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 will return 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 and is a 2020/21 Scottish Opera Emerging Artist where she has performed Despina Così fan tutte (released for online distribution). Recent and future performances include covering Gretel Hansel and Gretel for Scottish Opera and making her debut at St John’s Smith Square in 2021.
English-Japanese soprano Julia Mariko Smith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and sang Barbarina in performance for Opera North’s 2019/20 The Marriage of Figaro. She also toured Gianetta The Gondoliers with the National G&S Opera Company and sang Soeur Constance for RNCM’s Dialogues des Carmélites. In 2021 she will appear as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for Waterperry Opera Festival, Guilietta/Cleopatra in Wexford Opera’s Pocket Opera: Shakespeare in Love and is covering Amore Orfeo ed Euridice for Opera North.