Claire Surman, soprano

Claire Surman photoClaire graduated from the postgraduate opera course at the RCM with distinction, having won the Lies Askonas Prize, Agnes Nicholls Harty Trophy and Ted Moss Lieder Prize.

She made her Welsh National Opera (WNO) debut in 2011 as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and her Glyndebourne Festival Opera (GFO) debut as Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other roles include: Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Mimì (La Bohème), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus).

Concert highlights as a soloist include performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)/Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall); with the OAE/Sir Simon Rattle (Royal Festival Hall), in Raymond Gubbay’s Last Night of the Spring Proms Concerts (Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall) and with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival).

Claire appeared as a guest artist for the television series ‘Sopranos’, performing Sempre libera (La Traviata) and Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally) with the City of London Sinfonia.

Catriona Clark, soprano 

Catriona Clarke PhotoCatriona graduated with distinction from Napier University, the Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Alongside her teaching career, Catriona’s operatic and concert work has taken her throughout the world performing roles such as Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphée aux enfers), Musetta (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and the title role in Handel’s Semele.

Having performed with major companies including the Royal Opera, Opera North, Diva Opera, Opera Project and London Festival Opera (LFO), Catriona’s highlights include Adele (Die Fledermaus) alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall, and opera gala performances for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family.

Performances in 2014 have included Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Mimì (La Bohème), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and concert work in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Venice and Cyprus.


Charlotte Stephenson, mezzo-soprano

Charlotte Stephenson PhotoBorn in Manchester, Charlotte studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy Opera (RAO). She is an Independent Opera Fellow and graduate of the Solti-Te kanawa Academia di Bel Canto, and is also a Samling Scholar. Whilst at the RAO, Charlotte sang roles including Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Celia (La Fedelta Premiata), Hänsel, Diana (La Calisto), and Vava (Cheryomushki).

Charlotte made her Glyndebourne Touring Opera debut as Valetto (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and has sung Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) for English Touring Opera (ETO), and Kate Pinkerton/Cousin (Madam Butterfly) for Mid Wales Opera. Other roles include; Minsk Woman (Flight) and Gertrude(cover) (Roméo et Juliette) for British Youth Opera and Carmen for Garden Opera. In 2014 Charlotte covered Nancy (Albert Herring) for Opera North and sang with the Glyndebourne chorus, covering roles for the Festival and Tour.

As a soloist, Charlotte has performed alongside conductors Trevor Pinnock, Sir Colin Davis and Sian Edwards, and Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO. She is a regular soloist with Opera Interludes and LFO, touring the UK and Europe. Her most recent performances include Carmen and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Venice and Seville.


Christopher Turner, tenor

Christopher Turner PhotoBorn in Birmingham, Christopher read Music at the University of Hull, furthering his studies with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the National Opera Studio. He has received many prizes, including The Michael and Joyce Kennedy Prize for Singing Strauss, The Frederic Cox Prize, the Elizabeth Harwood Prize, and, most recently, a Countess of Munster ‘Young Star’ Award and the Sybil Tutton Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund. He was also a major scholar of the Sir Peter Moores Foundation.

Christopher made his professional début as Dr Blind Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera On Tour before joining the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera where roles included Robert Wilson Doctor Atomic, First Armed Man/First Priest The Magic Flute, Beppe Pagliacci, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Spoletta Tosca, Pong Turandot and Messenger Aida. Since then he has sung Don Ottavio (Opera North/Diva Opera in France), Roderigo Otello (Opera North), Janacek The Makropulos Case and Esquire Parsifal (English National Opera) Borsa Rigoletto and Pong Turandot (Scottish Opera), Dr Caius Falstaff (Opera Holland Park), Damon Acis and Galatea, Prunier La Rondine and Iro The Return of Ulisses (Iford Arts), title role Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera), Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Chelsea Opera Group), Ecclitico Il Mondo della Luna (English Touring Opera) and Artemidoro in Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio and Sempronio in Haydn’s The Apothecary (Bampton Classical Opera). In 2015 he made his Italian debut singing Inquisitor/Sultan Achmet in Candide (Opera de Firenze).

Recent engagements include Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and with the Philharmonia at the Lichfield Festival, Mozart Requiem and Messiah with the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, and Messiah at Cadogan Hall with the London Chamber Orchestra, Augusto in Leoncavallo’s Zazà with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican (also recorded by Opera Rara), Tibrino in Cesti’s Orontea with La Nuova Musica at the Wigmore Hall, Fabio in Handel’s Berenice with La Nuova Musica in Göttingen and Macduff Macbeth for Iford Arts. He has recorded Aubrey Maria di Rohan and Keeper of the Tower Pia dei Tolomei for Opera Rara, Mozart Requiem (CD) and Handel’s Messiah (DVD) with Orchestra of St John’s.

Future plans include a return to Florence to sing Giuliano in Handel’s Rodrigo with La Nuova Musica, Dormont La Scala di Seta and Rodolfo La Bohème (Scottish Opera), Title Role Jephtha with Iford Arts and further contracts with Scottish Opera.

Alexander Anderson-Hall, tenor

Alexander Anderson-Hall PhotoAlexander trained at the RCM, and at English National Opera (ENO) with the Opera Works Programme. His national debut was in the form of a number of roles for Scottish Opera.

In the UK, Europe, USA and Africa, Alexander has performed more than 30 roles in the lyric tenor repertoire including Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), The Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Don Jose (Carmen), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Ramiro/Nadir (Pearlfishers). Also, Macduff (Macbeth), The King (Perelandra), Fenton (Merry Wives of Windsor) and Cecco (Il Mondo della Luna).

At The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Alexander performed Ishmael (Nabucco), and Michele in the acclaimed Scottish premiere of Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street. His Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire includes: Nanki Pooh (The Mikado), Marco (The Gondoliers), The Defendant (Trial by Jury) and Frederic (Pirates of Penzance).

Current and future engagements include: Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alfredo (La Traviata) and Tinca (Il Tabarro). Alexander has just filmed an opera scene for a major Hollywood blockbuster movie, and in 2015 will co-direct and sing the role of Basilio for a production of Le Nozze di Figaro in London. 


Cameron Rolls, tenor

Cameron Rolls PhotoCameron was born in Somerset and studied at the Trinity College of Music. He was a principal artist with Wuppertaler Bühnen and Koblenz from 1993 to 1999. A guest artist in Hannover, Oldenburg and Gelsenkirchen. Roles in Germany include Don José Carmen,Alfred Die Fledermaus, Camille Die Lustige Witwe,Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Ernesto Don Pasquale, Rodolfo La Bohème, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Alfredo La Traviata, Paco La Vida Breve, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Pinkerton Madama Butter y, Cavaradossi Tosca and Tony West Side Story.

He has performed The Seven Deadly Sins with the Wuppertaler Tanztheater Pina Bausch in Amsterdam. Concert work includes The Verdi Requiem, Elgar The Kingdom, Handel Messiah, Mozart Die Krönungs-messe, Dvorak Requiem, and Saint-Saens Weihnachtsoratorium. For Diva Opera he has sung Don José, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore,Alfred, Cavaradossi,Alfredo, Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro,Tonio La Fille du Régiment, Duke Rigoletto, Rodolfo, Edgardo,Tamino and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi.

He recently toured internationally with Opera Interludes singing Alfredo and Cavaradossi and sang Ernesto for Opera a la Carte in London. Forthcoming engagements include concert tours with Diva Opera and Opera Interludes and the role of Lensky Eugene Onegin for Haddo House Opera in Scotland.


James McOran-Campbell, baritone  

James McOran-Campbell photoLondon-born James, trained in Milan, at the GSMD and the National Opera Studio before making his UK debut for Opera North, where he has sung the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and roles in Orfeo and The Merry Widow.

His repertoire encompasses over forty roles from specialist early opera to contemporary commissions, most recently How the Whale Became at The Linbury, Covent Garden. He has given critically-acclaimed performances as the Barber of Seville and Onegin for Grange Park Opera, as well as roles for WNO, ENO, ETO, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Buxton Festival Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Theater an der Wien, Zomeropera (Belgium), and the Liceu (Barcelona). Other career highlights include Alasdair in the world premiere of Ghost Patrol for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival and the central baritone role in the world premiere of The Ground Beneath her Feet with the Hallé under Mark Elder.

Broadcasts include a televised open-air Zarzuela concert from Alicante, Spain and Kurt Weil’s Street Scene on Radio 3. James will soon make his directorial debut with a production of Le Nozze di Figaro in which he is also singing the role of Count Almaviva.

Douglas Nairne, baritone

Douglas Nairne PhotoDouglas won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music where he gained an advanced Masters with distinction before completing a Masters in Opera at the Sir Alexander Gibson Opera School.

Operatic roles include Marcello ‘La Bohème’ at Haddo House Opera and Edinburgh Grand Opera, Silvio ‘Pagliacci’ with Lakeland Opera, Zurga ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Eugene Onegin’, with Opera Bohemia, and Herald in ‘Burning Fiery Furnace’ which he performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Hermitage in St Petersburg with Mahogany Opera. In 2015 Douglas toured New York, San Francisco and North Carolina with the Britten Sinfonia. Recently he covered Schaunard ‘La Bohème’ and Marchese ‘La Traviata’ with Scottish Opera.

Highlights on the concert platform include, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, including a New Year performance with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and the Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony with the Scottish Opera Orchestra. He was the baritone soloist in Faure’s ‘Requiem’ with the Ulster Youth Choir in a live performance on BBC Radio Ulster and the guest soloist with the Ulster Orchestra. He has performed Mahler’s, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertoten Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Mahler Players.


Benjamin Powell, piano

Benjamin Powell photoBenjamin Powell has performed across the UK and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and song accompanist. Since winning the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2010 Benjamin he has performed at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Snape Maltings, Bridgewater Hall, IRCAM (Paris), and Harpa (Reykjavik). In 2014 he was appointed pianist for Manchester’s leading contemporary music group, Psappha. He currently teaches at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Benjamin’s recording of selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was used in the recent National Theatre production of ‘the Hard Problem’, Sir Tom Stoppard’s latest play.
He studied at the RNCM with Carole Presland and later with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alexander Melnikov at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and RNCM respectively.
Benjamin was born and raised in West Sussex and currently lives in Glossop with his wife and three children.