Players & Repertoire

THE SINGERS

The singers are experienced in music of all periods.

Marie Vassiliou studied at the Royal College of Music where she won many prices including the Tagore Gold Medal. She has sung major roles in Handel operas in Halle and London, Calisto (Calisto) at Batignano, Belinda (Dido & Aeneas) in Tokyo, Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) and other roles in London. She has performed widely in concerts in the UK and many other European countries and her performances have been broadcast live by Radio France and Classic FM. Noted for her performances of contemporary music she recently sang the role of Desirée, which was created for her, in Mike Westbrook's Jago and Belisa in Simon Holt's The Nightingale's to Blame in Vienna.

Alasdair Elliott's operatic roles include Vasek (The Bartered Bride) for Glyndebourne, Skuratov (The House of the Dead) for Welsh National Opera, David (Die Meistersinger) for Staatstheatre Stuttgart, Monostatos (The Magic Flute) and Eurimachus (The Return of Ulysses) in Lisbon. He has sung Pong and The Emperor (Turandot), Die Junger Diener (Elektra) and Ruodi (William Tell) and other roles for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He sings for ENO, Scottish Opera, the Buxton Festival and many other companies in the UK and abroad. His concert work includes performances with Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and The London Mozart Players.

From Inverness in the Scottish Highlands Harry Nicoll has sung principal roles with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Opera North and Glyndebourne. Abroad he has been a guest principal in Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Athens, Cologne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Venice and New York. Roles include Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Pedrillo (Il Seraglio), Platée (Platée), Simpleton (Boris Godunov) and Flute (A Midsummer Night's Dream). He is one of the UK's leading interpreters of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions. Recordings include The Company of Heaven by Britten, The Count of Luxembourg by Lehàr and Robert Burns Songs with the Scottish Early Music Consort.

Richard Edgar-Wilson is a tenor, noted especially as a Bach Evangelist and an interpreter of the music of Benjamin Britten. Richard has worked on the concert platform with Charles Mackerras, Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Mark Minkowski, Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Herreweghe and Richard Hickox, and in recital with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake. On the opera stage he has sung all the major Mozart tenor roles and he has created parts in thirteen world premièrs. He appeared as Radames in the Norwegian feature-film Suffløsen, and recordings include Die Schöne Müllerin, On Wenlock Edge, San Giovanni Battista (winner of a Gramophone award), Dioclesian, Artaxerxes, Boyce Odes, Coates Songs and Messiah.

© 2013 Jane Clark - email: janeclark@intune.co.uk