Katrina trained at the Arts Educational School, won the Tom Merrifield Scholarship to study at the London Studio Centre & then at the Royal College of Music.
Katrina played the role of Carrie in Cameron Mackintosh's Carousel at the Shaftsbury Theatre having previously understudied & played the part at The Royal National Theatre. She also played the alternate Christine in Cameron Mackintosh's Phantom of the Opera on the UK Tour and was then asked to play the role in the West End. Katrina played Marsinah in Kismet, Anne in A Little Night Music & Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady all for BBC Radio 2.She has also been guest artiste in Radio 2's National Music Day & Friday Night Is Music Night.
Other theatre credits include Robert & Elizabeth at the Chichester Theatre, the national tour of Kiss Me Kate, the tour of 20th Century Musical's, the title role in the British Premiere of The Girl With The Roses at the Bloomsbury Theatre & has been Michael Balls guest singer on his National Tour & at the Royal Albert Hall. Opera credits include Orpheus In The Underworld for Opera North where she played the role of Diana, Queen Of The Night in Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni,Frascita in Carmen all for Travelling Opera & Valenciene in The Merry Widow for Opera Della Luna. Katrina has done extensive concert work all over the country & internationally for West End The Concert, working with orchestra's such as The London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Scottish Opera Orchestra, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra & Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.Other concerts include Bernstein in the 50's at the Symphony Hall Birmingham with the Birmingham Concert Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Stars of the Musicals in Kuala Lumpur & guest singer for Larry Adler in his Glory of Gershwin Concert Tour.
She also performed in Fascinating Rhythm-A Celebration of Gershwin with the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Recordings include Carrie in the London Cast Recording of Carousel, Millie in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Hope in Anything Goes, Grete in The Dancing Years & several West End The Concert Recordings all for TER. TV Credits include The Lawrence Olivier Awards, The Michael Parkinson Show both for the BBC, Speed & On The Road both for ITV.
She has worked extensively in corporate entertainment including with the "Three Waiters" as their special guest soprano. With them she performed for The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Nigel Mansell's 50th birthday party, Lord Kirkham at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, The Ville Rothschild in Monte Carlo for the National Federation of Builders and the launch of the 5 series BMW in Cannes. Katrina now performs for her own company Soprano Bella, specialising in Musical Theatre and Opera. Both "Soprano Bella Solo" and "The Surprise Soprano's" have become very successful both in Corporate and Public performances. Katrina will be playing the role of Repunzal in "Into the Woods" at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden from june - july this year
Greg Castiglioni was born and raised in Italy, speaks 4 languages and is a Law graduate from the University of Westminster.
After winning a full scholarship he studied at the Mountview Conservatoire in London.
His career has since spanned diverse roles in musicals both in the west end and abroad as well as extensive concert and recording work. He has been seen, among other roles, as The Phantom in 'The Phantom of the Opera', Thenardier in 'Les Miserables', Magaldi in 'Evita', Rusty in 'Starlight Express' and more recently as Thomas Andrews in the award winning UK premier of 'Titanic'.
Ellie trained at Mountview Theare School on the Ralph Richardson Scholarship.
Most recent work includes "The Lord Of The Rings" at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the workshop of �Marguerite� with Alan Boubill and Claude Shoenberg.
Ellie played the role of "Flo Manero" on the UK tour of Saturday Night Fever, played and understudied "Madame Thernardier" in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre and on the UK tour, understudied and played "Nancy" in Oliver at the London Palladium and on the UK tour as well as in Toronto. Ellie also played �Sheila�on the European tour of "Hair".
TV appearances include "The Bill" (ITV) and "What Would You Do?" (BBC)
Recordings include: "Oliver", "West Side Story", "Lord Of The Rings", "Marguerite" and "Nine".
Carmen originates from New York where her theatrical training started in ballet. However from a young age her family moved to Germany where her singing career began with a professional touring choir, singing at venues like Die Alte Oper and Die Jahr Hundert Halle, as well as performing with the Frankfurt English Speaking Theatre. Once arriving in London she continued her training in musical theatre at the BRIT Performing Arts School. After which her voice inspired and guided her to pursue training as a classical Soprano happened at Birkbeck Abby Opera.
She made her West End debut in Carl Rosa Opera's G&S Season at the Gielgud Theatre. Following to make her 2nd West End appearance in the cast of The Phantom of the Opera where she covered and played the role of Carlotta at Her Majesty's followed by the UK Tour.
Other Theatre and Opera Credits include: ), Ensemble/Cover Carlotta in the Phantom of the Opera UK tour, Fag Hag in Snow White and the Seven Poofs (London), Mrs Gibson/Duchess Sophie in Call Me Madam (Union Theatre), Ensemble/Cover Carlotta in the Phantom of the Opera (West End), Mabel cover/ensemble in The Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera Company UK tour). The Mikado, Iolanthe and The Pirates of Penzance (Gielgud, West End), Mikado/HMS Pinafore (USA tour), The Yeoman of the Guard (Tower of London Festival). Annina in La Traviata (Arts Depot and UK tour), Adele in Die Fledermaus (UK tour), Mme de Chateau d'Yquem in Not in Front of the Waiter, Frasquita in Carmen, and Macduff's Son/ensemble and Slave Girl/ensemble in Aladdin (Bad Hamburg Kor Theatre, Germany).
Concerts include: Soloist at the Inspiration Awards for Women at Cadogan Hall, Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall (DVD), Soloist for three years at the Maida Vale Music Festival, Soloist for charity events including Some Like It Hot charity auction (Barbican, MediCinema).
Other work includes: on television, stand in for Mock the Week and As Seen on TV, and character dancer for Lee Evans BIG at the O2 (performance and DVD).
Carmen is an accomplished triple threat with ability to easily cross over between Opera and Musical Theatre.
Ian Knauer now lives in NYC after finishing a successful run in the hit West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He was part of the terrific cast of Dames at Sea at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway and recently shot a scene for a Stephen Frears film called The Program about Lance Armstrong and finished recording his eighth recorded book for RNIB.
Ian has been performing professionally for 35 years on stage and on film in the US and all over the world. When he graduated from college he wanted to perform and travel and that is exactly what he's done. He is equally at home on a stage singing with a full orchestra and in front of a camera acting. Being a dual citizen of the US and UK, he spent the last five years in London doing theatre, concerts, films, voice overs, and exploring as much of the UK and Europe as he could.
Ian, originally from Toledo, Ohio - the Glass Capital of the World - began singing in church and at home from a very early age. His sister and he would spend hours playing duets at the piano and singing all kinds of songs and laughing! His first professional performing job came when he was 11 playing Kurt in The Sound Of Music at the Westgate Dinner Theatre. That is when he first found his home onstage.
Ian graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre and immediately began performing full time. Not long after graduation he moved to NY. He has performed in four Broadway shows and over 100 others in NY, Japan, China, Italy, Germany, the UK, Dubai, some of the seven seas, and all over the US. Some of his favorite performances include his first Broadway show - State Fair, his first Broadway role in By Jeeves, singing at both Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, filming Kon Tiki in Bulgaria, singing with the London City Big Band at The 100 Club, and playing the baddie in a pantomime in the UK (it's so fun being the villain!).
Cléo is a Brazilian singer/songwriter/actress/dancer/performer based in London. After 8 years of successfully maintaining a career in Musical Theatre and music, Cléo has been part of famous productions, such as Pricilla Queen of the Desert as Lead Diva, Mamma Mia! as Tanya/ Ali/ Lisa/ Ensamble, The Lion King, The Magic Flute, Rent as Maureen, South American Way as Carmem Miranda, Grease as Sandy and many others. Toured all over America doing shows and events with bands and groups.
Currently, she's working as a singer/songwriter and has just released her first album entitled "Unlucky Girl". For the last 2 years she's been performing her songs all over the UK, doing events with bands and groups around Europe.
Graham was trained classically in his native Canada and has been singing professionally for nearly 15 years. Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, and Nabucco were among his earliest shows before moving into musicals. Among the highlights are Jersey Boys (original London cast), Mamma Mia (stage and film), The Far Pavilions, Grease, Whistle Down the Wind, and Spend, Spend, Spend. Graham has also toured the UK with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and their own special brand of comedy, and most recently has been seen at Shakespeare's Globe playing in Romeo and Juliet and the world premiere of Frank McGuiness' version of the Greek classic Helen.
Helene Horlyck is a highly acclaimed classical crossover vocalist. Her powerful, yet breathtakingly ethereal voice is complemented by a stunning range which allows her to travel effortlessly from opera to stylish ambient grooves.
Helene's cv includes extensive vocal work for live performance, recording and television both in the UK and across Europe,USA and Canada leading to collaborations with top international artists such as Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Young, Leo Sayer,Chris de Burgh, and Apollo 440 amongst others.
Helene was honoured to be selected to sing the Danish national anthem at the 2008 Denmark versus Australia football match in front of a crowd of 20,000.
But she is not just a stunning voice. An accomplished songwriter, Helene wrote and recorded the haunting Achillea album with Jens Gad of the multi-million-selling ambient group Enigma. Released in 2005, this ambitious, eclectic project shot to number one in iTunes' Canadian crossover chart within two weeks and went on to achieve international success with critics and listeners alike. Achillea songs have since been chosen for numerous compilations including the very successful Buddha Lounge series.
Jens Gad's album "Le Spa Sonique", featuring Helene, was voted runner up for the Calmscape.com Best Album of 2006 and has been nominated twice in America for the New Age Reporter's lifestyle music awards 2007.
New age reporter's lifestyle music awards 2007. Grammy award winning producers David & Steve Gordon featured 6 of Helene's vocal performances on their Christmas 2007 US release 'Angel's Voices'.
Buoyed by the immense success of Achillea, Helene spent 2007 writing and recording her first solo record, A Nordic Room. Kaliber, one of the bonus tracks on this album was released on Celtic lounge III in august 2008 all across the US on Sequoia Records. Official release date for A Nordic room was January 16th 2009 on Prudence/BSC Germany.
Australian born baritone Nicholas Lester recently graduated from the National Opera Studio (London). He attended the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music and is now resident in London where he studies with Russell Smythe.
On the concert platform Nicholas Lester has performed the Messiah, Elijah, Brahms Requiem, Faur Requiem, Bach Cantatas and Rameau Motets.
His roles have included Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (Adelaide Festival), Speaker The Magic Flute and Paris Romo et Juliette (British Youth Opera), Pasha Selim The Seraglio and Kagler Wiener Blut (English Touring Opera), Leporello Don Giovanni Jerwood Scenes (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Theseus A Midsummer Night's Dream (Co-Opera, Australia), Fiorello & Officer Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Floras servant La Traviata (Opera Holland Park).
Other roles include Marcello La bohme, Onegin Eugene Onegin, Belcore Lelisir damore, Mr Gedge Albert Herring, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte, St Brioche The Merry Widow, 2nd Prisoner Fidelio, Colonel Calverly Patience, Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance, Sir Joseph Porter HMS Pinafore, Curly Oklahoma, Neville Cravin The Secret Garden, Freddy Eynsford-Hill My Fair Lady.
Recent engagements include a concert with Welsh National Opera orchestra, Belcore (cover) at Welsh National Opera, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs the Faur Requiem at St Martin in the Fields, Messiah with Laurence Cummings and the Guilford Philharmonic Orchestra and Kuligin Katya Kabanova Opera Holland Park
Forthcoming and future engagements include The Foreman Jenufa for Glyndebourne Opera on Tour, The Count The Marriage of Figaro and Theseus A Midsummer Night's Dream for English Touring Opera and Schaunard La boheme for Nationale Reisopera.
Awards and scholarships include the 2008 Anne Woods/Johanna Peters Award (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, Tait Memorial Trust an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship and Nicholas Lester gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Chris Ball and Serena Fenwick.
Rob studied acting at QMUC, Edinburgh and musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music, London being a recipient of the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award 2001.
Theatre credits include: 'Les Miserables' (Queens Theatre, London), 'Batboy' (Shaftesbury Theatre, London), 'Ragtime' (Piccadilly Theatre, London), 'Riverdance' (US Tour & Lincoln Center, NYC), 'Jerry Springer - the opera' (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh), Moon Landing' (Derby Playhouse), 'Grease' (Larnaca, Cyprus), 'Carousel' (St David's Hall, Cardiff),'Maid of the Mountains' (Finborough Theatre, London), ' Dude! Where's my teddy bear?' (Wimbledon Theatre, London), 'The Wild Party' (Riverside Studios, London), 'Grab Me A Gondola' (Theatre Museum, Covent Garden)
Concerts include: 'An Enchanted Evening' (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 'Masters of the House', 'Beyond Broadway', 'Kings of Swing' (UK Tours)
Recordings include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Billy Elliot (demo), A Different Kind of Love (debut album with Verity Quade)
Workshops include: Hamlet! The Musical, Everything's F***ed!
Katrina first met Bernadine when they were 13 years old where they performed together at the Mermaid Theatre and have remained friends ever since. Bernadine studied at The London Studio Centre and has appeared in numerous musicals in the West End including The Phantom of The Opera, Carousel at The Royal National Theatre and Disney's production of Beauty and The Beast. She appeared in Showboat for the RSC and Opera North and recently in the Raymond Gubbay production at the Royal Albert Hall. She has appeared twice in Carmen Jones, firstly at the Old Vic and then on the European tour where she played the role of Cindy Lou. Bernadine also played in Regents Park Open Air Theatre, performing in the Pirates of Penzance.
London (Camden to be exact) born and based, Amobi has a powerful, rich, penetrating sound that washes over you in waves. Being of Nigerian/Scottish descent, his unique and diverse approach to music bears witness to a multicultural background.
While still at school, Amobi frequented the London live music scene way before he was of legal age, in clubs such as the Wag, Dingwalls and the 100 Club.
Whilst being inspired by the sounds of Soul, Funk & Reggae on the streets of Camden, at home his Nigerian father was inspired with the music of Africa i.e. "Fela Kuti", "King Sunny Ade", "Baba Maal" and "Youssou N'Dour".
In his late teens he found himself following his passion for music and singing, winning a full scholarship (awarded by Cameron Mackintosh) to The London Studio Centre Institute of Performing Arts. Within two years he had landed a principal role in the West End production of "Miss Saigon," followed by further principal roles in "Carmen Jones" and the acclaimed "Five Guys Named Mo".
After achieving success in the West End and thereby gaining an incredible amount of experience, stage craft as well as recognition from critics, he was invited to the U.S.A. and Australia, to tour with his band "AMOBI". There he performed original music which he had written in his dressing room whilst in the West End.
In his spare time, working alongside local North London musicians and producers such as Shut Up & Dance, he went on to win two Dolphin awards for "Best Single" and "Best Male Vocalist".
He then returned to London to appear as principal artist in the West End production of "Notre Dame de Paris". At this time he also collaborated with virtuoso gypsy flamenco guitarist Tito Heredia, creating a beautiful and spiritual union of ethnic blending. This collaboration inspired the forming of Flamenco-Fusion Company "Alegr?a" featuring the renowned flamenco dancer Talia.
Following their debut performance at London�s Royal Albert Hall, they were invited to tour South East Asia on several occasions, collaborating with some of India and Pakistan�s finest musicians including the legendary Naheed Saddiqui . Alegr?a head- lined events such as the Lahore World Music Festival, Delhi Fashion Week, Mumbai International Music Festival and the Kerala Festival of Cultural Arts.
Another stint in theatre followed after he was cast, following in the foot steps of Martha Reeves & Edwin Star as MC/Narrator in the Motowns West End hit Musical �Dancing in the Streets�, for which he obtained rave reviews.
Since then, he has written material for his new album "Tribe of Soul", intended to be a true reflection of his cultural diversity and which he is planning to release and tour in 2008, with his hot new band, including Donald Gamble (formerly with Courtney Pine) on percussion and the exquisitely talented Jonathan Indiagbon on piano.
In March of this year, he appeared at The Young Vic as Barney in the new contemporary musical "Been so Long".
Aside from his extensive West End credits and live music tours, Amobi has been featured artist on Television and Film commercials for products such as Pringles, Just Juice, TDK, Skittles, Toyota and Mercedes Benz.
Other credits include his work for the award winning documentaries "Journey to the Moon" and "Flight over the Equator", both for ABC Network and a featured Single on "BBC" concept album produced by George Martin.
Katy Louisa Batho, Soprano, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2003 with honours. She has since worked for a number of Opera companies including Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Raymond Gubbay productions Ltd (Cover Magnolia, Showboat '06').
In 2007 Katy made her Glyndebourne debut as Emmie Splashett in Albert Herring and then went on to play a Kera in the world premier of Harrison Birtwistle's new opera The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House in early 2008. Her Linbury studio debut followed, playing Molly Brazen in The Beggars Opera. Katy has worked extensively for the last four years as a freelancer in the chorus at the Royal Opera House, and will return there for the 2009/10 season. Currently, Katy is singing the role of Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance for Carl Rosa Opera.