Soloists - April 2022


RUTH JENKINS-ROBERTSSON (Soprano)

Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson is from Newcastle upon Tyne and studied opera at the Royal Academy of Music. Her operatic highlights include Zerlina in Sir Thomas Allen’s new production of Don Giovanni at Scottish Opera, Norina Don Pasquale with Scottish Opera, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute with New Zealand Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Bath International Festival and Garsington Opera at West Green House, Zhou in the world première of Maxwell Davies’ Kommilionen!, Philidel King Arthur with Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Papagena The Magic Flute with Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera, and Frasquita Carmen for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall. Concert Highlights include Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, Mozart Requiem with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at St. Paul’s Cathedral, McCarthy Codebreaker with the Hertfordshire Chorus at Barbican London, Messiah at Sage Gateshead with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall. Ruth has appeared as “Artist of the Month” in Opera Now, is a Samling Artist, and is a recipient of the ARAM honour from the Royal Academy of Music. Her prizes include the John Scott Award from the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, Second Prize at the Hilde Zadek International Singing Competition, Second Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, the Royal Academy of Music Pavarotti Prize, the Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award and first prize at the Jackdaw Vocal Awards.


VALERIE REID (Mezzo Soprano)

Valerie was born in Fife, Scotland and studied with Patricia MacMahon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.Whilst there she won the Governors Recital Prize, the prestigious John Noble Bursary, three Caird Scholarships, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal and was twice a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Overseas League competitions.

 

Valerie's operatic roles with English National Opera include Anina in Peter Konwitschny’s  production of La Traviata conducted by Ed Gardener, Glasha in David Alden’s production of Katya Kabanova, Madalena in Sir Johnathon Millar's production of Rigoletto, 2nd Lady in Magic Flute, The Fishmonger in Richards Jones acclaimed production of Julietta, Anne's Mother in the World Premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, Grimgerde in Die Walkure which was broadcast live from the pyramid stage at Glastonbury and most recently Grandmother Burja in David Alden's production of Jenufa about which Rupert Christiansen of the Telegraph said that ‘Valerie Reid's excellent mezzo cleverly unleashed the power of Janaceks score’. Valerie completed a very successful tour as Lady Jane in the ETO production of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece Patience and looks forward to Juno in Semele at the Brel Festival near Toulouse this Autumn as well as St John Passion, Vivaldi Gloria and St Matthew Passion in various venues across the UK.

 

Equally at home on the concert and oratorio platform Valerie has sung Elgar Sea Pictures at the Megaron Concert Hall in Athens and at the Bury St Edmunds Festival, Verdi Requiem in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Coventry Cathedral, St Albans Abbey – Dream of Gerontius in Dunblane Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Cathedral – Elijah at the Barbican, Truro Cathedral and St Albans Abbey.

 

Valerie is a highly respected vocal tutor both privately and at the London College of Music


GARRETH ROMAIN (Countertenor)

Garreth’s operatic roles includeHuntsman/3rd Shepherd Venus & Adonis (Blackheath Halls Opera),  Athamas Semele, Hamor Jephtha and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Trinity Laban Opera Scenes), King Gama Princess Ida and Tiger Brown Mack the Knife (LUU OperaSoc), as well as appearing in roles in Sounding Shakespeare with Puzzle Piece Opera and Rare & Revered with Random Opera Company.

 

Concert performances include the solos in Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat  and Vivaldi Gloria, a recital at St gabriel’s, Pimlico, and he gave the UK premiere of Juliana Hall’s song-cycle O Mistress Mine.

 

As a chorister he has performed on BBC One Television midnight mass as well as several BBC Radio 4 broadcasts.

 

Garreth started singing as a chorister and lay clerk started at Bradford Cathedral and has since been a chorister at St Anne’s Roman Catholic cathedral, Leeds, lay clerk at Wakefield Cathedral, and continues to perform with the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir.  So far he has performed in Canada, Germany, Spain and throughout the UK.

 

He studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, University of Huddersfield, University of Leeds and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he was awarded the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship and a Finzi Trust award.

 

Recent masterclass performed in include Roderick Williams OBE, Robert Alderson and Patrick Terry.


GRAEME DANBY (Bass)

Graeme Danby was born in Consett, County Durham in 1962 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the Canadian Baritone Bruce Boyce. In an operatic career that now spans over 38 years Graeme is recognised as one of the most prolific character Bass soloists of his generation

 

As a principal Graeme has sung over 1200 performances at the London Coliseum home of English National Opera. Roles with ENO include Sarastro ( Magic Flute ), Sacristan ( Tosca ), Pistol ( Falstaff ), Don Basilio ( Barber of Seville ), Ribbing ( A Masked Ball ), Zuniga ( Carmen ), Somnus (Semele ), Dr Bartolo & Antonio ( Marriage of Figaro ), Banker & Journalist ( Lulu ), Wazir ( Kismet ), Doctor Grenvil ( La Traviata ), Pooh Bah ( Mikado ), Ceprano ( Rigoletto ), Quince & Snug ( Midsummer Nights Dream ), Brander (Damnation of Faust ), Swallow, ( Peter Grimes ), Old Man ( King Priam ), Narbal ( The Tojans ), Count Rostov ( War and Peace ), Sciarone ( Tosca ), Priest ( Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk ), Pimen ( Boris Godonov ), Lorenzo (Capuletti ed Montecchi ) and Elviro ( Xerxes ). Roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden  - Charrington in the World Premiere of Lorin Mazel’s 1984, Billy Jackrabbit in Fanciulla del West, The Casino Manager in  the acclaimed Richard Jones production of Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Marquis in La Traviata, Sacristan in Tosca and , 2nd Armed Man in Sir David McVicars production of Magic Flute.

 

Roles elsewhere include Ashby (Fanciulla del West), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Dr Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro) for Opera North, Le Governor (Conte Ory), Osmin ( Die Entfuhrung ), Antonio (Marriage of Figaro) for Glyndebourne Festival, Fyodor/Big Boss ( A Dogs Heart), Snug (Midsummer Nights Dream) at La Scala, Milan, 1984 in Valencia, Dr Bartolo, Swallow and Somnus for Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, Harrison Birtwhistles Punch and  Judy in Paris, Publio (Clemenza Di Tito), The Doctor ( Wozzeck ) in Salzburg, Dick Deadeye ( HMS Pinafore ) in Dublin, Don Magnifico ( La Cenerentola) for Scottish Opera and Opera de Rouen, Superintendent Budd at The Birgitta Festival in Tallinn,  Brag ( Fairy Queen ) at Theatro Liceau Barcelona, Where The Wild Things Are in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles with the LA Symphony Orchestra/ Gustavo Dudamel, Dr Bartolo ( Barber of Seville ), Il Re ( Aida ) and Don Magnifico for Irish National Opera in Dublin/Wexford, Swallow in the Theatro San Carlos Lisbon, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dr Bartolo and Hotel Manager ( Powder Her Face ) in Fribourg and Paris as well as Quince and Dr Bartolo for Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.

 

Concert appearances  - Royal Albert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Festival Hall, Bozart Concert Hall Brussels, Palau Des Artes Valencia, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Die Singel Antwerp, Dublin National Concert Hall, Dunblane Cathedral, Barbican, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, NECC Birmingham, Bury St Edmonds Cathedral, Hexham Abbey, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, Caird Hall Dundee, Eden Court Theatre Inverness and Villa D’este Lake Como

 

Graeme’s recordings include Marriage of Figaro, Salome, A Masked Ball, Magic Flute, Lulu and Will Todd’s The Burning Road for EMI/Decca. Operas for TV encompass Thomas Ades The Tempest from Covent Garden, Jonathan Millers Mikado from ENO, The Importance of Being Earnest NOF production from Paris, La Cenerentola from Dublin Bord Gais and Barber of Seville from the National Opera House in Wexford