RNCM Opera Double Bill: Cast

Ariadne auf Naxos (Prologue) by Richard Strauss

William Kyle

Ein Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

William Kyle is a baritone currently studying for a Master of Music with Quentin Hayes. William’s operatic highlights at the RNCM include Herald in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Geôlier in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen. He will play Count Almaviva in the College’s spring production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. William joined the Chorus of Opera North for their production of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night and recently made his solo professional debut with Outreach Opera, playing Benoît/Alcindoro in La bohème. His studies are kindly supported by the Edward Milner Award.

Emyr Lloyd Jones

Ein Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Emyr Lloyd Jones is a Welsh baritone, studying for his Master’s degree with Quentin Hayes. Emyr’s operatic roles at the RNCM include the Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Edmund Bertram in Dove’s Mansfield Park. He is the winner of the Betty Bannerman French Song Prize, the English Song Prize, the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss (2021), the Alexander Young Prize (2019), as well as the Joyce Budd Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers (2017). Emyr is supported by the James Pantyfedwen Trust and the Yvonne and Peter Wilson Award.

Liam Karai

Der Haushofmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec) and Ein Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Liam Karai is a bass-baritone of Scottish, Irish and Indian descent. He is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma at the RNCM with Quentin Hayes. He recently was a cover for Parsi Rustomji in Phillip Glass’s Satyagraha (ENO). Other opera highlights include performing as Martino in L’occasione fa il ladro (BYO), Leporello in Don Giovanni, Minskman in Flight, Badger and Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen, and singing as a member of the Bergen National Opera Chorus in Peter Grimes. Liam’s future engagements include performing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and singing in the Chorus of Opera North for their production of Parsifal. Liam was awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship, the Joaninha Award, the RNCM Silver Medal,  and received first prize in the Frederic Cox Award for Singing. Liam has been selected as the 2022 RNCM Clonter Opera Prize nominee.

Conrad Chatterton

Der Haushofmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec) and Ein Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Conrad Chatterton is an English baritone studying with Matthew Best. In 2020, he graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) M.A Geography degree from the University of Aberdeen. Conrad made his operatic debut performing Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen and has since performed the roles of Immigration Officer in Flight, Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi, Jackie “Tiger” Brown in Threepenny Opera, and Melisso in Alcina. Conrad will be performing Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro this spring with the RNCM. He is also a 2022 Buxton International Festival Young Artist. Conrad is generously supported by the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund.

Henry Strutt

Ein Offizier in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec) and Der Tenor in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Henry Strutt is a tenor and first year postgraduate studying with Peter Wilson. He graduated in 2020 with a First-Class Honours Degree in music from the University of York before enrolling for a year as a Lay Clerk at New College, Oxford. Henry is currently part of The Sixteen’s Young Artist Programme, The Genesis Sixteen 2020/21, and has previously performed with Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera. In 2018,  he was shortlisted for Best Male Performer at the 25th International Gilbert and Sullivan Society Festival for his portrayal of Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. Henry is generously supported by the José and Rafton Smallwood Award and the Jacob Marsland Award.

David Woods

Ein Offizier in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec) and Der Tenor in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

David Woods is a tenor and second year postgraduate studying with Andrew Heggie. Professionally, David has performed with Opera Holland Park as well as principal roles with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Other opera highlights include Camille de Rossillon in The Merry Widow, The Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. His concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. David is grateful to his previous music teacher Julian Saphir for inspiring his love of music. David is generously supported by the Hargreaves and Ball Scholarship.

Sarah Winn

Ein Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Sarah Winn is a mezzo-soprano in her second year of postgraduate studies at the RNCM where she is studying with Elizabeth Ritchie. She previously completed her Bachelor of Music and Graduate-Certificate at the Queensland Conservatorium where she was awarded the Linda Edith Allen and the Doreen Ord & Lyceum Club Prize for Classical Voice. She has performed the roles of The Chinese Cup and The Dragonfly in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Aloès in Chabrier’s L’etoile, Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Béatrice in Berlioz’ Beatrice et Bénédict. Sarah is generously supported by the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award as well as the Maurice and Jean Buckley Award.

Melissa Gregory

Ein Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Melissa Gregory is an Australian born mezzo-soprano who is studying with Elizabeth Ritchie. She recently received second prize in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss. She is also the winner of the prestigious Annie Ridyard Award, the Peter Heath Award, the James and Mary Glass Scholarship, and the LGNOS 10th Anniversary Grant Initiative. Melissa is a 2022 Buxton International Festival Young Artist and a member of the Chorus of Opera North Mentorship Scheme for 2021/22. She is looking forward to performing Cherubino in the RNCM’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in March 2022.

Gabriel Seawright

Ein Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Gabriel Seawright is completing his postgraduate studies as a tenor. He is studying with Peter Wilson. Gabriel made his operatic debut in 2016 as First Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte under Conductor Anthony Negus. Gabriel has also performed as Bill in Flight, Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, Le Premiere Commissaire in Dialogue des Carmélites, Satirino in La Calisto, and Basilio Le nozze di Figaro. Excerpts include Massenet’s Werther, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Verdi’s Falstaff, and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. Gabriel is generously supported by the Drapers Company, The Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, The Hargreaves and Ball Trust, and the The Riga Heesom Award.

Zihua Zhang

Ein Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Zihua Zhang is completing his postgraduate studies as a tenor. He is studying with Paul Nilon.

Thomas Ashdown

Ein Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Thomas Ashdown is a baritone and final year postgraduate studying with Peter Wilson. Thomas has performed professionally with the Chorus of Opera North and the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Whilst studying at the RNCM, he has performed roles in Street Scene, Così fan tutte, Billy Budd, and The Cunning Little Vixen. Thomas is generously supported by the Headley Trust.

James Holt

Ein Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

James Holt is a postgraduate baritone studying under Peter Wilson. His recent engagements include Schaunard in La bohème (North Wales Opera Studio), Marchese D’Obigny in La Traviata  (Hampstead Garden Opera), Burgesses Chorus in Peter Grimes (Bergen National Opera), and member of the French Acting Chorus in Silent Night (Opera North). James has performed several roles as part of RNCM Opera Scenes including Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Henry in Street Scene. James is a member of the Chorus of Opera North Mentorship Scheme 2021/22. He is generously supported by Alice Orrell and the A&N Kendall Award.

Zoë Vallée

Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Zoë Vallée is a Canadian coloratura soprano studying with Sandra Dugdale. Zoë was led to music through a love of dance, and she is an experienced dance educator with seven years of teaching behind her. Her recent credits include Chocholka/Mrs. Pasèk in The Cunning Little Vixen, and the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, both with the RNCM. Zoë is honoured to have been selected as a finalist for the 2021 competition for the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss. She is the recipient of the Dolly Knowles Scholarships and the Edward Milner Award.

Sarah Prestwidge

Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Sarah Prestwidge is an aboriginal Australian soprano studying with Mary Plazas as a postgraduate student. She will be performing the role of Susanna in the RNCM’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Other operatic appearances include roles in Suor Angelica, Patience, The Gypsy Baron, Der Schauspieldirektor, The Cunning Little Vixen, Flight, A Little Night Music, H.M.S Pinafore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Magic Flute. Sarah has previously been a young artist with Pacific Opera and Buxton International Festival. She is supported by a full ABRSM scholarship and is an awardee of the Tait Memorial Trust.

Anastasia Bevan

Primadonna in Ariadne auf Naxos (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Anastasia Bevan is a soprano and second year postgraduate student at the RNCM studying with Mary Plazas. She was joint first prize winner of the Frederic Cox prize at RNCM in 2021 and a finalist at the Joyce and Michael Kennedy award for the Singing of Strauss. Anastasia will be singing the role of Countess Almaviva in the RNCM’s production of Le nozze di Figaro in this spring, as well as Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra in January 2022. She received the Dame Eva Turner award in 2020 and 2021 and is generously supported by the A&N Kendall and Dobie awards

Olivia Tringham

Primadonna in Ariadne auf Naxos (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Olivia Tringham is a soprano who is originally from Merseyside and is now studying with Linda Richardson. Previous roles with the RNCM include Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, La Suora Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Sally in A Hand of Bridge, and Fanny Price in Mansfield Park. Olivia was a 2021 Buxton International Festival Young Artist, performing the role Mrs Segstom in A Little Night Music. Next summer, she will be singing with Grange Park Opera. During lockdown, Olivia founded ALLO Opera, a company that produces high quality recordings of concerts and performances. In July 2021, ALLO Opera produced a fully staged production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni where Olivia performed the role of Donna Elvira.

The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti

Georgie Malcolm

Monica in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Georgie Malcolm is a soprano studying for her Postgraduate Diploma under Elizabeth Ritchie, having received her Master of Music with Distinction from the RNCM earlier this year under Susan Roper. Georgie is a recipient of the Dame Eva Turner Award and was a finalist in both the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss and the Concerto Competition. She is looking forward to singing the role of La Contessa in the RNCM’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in March 2022. Georgie’s studies are kindly supported by the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award, the Riga Heesom Award, and the Waverley Fund Scholarship.

Pasquale Orchard

Monica in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Pasquale Orchard is New Zealand-born soprano and passionate about performance, holding her MMA, LTCL in Performance Arts, MMus, and diplomas in dance.  She was awarded her Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the RNCM and is currently completing the RNCM’s International Artist Diploma with Mary Plazas. In 2019, Pasquale was a Dame Malvina Major NZ Opera Emerging Artist and NZ National Young Performer. Recently, Pasquale represented the RNCM at the Clonter Opera Prize and performed as La Fée in Buxton International Festivals’ production of Cendrillon. She will appear as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro this spring at the RNCM. Pasquale is supported by the Lady Maria Fisher Scholarship and is a recipient of the IFAC Handa Singing Competition RNCM tuition scholarship award.

Alex Riddell

Toby in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Alex Riddell is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies. He is a baritone studying with Peter Wilson.

Rajnard Hraščanec

Toby in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Rajnard Hraščanec is a baritone in his third year of undergraduate studies. He is an ABRSM scholar and studies with Quentin Hayes. Rajnard completed his high-school classical music education at the prestigious Varaždin Music School in Croatia. During his studies, he won numerous awards including the first prize at the international singing competition Lav Mirski in Osijek. In addition to his many performances in his native Croatia, he has also performed in Italy, Hungary and Germany. Rajnard has been involved in numerous theatre productions as a musician and actor. He also does screenwriting and music production.

Morgana Warren-Jones

Baba (Madame Flora) in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Morgana Warren-Jones is a Welsh mezzo-soprano studying for her Master’s degree with Hilary Summers and Sue Roper. She previously read Music at Leeds University and Strasbourg Conservatoire. She was a MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year finalist in 2021. In 2022, she will perform the role of Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the RNCM and cover the role of Coll in Anna Appleby’s Drought. Morgana’s studies are supported by Wheldon Charitable Trust, James Pantyfedwen Foundation, Edward Milner Award, Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award, Help Musicians UK, Kathleen Trust, Mario Lanza Foundation, Clemence Charitable Trust, Hartsheath Charitable Trust, and Split Infinitive Trust

Sasja Haeck

Baba (Madame Flora) in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Sasja Haeck is a postgraduate mezzo-soprano originally from Amsterdam. She is studying under the tutelage of Mary Plazas and Susan Roper. She is generously supported by the Alice Orrell and A&N Kendall Award, the James and Mary Glass Scholarship and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds made possible by the Van Berkel Fonds, the Threes Orri Fonds, the Han and Rosa Dunk-Samehtini Fonds, the Aafje Heynis Fonds and the Pos Karemaker Fonds. Her performing highlights include Christian Child in the opera film The Other (Opera Spanga) as well as being a member of the chorus in Carmen (Opera Spanga),  Aïda (Opera Spanga), and The Cunning Little Vixen (RNCM Opera)

Sally Pitts

Mrs Gobineau in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Sally Pitts is a soprano currently studying with Hilary Summers. She previously read French at the University of Edinburgh. She will be singing the role of Barbarina in the RNCM’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and covering the role of Despina in Saffron Opera Group’s production of  Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She is a 2022 Buxton International Festival Young Artist and is a member of the RNCM’s Songsters. Having been highly commended in the Betty Bannerman Award for French song, she is excited to perform a recorded recital of French song with Clonter Opera. Sally’s studies are generously supported by the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

Madison Horman

Mrs Gobineau in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Madison Horman is a New Zealand soprano studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma with Eiddwen Harrhy. Whilst at the RNCM, Madison has sung Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, and excerpts of Mimì from La bohème. Partial roles include Elettra in Idomeneo and the title role in Arabella. She has been a finalist in the Fredric Cox Award for Singing and the Sir David Maddison Opera Prize. In 2021, she was selected for the Chorus of Opera North Mentorship Scheme and a week long intensive workshop with British Youth Opera. Madison is kindly supported by the O’Donnell Trust Grant, Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, and Dame Eva Turner Award

Sam Snowden

Mr Gobineau in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Samuel Snowden is a Welsh bass-baritone studying with Quentin Hayes. Samuel’s operatic credits include Sergeant Meryll in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard and Minskman in Dove’s Flight. Samuel is honoured to be performing the role of Figaro in the RNCM’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In 2020, Samuel was awarded the Sir John Manduell Prize, recognising exceptional work undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Samuel raised £1500 by singing live on Facebook every night for 150 days and volunteered with PPE Hwb Wrecsam. Samuel’s studies are generously supported by the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award

Callum McCandless

Mr Gobineau in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Callum McCandless’ passion for singing opera and performing was sparked by his role as the First Boy in the Scottish Opera 2012 production of The Magic Flute. This led him to study at the RNCM where he completed his Bachelor of Music and is now undertaking postgraduate studies with Quentin Hayes as a bass-baritone. In 2018, Callum was awarded the Elsie Thurston Prize.
Callum has performed at home and internationally including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie. He is generously supported by the Garner Howard Award.

Lila Chrisp

Mrs Nolan in The Medium (Sunday 12 Dec, Wednesday 15 Dec)

Lila Chrisp is a mezzo-soprano and second year postgraduate where she is studying with Louise Winter.  Her opera highlights at the RNCM include Forester’s Wife/Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen and Older Woman in Flight. She will perform the role of  Marcellina in the RNCM’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in March 2022.  Lila’s studies are generously supported by the Annie Ridyard Scholarship and The Kathleen Trust.

Camilla Seale

Mrs Nolan in The Medium (Monday 13 Dec, Thursday 16 Dec)

Camilla Seale is a British-South African mezzo-soprano and a final year of postgraduate, studying with Jane Irwin. Camille is the Artistic Director of the New Renaissance Collective, an opera theatre ensemble, who were awarded the RNCM Creative Innovator Award. Recent opera credits include Le Prince in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon at Buxton International Festival. She is looking forward to performing Cherubino in the RNCM’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She will be returning to Buxton this summer as Pipetto in Donizetti’s Viva la Diva and covering Elena in Rossini’s La donna del lago. Camilla is grateful for the support of Help Musicians, The Kathleen Trust and the Edward Milner Award