“A soprano to whet the appetite” (Opera Now), her “rich and expressive voice” (The Guardian) has been described as “operatic tour de force” (Bristol Evening Post) and she is “a performer of sufficiently strong presence and vivid colouring to outgrapple…taxing demands, often thrillingly” (Opera Now).
British Canadian soprano Catherine May studied at the RNCM, supported by the Peter Moores Foundation. Her operatic engagements include roles in productions for English National Opera, MidWales Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Diva Opera , the Aldeburgh Festival and British Youth Opera. She has appeared in contemporary productions for the English National Opera, Almeida Opera and ROH2. Most recently, she was Amy in the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamoʼs Little Women. On the concert platform, she has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Norwich Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson.
Owen Gilhooly trained at the Limerick School of Music with Jean Holmes and in Dublin with Conor Farren. A graduate of the Royal College of Music where he held the Peter Pears Exhibition, his prizes include the Madeline Finden Memorial Prize and the Great Elm Vocal Award. He made his début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing the Fauré Requiem for the Royal Ballet and at the BBC Proms singing Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore. Further engagements included Mercury The Coronation of Poppea, Marcello La bohème and Dreamweaver Bug Off!!! OTC, Dublin, Brahms Requiem at St Albans Abbey, Duruflé Requiem for the Ulster Orchestra, Messiah for the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Mozart Mass in C Minor at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Anthony Powers’ From Station Island at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. His recordings include Joyce Songs — James Joyce’s Musical Dublin with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Tamsin Dalley was born in London where she studied on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent operatic roles include Mauxalinda – The Dragon of Wantley (John Lampe) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Gary Cooper, at the Potsdam Festivalin Germany for Opera Restor’d, The Witch – Hansel and Gretel with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazelwood at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Chichester, The Mayor’s Wife – Jenufa at the Endellion Festival conducted by Richard Hickox, Kaeres in Harrison Birtwistle’s new opera The Minotaur for The Royal Opera. Tamsin’s interest in contemporary music has taken her throughout Europe, performing works by composers such as Birtwistle, Gubailudina, Ligeti and Kantscheli. She has recorded two new works by American composers; ‘A Long Way’ a song cycle by Kevin Kasker and ‘Acts’ for mezzo and orchestra by Newton Strandberg, with the London Symphony Orchestra at EMI Studios, Abbey Road and singsLucia on Roberto Alagna’s CD ‘Nessun Dorma’. Tamsin was also the voice behind the Fiat ‘Spirito di Punto’ advertising campaign.
Tyrone Landau has appeared with a range of opera companies across Britain, Europe and Australasia, with a considerable number of productions of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. His roles have included Agenore in Il Re Pastore, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino, Erster Priester and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Il Conte d’Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Alberto in L’ocassione fa il Ladro. Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Hervey in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Armando di Gondì in Maria di Rohan. For Royal Opera House 2 last year he sung the role of the Wedding Turkey in The Owl and the Pussycat, as part of the Olympic 2012 Festival, and in Exposure in the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden. Other productions last year included Friends Like The Rain for Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Midtsommernattsdrøm for Fana Musikkteater, Norway; and Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda for the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australia. Upcoming productions include Alt Om Min Familie for Bergen Nasjonale Opera, La Partenza for NGV Melbourne, Australia, Principia Mathematica for Conway Hall and London Metropolitan University; and L’Agité du Bocal with Ars Nova Ensemble, Poitiers.