chicago).
She is married to Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne.
His operatic career identifies him with parts such as Gluck’s Orfeo, Britten’s Oberon and Apollo, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Bertarido and Ottone, and a host of gods and heroes and the occasional villain throughout the Baroque and early Classical eras. He has performed in most of the great opera houses and concert halls. His favourites are Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, La Pergola in Florence, Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, and now also The Grange. He has made over 150 recordings, with solo albums devoted to composers such as Purcell, Dowland, Bach, Tavener and Vivaldi. His recording of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater was recently chosen in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library. Amongst many international awards for his recordings is a Grammy for his performance in Handel’s Semele (with Kathleen Battle and Marilyn Horne). He received a CBE in 2009.
Michael teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, in his own Siena Summer Academy in Italy, and in masterclasses all over the world.
He accepted the invitation to be artistic director of The Grange Festival in October 2015. He was given the task of creating from scratch a new opera company and putting together rather hastily the first season in 2017 after the unexpected announcement shortly before the departure of Grange Park Opera from The Grange.
The Grange Festival is the only opera company in the UK to be led by a singer of international renown. It is intensely gratifying that the Grange Festival’s entire senior management team moved from GPO to work with him and stay at The Grange. He also hopes that the confusion of names will be soon resolved.
Michael’s vision for the future of The Grange is based on a long performing career, deep knowledge of the working process to put the finished article on the stage, and a love of open minded collaboration at a high level. He envisages a wide range of possibilities for the theatre at The Grange centred around the core opera festival in the early summer, but also including ballet, drama and other activities with a regional association. The strong sense of local identity with The Grange and its rich cultural legacy are inherent in creating a regional hub at The Grange which he hopes will be a centre of international excellence in the heart of Hampshire. He is determined that everyone who visits will be entranced by the quixotic charm of the setting and thrilled by the fantasy and craft on the stage.
John Copley has directed opera in most of the world’s major opera houses. He was Resident Director at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he worked on many new productions with the world’s greatest conductors including Sir Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Pritchard and many other distinguished colleagues. Among his greatest successes there were Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte which remained in the repertoire for 21 years and 24 years respectively. His acclaimed production of La Bohème is still in repertoire after more than 30 years. He has acted, choreographed and designed regularly throughout his long and varied career.
John Copley has staged many new productions at English National Opera, several with Sir Charles Mackerras and Dame Janet Baker, including the award-winning Julius Caesar which went on to San Francisco, Geneva and finally the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where it has been recently revived (as Giulio Cesare). He works regularly with all the major American opera companies including the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Dallas and San Diego and was for many years a regular director with the Canadian Opera Company. In Australia he has directed more than 25 productions for both the Australian Opera in Sydney and the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne. European productions include Greek National Opera Macbeth (Athens Festival), Madama Butterfly and Otello. He returned to Athens in 2001 for a new production of Il Corsaro. John has also directed in Munich, Berlin, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Drottningholm, Stockholm and Gothenburg.
John enjoys a close relationship with many of the colleges and training programmes, including the RAM, the RCM, the National Opera Studio, and Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. In 2010 John was awarded San Francisco Opera’s prestigious ‘Opera Medal’. His credits there include three previous productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, and more than 15 titles including Peter Grimes, the U.S. premiere of Tippett’s A Midsummer Marriage, Manon, Anna Bolena and Don Giovanni.
His recent productions include La Traviata for San Francisco Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Aida for Dallas Opera and Norma for the Metropolitan Opera. Many of his productions can be seen on video, including Mary Stuart and his celebrated Giulio Cesare from English National Opera, as well as La Bohème and Lucrezia Borgia from Covent Garden and L’elisir d’amore from the Metropolitan Opera.
John was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to opera.
Annabel Arden's distinguished career encompasses opera, theatre and broadcasting as well as acting and devising new work. In 1983 Annabel was a co-founder of the renowned Theatre de Complicite. This season she will direct a new production of Carmen for Grange Festival, return to Welsh Opera, Dubai Opera and Opera North.
Last season Annabel directed an acclaimed production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Glyndebourne Festival and a new production of Andrea Chenier for Opera North. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has directed Cafe Kafka and The Commission; Gianni Schicci, L'elisir d'amore and The Miserly Knight for Glyndebourne; The Rake's Progress for ENO and La Boheme for WNO. Her productions for Opera North have included La Traviata, Die Zauberflote, The Cunning Little Vixen and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.
Abroad she has directed for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Houston Grand Opera; Leonore in New York and Salzburg, Faust in Lucerne, for the Maggio Musicale Firenze and for Teatro Regio, Torino. She directed The Soldier's Tale with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Pierre Boulez and concert performances with the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski.
Annabel has directed plays for the National Theatre, Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, Almeida Theatre, BBC, Sydney Theatre Company and for Theatre de Complicite.
Tim Supple has created theatre throughout the UK and in Europe, North and South America, Australia, India, North Africa and the near and far East. He has worked regularly with the National Theatre and the RSC and during the 1990s he was Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre in London. He has been described as “the leading storyteller in British Theatre” (Financial Times). In 2005 he founded Dash Arts with Josephine Burton to create new performance in collaboration with artists from abroad. His multi-lingual A Midsummer Night's Dream, created in India for Dash Arts in 2006, was a world-wide success and acclaimed as ‘the most life-enhancing production of Shakespeare’s play since Peter Brook’s” (Guardian). His Arabic production of One Thousand and One Nights premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2011 where it was hailed as “an instant classic” (Independent).
Current projects in development include a staging of the epic Iranian national poem, The Shahnameh, and an epic new theatre work, 1917, to be researched and created in the post Soviet States and commissioned by National Theatre, London. For Dash Arts and JUMBO, co-conceived by Tim with Melly Still and written by Carl Grose for National Theatre.
He has directed at Donmar Warehouse; Norwegian National Theatre, Bergen; Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin; Coriolanus, 1992 with Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Richard Briers and Iain Glenn for Renaissance Theatre Company; Billy Budd, 1991 at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; for the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; on Broadway). At the National Theatre his directing credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Villains Opera, Billy Liar and the Accidental Death of an Anarchist. At the RSC his directing credits include Midnight's Children (Barbican, National Tour & Apollo Theatre, New York; Tales From Ovid (Young Vic; The Comedy of Errors.
Opera includes The Magic Flute, 2003, Opera North; Babette's Feast, 2002, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; Hansel and Gretel, 2001 Opera North.
Film includes Rockaby, 2004 IWC/Channel 4. Twelfth Night, 2002, Projector/Channel 4.
Awards and nominations: Tim is the recipient of a NESTA Invention and Innovation Award for experiments in film.
Time Out, Evening Standard, TMA, Olivier, BAFTA, Herald Angel
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Rupert Christiansen has been the Daily Telegraph's opera critic since 1996, writes on the arts in a fortnightly diary and is dance critic of The Mail on Sunday. He is the author of twelve books, including Romantic Affinities (which won the Somerset Maugham Prize, Paris Babylon, Arthur Hugh Clough and The Complete Book of Aunts. Recently he completed a study of Dickens' novel Great Expectations. He was born in London into a well-known journalistic family and was educated at Millfield, King’s College, Cambridge and Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997, and he sits on the boards of The Charleston Trust, the Gate Theatre, and Opera Magazine.
Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and many others. In 2005 she sang her first Wagnerian role, appearing as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. She continued her excursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She has since sung Ortrud in Amsterdam, Paris, and in Palermo, and appeared as Brangaene in Genoa. Cornetti’s verismo repertoire includes the Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecourvreur, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rosa in Cilea’s L'arlesiana, the last mentioned which she sang to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler.
Engagements for the 2013/2014 season included Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Laura in La Gioconda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Azucena in Il Trovatore at the National Theatre of China in Beijing and the Teatro Muncipal in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cornetti also returned to the Teatro Regio for Verdi concerts and appeared with the company as Ulrica on their tour to Japan. In the 2014/2015 season, she will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Un Ballo in Maschera, and will perform as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel at the Minnesota Opera, amongst others.
‘This extraordinary Diva can sing anything, and sing it well’. Rodney Milnes. The British/Romanian-born soprano Nelly Miricioiu is one of the most versatile artists of our day from the title roles in Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Lucrezia Borgia, to Puccini's Tosca and Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. In 1982 she made her Covent Garden debut as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen. The following year she made a triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor and since that time has been heard in all major opera houses and concert halls of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, NYC, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Paris Opera and Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors (in leading roles that include Tosca with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Schicoff), Mimi in La Boheme (with Placido Domingo) and also Violetta in La Traviata (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus) and opposite many other leading artists of the day. It was in Verdi's La Traviata (San Francisco, Verona, Ravenna Festival, Paris, ENO) that she first became renowned for her interpretation of the role of Violetta Vallery, and in this and many other roles including 19 bel canto heroines, she has continued to advance her own unique artistry in the way for which she has today become so highly acclaimed. She has recorded original lesser known opera roles for Opera Rara of which two were nominated as records of the year 2001/2002.
Nelly has recently been presented by King Michael 1 of Romania with the Royal decorations ”Cross Royal House” and on the occasion of her 60th birthday "Nihil Sine Deo" (Nothing Without God)and in 2008 appointed a Commander “Meritul Cultural” by the Presedintele Romaniei. An internationally renowned vocal teacher and jury member, she is Guest Professor at the Academy of Music in Maastricht in Holland and she teaches the Jette Parker young artists at the Royal Opera House.
Recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Edward Gardner became Music Director of English National Opera in 2007. Under his direction, the ENO has presented acclaimed productions of Britten’s Death in Venice, Peter Grimes, Benvenuto Cellini, Fidelio, Otello and Meistersinger. He received the Royal Philaharmonic Society Award in 2008 for Best Conductor, the Olivier award for Outsanding Achievement in Opera in 2009 and an OBE for services to Music in 2012.
As an opera conductor outside ENO, he has had successes with Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Paris Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
In October 2015 Edward will take up his new appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra leading their 250th anniversary gala concert. Edward has been Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2011. He enjoys flourishing relationships with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Proms and in 2011 conducted the Last Night of the Proms. He works regularly with young musicians including the CBSO and Barbican Youth Orchestras, the Juilliard School of Music in New York and Halle Youth Orchestra. He was recently appointed to the Mackerras Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
Internationally, Edward’s recent and future engagements include conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Czech Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Edward has most recently released critically acclaimed discs of Mendelssohn, Walton, Lutoslawski, Britten, Berio, and Verdi’s Macbeth with ENO.
Donald Maxwell is a regular performer at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and is in demand for the baritone character roles. He made his debut with Scottish Opera in 1976. He has since sung with all the major British Opera companies, at the BBC Proms, and abroad at La Scala Milan, Vienna Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Théâtre Musical de Paris and the Salzburg Easter Festival.
He has a repertoire of over 100 operatic roles ranging from Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and including Balstrode, Iago, Wozzeck, Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto, Nick Shadow, Golaud, Faninal and Don Alfonso. He is particularly noted for his portrayal of Falstaff, which he has sung at the Edinburgh International Festival and in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Milan and Vienna. He has also created several world premieres in works by Holt, Manoury, Harle, Berio, O'Regan and Eotvos.
Donald Maxwell’s recordings include Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Falstaff in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love, Carmina Burana, Kismet, and several Gilbert and Sullivan operas. He was Director of the National Opera Studio from 2001-2008. As a stage director, he has directed The Bear and Die Fledermaus for Clonter Opera, Patience and La Gazzetta for the RCM, Rape of Lucretia for the RWCMD , Pimpinone and The Beautiful Galatea for the Buxton Festival. Recent performances include Doolittle in My Fair Lady in Paris, and Alcindoro in La Boheme for the Royal Opera House and The Met.
Rosalind Plowright OBE
Rosalind Plowright is one of the most celebrated British opera singers. Her career spans more than 35 years. She was acclaimed as one of the great spinto sopranos specialising in roles such as Medee, Alceste and Norma as well as the great Verdi roles and Puccini heroines. Rosalind has sung at most of the international opera houses including The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Teatro all Scala, Milan; the Paris Opera; Vienna State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, NYC, the Grand Theatre de Geneve and at the Arena di Verona. Her colleagues include the most praised operatic stars of our time. Her American debut was alongside Jose Carreras in a concert at the Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and they also sang Andrea Chenier at Covent Garden and recorded an award winning La Forza del Destino for Deutsche Grammaphon. With Placido Domingo she has performed Il Trovatore at Covent Garden and recorded another award winning recording of the opera with him. She performed Aida with Luciano Pavarotti at Covent Garden and a gala concert for 25,000 at the Arena di Verona. She has worked with many of the great conductors including Giulini, Muti, Abbado, Mehta, Haitink, Pappano and Bychkov.
Rosalind Plowright entered the dramatic mezzo-soprano repertoire in 1999 with roles such as Amneris in Aida, the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Klytamnestra in Elektra and Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Kostelnicka in Janacek's Jenufa. Her many recordings include Mary Stuart with Dame Janet Baker, Otello, Aida and Hansel and Gretel for Chandos; La Vestale for Orfeo, Contes d'Hoffmann for EMI and Mahler's 2nd Symphony for Deutsche Grammaphn. She also recorded 'He's a very naughty boy' with the Monty Python team at the Royal Albert Hall. Recent and future appearances include Herodias (Japan), La Contessa de Coigny (Covent Garden) and her first Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova and Mrs Sedley (Vienna). She released a recital album, La Belle Dame Sans Merci in 2014.
Richard Peirson studied at Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. In 2005 he joined the music staff of English National Opera where is a highly respected repetiteur/opera coach. He was on the music staff of Scottish Opera from 1993 to 2001 where he worked as repetiteur, played solo piano in The Turn of The Screw and Ariadne auf Naxos, harpsichord in Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro; he acted as Chorus Master for The Magic Flute and Gavin Bryars' Medea and was Music Director for Scottish Opera Go Round's La Boheme. Since leaving Scottish Opera he has worked extensively as a freelance coach and accompanist, particularly with Lisa Milne, Julian Hubbard and William Dazeley. He is Music Director of the East Anglian based Orange Opera. He also continues to perform as a freelance accompanist, notably with Lisa Milne performing his own arrangements of the songs of Jacques Brel including performances at The Wigmore Hall, the St Magnus Festival, Orkney and at the Perth Festival in Australia.
David Gowland is the Artistic Director for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera House Covent Garden. David studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the Ruby Hope and Major van Someren Godfrey prizes for piano accompaniment. He also studied at the National Opera Studio.
He joined the Glyndebourne music staff in 1987, won the 1988 Jani Strasser Award and has continued to work there as a senior coach. David was Head of Music Staff at the Grand Théâtre de Genève from 1989 – 1996, assisting conductors such as Tate, Patané, Jordan, Bartoletti, Thielemann, Plasson, Elder, de Waart, Bertini and Campanella. He has worked regularly with many companies as assistant conductor/senior coach including Opéra National de Paris, Netherlands Opera, Teatro Real di Madrid, Rome Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and the Aix, Orange, Salzburg and Wexford Festivals. He was senior coach on The Ring under Jeffery Tate in Australia. David has conducted Die Dreigroschenoper for RADA. Concert work has included the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals, the Proms and television and radio with the BBC, RTE and RTSR. David is a visiting tutor at the National Opera Studio. He has been associated with the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House since its inception in 2000, initially as Director of Musical Preparation and from 2006 as Artistic Director. In recital, he has accompanied Barbara Bonney, Amanda Roocroft, Cecilia Gasdia, Denyce Graves, Martina Mussacchio, Madelyn Renée, Nelly Miricioiu and he regularly accompanies all the singers on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in recitals of both song and operatic repertory.
Julian Smith was Head of Music at Welsh National Opera for over twenty years, during which time he conducted over forty operas for the company, specialising in the Italian repertoire and notably Puccini. He also conducted for Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, San Francisco Opera, Australian Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Iceland and New Zealand Opera. He has worked with many distinguished singers, and has conducted concerts featuring Bryn Terfel, Reneé Fleming, Dennis O’Neill, Sherrill Milnes and others. Julian is the conductor of the DVD of the Baz Lurhmann production of La Bohème for Australian Opera. He conducted several of Dennis O’Neill’s TV series, and his recordings include three recital discs featuring the soprano Suzanne Murphy and the orchestra of WNO. As a musicologist he was invited by the Ricordi publishing house to reconstruct Puccini’s first version of Madama Butterfly, and this has been performed in Venice, New York and by Opera North, and also recorded. It will open the La Scala 2016-17 season next December. With the late Sir Charles Mackerras, he created performing editions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Orlando. He also has provided arrangements for artists such as Angelica Kirschlager, Bryn Terfel, Dennis O'Neill and Cecilia Bartoli. He was also the principal arranger for the young Charlotte Church.
Julian Smith has been associated with the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World since its inception in 1983. From 1993 until 2011 he was solely responsible for selecting the competitors who came to Cardiff. Every two years he auditioned upwards of 600 singers in 45 locations world-wide. He is also Chair of the Jury of the Welsh Singer Competition.
Jean Philippe Calvin
Dr Jean-Philippe Calvin a former professor of the Royal College of Music has lectured and given guidance on maintaining the educational quality of our events. He has been an important member of the Divas & Scholars steering team, giving ideas and encouragement. Until 2008 he was the head of research and co-director of the Iannis Xenakis Musical Creation Centre and Research Institute in Paris, then between 2008 and 2014 he was Professor and Research Associate in Contemporary Music at the Royal College of Music, London, where he also directed the Variable Geometry Ensemble. He is Composer in Residence at the Science Museum, London. French composer, conductor and researcher, he read music at University of Hartford (USA), the Centre d'Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales and at IRCAM in Paris. Calvin's opera, La Cantatrice Chauve (2009) was premiered at the Théâtre de l'Athénée in Paris in 2009 and the DVD recording received the Orphée d'Or Revelation award 2010.
Lynne Dawson has been one of Britain’s best loved and respected sopranos for more than thirty years. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to have an international career encompassing concerts and opera and the making of over 80 recordings at the highest level. Her performance at the funeral of Princess Diana gained much media attention.
She has worked with all the major British orchestras as well as many of the best known orchestras abroad. Lynne is well known for her work with conductors and ensembles at the forefront of the Historical Performance movement including the Hilliard Ensemble, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood and Trevor Pinnock. In opera houses around the world her roles have included, Pamina, the Queen of the Night, Zaide, Donna Elvira, Countess, Constanze, Aspasia, Vitellia, Amenaide, Marzelline, Iphigenie, Mimi and Violetta. She has sung in concerts with Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Carl Maria Guilini, Neville Mariner and many others. Her concert repertoire includes The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.
Lynne has given many master classes and has been teaching for five years. She is the Head of the School of Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.
“You are a god” Aled Jones.
Sandy is one of the UK’s most authoritative broadcasters in the field of classical music. His broadcasts, interviews, and lectures are all underpinned by the practical understanding that comes from his busy life as a practising musician.
For over 12 years he was a presenter for BBC Radio 3. His many credits include the flagship breakfast programme Morning on 3, live Proms, concerts from the Edinburgh International Festival as well as countless studio broadcasts and interviews with classical music’s top artists. He has presented and produced broadcast programmes and audio features for RTÉ Lyric FM, RTÉ’s Radio 1, Wigmore Hall, Linn Records, Intermusica, and the City of London Festival. He has also lectured and hosted events for many leading music organisations including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the London Jazz Festival.Onscreen, Sandy has hosted live and recorded webcasts for Russia Today, Plushmusic and Wigmore Hall.
Sandy’s work as conductor reflects both his passion to share music with others, and his expertise across a wide spectrum of musical environments. Credits include the Southbank Sinfonia, Tallis Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall School of Music Big Band, Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music, and the Pegasus Choir. He has directed a complete cycle of the church cantatas as well as all of Bach’s major sacred works.
Oxford Jazz Festival: “Sandy Burnett, one of Britain’s most respected musicians on the jazz and classical music scenes…”
As a double bass player, Sandy has performed, toured and recorded with many of the finest musicians and ensembles from Britain and beyond. His playing featured on the film Le Weekend.
Professor Richard Wistreich
Professor Richard Wistreich is a scholar, singer and teacher. He joined the RNCM in February 2010 as Dean of Research and Enterprise following an international career as a performer specialising in music written before 1750. He was for a number of years Germany’s only full-time Professor of Early Singing. A graduate of the famous choir of King’s College. Cambridge, Richard went on to work closely with many of the leading specialists in the field, including Emma Kirkby, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, and many others. He has made more than 100 CDs of music ranging from medieval to Mozart, but he also sings contemporary music commissioned for his path-breaking vocal ensemble, Red Byrd.
Richard is also a distinguished scholar, and has published several books and essays, particularly about the composer, Claudio Monteverdi, and about the technical and social history of singing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi and ‘Vocal Performance in the Seventeenth Century’, part of the new Cambridge History of Musical Performance.
Stefan studied at the Royal Academy of Music as well as training as an actor and director. Following four seasons as Associate Director with Glyndebourne he joined the English National Opera (ENO) as Staff Director. He directed Theatre in Education and was co-producer/librettist for Sadler’s Wells/English National Opera Workshop. The Snowman of Kashmir, for which he wrote the libretto, was published by Universal Edition in 1974. He has been Visiting Tutor of Stage Direction at the National Opera Studio. His freelance work includes productions for Los Angeles Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and many other companies internationally. He has also worked on numerous music festivals and concert series including BBC Royal Albert Hall Proms; with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Halle Orchestra; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Wexford Festival; Aix en Provence Festival; Cheltenham International Festival; Oxford University; Northern Ireland Opera Trust to name but a few.
He has advised The European Opera Centre; Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana (AsliCo) and Opera America.
Stefan has made numerous broadcasts on BBC Radio and elsewhere.
Having studied music and literature in Canada, Mel Cooper came to England to read English Literature at Oxford University. After 12 years in publishing with Elsevier and Phaidon Press, he founded Opera Now Magazine, worked on British Satellite Broadcasting as an arts journalist and then worked as a consultant for NHK in Japan. He was involved in programming and broadcasting during the first years of Classic-FM and had his own radio shows for several years. He has been filmed while recording a series of interviews with opera stars of the future for the internet. An authority on opera, he currently lectures on music and literature. He has also worked on special projects in the fields of opera and theatre for the Genesis Foundation.
Roger Hamilton studied at Clare College Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio. As a harpsichordist he has performed and recorded with The English Concert, English Baroque Soloists, London Classical Players, Les Arts Florissants, Avison Ensemble, Gabrieli Consort, Walking to Lübeck and Concordia.
Since being named as an Arts Council of Great Britain Young Conductor of the Year in 1992, he has worked with a wide variety of symphony orchestras, opera companies, chamber orchestras, and groups. In the concert hall he has conducted the Südwestrundfunkorchester Stuttgart, The English Concert, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, European Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the National Arts Centre Ottawa, Israel Camerata, and Fränkishces Kammerorchester.
In the theatre he has conducted productions for Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, New Kent Opera, Cambridge University Opera and Midsummer Opera London. He has also been assistant conductor for the Berlin Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Classical Players and Salzburg Camerata Academica.
Roger is currently Music Director of The Band of Instruments in Oxford. For two years he was Lecturer in Performance Practice and Keyboard Studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and he has also taught at the Britten-Pears School, Trinity College of Music London, Royal College of Music, and been a lecturer at New College Oxford. He has made editions of many 17th, 18th and 19th century works, including Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria which has been the basis for productions in Athens and Florence.
Harvey studied the piano with Helen Davies, David Parkhouse and Ryszard Bakst and is well known as a chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, Rebecca Evans, Janet Hilton, Guy Johnston, and Jennifer Pike. Recent collaborations include Shostakovich, Schumann and Brahms piano quintets with the Callino Quartet in France, Spain and the UK.
Harvey is the founder and Director of the Pleyel Ensemble, the pianist in Ensemble Cymru, Teaching Fellow in Historical Performance and staff pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Helen and Harvey Davies are a mother-and-son piano duet team. Their recordings include a disc of Romantic music and works written for them by Welsh composers entitled “Diversity” which was MusicWeb International’s CD of the month in December 2008. Composers who have written for them include Alun Hoddinott, Nicola Lefanu and Jeffrey Lewis.
“(The Davies Duo)…a fine reputation for intelligent, sensitive, technically assured and vital performances of a wide range of 20th century repertoire…”
-British Music Society News.
“(Diversity) is a superb disc, and world class in terms of production, programme and performance.”
Conductor and coach Philip Headlam has conducted in the U.K., Europe and Canada. Past engagements include English Touring Opera (Fidelio), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Linda da Chamounix) and Albert Hall/Gubbay Opera (Madame Butterfly) as well as Batignano Opera Festival, Italy (L’augellin bel verde by Jonathan Dove and I Giganti delle Montagne by Federico Amendola), Vlaamse Opera Studio, Ghent (Liszt and Scelsi) and the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels (Britten, Zemlinsky, Francesconi and Bartholomee) He conducted the world premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s new opera, Another America: Fire at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London for the PUSH Festival in September 2004 and the world premiere of Judith Weir’s opera, Armida for television broadcast (Channel 4, U.K.) in December 2005.
He has conducted the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, the Contemporary Opera Programme at the Banff Centre, the Westben Summer Music Festival (Canada), the Flanders Festival (Belgium) and the New Iberia Festival. He has conducted broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Belgian Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He has scored works by Ravel, Brahms, Berg, McPhee and Dallapiccola for chamber orchestra, which have been performed in the U.K. and abroad.
He is the Principal Conductor and co-artistic director of The Continuum Ensemble, with whom he has programmed and conducted over 50 concerts including critically lauded productions of White Rose by Udo Zimmermann, El Cimarron by Hans Werner Henze (with the English National Opera) and the U.K. premiere of Le Petit Chaperon Rouge by Georges Aperghis in a production at the Almeida Opera, London directed by Annabel Arden. He has conducted concerts with the ensemble at the Spitalfields Festival, the Cutting Edge series and the Quebec in Motion Festival as well as a sold out series of concerts at the South Bank Centre, London featuring contemporary French music and music theatre. His conducting on The Continuum Ensemble’s cds of music by composers Errollyn Wallen (Avie; 2002) and Roger Smalley (NMC; 2004) met with outstanding reviews.
As a coach and repetiteur, he has worked for the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, English Touring Opera, Music Theatre Wales, BBC Television, Wexford Festival (Ireland), Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Festival (Canada), Musica del Chiostro, Batignano, Italy, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute and the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Professor Norbert Meyn
Norbert Meyn was born in Weimar, Germany. He studied singing in Dresden, Riga and Weimar and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1996 he was a prize-winner at the Baroque Singing Competition of the International Handel-Festival in Halle, and in 1998 he won first prize at the English Singers and Speakers Competition in London.
As a soloist he has performed Bach´s B-Minor Mass in with Phillip Pickett in Madrid, Bach‘s St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio with Howard Arman in Salzburg and Bach Cantata Solos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner as part of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in Luxemburg. In 2000 he sang the tenor solo in Weill´s Berliner Requiem with European Voices and BCMG under Thomas Adés at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Proms. He also appeared as Evangelist in the St. John Passion at St. John’s Smith Square in London and at Chester Cathedral, and he was a soloist in the „Masquerade“ Series of Early English Opera at the South Bank Centre.
Other operatic appearances include the title-role in „The Martyrdom of St. Magnus“ by Peter Maxwell Davies with The Opera Group in London and at the Buxton Festival, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Monostatos in The Magic Flute and Danilo in The Merry Widow for Pavilion Opera as well as an Apprentice in Graham Vick‘s production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House.
As a Lieder singer he performed Schubert´s „Die schöne Müllerin“ at Conway Hall and “Winterreise” at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Norbert was also a participant of the Steans Institute for Young Artists Programme at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Together with pianist Christopher Gould he created the recital series “Packed Lunch” at the Bloomsbury Theatre. As a Language Coach he has worked with conductors such as James Conlon, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Simon Rattle. He recently published a DVD documentary on Acting and the Art of Classical Song.
Matthew Taylor was born in London in 1964. He won a Music Scholarship to Queens’ College Cambridge in 1983 where he studied Composition with Robin Holloway and was awarded the Conducting Scholarship in 1986 to Guildhall School of Music where he studied with Vilem Tausky. In 1987 he was later selected by Leonard Bernstein to conduct at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival appearing with Bernstein. He also received special encouragement from Robert Simpson which proved to be a crucial influence in these early years. His account of Simpson’s 11th Symphony on Hyperion Records (which is dedicated to Taylor) was selected as a Record Of The Year by BBC Radio 3 in 2004.
Matthew is one of the leading symphonists of his generation. His widely performed Symphony No.1 of 1985 led to commissions for orchestral and chamber works and his scores have been championed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Central to his oeuvre is a cycle of 3 Symphonies, 7 String Quartets. He has also composed two Piano Trios, other chamber music and Concerti for Piano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Horn and Double Bass. There are several recordings of his music available. In 2013 two discs featuring his String Quartets 5, 6 and 7 and his 2nd Symphony and Viola Concerto were released to great critical acclaim on Toccata Classics. His Flute Concerto for BBC Symphony Orchestra's Principle Flute, Daniel Pailthorpe was commissioned for his 50th birthday celebrations in December.
Matthew has appeared as a conductor with many professional orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and St Petersburg Capella and State Academy Orchestras. He is also Principal conductor of LSE Orchestra and Junior Academy Sinfonietta.
He was a tutor and lecturer for Birkbeck College and was appointed as a lecturer for several branches of the WEA as well as the Northwood Music Group. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Music and is now a Composition Professor at the Junior Academy.
Dr Carola Darwin
Carola Darwin took her first degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Cambridge, before gaining an M Mus (Perf.) in singing from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then she has worked as an opera and concert singer in Britain and abroad. In 2000 she was awarded a full-fee bursary by the University of Sheffield, which enabled her to study part-time for a PhD. She was also the recipient of the university’s Petrie Watson Award. In 2010 she gained her PhD with the dissertation “The ‘I’ of the Other: Opera and Gender in Vienna 1900-1918”, and multi-media presentation The Vienna Show.
Carola currently works at the Royal College of Music, lecturing in the History of Opera. She is also writing a book: “The ‘I’ of the Other: Opera, gender and autonomy in Mahler’s Vienna”. Her research interests include history and theory of opera, gender representation in music, the relationship between musicology and performance and the history of music in Vienna and London in the twentieth century.
Opera credits include Countess (The Marriage of Figaro, Opera! Festival, Beauforthuis, The Netherlands), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen, Surrey Opera) Berta (The Barber of Seville) and Lady Dunmow (Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement) (both for Opera East). She has also sung Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Pat Nixon (Nixon in China) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Other appearances include performing chamber works by Elizabeth Maconchy and Nicola LeFanu for the Park Lane Group at the Purcell Room, singing for the Dutch TV company VPRO, as part of their celebration of the Darwin centenary, and performances of The Vienna Show in Britain and Canada.
Broadcaster Sarah Lenton does live commentary for BBC Radio 3. She writes articles for Royal Opera House programmes and has spent most of her working life in the Theatre. She lectures at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and gives study days and pre-performance talks for both the Royal Opera House and English National Opera. She gives tours at the London Coliseum.
Sarah has written and directed for the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. She is a script-writer for BBC Radio 4, a theologian as well as a cartoonist!