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.
Awarded the Youth Prize at Salzburg’s 2012 Oper Im Berg Festival, Les Azuriales Festival’s Young Artist Prize in 2011, a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist Award 2011 for Making Music, the prestigious Joaninha Trust award in 2010 and the 2009 Oxford Lieder Festival Scholarship, her operatic roles have included Mercédès Carmen at the Opéra Comique de Paris, The Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen and Zerlina Don Giovanni for Co-Opera Company, Solo Ensemble L’Orfeo at the Munich State Opera and Belinda Dido and Aeneas for the Britten-Pears School.
Concert highlight have included Handel Israel in Egypt with the English Baroque Soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Messiah with the Really Big Chorus and Royal Choral Society, The Creation with the Oxford Philomusica, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Schumann Das Paradies und Die Peri and Manfred with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Manfred with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
During 2014 / 2015, Robyn Allegra Parton made her debut with the Royal Opera, London, as Peg The Virtues of Things at the Linbury Studio Theatre and repeated her role in L’Orfeo at the Munich State Opera.
Highlights of 2015 / 2016 include her main stage debut as Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro with the Royal Opera, London, creating Agnes in David Bruce’s Nothing for Glyndebourne, creating Narrator in Michael Ellison’s Deniz Küstü at the Istanbul Music Festival, Singing Words: Poets and their Songs for the 2015 Oxford Lieder Festival and Mozart Mass in C Minor with the London Mozart Players.
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.
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.
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.