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Young artists announced for The Rattler

Earlier in the year, we began the search to find two young singers aged 18-25 to join the cast of our new opera for families, The Rattler.

After receiving a huge response from the open call, we whittled it down to our final two, and we’re pleased to share with you who will be joining us for the production, as we continue to develop the piece and head on tour in 2016. Soprano Kirsty McLean takes the role of Jenny/Alyson, the weaver’s daughter, and tenor Guy Withers will play Nico/Aiden, the Crown Prince of the kingdom.

We’re delighted to have both artists join the cast, and look forward to working with them over the coming months. You can read a little more about both singers below.

Kirsty McLean

Kirsty McLean is a young soprano from Kendal, Cumbria. She is currently in her third year of undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Prior to studying she spent two years teaching singing and music at a children’s YMCA camp in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kirsty has won many awards in her native Cumbria including the George Nichols Young Musician of the Year, the Kenneth Hill Memorial Bursary, the Jim Noble Award and the Esther Croskery and Aprille C Bonner Award. Last year she was a finalist in the Keldwyth Award held in Levens. At Trinity Laban Kirsty has been a finalist in last year’s Lillian Ash French song competition and in the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder competition.

Guy Withers

Guy Withers is a tenor from originally from Bristol. A recent Cardiff University Music graduate, Guy was awarded the Cardiff University Vocal Scholarship, the Cardiff University David Lloyd Prize for Singing and the Elizabeth Griffiths Prize. Since 2015 Guy has been working as chorus with Opera Holland Park and has recently worked with Bath Theatre Royal (The Egg) and Dance Umbrella. He has sung with Bristol Opera, Tessitoura Opera, White Horse Opera, Opera’r Ddraig, Guildford Opera Company, Opera Lyrica, Opera Anywhere and Opera South around the UK. Guy has also sung with several chamber choirs and was a lay clerk with Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. He recently gave his professional recital debut at Handel House Museum, is a regular oratorio soloist and is co-founder and co-artistic director of Indomitable Productions.


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