From Nemorino to Nanki-Poo, Perth-born tenor Roberto has starred in some of opera’s most diverse and exciting roles. He performed with the West Australian Opera from 2006 before coming to the UK to complete his Masters in Advanced Vocal Technique at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Denis O’Neill, CBE. After touring Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in Malaysia, Roberto settled in London in 2014 and has since performed for Grange Park Opera, Fulham Opera, Opera Vera and, of course, Bel Canto!
From Perth to Portugal, where our next Tenor is from. Alberto graduated in Voice Teaching from the University of Aveiro, before embarking on the Opera course at London’s famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London is now his home, but he has performed all over the world, most recently touring the UK with Swansea City Opera as the title role in Gounod’s Faust. Opera Magazine has described him as someone “whose clear, clean tenor was the best voice of the evening” and Opera Britannia as “someone with bel canto potential”. We quite agree.
Onto our sopranos now, and we begin with the fabulous Andrea Tweedale. After reading Music at the University of Sheffield, Andrea gained both a Masters of Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in solo performance, with Distinction, from the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating, Andrea receive a fellowship from Independent Opera at Saddler’s Wells which brought her to London in 2013. 2015 sees her performing in leading roles in Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin and The Barber of Seville, and you can see her right here, at Bel Canto!
Soprano Iria is another of our wonderful Portuguese singers, and has almost more degrees than you can count. After studying piano, singing, and general musicianship at Oporto Conservatoire, she undertook a Music Animators Training Programme at Casa da Musica, as well as holding a degree in Information Science from Oporto Faculty of Arts and Engineering. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2006 Iria was admitted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, an institution she later represented in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition for young singers.
Lights, Camera, Action! Claire’s career was actually kicked off by her appearance in the Australian television series Operatunity Oz. Originally from New Zealand, Claire then came to the UK to study at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and as an Opera Works Artist at the English National Opera, where she made her solo debut this year in Tansy Davies’ stunningly moving work Between Worlds. Other recent roles have included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Gilda in Rigoletto, and both Pamina and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute.
A woman of many talents, Sophie began singing after studying the classical guitar and the cello. After reading Music at the University of Birmingham, she began a Masters degree in Opera Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Recent principal roles have ranged from Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore to The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as well as singing in the chorus for the 2013 and 2014 seasons of Opera Holland Park. She has even been known to direct opera, and made her debut last year, staging a production of Britten’s The Turn of The Screw.
Beth actually began her singing career as a jazz singer, and has a strong love for musical theatre. As well as featuring in musicals, she has found the time to sing in the chorus for several companies and festivals, perform a number of oratorios, and undertaken major roles such as Nancy in Albert Herring and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has an undergraduate degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is currently in her second year of her Masters on the Preparatory Opera course at the Royal Academy of Music.
New-Zealand-born Claire holds not one, but three degrees! Along with her First-class Bachelor of Music, from the University of Auckland, she holds a Master of Music from the Boston Conservatory and a Master of Arts with distinction from the Wales International Academy of Voice. Since making her debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, she has performed with Opera Holloway at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, and held major roles in Albert Herring, La Rondine, and Gianni Schicchi. Her concert engagements range from Handel to Vaughan Williams but, if you miss her at one of these, you can catch her at Bel Canto!
Originally a Londoner, Sophie grew up in Australia, where she was trained in both acting and singing at the University of Western Sydney. After completing her Bachelor there, she came to the UK where she earned her Masters of Music with Distinction after studying with Mary Plazas at the Royal Northern College of Music. Alongside such solo appearances as Bach’s Magnificat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, she has held major roles in Eugene Onegin, Xerxes, and Albert Herring as well as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen.
Opera Magazine described him as a “dazzling find… a truly arresting voice, rich-toned, and with an extra deep range…” and we have to agree! Surrey-born Matthew is a real talent and is currently completing his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, after completing his BMus (which he earned with First Class Honours) at the University of Sheffield. He has performed roles in La Boheme, La Nozze di Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte as well as the hilarious role of Papageno in The Magic Flute.
Piran’s repertoire is a little different from that of our other singers. His interest lies in contemporary opera and music, and he has performed in works such as Boys of Paradise a contemporary myth by WorkshOpera, as King Erysichton in Edward Rushton’s chamber opera Cicadas (performed with the London Symphony Orchestra) and on a CD of contemporary songs called Voices of London with Song in the City. He has also undertaken more traditional roles, such as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Schaunard in La Boheme. He complete a postgraduate degree from the Guildhall Opera School and is currently studying for the Artist’s Diploma.
This young baritone is already starting to turn up on the opera world’s radars, with the Spectator calling him a “stand-out” and Opera Magazine noting he “made a strong impression”. Harry is currently the Betty Brenner Scholar (supported by the Basil Coleman Opera Award) at London’s Royal College of Music. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and even at the BBC Proms. His most recent roles include Frank in Die Fledermaus and Death in Holst’s Savitri and, if you’re lucky, you can catch him singing at Bel Canto. He’s headed for great things, so catch him now while you can!