British mezzo-soprano Amy Lyddon studied with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music as an RCM Award Holder and H R Taylor Trust Scholar. A former chorister of Bath Abbey and pupil of the Junior Royal Academy of Music, she graduated with first-class honours in Linguistics with French and Spanish from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Choral Scholar.


As an oratorio soloist, previous engagements have included Bach's St Matthew Passion for the Dunedin Consort (c. John Butt) at the Wigmore Hall, for the Academy of Ancient Music (c. Edward Higginbottom) at Palau de la Música de València, and with Florilegium in Guildford Cathedral (c. Jonathan Willcocks), Handel's Messiah for Aldeburgh Music Club at Snape Maltings, for Oxford Philharmonic (c. Marios Papadopoulous) at The Sheldonian Theatre, and for Leith Hill Music Festival, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem for the Brandeburg Festival at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and with London Mozart Players (c. Jonathan Willcocks), Schubert's Mass in E Flat Major for the London Concert Choir at Cadogan Hall, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for Reading Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat for Oxford Baroque (c. Jeremy Summerly) at St John's Smith Square, Bach's Mass in B Minor for Bristol Bach Choir at St George's Bristol, and Vivaldi's Gloria for London Choral Sinfonia at Cadogan Hall. Amy features on the Dunedin Consort's critically acclaimed recording of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine.


Previous opera roles include Pastuchyna/Jenufa for Grange Park Opera, Nancy/Albert Herring at Opera Holland Park and on UK tour for Shadwell Opera, Dorabella/Così fan tutte for Devon Opera at Dartington Hall, Nicklausse (cover)/The Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera, Gertrud/Hänsel und Gretel and Mrs Herring/Albert Herring for the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro, Hermia/A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Angelo Custode/Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo. Amy will perform the role of Flora in La traviata for Devon Opera at Dartington Hall 2018. She has performed in public masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside and Patricia Bardon, and is an Opera Prelude Young Artist.


Recent song engagements have included a recital of Schumann, Fauré and Jonathan Dove in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer at the RCM in collaboration with the Wigmore Hall, Ravel's Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé with chamber orchestra, and recitals for the Ryedale Festival and the Incorporated Association of Organists. An advocate of contemporary music, Amy recently performed in the premières of three new works at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. She sang Alto (Octet - London Voices) in Mark Simpson's The Immortal (London première) for BBC Proms 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and returns with London Voices as step-out soloist and semi-chorus for Per Nørgård's Symphony No 3 for BBC Proms 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall.


Amy is very grateful for previous support from The Kathleen Trust, Opera Prelude, The H R Taylor Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Westminster Almshouses Foundation, and The Josephine Baker Trust.


schedule

Nørgård Symphony No. 3 (soloist & semi-chorus)

London Voices, NYCC, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (c. Thomas Dausgaard)

BBC Proms - Royal Albert Hall

7.30pm Monday 20th August 2018

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Mozart Requiem

Brandenburg Festival

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

8pm Saturday 1st September 2018

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Mozart Requiem

Brandenburg Festival

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

7pm Thursday 13th September 2018

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Handel Messiah (with Brass)

Brandenburg Festival

St Stephen's Gloucester Road, London

8pm Saturday 6th October 2018

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Public Masterclass with Sir John Tomlinson

Opera Prelude

Cadogan Hall

10.30am Tuesday 23rd October 2018

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Vivaldi Gloria

Brandenburg Festival

St Martin-in-the-Fields

7pm Thursday 25th October 2018

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Vivaldi Gloria

Brandenburg Festival

St Martin-in-the-Fields

7pm Thursday 1st November 2018

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Flora/La traviata Verdi

Devon Opera

The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Thursday 22nd November 2018

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Flora/La traviata Verdi

Devon Opera

Dartington Hall

Saturday 24th November 2018

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Text and Subtext: The Limits of Metaphor

Opera Prelude Lecture with Arias

Jack Furness - speaker

Christchurch Centre, Henley-on-Thames

10.30am Friday 30th November 2018

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Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle

Phoenix Singers c. Geoff Lavery

Framlingham College Chapel, Suffolk

7pm Saturday 15th December 2018

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Handel Messiah

Southampton Choral Society c. Ben Costelloe

Venue tbc

Saturday 6th April 2019

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Haydn Nelson Mass & Te Deum

London Concert Choir

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

7.30pm Wednesday 10th July 2019

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