Chloe Stratta - Director/Amore
Chloe graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class bachelor of music degree, and continued her studies subsequently under Ryland Davies and Deborah Rees. She is currently studying with Colin Baldy.
Chloe has performed in oratorio, opera and recitals across the country. Her operatic roles have included Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Handmade Opera; Italy, London, Wantage and Chelmsford Cathedral), Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice (Grassroots Opera, Devon), Venus in Blow's Venus and Adonis (Manchester University Music Society), Soprano Soloist/Hermia in Purcell's The Fairy Queen (City Lit Opera), and Shepherd in Puccini’s Tosca (The English Opera Ensemble). In scenes she has performed as Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Anne Page in Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love, Angelica in Handel's Orlando, and Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto. She has performed as a member of the chorus for Handel's Semele (Manchester University Music Society), Verdi’s Macbeth (English Pocket Opera Company) and in Verdi's Aida and Beethoven's Fidelio (both at Dorset Opera Festival). Her solo concert repertoire has included Handel's Messiah and Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Bach’s Magnificat in D Minor and Mass in B Minor; Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem; Faure's Requiem; Poulenc's Gloria; Vivaldi's Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera, Magnificat, and Gloria; Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Credo Mass; Haydn's Creation Mass, Missa in Tempore Bella, and Nelson Mass, in Exeter Cathedral.
Whilst at University Chloe was a member of the chamber choir Ad Solem, with whom she performed numerous concerts in the North West, and toured to Italy. She also had the opportunity to sing with the Hallé choir, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, on two occasions. She spent a semester abroad studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Australia. Alongside her regular performances, Chloe has experience in teaching singing, having taught in schools in Devon and Dorset, as well as privately, and directs the Uplyme Gospel Singers.
Anna Marie McLachlan - Orfeo/Director
Mezzo Soprano Anna Marie McLachlan completed her studies for a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tuition of Alison Wells and Robert Bottriell. Whilst there, she participated in the English National Opera Mentor Scheme.
Anna was a Young Artist with Bury Court Opera, performing as a mad voice and covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Noah Mosley), directed by Ella Marchment. The production was recently revived as part of Helios Collective’s Formations series with English National Opera, performing at Lilian Baylis House, and with Bury Court Opera at Messums, Wiltshire. Anna’s operatic experience includes Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart) for Instant Opera, Dulwich Opera & Handmade Opera, Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten) with Harrow Opera, Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart) for Instant Opera, La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) for Handmade Opera, Hänsel (cover) (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck), Mystery/2nd Woman and Mezzo Soloist (The Fairy Queen, Purcell) for City Lit Opera, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo) at the Têtê à Têtê Opera Festival.
In opera scenes, she has performed Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini) at the Italian Cultural Institute, Mrs Ford (Sir John in Love, Vaughan Williams), Idamante (Idomeneo, Mozart), Sosarme (Sosarme, Handel), Stewardess (Flight, Dove), Tirinto (Imeneo, Handel) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten).
Anna was selected as a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize, singing in a masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott, for the London Song Festival.She has also performed in masterclasses and workshops with eminent artists such as Simon Keenlyside, Nicholas Kraemer, Teresa Cahill, Eugene Asti and Rosa Mannion.
Solo performances include solos in Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass, in Exeter Cathedral, performing folk songs by Berio at the Southbank Centre as part of the Rest is Noise Festival, participation in Eugene Asti’s Richard Strauss project, the alto solo (Cantata BWV 161, J.S Bach), directed by Steven Devine at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and recitals at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street and Claygate Music Festival.
Lucy Elston - Euridice (23rd-24th February & 14th September 2018)
Lucy is a British Lyric Soprano based in London. She has been called "a very sensitive singer and performer." with "a mature and nuanced musicality as well as a skilful and generous presence on stage." - Kelvin Lim, Musical Director. Her singing has been described as displaying 'a beautiful sense of line and a lovely bright tone.' - Colin Edwards, conductor.
In February 2018, Lucy sang in a comic Triptych at the King's Head Theatre to great acclaim. She performed under the direction of Paula Chitty and created the role of Natalya for the premiere of John Whittaker's Opera 'The Proposal' based on the play by Chekhov. Lucy's Roles include Grittly Le 66 (Irrational Theatre), Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice (Grassroots Opera), Galatea Acis and Galatea (Aylesbury Opera), Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica (Opera in the Meantime), Mrs GobineauThe Medium (Clockwork Opera), Cathleen Riders to the Sea (City Lit Opera), and Maria West Side Story (Saint Monica's Players). In scenes she has performed as Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Woglinde Das Rheingold.
Lucy performed with British Youth Opera for their production of The Vanishing Bridegroom, working with Stuart Barker, James Holmes and Mandy Demetriou. For Trinity Laban Opera, She portrayed Rachel Turner in the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Banished, working with Elaine Kidd and Jessica Cottis.
Lucy is a finalist of three competitions - the Roy Pleasance, the Lillian Ash French Song and the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder competition. She has performed in masterclasses with David Gowland and the Royal Opera House's Jette Parker Young Artists, with Susan Bullock CBE, with Janice Chapman and with Alexander Technician Ron Murdock. She has worked with Eugene Asti, performing Lieder from Op.90 for his Schumann Festival in 2017.
Recent Oratorio engagements include the soprano solos from Haydn's Nelson Mass (Sidmouth Choral Society) and the solos in J.S Bach's St John Passion (Southend Bach Choir). Other professional engagements include performances at The Jane Austen Festival at the Holburne Museum in Bath, and Forty Hall's Dawn Chorus Events. Lucy is also a regular soloist for Essex Unitarian Church under the direction of Peter Crockford. She has enjoyed performing in The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Buxton Opera House, St Alban's Cathedral, Leeds Town Hall and The ORNCC in Greenwich.
Lucy studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, graduating with a Distinction for her MMus in Vocal Performance. She studied under the tutelage of Alison Wells and Helen Yorke, and was a grateful recipient of the Kathleen Roberts Scholarship Award. She also has a BA (hons) degree from The University of Leeds, where she studied music and graduated with a 2:1 in 2011.
Lucy has recently been offered a place to study with Dennis O'Neill CBE at the Wales International Academy of Voice, and is looking forward to moving to Cardiff in October to take up her place.
Susanna MacRae - Euridice (From October 2018)
Susanna MacRae graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Jeffrey Stewart (Vocal Studies) and Nigel Clayton (Piano). Currently, she continues her studies in London with Sheila Barnes and Jeremy Silver.
On the operatic stage Susanna has recently completed a successful tour of Italy and Spain performing Galatea (Acis & Galatea) with Ad Parnassum as well as Emilie (Les Indes Galantes) in March for Benslow Baroque Opera. Later this year Susanna will perform the role of Bellezza (Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno) as a Périgord Noir Festival Young Artist, Frasquita in a touring production of Bizet’s Carmen with Barefoot Opera Young Artists and Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) with Grassroots Opera in a tour of south-west England.
This year she has competed as a finalist at The John Kerr Award for English Song, Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition and in September has been selected as a semi-finalist in The Froville International Voice Competition in France. Solo highlights include appearing as soprano soloist for numerous choral societies across south-west England and she regularly appears on the recital platform around London and the South, collaborating with Guy Murgatroyd (Piano) and Aidan Phillips (Harpsichord).
Laurence Panter - Pianist/Répétiteur
Laurence is a British tenor and pianist and is an alumnus of both Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. As a pianist, he gained his performance diploma in 2009 and has accompanied singers for exams, recordings, recitals and competitions. In 2017, he was pianist for performances of Puccini’s Suor Angelica for Opera in the Meantime and for Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Stage Left Project providing “impressive support” (Hastings Independent Press). As a tenor, Laurence has performed a wide range of roles, last year including Acis (Acis and Galatea), Rudolfo (La Bohème), Inkslinger (Paul Bunyan), Basilio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Defendant (Trial by Jury) and Ralph (HMS Pinafore). 2018 sees him premiere a new opera with Irrational Theate, join Longborough Festival Opera for Poppea and bring Trouble in Tahiti to the Chichester Bernstein Centenary Festival.