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.
In demand as an oratorio soloist, Amy has performed at Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, Snape Maltings, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Palau de la Música Valencia, and Auditorio Kursaal San Sebastián, with orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, Oxford Philharmonic, and London Mozart Players. She features on the critically acclaimed recording of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine by the Dunedin Consort, with whom she has performed at the Wigmore Hall.
Previous opera roles include Pastuchyna/Jenufa for Grange Park Opera in their inaugural season at West Horsley Place, 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. She has performed in public masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, Simon Keenlyside and Patricia Bardon. Amy 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 and Ravel's Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé with chamber orchestra. Amy has also performed in recital at the Ryedale Festival and for the Incorporated Association of Organists, and took part in the Oxford Lieder Festival Master Course 2012. 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) in Mark Simpson's The Immortal (London première) for BBC Proms 2017 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, and The Josephine Baker Trust.
Photographer: Joseph Ford Thompson