Amy J Payne

Samling Artist Programme: 2009

Amy hails from South Devon and lives in London. She graduated witha Masters in Performance with Distinction in March 2011 from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, after studying as a postgraduate on the vocal and opera studies courses. In 2009 she was recipient of The School’s English Song Prize and won The Susan Longfield Competition. She has a Bachelor Honours degree in French and German from King’s College, London, where she also held a choral scholarship.

Operatic experience includes: Annabel Clarke Through The Looking Screen (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Florence Pike (cover) Albert Herring (English Touring Opera); Ruth The Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera); Second Lady The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera Emerging Artists); Mastrilla (cover) & Chorus La Perichole, Second Lady (cover) & Chorus The Magic Flute, Chorus Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera); Chorus Aida (Raymond Gubbay Productions); Mrs. Noye Noye’s Fludde (Faversham Fludde Festival); Suzuki Madam Butterfly (Mid Wales Opera); Schwertleite Die Walküre (St. Endellion Summer Festival); Dr Blind/Ida Die Fledermaus (Iris Theatre/Orchestra of St Pauls); Mère Marie de l’Incarnation Dialogues des Carmélites, Dianora Spinalba, Florence Pike Albert Herring, Anne Who Strips (cover) & Chorus The King goes forth to France, Arina (cover) The Marriage (GSMD; Dorabella Così fan Tutte, Solo Chorus Acis & Galatea (Westminster Opera); Olga Eugene Onegin (Dartington), Un Pâtre/La Chatte/La Libellule L’enfant et les Sortilèges (Syred Consort), Sarah/Eliza Jacko’s Hour (Opera Engine),Coryphée Alceste (Chelsea Opera Group). Projects include: Ragonde Count Ory for Opera South; Ruth (cover) & Chorus The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera and Florence Pike Albert Herring for Mid Wales Opera/OTC.

Amy appears regularly on the oratorio and concert platform both as a soloist and a consort singer. Solo repertoire includes: Stabat Mater (Dvorak), Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Vespers (Rachmaninoff), Gloria (Vivaldi), Requiem (Verdi), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Magnificat (CPE Bach) and Requiem (Durufle). She has sung Sea Pictures (Elgar), Les Nuits d’Été (Berlioz) and Frauenliebe und – leben (Schumann) in piano recitals and with orchestra. Most recently, Amy sang the role of She in the world première of Luca Tieppo’s ‘song opera’, Suggestions of Love, at The Forge, Camden and at Lauderdale House. Earlier this year, she gave the inaugural recital in the Song in the City Evening Series at St Botolph without Bishopsgate, accompanied by Louisa Lam. She made her Barbican Hall debut with The Guildhall New Music Ensemble in Voices (Henze) and has collaborated with Iain Burnside in song projects and recitals both at GSMD and at St. Endellion Summer Festival. As a soloist she has performed live on BBC Radio 3, and as a chorister on BBC Radio 4 and at the BBC Proms. Amy appears on a studio recording of Damon Albarn’s opera, Dr Dee, released by EMI in May this year and sings regularly with the Philharmonia Voices, the professional choir attached to the Philharmonia orchestra, directed by Aidan Oliver. With The Philharmonia she has sung at Sadler’s Wells, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall and been conducted by Richard Hickox, Kent Nagano, Lorin Maazel and Esa-Pekka Salonen amongst others. Other ensemble credits include: Hanover Band Chorus, Coro Cervantes and Colla Voce Singers. She also sings with and manages her own vocal ensemble, Canteremo.

Amy became a Samling Artist in November 2009, after a week of masterclasses with Isobel Buchanan and Paul Farrington. Her most recent competition success came in March 2010, when she was awarded second prize in the John Warner Memorial Recital Award in Chichester.

As well as developing a career on the classical concert platform and on the operatic stage, Amy is a founder member of The Bombshellettes, the UK’s only 15-piece all-female swing orchestra. She is also an experienced musical theatre performer, having twice represented The Guildhall School in the finals of Stephen Sondheim Young Performer of the Year competition. In 2009, she was the performer of the winning song in the Best New Musical Theatre Song category. Musical theatre roles include: Fosca Passion (Primavera Productions) and Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd (Millrace Productions). She has also performed in pantomime (creating the role of Wiglaf in Beowulf) for Charles Court Opera and cabaret for Trilby Productions and Ergo Theatre. Amy will appear in pantomime for Charles Court Opera again this year.