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Singers at 'Opera in the Square' 26 July 2015 in Trinity Church Square garden

SOPRANO – Una Reynolds

Una ReynoldsAn Australian born soprano, Una was a member of the chorus of Opera Australia and performed in productions of The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. She also appeared as Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Princess Zara in Utopia Limited and Edith in Pirates of Penzance (Rockdale Opera). Since moving to the UK, Una has performed in Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin with Grange Park Opera, as well as Norma and Adriana Lecouvreur with Opera Holland Park. Roles have included Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Musetta in La Bohème and Belinda in Dido & Aeneas (Opera Up Close), Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri (Pop-Up Opera) and as Gabrielle in La vie Parisienne with Opera Della Luna as part of the Iford Festival. Oratorio engagements have included the soprano solo in a semi-staged production of the The Messiah with Merry Opera.






MEZZO SOPRANO – Louisa Barry

Louisa BarryLouisa Barry is a Greek mezzo-soprano living in London. She is currently furthering her studies with Raymond Connell. She has a BA (Hons) & MMus from Canterbury Christ Church and a FTCL from Trinity College of Music where she won a scholarship to study at postgraduate level with Ameral Gunson.

She has just finished singing in the ensemble of Winslow Hall opera’s production of La Traviata. In 2014, she performed as Mrs Dakin at the Brighton Fringe Festival in M & J Branch production’s premier of the WWI commemorative opera King and Country. In 2011, she performed as Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) with Winterbourne Opera, Carmen (Carmen) in concert with Warriner Choral Society, Zita (Gianni Schicchi) with Trinity College of Music, and Bertha (The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury!)) with OperaUpCose. In opera scenes, she has performed as Marcellina and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Lazuli (L’Etoile), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Minsk Woman (Flight), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Angelina (Cenerentola), Idamante (Idomeneo), Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Diana (La Calisto), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), and Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte). Louisa is a regular recitalist and has sung as mezzo soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. She has recorded CDs and film as a solo singer and lyricist.

Since December 2013 Louisa also runs a local to South East London classical concert series Neighbourhood Concerts.

www.louisabarry.com 

www.neighbourhoodconcerts.wordpress.com

TENOR – Ben Kerslake

Ben KerslakeBen Kerslake studied at the Queensland Conservatorium with an exchange to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He received first class honours and a Master of Music. In this period he was awarded a Masters scholarship, Tenor Scholarship, the Opera Scenes Prize and was selected for the Opera Queensland Developing Artist Program. In 2004 Ben moved to the UK and made his Opera North debut.

Ben's lead tenor performances include Faust, Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Don Pasquale, The Pearl Fishers, The Magic Flute, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, Hugh The Drover, The Merry Widow, The Burning Fiery Furnace for Opera North, Scottish Opera, Opera de Baugé, Opera Queensland, the Monte Carlo Festival and the Ravenna Festival amongst others. Ben has been a tenor soloist in Venice, Abu Dhabi, the Singapore Festival, Luxembourg and the Sydney Opera House. He created the role of Arlecchino in the World Premiere of Dove’s Pinocchio (Opera North, BBC Radio 3 and Sky Arts). In 2009 Ben sang the National Anthems for the Four Nations at Twickenham, broadcast internationally on Sky and Fox Sports.

www.benkerslake.com



BASS-BARITONE – Dan Miller

Dan MillerDan Miller first studied at the Royal College of Music as a cellist and then transferred to studying first study voice at Trinity College of Music. Since completing his college studies he has been trained under the direction of the renowned voice teacher, Raymond Connell.

He recently completed a period of study at The Associated Opera studios, and has had the fortunate opportunity to perform various roles, including two operas at the internationally famous Tête a Tête festival. Dan performs regularly with various choirs, and has sung solos in many of the most significant cathedrals across Europe. In the UK he has sung solo in venues including St Paul’s, St Martin in the Fields, Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster. He has also done radio work including for BBC Radio 3.

He is a keen choral conductor and composer, and amongst other things, has worked as a choral animateur for the Associated Board of Choral Directors at their flagship youth conference in Birmingham. He conducts Voices - The City of Derby Girls Choir and its partner mixed youth choir, ChorAlchemy. As a composer he has a growing list of commissions and compositions, and recently reached the final of BBC Radio 3’s carol competition.

Finally Dan is a keen, interested and dedicated teacher of voice, working privately in Chiswick, at The VoiceBox Derby and at The Harrodian School in Barnes. He is presently under-taking further voice-based research to add to the teaching canon and working towards a Masters in vocal research and applied professional practice.