Vanessa Bowers, Soprano
Vanessa Bowers grew up in Buckinghamshire and started singing at a very early age. She attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music as a violist and pianist before entering the Royal Academy as a singer, gaining her BMus in Vocal Studies. She received the prize awarded to the fourth year student with the highest BMus vocal final recital mark, The Clifton Memorial Prize. In 2010/2011 she was a member of the English National Opera, Opera Works course and began MA Opera Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for which she received a Distinction and was a finalist in the Ian Stoutzker Prize 2013.
Vanessa sang her first leading operatic role when she was 20, taking the title role of Semele by Handel for Winterbourne Opera. She has enjoyed a long collaboration with them returning to sing ‘Susanna’ in The Marriage of Figaro and ‘Galatea’ in Acis and Galatea. She most recently sang the role of ‘Tiny’ in the critically acclaimed production of Paul Bunyan with the Welsh National Youth Opera.
Dawn Burns, Mezzo Soprano
Northern Irish mezzo-soprano Dawn Burns is currently an artist on the NI Opera Studio Artist Programme. She is a former winner of the NI Opera Festival of Voice competition and a recipient of the BBC NI / ACNI Young Musicians’ Platform Award. Dawn trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was supported by the Leverhulme Trust. She graduated with a Distinction from the MA Opera course, and studies with Suzanne Murphy and Kathryn Harries.
Recently, Dawn covered the role of Dorabella in Così fan tutte at NI Opera. She is a former Young Artist at Mid Wales Opera, and last year performed the role of Ino in their production of Semele. She played the role of Nancy in Burry Port Opera’s Martha, and the role of Narciso in a touring production of Handel’s Agrippina with Opera Collective Ireland.
James Bowers, Tenor
Born and raised in Buckinghamshire, James began singing at the age of 7 taught by his mother Kate Bowers. He made his operatic debut at the age of 13 in the title role in 'Amahl And The Night Visitors' for Aylesbury Opera. James gained his Music degree with honours from Bangor University in 2012 specialising in Performance and Composition.
Whilst at Bangor, James was a recipient of a three-year choral scholarship and was a member of the elite 'Early Music Vocal Ensemble' taking part in many concerts both as a soloist and chorally. He took the roles of Monostatos 'Magic Flute', Valleto /Soldier 1 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' and Nemorino (cover) 'L'elisir D'amore'. James also premiered at Bangor 'Last Words Book Two' (for tenor) a song cycle by his father Timothy Bowers. In June 2013 James achieved the L.R.S.M. in Singing.
As a soloist, James has performed in Norwich Cathedral, Bangor Cathedral and recently toured Belgium singing in Ghent and Antwerp Cathedrals as a guest artist for the Chess Valley Male Voice Choir. He has also performed as tenor soloist in the 'Messiah' and Mozart's 'Requiem' and has worked with several choral societies.
Andrew Tipple, Bass
Andrew was involved in music from a young age, starting as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. In 2005 he was appointed as a Choral Scholar at King’s College Cambridge, whilst studying for a BA in History. Andrew studied at the Royal Academy of Music and later the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera School, graduating in 2013. Whilst there he was the recipient of the ABRSM Scholarship.
Recent operatic performances have included Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at the Kilden theatre Norway, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin with Garsington Opera and Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Pop-up Opera. Other roles have included Talpa in Il Tabarro at Wexford Festival Opera, Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Bohemia and Russian Father in Death in Venice at Garsington Opera. He has performed as a member of many eminent operatic companies, including Bayreuther Festspiele, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Independant Opera. Andrew is also a very experienced oratorio singer having performed a wide range of repertoire with notable performances.