The Turn of the Screw
Fiona-Caroline Haynes is a British Lyric Soprano. Fiona recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Amanda Roocroft and later Janice Chapman. Her operatic journey began by singing the role of ‘Michaela’ in a Hammerstein production of ‘Carmen Jones’ with the Royal Borough Youth Opera at the age of 18. Fiona has sung with the Britten Theatre RCM opera roles such as; Lucia ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ Britten, Elsie ‘Yeomen of the Guard’ Gilbert and Sullivan, Title role Princess Ida, Gilbert and Sullivan, La Musica ‘L’Orfeo’ Monteverdi. Soloist Oratorio performances include; Handel’s’ Messiah’, Howells ‘Hymnus Paradisis’, Faure’s ‘Requiem’ and Tippett’s ‘A child of our time’. Fiona has made professional debuts with ‘Tete a Tete opera, London in’ Boys of Paradise’ and with ‘Pomposity Opera Company’ in ‘Wives of Don Giovanni’ in the role of the Countess. 2018 holds exciting performance opportunities and her debut with Aylesbury Opera.
Now based in London, Naomi is originally from the East Midlands where she was very active in the classical music scene from a young age. Naomi has performed with numerous ensembles as principal, soloist, recitalist, chorus member and choral singer. Studying under acclaimed operatic soprano Teresa Cahill and coach Robert Bottriell Naomi gained her MMus from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in September 2016. During her time at Trinity Naomi received much praise for her performances in opera scenes and masterclasses, of particular note was her portrayal of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Her voice has been described as a “most important voice” by Ulbado Fabbri, and by others as a possessing a secure and beautiful sound. Recent performances include Desdemona, Otello and Norma and Mrs. Grose, Turn of the Screw for Aylesbury Opera; Karternaufschlägerin, Arabella for Fulham Opera and Elijah for Blackheath Choir. Forthcoming productions include Violetta in La Traviata for Southgate Opera in February 2019 and Gemma in Gemma di Vergy, a rarely performed opera by Donizetti for Opera Quantica.
Sam sang in pop choir and chamber choir in Prep School. He has performed in local productions of Bugsy Malone and Les Miserables He began formal singing lessons in 2017 at AGS where he sings in the Choral Society. Sam also enjoys sport, especially cycling; reading and playing with his sister, Alice. This is Sam’s first production with Aylesbury Opera.
Guernsey-born soprano, Persha Darling is a postgraduate student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is currently studying voice under the guidance of vocal teacher and performer, Joan Rodgers and has been coached by Kelvin Lim, Pascal Rogé, Helen York, Eugene Asti and Sarah Pring. Persha began her career as a primary school teacher, but after being encouraged by several notable singers, she decided to pursue her passion for music. Previous opera roles include Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (LYO), Giselda in Verdi’s I Lombardi (LYO) and Agnes Lee in Glass’ Appomattox (LYO). Her most recent engagements include performing for the Debussy festival at the ORNC Chapel and as Cinderella for Puzzlepiece Opera.
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 this year sang in their chorus for Il Trovatore and worked as their Assistant Chorus Mistress.
Philip Hayes studied singing privately while living in London , where he performed with many choirs and opera groups, both as principal and in the chorus. A highlight was, as a member of the Philharmonia Chorus, performing at the Edinburgh International Festival in concert performances of Lohengrin under Donald Runnicles and Der Freischütz under Charles Mackerras. Opera rôles include Jupiter Semele (Aylesbury Opera), Ferrando Così fan Tutte (Harrow Opera), Tamino The Magic Flute (AO), Arbace Idomeneo (Hampstead Garden Opera), Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville (AO), Essex Gloriana (Brent Opera) and Cassio Otello (AO). He has also sung many oratorio solos for various choirs, including, Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Philip is Aylesbury Opera’s current Chairman.