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Amy J Payne

Amy hails from South Devon and lives in London. She trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in vocal and opera studies. Whilst at GSMD, she was awarded the prestigious English Song Prize and won The Susan Longfield Competition. Amy is a Samling Scholar and holds a Bachelor Honours degree in French and German from King's College, London.

Amy recently made her Royal Opera House debut as Moppet in ETO's Olivier Award-winning production of Paul Bunyan. Other operatic experience includes: Berta The Barber of Seville (Merry Opera); Women Conduct Women Box (Size Zero Opera/Grimeborn Festival); Berta Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Musique Cordiale Festival);The Chairman The Sweeper of Dreams (Opera Schmopera/Tete a Tete Festival); Mrs Noye Noye's Fludde (Kneehigh/Orchestival); Edith The Pirates of Penzance (The G & S Opera Company); Ruth (cover) The Pirates of Penzance (Scottish Opera/D'Oyly Carte Opera Company); Ragonde Count Ory (Opera South); Annabel Clarke Through The Looking Screen (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival & STET Festival, Koninklijke Schouwberg, The Hague); Second Lady The Magic Flute, Andromache (cover) King Priam, Florence Pike (cover) Albert Herring (English Touring Opera); Lady Jane Patience, Mrs Partlet The Sorcerer, Ruth The Pirates of Penzance (Charles Court Opera); Second Lady The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera Emerging Artists); Mastrilla (cover) La Périchole, Second Lady (cover) The Magic Flute, Chorus Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera); Chorus Aida (Raymond Gubbay Productions); Mrs Noye Noye's Fludde (Faversham Fludde Festival); Chorus Dr Dee (EMI recording); Florence Pike Albert Herring, 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: Berta in a new production of The Barber of Seville for Mid Wales Opera, Zulma in L'Italiana in Algieri for Pop-Up Opera, Dame Hannah in Ruddigore for Charles Court Opera at The King's Head and at the International G&S Festival in Harrogate and Frugola in Il Tabarro for Fulham Opera.

Solo oratorio repertoire includes: Magnificat (JS Bach), 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 (Duruflé). Most recently she has been invited to be a soloist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral; St George's Cathedral, Southwark and the Irish College in Rome. She will be a company member in Merry Opera's critically-acclaimed staged Messiah in Spring 2015.

On the concert platform, Amy created the role of She in Luca Tieppo's 'song opera', Suggestions of Love, at The Forge, Camden and at Lauderdale House and was delighted to give the inaugural evening recital for Song in the City 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. Most recently Amy made her debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in a concert showcasing the music of Gilbert & Sullivan with Charles Court Opera.

With a background as a choral scholar, Amy still 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.

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 is a regular for Charles Court Opera in pantomime (creating the roles of Wiglaf in Beowulf, Porthos in The Three Musketeers, PC Pumpkin in Buttons and Sheriff Ranger in Billy the Kid) at The Rosemary Branch Theatre. She has also performed in cabaret for Trilby Productions and for Ergo Theatre.

Mezzo soprano