Elin Pritchard (soprano)
"Elin Pritchard does a delicious turn as the impossible Musetta.”
Musetta: La bohème / Opera Holland Park / The Observer
"The most sensational singing of the evening, and indeed of the whole Festival, came from Elin Pritchard as Lucia. From her beautiful opening aria, this young Welsh soprano's command of the part was evident, and her mad scene was an astonishing tour de force of both acting and singing."
Lucia: Lucia di Lammermoor / Buxton Festival Opera / Opera Now
"At its heart is a breathtaking Violetta. The young Welsh soprano Elin Pritchard turned heads when she stood in for Carolyn Sampson as Scottish Opera's Anne Trulove in the Rake's Progress last season; evidently the company recognised something of a star, and given free reign as leading lady she is a vocal standout. Supple, husky, beautifully natural in the high notes and seductively full in the low, she has mastered the technical demands of this role. Without doubt a name to watch.“
Violetta: La traviata / Scottish Opera / The Guardian
Elin also recently sang in 'Israel in Egypt' at Durham Cathedral and the Sage, Gateshead:
"Elin Pritchard (and her fellow soprano Rowan Pierce) melted together in a heartfelt “The Lord is my strength” but each turned on her own unique qualities in their contrasting solos. Pritchard’s stirring calls to the people of Israel “Sing ye to the Lord” rang out vibrantly through the hall to usher in the final chorus."
Marie Elliott (mezzo-soprano)
Marie studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded her Dip / RAM.
Her Prizes include the Lucille Greagan Prize, the Winifred Disney Prize, the Isabel Jay Prize for Opera, the Colin Murray Scholarship and the Isabella Lucas Prize for Contralto Singing. In 2004, she was awarded the Erich Vietheer Memorial Award by Glyndebourne.
At Glyndebourne, she has covered Cornelia and Cesare Giulio Cesare, Eduige Rodelinda and Irene Rodelinda. Her other engagements have included Genevieve Pelléas et Mélisande for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Bradamante Alcina for English Touring Opera, Disinganno Il Trionfo del Tempo e Disinganno for Transition Opera, Lola Cavalleria Rusticana at the St Endellion Festival, Angelina La cenerentola for Stanley Hall Opera, Olga Eugene Onegin for English Touring Opera and opera by definition and Oronte La fida Ninfa for La Serenissima in Venice in London.
Recent and current engagements include Disinganno Il Trionfo del Tempo e Disinganno for the Classical Opera Company, Messagiera L’Orfeo for La Nuova Musica and Licida L’Olimpiade at the Buxton Festival and Messiah in Goa and Mumbai, as well as a wide range of concerts throughout the UK.
Alexander James Edwards (tenor)
Born in Essex, Alexander James Edwards began his career as a member of the Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House. Other companies he has worked with include the Théâtre du Châtelet, ENO, Gothenburg Opera, Grange Park Opera, the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and the Salzburg Landestheater.
Concert engagements have included performances with the Academy of Ancient Music, the BBC Philharmonic, Huddersfield Choral Society, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mikkeli Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Engagements in 2013 / 2014 included a return to Leeds Castle for the 2014 Classical Open Air Concert, Rodolfo La bohème for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Ruggero La rondine for Iford Arts, Beethoven Choral Symphony and Mozart Requiem with the Oxford Philomusica, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on tour with the Israel Camerata, C. P. E. Bach Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, an Opera Gala with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and a Valentine’s Day Gala with the Hallé.
Current engagements include further performances as Pinkerton Madam Butterfly, Classical Spectacular, Last Night of the Christmas Proms and Spectacular Classics for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Messiah with the London Mozart Players and Callas – The Life & Music of Maria Callas at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
In 2011, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Governing body of the RAM for distinguishing himself in the field of Opera.
Timothy Dickinson (bass-baritone)
"Timothy Dickinson’s smooth bass sounded magnificent as Creonte.”
Creonte: Orontea / La Nuova Musica / Bachtrack
"It was good to hear a real bass voice allied with accuracy and flexibility across its range.”
Aristobolo: Berenice / Göttingen Festival / Opera
"Timothy Dickinson was next up: his well-supported bass shook heavens and earth, making his first accompanied recitative tell of prophetic events of truly great moment. His voice shaped the ensuing darkness beautifully, with the strings creating an almost reptilian sense of horror."
Messiah / La Nuova Musica / The Times
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