Our Singers

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Liezel Brink-McCulloch (Mezzo) B. Mus (ED.)

Liezel studied music at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She also toured to Europe with the Philharmonia of Cape Town , including performances with Pavarotti. Roles include: Olga (Onegin), Emilia (Otello), Flora (Traviata) and Hata (Bartered Bride). Liezel is Director of Music at a Prep school.
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David Banbury (Bass)

Educated at University College London and Oriel College, Oxford. He has sung many major operatic roles, including: Sarastro, Publio, Leporello, Pistol, Grand Inquisitor, Zuniga, Colline as well as many others. In 2007 he sang for the Dartington International Summer School Advanced Opera Course. He also makes many concert appearances that encompass a vast repertoire, including a recital of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death

Annette Dumville (Mezzo)

Read music at Nottingham University specialising in the late orchestral works of Mahler. Her operatic roles have included Filipyevna (Onegin), Public Opinion (Orpheus), Suzuki (M.Butterfly), Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Frugola, Principessa and Zita (Il Trittico), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) with recent forays into Wagner including Schwertleite and Grimgerde in Die Walkure and Erda in Das Rheingold. Future plans include Jezibaba (Rusalka) and Third Lady (Magic Flute).

Derek S. Henderson (Bass-Baritone)

From Panamá, moved to England in 2006 and has been singing with Opera Foundry since May 2015. Singing credits include ITV's Popstar to Operastar, Shostakovich's Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, and such varied roles as Leporello, Commendatore, both Bartolos, Basilio, Magnifico, Dulcamara, Colline, Sacristan, Bluebeard, Bottom, and Polyphemus.

For more information: www.dshenderson.co.uk.

Tamara Ravenhill (Soprano)

Studied violin from childhood in her native Ukraine. Her vocal studies began in Kiev with Lyudmila Tretiak, then Dodi Protero in New York and later, in London, with Enid Hartle and Robert Presley. She currently studies with Paula Anglin. Her many roles include: Mimi, Countess, Alice Ford, Giulietta ( Hoffmann), Donna Elvira, Elettra, Vitellia. Suor Angelica (in Zezere Arts Festival, Portugal). Concert work includes Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder.

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).

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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)

A spinto tenor who has sung a considerable number of lead roles in the bel canto, French lyric, and verismo repertoire. Stepping back from the stage since the birth of his daughter, he now sings mostly concerts. He has been singing with Opera Foundry since its inception.

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)

Has appeared as a principal tenor in opera productions across Surrey/Sussex/Berkshire including Goro (M.Butterfly) & Tchekalinsky (Queen Of Spades) for Park Opera, and Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth for Opera At Bearwood. With Opera Foundry, he has performed scenes from La Bohème, The Pearl Fishers, A Masked Ball, Tosca and Lucia di Lammermoor. He now studies with Richard Cartmale.

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Louise Herrington (Soprano)

Started to study voice privately over 20 years ago, 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. ,

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)

Studied at Morley Opera, Jesus College, Cambridge and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Recent engagements include Roderigo in Otello and Steuermann in The Flying Dutchman (Fulham Opera), 1st Grail Knight in Parsifal (Elemental Opera), Sneak 2 in Garine and Second Philistine in Samson and Delilah (Grimeborn).

Camilla Jeppeson (Soprano)

Initially studying on the Associated Studios Opera Course, London, Camilla now studies with Graeme Danby. Roles have included Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Fatime (Les Indes Galantes), and Papagena (Magic Flute). Regular performances in and around London have taken her to Cadogan Hall and The Ritz. Her duo Voce47 will shortly make its inaugural tour of the UK.

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)

Studied English and Music at Southampton University. She taught music in India, Uganda and, later, London, where she also studied at Morley Opera School . As a singer she is currently an active principal soprano with opera engagements spanning the south of England, including productions as Pamina (Magic Flute) and Susanna (Figaro). Awards include Bournemouth Singer of the Year 2016.

André Andrade (Baritone)

A Brazilian national, André moved to England in 2015, graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He currently studies with Robert Dean. Roles include: Nabucco (Nabucco), Ottakar (Der Freischütz), Barnaba (La Gioconda, understudy), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Surgeon (Stephen McNeff's new opera Banished) and Mr. Gobineau (The Medium).