Heralded an 'exquisite' (BBC Radio 3) and 'warmly expressive' singer (The Guardian), young British mezzo-soprano Amy Lyddon is a dynamic performer of opera, oratorio and song
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, Handel's Israel in Egypt for Bart's Choir at Cadogan Hall, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem for the Brandenburg 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 for Shadwell Opera at Opera Holland Park and on UK tour, Dorabella/Così fan tutte and Flora/La traviata for Devon Opera at Dartington Hall, Nicklausse (cover)/The Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera, Meg Page (cover)/Falstaff for The Grange Festival, 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 has performed in public masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, 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 performed in the premières of three new works at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017, sang Alto (Octet - London Voices) in Mark Simpson's The Immortal (London première) for BBC Proms 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and step-out soloist for Per Nørgård's Symphony No. 3 for BBC Proms 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall. She performed the role of Magdalene in the world première of The Walking Shadows by Stephen McNeff at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
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.