Kelvin Lim trained at the Royal College of Music and has worked for companies including: The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival, Northern Ireland Opera and British Youth Opera. He is Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera and Vocal Coach at Trinity Laban, and has coached for ROH Jette Parker Young Artists and was Senior Vocal Coach for Morley College Opera.
He has gained wide recognition in the Wagner repertoire as vocal coach, official accompanist for the Wagner Competition and recipient of the Bayreuth Bursary Prize. He accompanied both Sir Thomas Allen and Sir John Tomlinson in recital and on Radio 3, and collaborated with Sir John, Dame Anne Evans and Susan Bullock coaching young Wagner singers. He has played for masterclasses given by Sir Antonio Pappano, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, and performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smiths Sq, The London Coliseum and the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom. He was repetiteur for the full Ring Cycle and all Wagner operas at Longborough Festival Opera (cond. Anthony Negus) since 2008, and will work there as Assistant Conductor on Der Fliegender Holländer and as repetiteur on Ariadne auf Naxos in summer 2018.
As Musical Director of Aylesbury Opera he has conducted Otello, La Fille du Regiment, Acis and Galatea, Norma; also La Boheme (HeadFirst Productions), Cosi Fan Tutte (Dulwich Opera Company), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Trinity Laban). He has been Assistant Conductor for Don Giovanni, Un Ballo in Maschera(Winslow Hall), Albert Herring (cond. Steuart Bedford) and Chorus Master for: Opera Holland Park 2012, Chelsea Opera Group; The Mastersingers (Parsifal, Götterdämmerung) and Aïda, Flying Dutchman, Fidelio, La Traviata (Dorset Opera) Other Musica Director credits: The Rinse Cycle (Charing Cross Theatre), Samson et Dalila (Arcola Theatre-Grimeborn); I Pagliacci (Opera Up Close); Hänsel and Gretel (Kings Head Theatre); La Voix Humaine (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Le Nozze di Figaro (Dulwich Opera Company)
Ali initially trained for five years at the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts after which she studied for a further three years at the Royal Academy of Dancing. She then became a professional ballet dancer in Germany, rising to be a solo dancer, appearing in many of the favourite classical roles as well as several roles that were created especially for her. While there, ballet roles permitting, she would occasionally sing in the chorus of the opera company resident in the same theatre.
This love of opera stood Ali in good stead when she injured her back and was forced to retire from ballet. On returning to England, Alison continued the vocal studies she had started at Tring Park, but interrupted when she became a dancer. She sang many principal roles in a variety of genres with local companies and was a founder member of the Stowe Opera chorus, a professional garden opera company performing annually at Stowe Landscape Gardens.
Over the past few years Ali has turned her hand to directing productions and has enjoyed working with several different companies on a wide variety of pieces, including several of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. However, her greatest love is still opera and she has directed two darkly passionate Verdi operas, Macbeth and Othello, Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma and the little performed Weber’s Der Freischutz for Aylesbury Opera. For Opera at Bearwood she has directed Gounod’s beautiful opera Romeo and Juliet, Smetana’s very lively Bartered Bride and a dynamic production of her own translation of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. For Arcadian Opera at Stowe, Buckingham, she has directed both La Bohème and The Elixir of Love and she is currently working on Ethel Smythe’s epic opera The Wreckers to celebrate the centennial of the start of women’s suffrage.
Assistant Chorus Mistress
Ilana trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she sang the title role in the first staged production of The Story of Mary O’Neill by Nicola Lefanu, and won the Contemporary Music Performance Prize for her Final Recital.
Ilana has sung around the UK both operatically and in concert performances including, touring with Opera della Luna, Iford Opera, Opera Anywhere, Pavillon Opera. She has sung Nedda (I Pagliacci), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), ‘Nuits d’Ete’ (Berlioz) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, soprano soloist in music written and conducted by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and given a solo recital at The Purcell Room, Southbank, London.
Ilana began singing with Aylesbury Opera in 2016, and has since given workshops and worked with the chorus as Assistant Chorus Mistress. In 2017 she sang in Un Ballo in Maschera with Winslow Hall Opera and will this year both sing in their chorus for Il Trovatore and work as their Assistant Chorus Mistress.