Amy Freston

Samling Artist Programme: 2003

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‚ in constant demand on the operatic stage and concert platform.

Recent engagements included Ilia Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera)‚ Agilea Teseo for the Gottingen International Handel Festival‚ Belinda Dido and Aeneas and Rose Maybud Ruddigore (Opera North) The Owl and the Pussycat for ROH2 as part of the London 2012 Festival‚ Teseo for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with Nic McGegan in San Francisco‚ and Raymond Gubbay’s Strauss Gala tour (Soprano Soloist).

A frequent guest at Opera North and Glyndebourne‚ roles include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro‚ Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring‚ Valencienne Merry Widow‚ Amore L’incoronazione di Poppea‚ Sandman Hänsel und Gretel‚ Despina Così fan Tutte‚ First Niece Peter Grimes Elsa in the world première of David Sawer’s Skin Deep‚ Belinda Dido and Aeneas‚ and La Musica Orfeo.

Further operatic engagements include La Belle Helene (English National Opera)‚ James Macmillan’s Parthenogenesis (Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre)‚ Orlando (Early Opera Company)‚ Zaide (Classical Opera Company)‚ The Philosopher’s Stone (Garsington)‚ Despina (English Touring Opera and for Samling Opera 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 Promis Award 2005.