Meet The Artists

Helen Bailey

Middlesbrough-born soprano, Helen Bailey, is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, Trinity College of Music, and Liverpool John Moores University. Her studies at the Royal Academy of Music were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, a Coutts bursary, and a D’Oyly Carte scholarship. Helen enjoys a busy schedule of opera, oratorio,… Read more »

Rebecca Bottone

Rebecca Bottone studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Recent engagements include Queen Tye Akhnaten (English National Opera)‚ Peter Pan and Pelléas et Mélisande (Welsh National Opera)‚ Yum Yum The Mikado‚ Clorinda La Cenerentola and Mabel The Pirates of Penzance  (Scottish Opera)‚ Constance The Sorcerer (National Gilbert & Sullivan Company)‚ Ilia Idomeneo (Blackheath Halls)‚ and… Read more »

Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown is a British pianist, conductor and répétiteur. Born in Cornwall, he trained at the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. As an accompanist and chamber musician he has appeared in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and the… Read more »

Linda Buchanan

Linda Buchanan has designed at theatres throughout the country and abroad. Her work has been seen in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Court Theatre, the Paramount, and regionally at Arena Stage, the Alley Theatre, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Kansas City Rep, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, Oregon… Read more »

Mark Burns

Mark Burns grew up in Buxton and trained at the Royal Northern College of Music. He now works extensively as a Director and Assistant and has a keen interest in opera education regularly working with The Royal Opera, Buxton International Festival, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Royal Academy Opera, Bury Court Opera, Silent Opera, Opera Danube, West… Read more »

Bonnie Callaghan

Bonnie Callaghan is currently studying for a BMus as an Alexander Ivashkin scholar at Goldsmiths University of London under the tutelage of Ashley Stafford. As a soloist, Bonnie has sung in Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore (Croydon Minster), Fauré’s Requiem (Fairfield Halls), Mozart’s concert aria ‘Conservati fedele’ (Maggini Quartet), Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to… Read more »

Nicholas Challier

Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Challier is a Music Scholar at Trinity School, Croydon, and a senior member of Trinity Boys Choir. He has appeared in a number of opera productions including Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France and China, taking the role of Peaseblossom, and for Glyndebourne, taking the role of Moth…. Read more »

Russell Craig

Russell Craig initially trained and worked in New Zealand. British theatre companies he has designed musicals and plays for include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Manchester Royal Exchange, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Unicorn and many touring and regional companies throughout the UK. He has designed numerous opera productions for Scottish Opera, Opera North,… Read more »

Laurence Cummings

Laurence Cummings is one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historical performance both as conductor and harpsichord player. He has been Musical Director of the London Handel Festival since 1999 and Artistic Director of the Internationale Händel-Festpiele Göttingen since 2012, as well as acting as Music Director for Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica… Read more »

Justin Doyle

Justin Doyle has been named as chief conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor from 2017–18. A regular guest conductor with Opera North, other recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra,… Read more »

Joshua Ellicott

Lyric tenor Joshua Ellicott was born in Manchester and read music at York University before continuing his vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Concert highlights include Bach’s St John Passion with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Norrington at the BBC Proms; Fairy Queen at the Styriarte Festival Graz under… Read more »

Stephen Gadd

Born in Berkshire, British baritone Stephen Gadd won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship, and was a finalist in the inaugural Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. In opera, he has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Drama, the Baden Baden, Glyndebourne, Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, and with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival… Read more »

Sophie Gallagher

Sophie Gallagher is a fourth-year undergraduate at The Royal College of Music, studying with David Rendall and Caroline Dowdle. Head chorister of Salisbury Cathedral and Wells Cathedral School (Dfes scholar), scholar for the English Speaking Union and a Josephine Baker Trust award holder. Recital and solo work includes Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate (Dorset Chamber Orchestra), Haydn’s… Read more »

Imogen Garner

Mezzo soprano Imogen Garner lives in Chester. She read Economics at Sheffield University and, following a year’s teacher training, studied at the RNCM. Imogen is currently covering Paulina in The Winter’s Tale at ENO. Last year she covered Lulu’s mother in Berg’s Lulu at ENO and sang Marnie’s mother in a workshop of a new… Read more »

Alexander Grainger

Alexander Grainger is a 25-year-old second year postgraduate tenor currently studying with Paul Nilon at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During his time at the College he has taken part in the Opera Chorus of productions that include Paradise Moscow (Shostakovich) and Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). He was also a founding member… Read more »

Steven Griffin

Steven Griffin is a baritone from Nova Scotia, Canada. Steven holds his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and his Masters in Solo Vocal Performance and Advanced Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music. During his studies Steven has performed a number of roles including… Read more »

Mike Gunning

Theatre includes I Capture the Castle (Watford Palace Theatre), La Vie Parisienne (Royal Northern College of Music), King Lear (Old Vic), Double Points: K/Motel, 5 Soldiers (Rosie Kay Dance Company), Sherlock Holmes: The Experience (The Game’s Afoot/ Emma Brünjes Productions/ Madame Tussauds), Crime and Punishment (Moscow Musical Theatre), The Emperor (The Young Vic/ HOME/ UK… Read more »

Mary Hegarty

Mary Hegarty was born in Cork and studied at the Cork School of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. After making her debut at the Royal Opera House she has regularly appeared with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Grange Park Opera, Garsington and Buxton Festivals. Abroad, she has sung in the… Read more »

Yvonne Howard

Yvonne Howard studied at the RNCM. Recent and future engagements include: Sieglinde Die Walkure (Hallé/Elder); Leonore Fidelio, Mother Hansel und Gretel (ROH); Caesonia Caligula, Katisha The Mikado, Queen of the Fairies Iolanthe (ENO); Auntie Peter Grimes, Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nettie Fowler Carousel and Fricka/Second Norn Der Ring des Nibelungen, Spring Beauty Snow Maiden… Read more »

Caryl Hughes

Caryl is from the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, and graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in summer 2007. Operatic and Musical Theatre roles include Maria West Side Story and Cosette Les Misérables for Pimlico Opera, Olga Eugene Onegin and First Nymph Rusalka for Grange Park Opera, Angela in the world-premiere of… Read more »

Anna Jeffers

Welsh born mezzo soprano Anna Jeffers began her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she played many operatic roles and was a major prize winner. Anna continued her studies on the prestigious ENO Opera Works course 13/14 and was chosen as one of 18 International Opera Awards bursary winners which supported her studies at ENO…. Read more »

Simeon John-Wake

Simeon John-Wake trained at London Studio Centre, Choreographic/Directorial: The Chime of Youth (Choreographer, BFI), Mad King Suibhne (Movement Director, Bury Court Opera), Dido & Belinda (Choreographer, The Great Hall Kings College), Tamerlano (Movement Director, Buxton Opera House), Dracula (Movement/Associate Director, KBank Theatre Bangkok), The Sting (Choreographer, Wilton’s Music Hall), Dear Lupin (Choreographer, National Tour/Apollo Theatre… Read more »

Kate Ladner

Australian soprano, Kate Ladner has performed throughout Europe and Australasia in opera houses including, Staatstheater Stuttgart (Blondchen Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail); Graz Opera (Micaela Carmen); Glyndebourne Touring Opera (Konstanze); Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House (Donna Anna Don Giovanni; Vitellia La clemenza di Tito; Violetta La traviata; Desdemona Otello). Other favourite roles include: Juliette Romeo… Read more »

Charlie Lambert

Charlie Lambert is very pleased to be joining the cast of Macbeth. Charlie lives in New Mills, High Peak with his family and attends St George’s School, where he is in Year 5. His favourite subjects are maths, RE and PE. Charlie sings with the Kinder Children’s Choirs. Along with other Kinder choristers he recently… Read more »

Alice Knight

Alice Knight trained on the directors course at Drama Centre London. Work as a director includes The World’s Wife at Latitude and Hay Festivals; Cosmic Jives at the Albany; Protest at the Young Vic; Nordic Drama Now for Free Word; The Endless Ocean at the Gate; and Coward: Revue Sketches for National Youth Theatre. Work… Read more »

Adrian Linford

Adrian trained at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. UK productions include, Tamerlano for Buxton Opera last year (nominated for the Manchester Theatre Awards), King Lear starring Michael Pennington (The Royal and Derngate), Northampton and UK Tour with ATG, the world premiere of a new musical Lockhart, Agrippina (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and The… Read more »

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts was born in Wales and read music at Lancaster University before studying at the RNCM. Concerts include performances with the CBSO, BBC SO, BBC Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, Musikfabrik, Malaysian Philharmonic and with conductors including Matthias Bamert, Sir Simon Rattle and Vassily Siniasky, He has worked regularly with all the major UK… Read more »

Brian McNamee

Brian McNamee is an Irish lyric tenor who read music at The University of Ulster, graduating with First Class Honours. He is a frequent performer on the opera stage as a soloist or chorus member, most notably with NI Opera, Buxton Festival and recently Opera North. Roles include Prologue/ Quint The Turn of The Screw,… Read more »

Ella Marchment

Ella Marchment, artistic director of Helios Collective, director of productions at Constella OperaBallet, and part of the steering committee for Operatic Mass Actions (Aarhus, Denmark), has worked on over one hundred opera and theatre productions throughout Europe and produced more than 150 events that span opera, ballet, musicals, concerts, theatre, comedy, workshops, club nights, art… Read more »

Francis Matthews

From 1990–98, Francis was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre. His work there included his own adaptations of Tale Of Two Cities, David Copperfield, The Prisoner Of Zenda, Northanger Abbey and Huckleberry Finn, (all of which have been published) as well as productions of Cyrano de Bergerac (with Edward Petherbridge), The Government Inspector (with Timothy… Read more »

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather read German at University College London before training at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. His opera engagements have included Lalchand and Rambashi in The Firework-maker’s Daughter at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden;  Elviro Xerxes, Winter and Hymen The Fairy Queen, Mr Fox in Tobias… Read more »

John Molloy

John Molloy, from Birr in Ireland, studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and the National Opera Studio in London. Notable roles include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro with Nationale Reisopera, Leporello Don Giovanni with Opera Theatre Company, and Northern Ireland Opera, Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore… Read more »

Richard Moore

Bass-baritone Richard Moore is from Suffolk and studied at Royal Northern College of Music. He is a BBC Introducing Classical Artist. Recent appearances on the opera stage include Frank Maurrant Street Scene (RNCM Opera), Bricoleur Louise (Buxton Festival Opera) and Mago Cristiano Rinaldo (Longborough Festival Opera). He also sings with the choruses of Opera North… Read more »

Matthew Morley

With a repertoire of chorus preparation that ranges from John Adams to Frank Zappa, via Bach, Barlow and Beethoven, Matthew Morley is one of the UK’s most experienced Chorus Masters. After completing studies as an organist and accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music, Matthew joined the music staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and later… Read more »

Elijah Moshinsky

‘[Moshinsky’s] mighty production does the ultimate justice to the composer: it respects every note of this long and complex score, but, dramatically, allows the work to breathe.’ – Sydney Morning Herald, Don Carlos, Opera Australia Elijah Moshinsky has enjoyed a long and prolific career spanning more than 30 years as a director of both opera… Read more »

Molly O’Neill

Molly O’Neill is 13 years old and a pupil at Buxton Community School. Her dream is to work in the theatre and she is thrilled to be performing her first professional role with the Festival. Molly regularly performs locally with Mad Hatters Music and REC Youth Theatre Company. For Mad Hatters Music her roles include… Read more »

Stuart Orme

2016 Samling Artist Programme graduate, Stuart is currently studying for his MMus at the RNCM. His performances on stage include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at the RNCM. Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Schaunard in La bohème and Dottore in La traviata with Heritage Opera, Sciarrone in Tosca with Mananan Opera, and Aeneas in… Read more »

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer is delighted to be returning to Buxton Festival, having covered the role of Tamerlano in 2016. Jennifer completed her Masters with Distinction at the RNCM in 2015, studying with Antonia Sotgiu. Whilst at college, she performed the roles of Valencienne The Merry Widow and Jenny Company, in addition to a variety of concert appearances… Read more »

Morgan Pearse

Born in 1988, Morgan Pearse studied at the Sydney Conservatorium & University and the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize. After completing his studies at the RCM, Morgan spent a year at the Houston Grand Opera Studio where his roles included Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Yamadori Madama… Read more »

Madeleine Pierard

Madeleine Pierard completed her studies at the RCM International Opera School in London and was then a 2009–10 trainee at the National Opera Studio in London, followed by the Jette Parker Young Artists’ programme at the Royal Opera House. She studies with the soprano, Yvonne Kenny. Madeleine Pierard has sung Lisa La Sonnambula, Sandman Hänsel… Read more »

Karolína Plicková

Czech Soprano Karolína Plicková was born in Prague. She studied at the Prague Conservatory on the young talent department and continued her studies in opera, song and oratorio at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, later making her professional debut as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at the Karlovy Vary theatre. During the summer of 2009,… Read more »

Caroline Pope

Caroline Pope is a choreographer and movement director working in Opera, Theatre, Film and Performance. A selection of recent work includes the feature films Goodbye Christopher Robin which is to be released in November and the comedy Swimming With Men which comes out next year. On our television screens the Mr Selfridge and Jekyll and… Read more »

Isolde Roxby

Isolde Roxby, soprano, graduated with a distinction in MMUS Vocal Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015 under the tutelage of Marilyn Rees. She was supported in her studies by the National Opera Studio and The Ruby and Will George Trust. At GSMD she took the following roles in opera scenes:… Read more »

Kathryn Rudge

Featured as The Times Rising Star of Classical Music 2012 Kathryn was born in Liverpool and studied at the RNCM. She was an ENO Young Artist, a YCAT artist and is currently a BBC New Generation artist. She has won numerous prizes and awards including MBF Sybil Tutton Award, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and is a… Read more »

Annette Saunders

Annette Saunders studied at the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music as a pianist and accompanist. She won many prizes for both and was recently awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Since 1996 she has worked for Opera North, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Garsington Opera, RCM, RAM, the Britten-Pears School at… Read more »

Lucy Schaufer

Lucy Schaufer’s most recent and future engagements include Ruth The Pirates of Penzance (English National Opera), Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Philadelphia), Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon (Music Theatre Wales at Tongyeong Festival, South Korea), Doctor in Venables’ Olivier-nominated 4.48 Psychosis (world premiere) (ROH/ Lyric Hammersmith), Mrs Jones Street Scene (Teatro Real Madrid), IB Adamo’s… Read more »

Heather Shipp

Heather Shipp studied at Trinity College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Recent and current engagements: Magdalene Die Meistersinger (ROH); Herodias Salome (Northern Ireland Opera); Adalgisa Norma and Amneris Aida (Opera Holland Park), title role Carmen, Mad Margaret Ruddigore, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas and Second Norn Götterdämmerung (Opera North), Phoebe The Yeomen of the… Read more »

Harry Silverstein

Harry Silverstein has directed over 100 productions of 40 operas on four continents, including such theatres as Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, English National Opera, and companies in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, and Brazil, as well as American companies in New York, Dallas, Houston, and Seattle. Mr Silverstein has staged contemporary works including… Read more »

Luke Sinclair

Luke was born in London and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Scott Johnson. He was a major prize winner at the Kammeroper schloss Rheinsberg International singing competition and sang the tenor lead ‘Julian’ in the World Premiere of Marc Aurel-Floros’ Adriana at the renowned Opera Festival in Rheinsberg, Germany to excellent reviews…. Read more »

Bradley Smith

After graduating in Music from St John’s College, Cambridge, Bradley went on to complete his training on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music and now studies with Gary Coward. Opera engagements include Leilio in Cesti Le nozze in sogno in Innsbruck and Salzburg; Trojan Man Idomeneo for Garsington Opera, Bastien Bastien und… Read more »

Georgina Stalbow

Originally from Pembrokeshire in Wales, Georgina studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and Wales International Academy of Voice under Dennis O’Neill. Opera credits include Sacerdotessa Aida (Teatru Astra, Gozo); Asteria (cover) Tamerlano, Barbarina, The Marriage of Figaro and Miss Ellen Lakmé (Swansea City Opera); Peep-Bo The Mikado (Co-Opera Co); Amore Orfeo ed Euridice, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos… Read more »

Ben Thapa

Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music, London and at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wagner Society. In recent seasons operatic roles include Melot Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera, Kuzka… Read more »

Gwion Thomas

Gwion was born in Gorseinon, near Swansea and is a nephew of the famous Welsh/ American singer Thomas Llyfnwy Thomas. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is a busy opera and concert soloist. With Welsh National Opera he has sung Figaro in The Barber of Seville and roles in… Read more »

Charlotte Trepess

Charlotte Trepess is in her third year of postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by the Mona McGlone Award and a Dame Eva Turner Scholarship, under the tutelage of Sarah Rhodes. Charlotte is 2017 winner of the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize, winner of the Frederic Cox Award, and finalist in… Read more »

Oleg Tsibulko

Young Moldovan Oleg Tsibulko marked himself out as an artist to watch by taking Second Prize at the internationally-recognised Neue Stimmen Competition in 2013, subsequently making an acclaimed European debut as Gremin (Eugene Onegin) for Angers Nantes Opéra under Łukasz Borowicz. Tsibulko’s current season opens with Zambri in Davide Livermore’s production of Ciro in Babilonia… Read more »

Philip Voldman

Originally from New York, Philip attended LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts. He then trained at the RCM, GSMD where he was appointed Repetiteur Fellow, and NOS, supported by the Leonard Hancock Memorial Trust Bursary. Selected credits include: Il Tabarro, Pelleas et Melisande, Werther (Grimeborn Festival, MD), Suor Angelica with Talent Unlimited… Read more »

Emma Watkinson

British mezzo, Emma Watkinson studied at City University, TCM and The Flanders Operastudio. Operatic highlights to date include Cover Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Buxton Festival), Jean Le Portrait de Manon, Page Salome and Aurore Koanga all at Wexford Festival Opera. At ETO she has sung Marcella Il furioso all’isolo di san Domingo, Poppet… Read more »

Phil Wilcox

Phil’s most recent engagements include singing in the RSC production of King Lear at the Barbican Theatre; a recital of Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms) for Oxford Lieder; a masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott for the London Song Festival; and performing Scarpia in Opera on Location’s production of Tosca. He was a member of the Chorus of… Read more »

Fflur Wyn

Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the music profession. Her operatic performances include Jemmy Guillaume Tell, Dorinda Orlando, Iphis Jephtha and Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail (WNO); Pamina The Magic Flute and the title role in Lakmé (Opera… Read more »

Jung Soo Yun

Jung Soo Yun studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the International Academy of Voice, Cardiff under Dennis O’Neill and Peter Alexander Wilson. Recent and current opera includes: Rodolfo La bohème (Den Jyske Opera); Macduff, Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier  and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (Opera North), Alfredo La traviata (West Green House); Mainfroid and… Read more »