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Photo: Portfolio Studios, York

Lisa Coates

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, Spanish

Opera

Flora Bervoix
La Traviata (Verdi)
Southgate Opera
2019
Mercedes
Carmen (Bizet)
Brent Opera
2018
Hänsel
Hänsel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2016
Fidalma
Il Matrimonio Segreto (D. Cimarosa)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2017
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Leaky Boat Productions
2017
Chorus
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
OperaGlass Works
2017
Public Opinion
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
Opera Integra
2018
Idamante
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2018
Third Maid
Elektra (Strauss, R)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2018
Olga
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2016
Nerone
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2015
Orfeo
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck)
Secret Opera
2015
La Maestra delle Novizie/La Suora Infermiera
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Secret Opera
2015
Lapak
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Co-Opera Co.
2014
Fox Cub
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Co-Opera Co.
2014
1st Shepherd and chorus
Tosca (Puccini)
Hashtag Opera
2014
Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro, scenes (Mozart)
Associated Studios
2013
Andronico
Tamerlano (Handel)
Associated Studios
2013
Prince Orlofsky
Die Fledermaus (Strauss, J)
University of York Opera Society
2010
Mother
Amahl and the Night Visitors, Excerpts (Menotti)
Opera Jorvik
2009

Contemporary Opera

Mezzo soprano soloist
Tell One, Forget One (Kevin Jones)
Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival/Leaky Boat Productions
2017
Soloist
Jimmy (Anandi Casanova)
Casanova Ensemble, Blackheath Halls
2017
Elizabeth Ayres
Banished (Stephen McNeff)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2016
The Woman
'Your Call...' (Kevin Jones)
Tete-a-Tetea Opera Festival/NYU Tisch
2015
The Woman
'Your Call...' (Kevin Jones)
Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival/Two Head's Theatre
2014
Hera
Hera's List (Eve Harrison)
Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival/Sounds of the Engine Ho
2012
Hera
Hera's List (Eve Harrison)
Anthony Burgess Foundation/Sounds of the Engine Ho
2011

Chorus

Mezzo Chorus
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Opera de Baugé
2018
Mezzo Chorus
Orfeé aux Enfers (Offenbach)
Opera de Baugé
2018
ACTOR
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Opera de Baugé
2018
1st Alto Chorus
The Rakes Progress (Stravinsky)
OperaGlass Works
2017
1st Alto Chorus
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns)
Chelsea Opera Group
2017
1st Alto Chorus & soloist
Prince Igor (Borodin)
Chelsea Opera Group
2016
Chorus
Cristina, Regina di Svezia (Foroni)
Chelsea Opera Group
2014
Chorus
Stiffelio (Verdi)
Chelsea Opera Group
2014

Oratorio/Concerts

Soloist
The Misses Manners on Music (Various)
Trinity Laban/the White Rose Opera Co.
2016
Alto Soloist & Ensemble
Messiah (Handel)
Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir
2015
Alto Soloist & Ensemble
Mass in b minor (Bach)
Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir
2015
Alto soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir
2015
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir
2014
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir
2014
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Ditties from an Old Kit Bag (Various)
Timeline Songs
2014
Mezzo-soprano soloist
See Nature Rejoice (Various)
Timeline Songs
2014
The Woman
'Your Call....' excerpts (Kevin Jones)
York Festival of Ideas 2013
2013
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Banks and Briars: RVW and the English Folksong (Vaughan-Williams)
Timeline Songs
2013
Mezzo-soprano soloist and choir member
Charm of Lullabies, Hymn to St. Cecilia etc (Britten)
Great Britten Festival
2013
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Les Nuits D'ete: Lisa J Coates and the Eboracum Qt (various (Berlioz, Vaughan Williams, Barber))
York Theatre Royal
2013
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Cabaret! Lisa J Coates and the Eboracum Quartet (Various (Elvis Costello, Rodrigo, Debussy, Gershwi)
York Theatre Royal
2013
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Black is the Colour/Faux Folk (Various (Berio, Falla, Beethoven))
University of York
2011

Discography

1st Alto Chorus
A Year of Songs - Alexander Armstrong (Various)
Rhino & East West
2015
Choir Member
Faust (Roger Marsh)
Naxos Audio Books
2012
Choir Member
New Music from Old York (Various)
Boreas
2012
Mezzo-soprano soloist and ensemble
The Bee Symphony (Marcus Davidson, Chris Watson)
Touch
2011

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

"Your Call..." workshop performance, New York

Fizz^Fizz

Headshot

Headshot

Lisa J Coates and the Eboracum Baroque Quartet

Nerone and Poppea

Rumination

Tamerlano

Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival

The Cunning Little Vixen (Foxcubs)

The Cunning Little Vixen (Lapak)

Trinity Laban/ORNC Choral scholar (2014)

Llangollen International Eisteddfod (finalist) (2013)

Victor Ludorum Shield (2003)

Harold Christian Memorial Shield (2001)

Moira Smith Memorial Shield and Bursary (2001)

Moira Smith Memorial Shield and Bursary (1999)

Linda Pilgrim Charitable Trust Scholarship (2016)

Morag Noble Scholarship (2016)

Trinity Laban/ORNC Choral Scholar (2015)

"A fresh opera that delved into humanity's indispensable relationship with technology. Seen through the dynamic performances of mezzo-sopranos Lisa J Coates with warm-voiced Hai-Ting Chinn" Mary Nguyen, Trend FEM (2015)

"Such lovely control and technique...Beautifully engaging" Aled Pedrick, Llangollen International Eisteddfod adjudicator (2013 Finalist). (2013)

NOS Studio Experience
National Opera Studio
2017
PG Artist Diploma (Distinction)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2015–2018
Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers
Abingdon
2013
Three-month Part-time Opera Course
Associated Studios
2013
MA Vocal Performance
University of York
2008–2010
BMus Music (Hons)
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
2001–2005

A versatile singer described as beautifully engaging with an innate sense of the stage, Yorkshire-born mezzo-soprano Lisa J Coates enjoys a diverse repertoire with particular emphasis on opera, and contemporary music frequently collaborating with composers on new works. She has performed throughout the UK, USA, China and Europe and in 2013 she was a finalist at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod where adjudicator Aled Pedrick said of her performance, “Such lovely control and technique…Beautifully engaging”

Now based in London, recent highlights include chorus for Opera de Baugé, Mercedes for Brent Opera's production of Carmen, OperaGlass Works’ inaugural production of The Rake’s Progress with Laurence Cummings at Wilton’s Music Hall, rated four stars by the Guardian, The Stage and Bachtrack, and the UK Premiere of Tell One, Forget One produced, directed and performed by Lisa for the Tête-a-Tête Opera Festival.

Opera roles include Mercedes, Carmen; Lola Cavalleria Rusticana, Public Opinion, Orpheus in the Underworld; Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Nerone L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Dido and the Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Olga Eugene Onegin, la maestra delle Novizie and la suora infermiera Suor Angelica, Lapak and Fox Cubs Cunning Little Vixen, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Andronico Tamerlano, and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus. In contemporary opera she created the roles of The Woman "Your Call....", (2013-2017), Hera Hera's List (Eve Harrison 2011-12), Elizabeth Ayres Banished (Stephen McNeff - 2016) and Gabriela Favela (Louise Kulbicki - 2016) and was the solo voice in Jimmy (Anandi Casanova – 2017) and Tell One, Forget One (Kevin Jones, arr. Desmond Clarke – 2017). She has also appeared as a soloist in Handel Messiah, Bach Magnificat, Mass in B Minor and St John Passion, Duruflé Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria and Mozart Requiem and Vesperae solemnes de confessore.

Commercial recordings include Alexander Armstrong - A Year of Songs (East West Records), The Bee Symphony (Touch), Faust (BBC Naxos), and New Music from Old York (Boreas).

An experienced ensemble singer Lisa was for two years a choral scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel under Ralph Allwood MBE. Previously a member of the Northern Sinfonia Chorus having worked with eminent conductors Simon Halsey, Thomas Zehetmair and English operatic Baritone Sir Thomas Allen, and appearing live on BBC Radio 3, Lisa was for four years a member of the 24, a progressive vocal group specialising in new and unusual music with a repertoire spanning over a thousand years. With this group Lisa has participated in three tours of China from 2010-2012 with conductor Zhu Bu Xi and a tour of Germany in 2009, appearing on various recordings with the ensemble and working with composers such as Veljo Tormis, Gavin Bryars, Thomas Simaku and Roger Marsh. Ensembles she has collaborated with include the Chimera Ensemble, Juice, Blackhair, members of Red Byrd and Electric Pheonix, the Eboracum Quartet and the Serbian Arts council, Timeline Songs and the Rudolfus Choir.
Currently completing the PG Artist Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, kindly funded by the Linda Pilgrim Charitable Trust and the Morag Noble Scholarship, the Trinity Laban Hardship Fund and the Henry Woods Accommodation Fund, Lisa also holds music degrees from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (BMus Hons) and the University of York (MA Vocal Performance). She studies with Della Jones.

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