[ Soprano ]
Soprano 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 in London 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 her generation‚ much in demand on the operatic stage and concert platform. Recent highlights include Agilea in Handel’s Teseo with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale at Tanglewood, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and in San Francisco; Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen for the Welsh National Opera; the Plaintiff in Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta Trial by Jury, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel all for Opera North. Amy has worked with many notable directors and conductors‚ including: Phyllida Lloyd‚ Robert Carsen‚ Sir Peter Hall‚ Laurent Pelly‚ Richard Jones‚ Christopher Alden‚ Stephen Langridge, Giles Havergal, Tim Albery, Vladimir Jurowski, Martyn Brabbins, Louis Langrée, and Edward Gardner. Future operatic engagements include a revival of Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and Papagena in The Magic Flute for Opera North. 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 in 2005.