Originally from Salisbury, Olivia Robinson has sung with various consorts, ensembles and choirs, including the Sixteen, Polyphony and The English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, performing all over the UK and Europe. She has been a full-time member of the BBC Singers since 2003 where she works with conductors including Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Simon Rattle, performing a huge breadth of repertoire ranging from Byrd and Tallis to new commissions by the likes of Sir Harrison Birtwistle and James MacMillan. Highlights of her solo work for the BBC include singing Procula, Pilate's Wife, in the world première performance and broadcast of Francis Grier The Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, and singing Mozart C Minor Mass live on Radio 3 and across the European Broadcasting Union.
Outside the BBC, her solo repertoire includes Purcell Dido & Aeneas, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and various oratorios, Bach B Minor Mass, St John Passion, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Haydn Creation, Mozart Solemn Vespers, Requiem and C Minor Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Verdi Requiem and Szymanowski Stabat Mater.
Recent engagements have included Mozart Requiem in Canterbury Cathedral, Mozart C Minor Mass in Ely Cathedral and the world première performance and recording of Vaughan Williams A Cambridge Mass. Forthcoming concerts include Haydn Creation in Canterbury Cathedral and Verdi Requiem in Folkestone.
Sarah-Jane Lewis (born 1987) is a British soprano opera singer. Lewis graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2009 and received her diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. She than finished her education at the National Opera Studio in 2014.
Lewis has won multiply awards including the Hampshire National Singing Competition in 2013, earning a prize of UK £6,000. In 2014, she won second place behind Christina Gansch at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. The Times described Lewis as "a warm, capacious soprano, its strength powerfully contained and focused throughout its wide register. And her wonderfully serene and assured stage presence reaches out to her audience,"
As of 2015, Lewis is currently a guest artist for the Henley Symphony Orchestra.
A frequent guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, Barbara Hannigan has also appeared with most of the other leading orchestras worldwide, with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Reinbert de Leeuw, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Gilbert, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Hannigan made her own conducting debut in 2010 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with Stravinsky’s Renard, and recently conducted the Gothenburg Symphony in a programme including Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre.
Elise Ross has long been acclaimed internationally for her interpretations of contemporary music. She began her professional career with Italian composer Luciano Berio, premiering his opera Passaggio in Rome, and touring his chamber music throughout Europe with the London Sinfonietta. She went on to collaborate with some of the most influential composers of the 20th century, including Olivier Messiaen, Witold Lutoslawski, Sylvano Bussotti and Pierre Boulez.
Elise Ross has appeared as soloist at most of the major European and American music festivals, including the Warsaw festival, the Holland festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Biennale in Venice, the Royan, La Rochelle and Avignon Festivals in France, as well as the Tanglewood Festival in Massachusetts, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, performing orchestral and chamber music repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries. She is widely recognized for her interpretation of the role of Marie in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, which she performed for Scottish Opera in Glasgow, at the Edinburgh Festival, and for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, in two separate productions by David Alden, also performing the Drei Bruchstucke concert suite which Berg extracted from that opera. She is known for her performance in the role of Anna in Kurt Weill's Die Sieben Todsunden, which she recorded for BBC television and for EMI under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, and performed in Helsinki, Finland and Los Angeles under the direction of Essa-Pekka Salonen.
Among her other operatic roles are Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Orlovsky in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Melisande in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, and Marcello Panni's opera Hanjo, directed by Robert Wilson. She has performed her critically acclaimed production of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire throughout Europe and the USA, a collaboration with composer Sylvano Bussotti, who also designed her costume for the work.
Elise Ross' recordings include Berio's Passaggio and Air, O King and El Mar la Mar, Sylvano Bussotti's La Passion selon Sade, and Kurt Weill's Die Sieben Todsunden.
Passionate about early music, Raphaële Kennedy has worked with Jordi Savall, A Sei Voci, the European William Byrd Ensemble, Les Paladins, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr and many others, with whom she has performed at many major festivals and made over thirty recordings.
While continuing her development within the sphere of early music, in the past few years she has become a sought-after performer of contemporary music: she has worked with composers including Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Philippe Leroux, Mauro Lanza and Ben Foskett, and appeared at New York's Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Musica Strasbourg, Integra Copenhagen and IRCAM. Moreover, Robert Pascal, Pierre-Adrien Charpy and Matteo Franceschini have all dedicated works to her.
She is a member of Solistes XXI (conducted by Rachid Safir) and a guest artist of TM+ ensemble, conducted by Laurent Cuniot. With composer Pierre-Adrien Charpy she manages Da Pacem, a specialist early music ensemble.
Marie Angel is one of today’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos. Born in Pinnaroo, South Australia, Marie trained at the Adelaide Conservatorium with Donald Munro. She is known for the versatility of her voice, her stage presence and her extraordinary ability to move audiences.
As a soprano, as well as having performed operas in the classical repertoire she is also known through contemporary classical composers including Mauricio Kagel, Bruno Maderna, Michael Tippett, Harrison Birtwistle, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and John Cage. She has appeared in films by Peter Greenaway and has participated in the recording of the opera Facing Goya, by Michael Nyman. She has also performed with the Michael Nyman Band as a vocalist at some of his concerts.
Marie's career highlights include revolutionary work as a founder member of the Opera Factory, in London and Zurich, singing the roles of Poppea (Monteverdi), Iphigenia (Gluck), Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, the Contessa Almaviva, and Pretty Polly (Birtwistle); the latter leading to her collaborating with Sir Kenneth MacMillan (Seven Deadly Sins). Seeking further challenges she created the roles of Morgan le Fay in Birtwistle’s Gawain (ROH), Esmeralda in Rosa (Greenaway and Andriessen, Netherlands Opera), Ingrid in Esmee (Lovendier, Holland Festival), Cixi in Hotel de Pekin (Jeffs, Nationale Reisoper) and Soprano 2 (Facing Goya, Nyman).
Following an early career in the jazz world, soprano Helen-Jane Howells trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. She now studies with Jennifer Smith.
Helen-Jane has sung Eve in The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, at the Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy of Music with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, and has appeared as Amore in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne on Tour.
On the concert platform she has performed in The Messiah in Spain, St Matthew Passion in Lausanne and Wroclaw, and The Fairy Queen in Beaune with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh. She has sung Bach's cantatas and Magnificat with the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Richard Egarr, and Beethoven's Mass in C at the Three Choirs Festival. Other engagements have included the St Matthew Passion with The Bach Choir under David Hill and a staged version with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Suzi Digby. Amongst recent projects are the St John Passion with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Kraemer, Bach's B Minor Mass with The Bach Choir and David Hill, and Purcell's King Arthur with Ensemble La Fenice and Jean Tubéry.
Helen-Jane has recorded Handel and Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi USA, and Joseph Phibbs' The Canticle of the Rose with the Navarra Quartet for NMC.