'She has a rich, remarkably mature voice, heard to great effect in Dvorak'
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British soprano Kayleigh McEvoy completed the Artist Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the tutelage of Janice Chapman. Kayleigh was the winner of the 2017 Essex Young Musician of the Year competition, as well as the 2016 Freda Parry Scholarship competition.
Kayleigh is a keen advocate of concert and oratorio repertoire, her recital work having taken her to venues over the UK, Europe and Africa. Over the last year Kayleigh has performed an extensive number of vocal recitals, exploring many opera roles, German lied, French melodie, traditional art song and contemporary music. She made her London operatic debut in 2016 as the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (abridged.) Since then she has gone on to perform roles such as; Musetta in La Boheme on tour with Barefoot Opera, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, with St.Pauls Opera. Within Guildhall's opera scenes she has performed roles such as, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Mother in Hansel and Gretel and Witch 1 in Dido and Aeneas. Other previous roles include, Maria in The Sound of music, The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Constance in The Sorcerer, Peep Bo in The Mikado and Tessa in The Gondoliers.
In London, Kayleigh has had the opportunity to work with renowned coaches and conductors such as; Daniel Barenboim, Gustav Dudamel, Edith Wiens, Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Eugene Asti and Mary Plazas. Kayleigh has also recently taken an interest in expanding her New Music repertoire. Last year she performed in the GSMD opera, premiering Julian Phillips The Tale of Januarie. She also worked closely with Jane Manning on a selection of new pieces written by 20th Century composers. In association with the Courtauld Gallery, Kayleigh performed a newly commissioned piece written especially for her based on one of their paintings by Lucian Freud.
Over the coming season, Kayleigh can be heard performing in numerous recitals. This October she will be making another role debut with Chelmsford City Opera, as the title role in Patience. Kayleigh is also looking forward to beginning a contract with Thursford Christmas Spectacular this September.
Kayleigh's Postgraduate Studies are kindly supported by The George Drexler Foundation, Ann Johnson Educational Foundation, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Hervey Benham Charitable Trust, The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, Chelmsford Educational Foundation, The Essex Community Foundation, The Pimlott Foundation, Tom Acton Memorial Trust and The Guildhall School Trust.
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