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Amy Freston was born in London and trained as a classical dancer before studying singing at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sandra Dugdale. She went on to the National Opera Studio where she was sponsored by Glyndebourne. The combination of her acting ability and vocal qualities have singled her out as one of the most compelling performers of the younger generation of British singers‚ much in demand on the operatic stage and concert platform.
Recent and future engagements include Frasquita
(Welsh National Opera) Agilea in Handel’s
at the Tanglewood Festival‚ NY and in SanFrancisco (McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra) and the Gottingen International Handel Festival‚ Belinda
Dido and Aeneas
and Rose Maybud
The Owl and the Pussycat
for ROH2 as part of the London 2012 Festival‚ and Raymond Gubbay’s Strauss Gala tour (Soprano Soloist).
A frequent guest at Opera North and Glyndebourne‚ roles inlcude Cherubino
Le Nozze di Figaro
‚ Miss Wordsworth
L’incoronazione di Poppea
Hansel und Gretel
Cosi fan Tutte
‚ First Niece
Elsa in the world premiere of David Sawer’s
Dido and Aeneas
‚ and La Musica
Further operatic engagements include
La Belle Helene
(English National Opera)‚ James Macmillan’s
(Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre)‚ Ilia
(Grange Park Opera)‚
(Early Opera Company)‚
(Classical Opera Company)‚
The Philosopher’s Stone
(Garsington)‚ Despina (English Touring Opera and for the Samling Foundation directed by Sir Thomas Allen)‚ Pergolesi’s
La Serva Padrona
with the Gabrieli Consort‚ Aminta
Il re Pastore
and the title role
Acis and Galatea
(both for New Kent Opera). She created the roles of Io and Woman Three in Birtwistle’s
The Io Passion
directed by Stephen Langridge at the Aldeburgh‚ Almeida and Bregenz Festivals and Mirror Echo in
The Second Mrs Kong
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
In concert she has performed Bach with the Orchestra of Age Enlightenment and Vladimir Jurowski‚ Carmina Burana with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra‚ Handel L’Allegro‚ il penseroso ed il moderato with Nicholas McGegan and Northern Sinfonia‚ St. Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore‚ Mozart C minor Mass with Manchester Camerata. Other conductors she has worked with include Richard Farnes‚ Douglas Boyd‚ Martyn Brabbins‚ Dennis Comte‚ Gary Cooper‚ Edward Gardner‚ Simon Halsey‚ Nicholas Kok‚ Nicholas Kraemer‚ William Lacey‚ Louis Langrée and Thomas Roesner. She made her debut at the BBC Proms with the Nash Ensemble and other concert performances include Mozart C minor Mass with Northern Sinfonia and Thomas Zehetmair‚ Lucio Silla with the Classical Opera Company and Ian Page in Italy and a programme of Bach and Handel on tour with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim. Amy has worked with many notable directors‚ including: Phyllida Lloyd‚ Robert Carsen‚ Sir Peter Hall‚ Laurent Pelly‚ Richard Jones‚ Christopher Alden‚ Giles Havergal and Tim Albery.
Amy recently made a recording of Birtwistle’s Nine Settings of Lorine Niedecker with Adrian Brendel.
Amy Freston was a winner of the prestigious Joaninha Trust Award‚ and was generously supported in her studies by the Countess of Munster Musical trust and the Peter Moores Foundation. She was also winner of the Glyndebourne on Tour Promise Award 2005.