Young Artist Programme 2018

Opera in the City Festival aims to offer four emerging singers the opportunity to participate in our young artist programme. After an overwhelming response, we are delighted to announce the singers who have been selected through auditions:

Lynn Bellamy (mezzo-soprano)
Susie Buckle (soprano)
Caroline Carragher (mezzo-soprano)
Emily Kirby-Ashmore (soprano)

These singers will participate in a Young Artist performance on 31st August, 7,30pm, in which they will perform pieces from   Samson and Delila (Saint-Saens), Roberto Devereux (Donizetti), Sapho (Gonoud), Carmen (Bizet), and others. Stage director: Dave Spencer, Musical director: Panaretos Kyriatzidis

Furthermore, there will be a public masterclass led by James Clutton (Opera Holland Park). James will work with each participant on one aria. The masterclass takes place on 23rd August at 7pm.

Tickets for the performance are £8 and audience tickets for the masterclass are £10, with the opportunity to add a donation to your purchase. All proceedings help us to offer this and similar opportunities to Young Singers. 

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Emily Kirby-Ashmore (soprano)

Emily studied at the University of King’s College London, the Royal Academy of Music and is coming to the end of her Masters of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She is a Principal Artist with Palace Opera and previously a Young Artist with Head First Productions. She has recently performed the roles of Adele Die Fledermaus (Opera Integra), Mrs Molloy Hello, Dolly! (Imperial Productions UK Tour) and Donna Elvira (Cover) Don Giovanni (Head First Productions). Upcoming roles include First Woman (Cover) Dido & Aeneas (Blackheath Halls) and Virtu/Pallade L’incoronazione di Poppea (Berlin Opera Academy).

Lynn Bellamy (mezzo soprano)

Lynn Bellamy is a recent graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied under Margaret Izatt. Lynn has also participated in masterclasses given by Susan Graham and Malcolm Martineau, Rachel Nicholls, Patricia McMahon and Lisa Milne. Since completing her studies, Lynn has taken part in a touring production of The Pearl Fishers with Opera Bohemia, recorded new compositions with the Scottish Voices ensemble, and worked on a CD with Birmingham based vocal octet Semper Cantate. Lynn’s recent operatic roles include La Grosse Dame Les mamelles de Tiresias, Neighbour Mavra and Kate Julian Owen Wingrave, Filipyevna Onegin, Narciso Agrippina, La Mere Le Vin herbé and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus.  Lynn regularly performs in concert, recently including Mozart’s Requiѐm Mass in D minor with St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Durufle’s Requiem with Strathaven Choral Society, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Bridge of Weir Choral Society and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Glasgow Lyric Choir.

Caroline Carragher (mezzo soprano)

Mezzo soprano Caroline Carragher studies with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile, having received her MA with distinction from Wales International Academy of Voice in 2014. Caroline’s recent engagements include the title role in Carmen and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, both for Ormond Opera; the Fairy Queen in Forbear! Theatre’s Iolanthe, and ensemble with Opera Holland Park for Don Giovanni and La Rondine. Caroline provided alto solo for Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D for Bridgend Tabernacle Choir, and also performed in the inaugural Swap’ra Gala at Opera Holland Park in summer 2018. Other work includes ensemble in Die Fledermaus, Verdi Requiem and La Cenerentola for Opera Holland Park, Kate and cover Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance for Ormond Opera, Marthe in Swansea City Opera’s UK tour of Faust, Fenena Nabucco with Kennet Opera, Polina The Queen of Spades and Suzuki Madame Butterfly at Park Opera, and Carmen Carmen and Olga Eugene Onegin for Opera at Bearwood. Caroline is currently performing with the ensemble at Opera Holland Park in Isabeau, having also worked on Cosi fan tutte and La traviata this season, and will create the roles of Morgan le Fay for Keith Beal’s Merlin with Ensemble OrQuesta, and Wona in The Prometheus Revolution for Fulham Opera (the latter being part of 2018’s Grimeborn Festival) later this year.

Susie Buckle (soprano)
Susie Buckle studied at Trinity Laban on the Postgraduate Artist Diploma programme as an Eve Malpass and Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholar. Most recently she sang Pamina in OperaUpClose’s Magic Flute, both at the Soho Theatre and on tour across the UK. Increasingly involved in performing new work, premieres include Nance in Banished by Stephen McNeff for Trinity Laban Opera with Elaine Kidd (director) and Jessica Cottis (conductor), Emily Dead Equal for Helios Collective’s Formations series at Lilian Baylis House, Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga at the Barbican in collaboration with the Puppet Center, and covering the role of Alyson in The Rattler, a new opera for children directed by Frederic Wake-Walker for Mahogany Opera Group. Other roles include: Chief Hen and Grasshopper Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera), Ruth Ruddigore (Charles Court Opera), Mabel Pirates of Penzance and Josephine HMS Pinafore (Opera Anywhere), Rowan The Little Sweep with James Hurley (director) and Christopher Stark (conductor) and Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth with Christopher Rolls (director) and Nicholas Jenkins (conductor), both for Blackheath Halls Opera, Marzelline Fidelio (Guildford Opera), and Zerlina Don Giovanni (Park Opera). Concert highlights include Jette Parker Young Artist recitals at Blackheath Halls in association with Trinity Laban; soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Saville Club, London; Elijah at St John’s Smith Square, conducted by Edward Gardner and chorus for the SWAP’ra inaugural gala concert at Opera Holland Park.

Panaretos Kyriatzidis (Musical director and pianist)

Described as ‘A punctilious pianist…’ (Opera Now) ‘…with acutely responsive, intuitive playing…’ (Opera Magazine), Panaretos Kyriatzidis is increasingly sought after as a collaborative performer, vocal coach and musical director. Winner of the Emmy Destinn Awards Accompanist’s prize, Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and Gerald Moore Award, Panaretos has also reached the finals of many national and international competitions. A native of the Greek island of Thassos, Panaretos holds a BA in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; his musical education started in conservatoires and masterclasses, most notably with the great George Hadjinikos. He finished his postgraduate studies under Martino Tirimo and Eugene Asti at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he was awarded numerous prizes and was later appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment for two years. Panaretos enjoys a fruitful collaboration with King’s Head Theatre, where he will be returning this September for a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata. He was the musical director for their Puccini trilogy, with Tosca winning the Off West End Award 2018 for best opera production and La Bohème receiving a nomination at this year’s Olivier Awards. Panaretos is staff accompanist at Trinity Laban and at Morley College, where he is also a deputy coach and repetiteur for the Opera School and will be co-leading the new Introduction to Opera course.