Artists' biographies
Claire Surman, soprano


Claire graduated from the postgraduate opera course at the RCM with distinction, having won the Lies Askonas Prize, Agnes Nicholls Harty Trophy and Ted Moss Lieder Prize.

She made her Welsh National Opera (WNO) debut in 2011 as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and her Glyndebourne Festival Opera (GFO) debut as Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Other roles include: Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Mimì (La Bohème), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus).

Concert highlights as a soloist include performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)/Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall); with the OAE/Sir Simon Rattle (Royal Festival Hall), in Raymond Gubbay's Last Night of the Spring Proms Concerts (Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall) and with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival).

Claire appeared as a guest artist for the television series 'Sopranos', performing Sempre libera (La Traviata) and Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally) with the City of London Sinfonia. 

Catriona Clark, soprano 


Catriona graduated with distinction from Napier University, the Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Alongside her teaching career, Catriona's operatic and concert work has taken her throughout the world performing roles such as Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphée aux enfers), Musetta (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and the title role in Handel's Semele.

Having performed with major companies including the Royal Opera, Opera North, Diva Opera, Opera Project and London Festival Opera (LFO), Catriona's highlights include Adele (Die Fledermaus) alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall, and opera gala performances for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family.

Performances in 2014 have included Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Mimì (La Bohème), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and concert work in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Venice and Cyprus.

Charlotte Stephenson, mezzo-soprano


Born in Manchester, Charlotte studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy Opera (RAO). She is an Independent Opera Fellow and graduate of the Solti-Te kanawa Academia di Bel Canto, and is also a Samling Scholar. Whilst at the RAO, Charlotte sang roles including Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Celia (La Fedelta Premiata), Hänsel, Diana (La Calisto), and Vava (Cheryomushki).

Charlotte made her Glyndebourne Touring Opera debut as Valetto (L'incoronazione di Poppea) and has sung Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) for English Touring Opera (ETO), and Kate Pinkerton/Cousin (Madam Butterfly) for Mid Wales Opera. Other roles include; Minsk Woman (Flight) and Gertrude(cover) (Roméo et Juliette) for British Youth Opera and Carmen for Garden Opera. In 2014 Charlotte covered Nancy (Albert Herring) for Opera North and sang with the Glyndebourne chorus, covering roles for the Festival and Tour.

As a soloist, Charlotte has performed alongside conductors Trevor Pinnock, Sir Colin Davis and Sian Edwards, and Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO. She is a regular soloist with Opera Interludes and LFO, touring the UK and Europe. Her most recent performances include Carmen and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Venice and Seville. 

Alexander Anderson-Hall, tenor 


Alexander trained at the RCM, and at English National Opera (ENO) with the Opera Works Programme. His national debut was in the form of a number of roles for Scottish Opera.

In the UK, Europe, USA and Africa, Alexander has performed more than 30 roles in the lyric tenor repertoire including Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), The Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Don Jose (Carmen), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Nemorino (L'Elisir d'Amore), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Ramiro/Nadir (Pearlfishers). Also, Macduff (Macbeth), The King (Perelandra), Fenton (Merry Wives of Windsor) and Cecco (Il Mondo della Luna).

At The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Alexander performed Ishmael (Nabucco), and Michele in the acclaimed Scottish premiere of Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street. His Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire includes: Nanki Pooh (The Mikado), Marco (The Gondoliers), The Defendant (Trial by Jury) and Frederic (Pirates of Penzance).

Current and future engagements include: Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alfredo (La Traviata) and Tinca (Il Tabarro). Alexander has just filmed an opera scene for a major Hollywood blockbuster movie, and in 2015 will co-direct and sing the role of Basilio for a production of Le Nozze di Figaro in London. 

James McOran-Campbell, baritone  

London-born James, trained in Milan, at the GSMD and the National Opera Studio before making his UK debut for Opera North, where he has sung the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and roles in Orfeo and The Merry Widow.

His repertoire encompasses over forty roles from specialist early opera to contemporary commissions, most recently How the Whale Became at The Linbury, Covent Garden. He has given critically-acclaimed performances as the Barber of Seville and Onegin for Grange Park Opera, as well as roles for WNO, ENO, ETO, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Buxton Festival Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Theater an der Wien, Zomeropera (Belgium), and the Liceu (Barcelona). Other career highlights include Alasdair in the world premiere of Ghost Patrol for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Festival and the central baritone role in the world premiere of The Ground Beneath her Feet with the Hallé under Mark Elder.

Broadcasts include a televised open-air Zarzuela concert from Alicante, Spain and Kurt Weil's Street Scene on Radio 3. James will soon make his directorial debut with a production of Le Nozze di Figaro in which he is also singing the role of Count Almaviva.

Benjamin Powell, piano  


Benjamin Powell has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, and Bridgewater Hall. Benjamin was the winner of the British Contemporary Piano Competition 2010. Recent highlights have included solo recitals for Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, Kettle's Yard Cambridge, and a performance of Rzewski's 'The People United Will Never Be Defeated!' in the presence of the composer.

Benjamin is much in demand as a chamber musician and has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including including Stefano Canuti, Leland Chen, Levon Chilingirian, Vincent David, Lynne Dawson, Alex Klein, Paul Nilon and Thomas Riebl. In December 2012 Benjamin gave an acclaimed recital with Eva Thorarinsdottir in Harpa, Reykjavik, and the duo have recently performed at the Sage, Gateshead.

Benjamin was born and raised in West Sussex and currently lives in Glossop with his wife and three children.