Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Anna Huntley studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Awards during her studies included 3rd Prize at the Das Lied Competition in Berlin and the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.
Over the last year Anna has returned to English National Opera covering the roles of Dorabella / Cosi fan tutte, Pauline / Queen of Spades and the leading role in The Way Back Home. In 2016 she took the roles of a Daughter in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in a new production at ENO and Cherubino / The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Brava. In 2018, she will make her debut at The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv in the role of Hermia/ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
An outstanding lieder singer, recent highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Saffron Hall, the Blüthner Zylkus at the Palais Eschenbach, Klavierfest Herten, Bath and St. Magnus Festivals. She made her debut with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Konzerthaus with Daniel Harding, performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (broadcast by Radio 3), Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andras Schiff and performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the City of London Sinfonia.
In February 2016 Anna was featured as a ‘Rising Star’ in BBC Music Magazine and released her first CD of Schubert Songs for Voice & Guitar on the Quartz label. Future engagements include a recital at the Wiener Konzerthaus with James Baillieu, the Palais Eschenbach with Simon Lepper, Oxford Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson and her debut at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. In 2017 she creates the role of Florence Nightingale in Laura Jane’s new opera Early Morning following successful workshopping at the Royal Opera House.
Anna is mentored by Angelika Kirchschlager as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2012. She was a Samling Artist, a Concordia Foundation and Live Music Now! artist. Anna is very grateful for support from the Richard Carne Trust. www.annahuntley.com
The Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician. Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the leading Italian magazine Musica, she has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, and Koscierzyna, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St George’s, Bristol and at the Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Emma is releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th-century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is Sera d’inverno: a disc of songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics. She has previously recorded the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches, and two volumes of Mozart’s complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins. A keen advocate of contemporary music, Emma has also recently released two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-première recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. The latter disc was named a Musicweb International Recording Of The Year 2017.
Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples. www.emmaabbate.com