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Felicity Payen

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

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BMus Hons Performance
Royal Northern College of Music
2011–2015

Felicity has been singing since the age of two and started lessons at the age of seven at the Hindhead Music Centre. Whilst there, she was introduced to Tenor David Bartleet, who instilled her passion and talent for Classical singing and later for Operatic singing. Under David’s tuition she had master classes with Audrey Hyland and Anne Williams-King, a Welsh Soprano, both of whom recognised her potential and heavily encouraged her to take her studies further.

Felicity won scholarships to her senior school and sixth form and during this time she gained a place at Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she developed her vocal technique under the skillfull guidance of Sarah Vivien. Sarah started her journey into becoming a Bel-Canto Soprano. She was a member of the Four Part Choir and the elite group ‘Vocal Consort’ under Mark Griffiths. She won an opportunity to perform a concerto with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra and performed Strauss ‘Morgen’ at Black Heath Halls, London. She was also chosen to be the soloist for the premiere of a collaborative piece with Laban Dance School called 'Anniversary for the Festival of Britain'.

Directly following A-Levels Felicity gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study under Mary Plazas as a Bel-Canto Soprano. During her first year of study she took part in the Elsie Thurston competition held at RNCM, and received some promising comments from the panel and gained one of the top marks for her end of year recital. She also attended master classes taken by Lynne Dawson, Louise Winters, Sir Willard White and Dame Felicity Lott, Emma Kirkby and Sir Thomas Allen. During her second year of study she was part of a full scale production of ‘Paradise Moscow’ by Shostakovich and was a member of the chorus in an Opera Gala held at RNCM featuring the Mezzo Soprano Louise Winters and Soprano Linda Richardson.

In her third year of study performances included two chamber operas ‘Orfeo ed Euridice' and ‘The Drunkard’ by Gluck directed by Stephan Janski and Roger Hamilton together with the role of Fiordilligi from Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ as part of the RNCM Opera Excerpts. She gained a top first and individual recognition of her outstanding performance.

During her 4th year opera scene, she was the lead female role in the Operetta ‘La Vie Parisienne’ by Offenbach. She was also selected to have a private coaching session with Sir John Tomlinson, James Gilchrist and Caroline Dowdle.

Felicity was selecetd to act as Musical Director for the highly successful independant Opera Company - Haslemere Singing Studio, owned and run by international tenor Phil O'Brien and his wife national Mezzo-Soprano Amanada O'Brien. Felicity will be continuing to assist Phil for the annual events of HSS.

Felicity had the pleasure in October 2015 to observe and sing to Kathryn Harries the Director of the National Opera Studio in London, who was extremely impressed with her well established bel-canto technique, that she personally invited Felicity to visit the National Opera Studio and work with both herself, Kathryn Harries and other coaches at NOS.

Felicity won a place with the Dulwich Opera Company in January 2016 to perform the role of Barbarina in their Charity concert performance at Kings College Hospital.

Felicity's graduated with Hons in December 2015.

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