Lyric soprano Emily Garland has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune singing Liszt songs to promote a forthcoming Wigmore Hall recital. Winner of the Richard Lewis Award at the Royal Academy of Music, she returned to The Grange Festival in 2021 to cover the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. In 2019 she covered Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, working with Ann Murray to prepare the role, and sang in Precipice, their 2020 outdoor promenade performance, as well as a recorded masterclass on the main stage with Dame Felicity Palmer.
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.
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 will perform as a soloist with Charles Court Opera in their annual boutique pantomime Beowulf this Christmas.