Originally from South Devon Amy J Payne joined the ensemble of Opera North in 2016 and has sung roles including Tisbe La Cenerentola, Third Lady The Magic Flute, La Suora Infermiera Suor Angelica, Olga Olsen Street Scene and Cornelia Giulio Cesare. Previously Amy has performed an extensive repertoire with companies including Pop Up Opera, Grimeborn Festival, Musique Cordiale Festival, Tête à Tête Festival, Buxton Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Iford Arts, Charles Court Opera, The National G&S Opera Company, Scottish Opera/D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Garsington Opera, Mid Wales Opera and English Touring Opera.
Amy trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the prestigious English Song Prize. She is also a Samling Scholar and holds a Bachelor Honours degree in French and German from King’s College, London. She has collaborated with Iain Burnside in song projects and recitals both at GSMD and at St. Endellion Summer Festival. In 2017 Amy collaborated with Anne Chmelewsky in a new one-woman operetta Pygmalion 2.0, which was revived in 2018. She also created the role of She in Luca Tieppo’s ‘song opera’ Suggestions of Love. Most recently she made her debut for Leeds Lieder in The Diary of One who Disappeared (Janacek) with tenor Nicky Spence and accompanied by Joseph Middleton. She was also a soloist for Opera North in their 2020 performances of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Amy is an experienced musical theatre performer, having twice represented GSMD in the finals of Stephen Sondheim Young Performer of the Year competition. Most recently she was cast in the devised Kurt Weill cabaret, Berlin to Broadway, for Opera North & Leeds Playhouse at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall. Her performance of Surabaya Johnny, accompanied by Martin Pickard, was singled out for praise in the national press.
On the oratorio platform Amy’s repertoire includes: Magnificat (CPE & JS Bach), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Stabat Mater (Dvorak), Requiem (Duruflé, Mozart & Verdi), Messiah (Handel), Vespers (Rachmaninoff), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) and Gloria (Vivaldi).
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“Amy J Payne swooned and spat, catlike and furious, in Surabaya Johnny from Happy End.”The Guardian
“Payne sang with precise articulation and contralto depth…properly effective”Opera Magazine
“She acted and sang her sisters off the stage…a distinctive voice, quirky and vital”The Independent on Sunday