Liezel Brink-McCulloch (Mezzo) B. Mus (ED.)
Liezel studied music at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she qualified with B. Music (Ed.) She has won many awards for recitals, oratorio and opera performance. Liezel sang with the Philharmonia of Cape Town who performed with Luciano Pavarotti and toured to Vienna, Prague and Munich. She also performed under Peter Lehmann-Bedford and Peter Gelhorn. Roles include the High Priestess, Aida (Riverside Opera), Olga, The Merry Widow (West London Opera) Stephanie, Tempest (cover), Emilia, Othello (Guildford Opera) and Flora, Traviata (West London Opera). In July this year, Liezel sang the the role of Hata in the Bartered Bride for Opera at Barewood. Liezel is a member of Opera Foundry and she regularly performs with them in concert. She studies with Peter Crockford. Liezel is the Director of Music at a Preparatory School and she teaches singing and piano.
David Banbury (Bass)
Born in Leicester to a Welsh family, educated at University College London and Oriel College, Oxford. He has sung leading roles in Elektra, Salome, Daphne, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Billy Budd, On The Town, Sweeney Todd, Sir John in Love, The Bear, Guy's & Dolls, The Rose of Persia, Iolanthe, Princess Ida, Ruddigore, The Fairy Queen, La Damnation de Faust, Les Troyens, à Carthage, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Oedipus Rex, The Cunning Little Vixen and Boris Godunov for Pigotts Music Camp. Roles elsewhere include: Arkel and Sagristano (St. John’s, Smith Square), Pistol (Falstaff), Betto (Gianni Schicci), Bonze (Le Rossignol, Stravinsky), Sarastro (Including a tour to the Kijani Festival, Kenya), Leporello, Commendatore, Mefistofele, Kaspar, Lindorf and Crespel. In 2007 he sang for the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Opera Course in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 2015 engagements included Colline, Balthazaar (Amahl & the night visitors), Zuniga, Sarastro, Publio, Pharaoh with Aliquando in Joseph and a recital of Mussorgsky's Songs and dances of death. Forthcoming engements include Grand Inquisitor (Opera Foundry) and Balthazar (St James, Picadilly, 2016). David studies singing with Jeremy Huw Williams.
Annette Dumville (Mezzo)
Annette read music at Nottingham University specialising in the late orchestral works of Mahler. On the operatic stage her roles have included Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Suzuki (Madam Butterfly), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Frugola, Principessa and Zita (Il Trittico), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Florence Pike (Albert Herring) and Mistress Quickly (Falstaff). She performed the title role in Michael Hurd’s Widow of Ephesus under the direction of the composer and was credited in the Independent as being a “nicely sleazy” Mrs Trapes in John Gay’s Polly. Future plans include reprising the role of Schwertleite in Die Walkure and appearing as Erda in Das Rheingold.
Derek S. Henderson (Bass-Baritone)
Derek S. Henderson, (Bass-Baritone) is from the Republic of Panamá. He moved to England in 2006 to study voice with David Pollard. Derek regularly performs throughout England and has performed in Italy, Kenya, the USA, and Panamá. In addition to opera – where he’s equally at home with the old and the new, the comic and the dramatic – Derek enjoys exploring the modern song repertoire, especially Shostakovich's late works. Recent roles include Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. His most important recent role, however, is as first-time father: his daughter Carmel Olivia was born last 9 July.
For more information: www.dshenderson.co.uk.
Tamara Ravenhill (Soprano)
Tamara studied music from an early age and majored in violin in her native Ukraine. She started her vocal studies with Lyudmila Tretiak in the Ukraine and then learned with Dodi Protero in New York and then with Enid Hartle and Robert Presley in London. She currently studies with Paula Anglin. Tamara’s opera roles, in concerts and staged performances include Anna Glavari (The Merry Widow), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin, scenes), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutti), Elettra (Idomeneo), Vitelia (La Clemenza di Tito). Many of her Mozartian roles Tamara performed with the Thames Philhamornia orchestra. Tamara sang the title role in a fully staged production of Suor Angelica in Zezere Arts Festival, Portugal and in a concert with the Oxford and Cambridge music club, conducted by Christopher Fifield. In 2016 Tamara sang Mimi (conducted by Christopher Fifield) and Countess (Thames Philharmonia conducted by Byung Yung-Yu and staged in Normansfield theatre). Tamara also performed soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater (2009) and Verdi’s requiem (2013). In her concerts with the Thames Philharmonia orchestra Tamara performed Tatiana’s letter scene and Wesendonk lieder. Tamara’s repertoire includes German, French, Russian and not so well known Ukrainian art songs. In 2007 she appeared at a gala concert at Kiev Philharmonic. In the same year Tamara partnered with the pianist Katerina Assimis-Kohls to form the duo ‘East meets East in the West’. They have performed varied programmes of lieder and arias in the UK and Ukraine. In 2009 Tamara sang at a prestigious annual fundraiser by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in Dorchester Abbey. Tamara was awarded a Prize for Musical Achievement Golden Orpheus by the Ukrainian Art Foundation of Kiev. She is the winner of the 2008 Isobel Baillie cup at the Oxford music festival. Tamara’s 2017 plans include more appearances as Countess and she very much looks forward to her debut with Opera Foundry.
Ian Helm (Baritone)
Ian Helm (Baritone) read philosophy at the University of Essex, completing his doctoral thesis on philosopher, composer and musicologist Theodor Adorno in 2008. He made his solo operatic debut with Hampstead Garden Opera, singing the role of the Constable in Vaughan Williams’ Hugh the Drover. And most recently sang the Payador and all baritone roles in Operaview’s critically acclaimed production of in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aries. Other roles include Eugene Onegin in concert for Aylesbury Opera Group, Smirnov (The Bear, Operaview), Marcello (La Boheme) for Opera 24, Guglielmo for Opera 24's Cosi fan Tutte, Belcore in Brent Opera's production of Donizetti's L'Elisir D'Amore and Musiklehrer in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos (Queen's Opera).
Marika Rauscher (Soprano)
Marika Rauscher pursues a varied career as a global Award Winning Opera Crossover Singer, having sung for British Royalty and having made her debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2014, she continues to work with some of the industries top names, as well as performing in prestigious venues right across the globe. Marika is also an experienced session singer, having released her own Debut Album “A Broken Heart” in 2013. Amongst her recording credits are clients such as Katherine Jenkins, Xbox, The BBC, The English National Opera, numerous Hans Zimmer film soundtrack recordings and trailers.
See www.marikarauscher.co.uk for details.
Julian Guest (Baritone)
Julian has had a passion for singing since childhood and at the age of fourteen sang Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Since then Julian has sung principal roles in a variety of operas including: Falstaff; Hansel and Gretel; Carmen; I Pagliacci; The Beggar's Opera; Die Fledermaus; Dr Miracle; Edgar; Il Trovatore; La Forza Del Destino; Manon; Queen of Spades and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The Merry Widow and Turandot. Recent roles have included Escamillo (Carmen), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and the title role in The Bear. Julian studies with David Barrell and coaches with Geoffrey Burford and has a Diploma in Opera Performance.
Angela Voyajolu (soprano)
Angela received a Masters in music from the University of York. She enjoyed years of both ensemble and solo singing before taking a break. She is very excited to be performing again and to have joined Opera Foundry in 2014. Angela currently studies voice with Linda Hutchinson. She is also pursuing a PhD in early childhood musical development and works on various research projects.
Matt Connolly (Tenor)
Matt began his vocal studies in Mainz under Roger Durstewitz, and sang his first operatic role – the title role in Gounod’s Faust – 3 years later. He has since sung a number of tenor leads including the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Alfredo in La Traviata, Canio in Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Manrico in Il Trovatore. Recent concert performances include scenes and arias from Otello, Chenier, Meistersinger, Fidelio, Trovatore, Romeo et Juliette, Aida, Boheme and Tosca.
Susanna MacRae (Soprano)
Susanna MacRae (Soprano) graduated from the Royal College of Music (BMus Honours, July 2013) where she studied with Jeffrey Stewart (Vocal Studies) and Nigel Clayton (Piano).
She has most recently appeared as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan) for ESOSOC. She was praised by reviewer Jon Fox for her "thrilling voice with top notes high and beautiful, she is surely destined for a great career in music and theatre".
Susanna enjoys exploring a wide range of repertoire, from the comedic operetta roles to more serious opera roles as well as performing on the recital and oratorio platform. Currently, she continues her studies in London with Sheila Barnes.
She made her operatic debut singing Peep-Bo in Brent Opera’s The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan) and after completing a year at Morley Opera School, sang Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Bellini) for Microscopera. Solo highlights include appearing as soprano soloist in Haydn Creation, Faure Requiem, Bach B Minor Mass (all with Uxbridge Choral Society), Dvorak Mass in D (Guernsey Choral Society, The Broadstone Choir), Mozart Exsultate Jubilate and Three Britten Folksongs (Guernsey Sinfonia), Bach’s Solo Soprano Cantata Non sa che sia dolore with The Camerata Chamber Orchestra and Mendelssohn's Hear my prayer (The Broadstone Choir).
Susanna is part of the concert series Too Many Sopranos who perform staged opera excerpts and arias and with whom she has recently completed a tour of the Channel Islands. She regularly gives recitals in London and elsewhere in England. Susanna released her debut CD of Britten Folk Songs with accompanist Bridget MacRae in April 2015, available on iTunes. Initially trained as a pianist, Susanna made her concerto debut playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with Guernsey Sinfonietta in August 2013 and continues to work as a freelance musician in London.
Richard Johnson (Tenor)
Richard Johnson (Tenor) has appeared as a principal tenor in opera, operetta and musical theatre performances across the South East. He has also won many prizes in festivals and completed a Diploma in Performance Studies in Opera through Birkbeck College. Richard’s most recent roles include Alfred Die Fledermaus (Aquarian Opera), Roderigo Otello (Guildford Opera Company), Gaston La Traviata (West London Opera), Goro Madam Butterfly, Tchekalinsky Queen of Spades (Park Opera) and MacDuff MacBeth (Opera at Bearwood). With Opera Foundry, he has performed scenes from La Bohème as Rodolfo, The Pearl Fishers as Nadir, A Masked Ball as Gustavus, Tosca as Mario Cavaradossi and Lucia di Lammermoor as Edgardo. Richard has recorded a new work Space Opera by local composer Joe St Johanser. He has studied privately with Susan Rowlinson, Neil Jenkins, Justin Lavender and now studies with Ric Cartmale.
Louise Herrington (Soprano)
Louise started to study voice over 20 years ago through private lessons, and was one of the first intake for the English National Opera one year performance program in 1995. She also spent some time at the Mayer-Lissman Opera Centre in London. Louise has had the good fortune to be a soloist at many Sunday night concerts at various prestigious venues in the West End including The London Palladium & Royal Albert Hall. During this time, she workshoped the role of Cossette (Les Misérables) at the Palace Theatre London and Mdme Thénardier at the London Palladium.
Operatic & musical roles performed include: Connie (South Pacific), Jilly (Suburban Strains), Landlady (Hired Man), First Lady & 2nd Genii (Magic Flute), Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Adelaide Adams (Calamity Jane), Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld 1858 professional edition), Ulrica (A Masked Ball), Hattie (Kiss Me Kate), The Bakers (Into the Woods), Nettie (Carousel), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Mercedes (Carmen) and Nurse Gertrude (Romeo & Juliette).
Louise will be appearing with Opera @ Bearwood in June 2016 in their production of Verdi’s Macbeth. www.lherrington.com
Giovanni Tagliarini (Tenor)
Giovanni completed CityLit's Opera Course in 2010 and has sung with Weybridge Male Voice Choir, Riverside Opera, Isleworth Baroque, Hashtag Opera, and Opera Foundry. He has sung in Donizetti's Elixir of Love, Verdi's Aida as Messenger, Moteverdi's Orfeo as Spirit. He is now singing with Opera Foundry and Hashtag Opera. Recent roles include Emperor (Aida) and Messanger (Il Trovatore).
Urszula Bock (Mezzo Soprano)
Urszula Bock (Mezzo) studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and Associated Studios in London. She completed BMus (Hons) (Voice) degree under Margaret Field and MMus Performance & Pedagogy (Voice) under Christine Cairns at Birmingham Conservatoire. At the Conservatoire she was a competition finalist in: Mario Lanza Opera Prize (2012), Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize (2012), Ashleyan Opera Prize (2012) and Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize (2010). Operatic roles include 2nd Lady, Die Zauberflöte (Richmond Opera, 2016), Lola, Cavalleria rusticana (Opera Foundry, Midland Opera, 2016), Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (Ensemble OrQuesta Opera Academy, 2016); Nancy, Albert Herring (Aylebsury Opera Group, 2015); Olga, Eugene Onegin (Brent Opera, 2015); Popova, The Bear (Helios Chamber Opera, 2013); La Frugola, Il tabarro (2013) and Mrs Olsen, Street Scene (2012) for Birmingham Conservatoire.
David Padua (tenor)
David Padua is a British tenor and studied French and German at Jesus College, Cambridge and at the Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris. David has recently called time on his career in the City of London as a consultant to focus on singing and charity work. Recent engagements include the Steersman in Der Fliegende Hollander with Fulham Opera, the 1st Grail Knight in Parsifal with Elemental Opera, Sneak 2 in Garine at Grimeborn Opera as well as 1st tenor in Die Götterdämmerung with The Mastersingers, MacBeth with Brent Opera and Madama Butterfly at Grimeborn Opera. At Morley Opera school, David performed as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, the Tenor in Ariadne of Naxos, Fenton in Sir John in Love and as Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto. He has performed masterclasses with Adrian Thompson, David Syrus and Mark Shanahan and was recently nominated for Best Actor in CinOpera’s debut short film for the 48HR Film Festival. David currently studies with Anthony Roden and coaches with Geoffrey Burford.
Camilla Jeppeson (Soprano)
British soprano Camilla Jeppeson initially studied as a pianist before training as a singer. Recent operatic appearances have included Satirino (La Calisto) with Barefoot Opera, Messagiera (L'Orfeo) with Theatron Oneiron, Une chasseresse (Hippolyte et Aricie) at St. John's Waterloo, Gianetta (The Gondoliers) for Park Opera, Fatime (Les Indes Galantes) and First Spirit (Die Zauberflöte) for Woodhouse Opera. Oratorio engagements have included Lotti's Requiem with the Kantanti Ensemble, Vaughan Williams’ G-minor Mass at the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy and Faure's Requiem at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Camilla also collaborates with the innovative Spectrum Ensemble and regularly gives recitals in London and the surrounding areas. Upcoming engagements include Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Ensemble OrQuesta and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera @ Bearwood.
Barnaby Beer (Baritone)
Barnaby Beer studied French and German at Bristol University, and has recently completed opera performance studies at the Associated Studios in London. Most recently he sang the title role in Don Giovanni for St. Paul’s Opera, MarcelloLa Bohème for Clyde Opera Group, the title role in Gianni Schicchi for Handmade Opera in Italy, Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro for Dulwich Opera, Baritone Chorus Trouble in Tahiti at the Brunel Shaft Museum in London and Old Villager Otohimé in its UK premiere at the Hastings International Composers' Festival. He also performed twice at this summer's Dartington International Summer School as Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance under George Vass, and Zuniga Carmen under David Angus. He has performed frequently for Opera South East including Marco Gianni Schicchi, Captain Corcoran HMS Pinafore and most recently Ferrando Il Trovatore. He has performed twice for Hampstead Garden Opera: firstly as Showman/Sergeant Hugh the Drover, for which his performance garnered great critical acclaim, and secondly as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, which won Best Opera Production in the 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards. On the concert platform repertoire includes Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion. He has performed recitals in Sussex, Devon and London. Upcoming productions include Papageno Die Zauberflöte for St. John's Opera and Cosi fan Tutte with Bury Court Opera.
Camilla Foster Mitchell (Soprano)
Camilla Foster Mitchell studied English and Music at Southampton University and spent most of her time 3 Day Eventing when she was younger. Since then she has focused more on music and has taught singing and music in India (Mehli Mehta Music Foundation), Uganda (Kampala Music School) and in London, where she also studied at the Morley Opera School, singing the roles of Pamina Die Zauberflote, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Elisetta Il Matrimonio Segretto.
Most recent principle highlights include Pitti-Sing Mikado for Bournemouth G&S Society and Lolette La Rondine with Opera Coast as well as being a chorus member for Celebrate Voice Festival where she was part of the Young Artist Programme and Recital. Last year she won The Muriel King Vocal Award for Overall Outstanding Singer at the Mid Somerset Festival and was later awarded the title Bournemouth Singer of the Year 2016 at their music festival. Recent concert highlights include starting off The Milton Abbey Solo Recital Series in the summer.
Camilla currently teaches music part-time at St. Edward’s School in Poole and is looking forward to singing the role of Pamina for Opera at Bearwood in their production of The Magic Flute in July 2017.
André Andrade (Baritone)
Having moved to England in 2015, Brazilian baritone André Andrade is a former student of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and currently studies under the tutelage of Neil Baker.
André has performed the roles of Leporello for Hornton Chamber Orchestra’s in concert performance of Don Giovanni, of Surgeon in Stephen McNeff’s new opera Banished, composed especially for Trinity Laban's Summer Opera, and of Mr. Gobineau in the production of Menotti’s The Medium by Clockwork Opera. He recently participated in OperaCoast’s concert “The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad”, performing a selection of Russian arias and ensembles by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. He has also appeared as Leporello and as Eugene Onegin for Trinity Laban’s Opera Scenes, and as Count Rodolfo and Figaro with Morley Opera School. In addition, André was bass chorus leader in Blackheath Halls’ Carmen, bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at St Mary’s Parish Church Battersea, and joined the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir in its jazz performance “Chamber Choir go Blue”. He was also bass chorus soloist for excerpts of Schubert’s Rosamunde with the Siegfried Camerata and soloist and chorus member with Trinity Laban’s students’ opera company PuzzlePiece in its “Access All Operas” production.
In addition to Opera Foundry’s upcoming performance of German opera, André is currently understudying the role of Barnaba for Midsummer Opera’s production of La Gioconda and will be performing Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours with the Transatlantic Choral Ensemble in London’s Jazz Café.