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In 2024 Northern Irish soprano Giselle Allen makes her debut at Sydney Opera House to reprise the role of Tosca with Opera Australia and returns to Opera North to sing Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana. In 2023 she performed Praskov’ya Osipovna Nos (The Nose) at La Monnaie, Brussels, and 3rd Norn Götterdämmerung for Opernhaus Zürich. Celebrated for her strong character portrayals, highlights include Elektra for Irish National Opera, Miss Jessel The Turn of the Screw for La Monnaie (live-streamed) and Ellen Orford Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh Music’s Grimes on the Beach (broadcast on BBC4 and released on DVD).

Judith Howarth recently sang Lady Macbeth for Grange Festival to critical acclaim and first came to public attention when she joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as a Principal aged twenty one. She has since performed leading roles world-wide and has sung with many distinguished conductors on the concert platform, with a discography of more than 30 recordings. In 2024 Judith sings Lady Billows Albert Herring for Opera North.

Last year, English-Japanese soprano Julia Mariko recorded Musetta in a new feature of Robin Norton-Hale’s Olivier award-winning production of La bohème and performed Virtue, covering Poppea/Drusilla, The Coronation of Poppea (English Touring Opera) and Shirley and Stella, covering Vera, The Land of Might Have Been (Buxton International Festival). In 2024 she covers Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress and performs Lamplighter Manon Lescaut for ETO alongside their next Learning and Participation opera The Great Stink.


French mezzo-soprano Margo Arsane sang Sesto Giulio Cesare for English Touring Opera in 2023. She was a 2020-21 Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera and returned as Dorabella Così fan tutte while also making her house and role debut as L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at Landestheater Coburg, Germany. Recently she sang the title-role in the world premiere of Raising Icarus by Michael Zev Gordon and Smeraldine and Linette L’amour des trois oranges at Opéra National de Lorraine. After becoming a mother earlier this year, Margo covers Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea for The Grange Festival in 2024.


In 2024 Belgian countertenor Logan Lopez Gonzalez  creates the role of Freddie in Ian Wilson’s The Collector for Spark Opera and performs as dancer/singer in MALUS for La Monnaie. He also embarks on a tour of China with l’Opéra Royal de Versailles and performs Gloria in Vivaldi’s Gloria e Imeneo with Château de Versailles spectacles. In 2023 he created the role of Wolf in Vasco Mendoça’s The Girl, the Hunter and the Wolf, performed the title role in SOLAR, Icarus burning by Howard Moody and covered Smeton Bastarda (Donizetti) at La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels.


A BBC Proms artist, tenor Ben Johnson has performed & recorded with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau & James Baillieu. Well-known among Europe’s concert halls, he has also performed a variety of roles with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bergen National Opera & Opéra de Lyon. In 2024 he debuts the title role in Idomeneo for the Lucerne Festival.

Matthew McKinney is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and winner of the 2024 Kathleen Ferrier Award. He has recently recorded Gastone La traviata for OperaGlass Works’ forthcoming film and Rodolfo La bohème on Robin Norton-Hale’s feature produced by Finite Films. In 2022 he sang Damon Acis & Galatea for Ryedale Festival and covered Henrik A Little Night Music for Opera North, having sung the role for Buxton International Festival in 2021. In 2023 he sang Luigino Il viaggio a Reims and Rustighello Lucrezia Borgia in new productions for ETO and will sing with the Glyndebourne Festival in 2024.

Irish tenor Aaron O’Hare transitioned from baritone in 2021. He recently sang Spoletta Tosca for Northern Ireland Opera and performs Fourth Jew Salome for Irish National Opera in 2024. As an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni on tour, Stárek Jenůfa and March Hare/White Knight in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In 2021 he also sang Schaunard La bohème for Northern Ireland Opera and new commission Elsewhere, composed by Michael Gallen and produced in Ireland with support from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.


In 2023 Irish-British baritone Dan D’Souza sang Flemish Deputy Don Carlo (Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Mohammed Nobody/Somebody (Northern Ireland Opera), Father Hansel and Gretel (Lyric Opera Productions, Dublin) and Cirillo/Boroff FedoraRabbit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ebn-Hakia Iolanta (If Opera). In 2024 Dan covers Scarpia Tosca while singing Keeper of the Madhouse The Rake’s Progress and Angelotti Tosca for The Grange Festival. 

Zambian-born baritone Themba Mvula has sung for WNO, ENO, Opera North and Birmingham Opera Company. In 2020 he sang Frazier in Theater an der Wien’s production of Porgy and Bess and the title role in Bhekizizwe in a filmed production for Opera Ddraig. In 2023 he sang Anthony Blaze of Glory! for WNO and opened The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions at the Manchester International Festival, which transferred to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Bregenzer Festspiele with further tours planned in Austria and New York in 2024/25.

Christopher Nairne - Baritone

In 2022 Scottish baritone Christopher Nairne sang Marcello La bohème for Nevill Holt Opera, Count Carl-Magnus A Little Night Music (co-production with Leeds Playhouse/Opera North), Albert Werther with Lyric Opera Productions (Dublin) and as a soloist with the Scottish Opera Highlights tour. In 2023 he covered Morales CarmenHoremhab AkhnatenMarchese d’Obigny La traviata and Earl Mountararat Iolanthe for English National Opera.

Armand Rabot is a British-Sri Lankan Baritone from the Northwest of England studying with Ben Johnson. In 2024 Armand will perform at the Salzburger Festspiele as a member of the Young Singers Project and Mercurio/Familgiari 3 L’incoronazione di Poppea and Keeper of the Madhouse The Rake’s Progress for The Grange Festival. Other roles include Father Hänsel und Gretel (HGO), Narumov The Queen of Spades (The Grange Festival), Pistol Sir John in Love and Envy, Mistrust Apollyon The Pilgrim’s Progress (British Youth Opera).  

Harry Thatcher is a British baritone based in London. Recent engagements include Schaunard La bohème for Opera Holland Park, Escamillo Carmen for Scottish Opera (access performances) and jump-ins to sing the same role for Waterperry Opera Festival. On the concert platform Harry has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Opera North at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. In 2024 he will sing Riff West Side Story for the Gobierno de Aragon Lyric and Dance Festival and Silvio Pagliacci for OHP.