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CATHERINE MAY, Soprano

British/Canadian soprano Catherine May studied at the Royal Northern College of Music supported by the Peter Moores Foundation. Her operatic engagements include roles with English National Opera

(Cunegonde cover/Candide), Scottish Opera (Mimí cover/La bohème), Mid-Wales Opera (Olympia-Antonia-Giulietta/The Tales of Hoffmann), English Touring Opera (Queen of the Night/Die Zauberflöte), Garsington Opera (Zerbinetta cover/Ariadne auf Naxos), Diva Opera (Blonde/Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and British Youth Opera, and appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival (Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos). She covered the role of Pretty Polly in Harrison Birtwistle’s Punch & Judy for ENO at The Young Vic, performed in The Wind in the Willows and Pinocchio devised by Will Tuckett at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and sang the role of Amy in the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s opera, Little Women.

On the concert platform, Catherine has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Norwich Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Graham Johnson. She has been described as “a soprano to whet the appetite” (Opera Now) and an “operatic tour de force” (Bristol Evening Post) with a “rich and expressive voice “(The Guardian). Catherine has recently recorded Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano with The Academy of St Thomas Orchestra under Chris Adey (CD due for release spring 2014). Future plans include performances of Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with the same orchestra, and the Four Last Songs (Strauss) with the Norwich Philharmonic

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HANNAH PEDLEY, Mezzo-Soprano

Hannah Pedley is currently recording Elina Firsova’s Night Songs with the Marsyas Trio for Meridian Records, and covering the role of Melissa/Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 2013 saw Hannah playing Ottavia/The Coronation of Poppea and Medea/Giasone with English Touring Opera, Lola/Cavalleria Rusticana for Opera Holland Park, Metella/La Vie Parisienne for Opera Della Luna at Iford, Hansel/Hansel and Gretel for English Pocket Opera, and both 3rd Lady and Papagena in an evening exploring The Magic Flute with Marcus de Sautoy at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House. Concert Highlights included Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Elgar’s The Music Makers with the Bath Philharmonia, and Sea Pictures with the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

In 2010 Hannah gave her first performances in the title role of Carmen for Opera Holland Park, with Hugh Canning delaring in the Sunday Times that “she dominated the stage with her supercool, witty, impudent, ultimately defiant and heroic Carmen. Nothing she did was obvious or clichéd, a remarkable achievement.” Future concert engagements include a guest appearance with Newcastle Male Voice Choir and a recital at Hertford College, Oxford University. In 2015 Hannah will be the mezzo soloist for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Wasaw Philharmonic Orchestra on its UK tour, and will make her US debut with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society under Harry Christophers.

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DANIEL MEADES, Tenor

Daniel Meades trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the Royal College of Music, and now lives in Tonbridge, Kent. As a dramatic tenor, roles include Radames/Aida, Froh/Das Rheingold, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Don Jose/Carmen, Manrico/Il Trovatore, Canio/I Pagliacci, and the title roles in Don Carlos and The Tales of Hoffmann. Other roles include Rodolfo/La bohème, Alfredo/La Traviata, Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte, and Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor. Also in demand as an oratorio and concert artist, repertoire includes the Requiems of Verdi and Mozart, Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Messa di Gloria (Puccini), The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar), and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Daniel maintains a thriving teaching studio in Kent, where he currently guides more than fifty young singing students. Future engagements include Radames/Aida for South Downs Opera in September 2015.

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JAMES HARRISON, Baritone

James Harrison graduated from the University of Auckland. After a year as an Emerging Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera, he studied with Margaret Kingsley at the Royal College of Music, where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize and the McCulloch Prize for Opera, before going on to the National Opera Studio. James now studies with Joy Mammen. James's operatic roles include Papageno/The Magic Flute (Merry Opera), Escamillo/Carmen and Onegin/Eugene Onegin (Riverside Opera), Conte Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro (Southbank Sinfonia), Scarpia/Tosca (Opera UpClose) Valentin/Faust (NBR New Zealand Opera), Noye/Noye's Fludde (Mid-Wales Opera), Pallante/Agrippina and Christus/Brocke’s Passion (London Handel Festival). James has recently performed début roles at Opera Holland Park and the Iford Festival, before returning to the Soho Theatre to sing Germont/La Traviata. James is in demand as a concert artist, having sung in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican. As a recitalist James has also performed with Graham Johnson's Young Songmakers series and the Prince Consort. James has a busy teaching studio and is closely associated with the American School in London..

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LINDY TENNENT-BROWN, Piano

Lindy Tennent-Brown (piano) studied with Margaret Fingerhut at the Royal Northern College of Music, and held Junior Fellowships there and at the Royal College of Music. She made her début at Wigmore Hall in 2004 partnering Ann Murray, DBE and has since performed as an accompanist and chamber musician throughout Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Lindy has worked extensively on the development of new opera for ROH2 and was the founding music director of EXPOSURE, a series of new opera scratch nights at the Linbury Theatre, ROH 2010-12. She has since conducted several world premiere performances, including works by Anne Dudley, Evangelia Rigaki and Julian Philips. Lindy has worked as music staff for, among others, English National Opera, Aldeburgh Productions, Glyndebourne Productions and Scottish Opera, and several West End musicals. Lindy is one half of the prize-winning longfordbrown piano duo (with James Longford) and is a founding director of Blind Tiger Productions, a company dedicated to creating and producing new opera and music theatre.

 

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