Who are we?

Artistic Director Richard Cartmale

Richard Cartmale, Artistic DirectorRichard Cartmale studied Conducting, Composition, Percussion and Piano at Trinity College of Music, succesfully directing a number of performances in repertoire spanning the Baroque to Contemporary, and winning the Ricordi Prize for Orchestral Conducting. His work as assistant conductor to the Opera School led him to eventually take singing lessons himself, and he later undertook his first work as an opera singer in the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro, Italy before taking on a portfolio of playing, teaching and conducting work to support further studies. Subsequently he worked with English National Opera as a tenor, singing and covering many roles until 2007, when he left the company to concentrate on conducting, composing and coaching.

Although a career-long specialist in opera, he also works with choirs and orchestras for the concert hall, and has brought an operatic perspective, as Musical Director, to a large number of theatre productions. He has conducted the orchestra of English National Opera and the Bulgarian State Opera at Burgos, and more recently was Musical Director for Opera at Bearwood’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth. Having approached opera from the many angles of an orchestral player, pianist, principal singer, actor, chorus singer as well as conductor, he is uniquely placed, both to work in intricate detail with the components of performance, and to oversee the big picture that is an operatic score.

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Our singers

André Andrade (baritone)

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).

David Banbury (bass)

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, and Colline. 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.

Liezel Brink-McCulloch (mezzo)

Liezel Brink-McCulloch (mezzo)

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 (La Traviata), and Hata (Bartered Bride). Liezel is Director of Music at a Prep school.

Matt Connolly (tenor)

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.

Annette Dumville (mezzo)

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)

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, Sparafucile, Colline, Sacristan, Bottom, and Polyphemus.

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Louise Herrington (soprano)

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 and Royal Albert Hall.

Richard Johnson (tenor)

Richard Johnson (tenor)

Has appeared as a principal tenor in opera productions across Surrey/Sussex/Berkshire, including Goro (M. Butterfly) and 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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Tamara Ravenhill (soprano)

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 Wesendonck Lieder.

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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.

Notable Alumni

  • Urszula Bock (mezzo)
  • Stephen Bowen (bass-baritone)
  • Camilla Foster Mitchell (soprano)
  • Ian Helm (baritone)
  • David Padua (tenor)