Lorna Anderson was born in Glasgow and studied at the RSAMD with Patricia MacMahon before winning a postgraduate scholarship to the RCM. While still a student, she won a number of awards and competitions including the Peter Pears and Royal Overseas League competitions and the Purcell-Britten Prize for Concert Singers and has gone on to enjoy a busy and varied career, appearing in opera, concert and as a recitalist all over the world. In January 2023 Lorna will be performing in recital with Malcolm Martineau for the Oban Music Society.

Soprano Stephanie Corley studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung for leading opera companies and festivals across the UK, including a variety of contemporary repertoire, and has performed extensively on the concert platform. Recently she sang Sieglinde Die Walküre in concert for Leeds Sinfonia.

Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists 2021 Soprano Catriona Hewitson

Winner of the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Song Prize and graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School, Scottish soprano Catriona Hewitson has sung roles for Grange Festival, Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. She is a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and has performed Adina L’elisir d’amore and Despina Così fan tutte for the company (released for online distribution) and was the soprano for their Opera Highlights performances. In 2022 she sang Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Company and also tours Patience with Charles Court Opera in the title role.

English-Japanese soprano Julia Mariko Smith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and recently appeared as Gretel Hansel and Gretel with Waterperry Opera Festival, Fredrika A Little Night Music with Buxton Opera Festival and in recital with Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton as a Momentum Artist at the 2021 Leeds Lieder Festival. In 2020 she covered and performed Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro with Opera North and performed as a soloist in Charles Court Opera’s boutique pantomime Beowulf during their 2021/22 season.