Rebecca von Lipinski
Rebecca von Lipinski was born in Mansfield and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music‚ supported by the Peter Moores Foundation‚ and at the National Opera Studio in London. Her awards include the Clonter Opera Prize‚ the Audience Prize and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award.
Rebecca began a Fest Contract with Stuttgart Opera in 2011‚ with whom recent and future roles include Mila Osud‚ Tatyana Eugene Onegin‚ Thalie Platée‚ Eurydice Orphée et Eurydice‚ 5th Maid Elektra‚ Elvira Don Giovanni‚ 3rd Norn Gotterdammerung‚ 1st Lady Die Zauberflote and Chloé Der Schaum der Tage (L’Ecume des Jours).
After her successful role debut as Leonore Fidelio for Garsington Opera‚ she has since appeared there as First Lady The Magic Flute and will return to sing Elettra Idomeneo. She will reprise the role of Leonore in 2015 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall‚ Manchester.
European engagements include LA Lola in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away (Bregenz and St Pölten Festivals)‚ the title role in Micha Hamel’s Snow White‚ Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera and Ursula in Klaas de Vries’s Wake (Nationale Reisopera‚ Netherlands).
Operatic engagements in UK include Leonore Fidelio (Garsington Opera)‚ Musetta (Scottish Opera)‚ Karin The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (English National Opera)‚ Berthe Euryanthe (Glyndebourne Festival Opera)‚ Countess and First Lady Die Zauberflöte (Grange Park Opera)‚ Mimi (Mid Wales Opera)‚ Mabel The Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera Company) and Sophie Flashmob for BBC Television.
Concert highlights include Beethoven 9 with Manchester Camerata‚ Sibelius’ Luonnotar (Thomas Adés) and Harrison Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Martyn Brabbins) both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra‚ Carmina Burana (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)‚ Vivaldi’s Gloria‚ Handel’s Messiah‚ Mozart’s Mass in C and Coronation Mass‚ Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle‚ and Mahler’s Symphony No 2.
Recordings include Fanny Il Prigioniero di’Edimburgo and Odetta Emma d’Antiochia for Opera Rara.
Other featured winners
British bass James Platt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there include Caronte Orfeo, Dr Grenvil La Traviata and Blansac in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. James recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High Priest of Baal Nabucco.
Born in London, Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Kate was a Joaninha Trust runner-up winner in 2004.
Scottish Mezzo Soprano Katie Coventry is in her final year at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studies with Tim Evans-Jones as the Independent Opera Voice Scholar.
She is an ENO Harewood Artist and recently made her professional début with the company as Edith in Pirates of Penzance.
Kyu Choi is a South Korean Baritone, who graduated from the Korea National University of Arts before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for his Master’s degree which supported by the San Martino Scholarship in 2016.
Robyn Allegra Parton
A finalist in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and holder of the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera, Robyn Allegra Parton read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, before furthering her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and completing the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship and ENO’s Opera Works programme.
Will Thomas was born in Harpenden and in 2013 he gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus) and is currently studying under the guidance of John Evans on the Masters Programme at The Guildhall School and will continue his studies on the prestigious Opera Course in September 2018.