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"(Louisa Petais) had great moments, such as when she could not find enough inspiration to write tragic verses, and, later still, in an aria during which she destroys the pages she describes as "faithless companions". (The Sunday Times of Malta) (2015)
"Also impressive was Louisa Petais, a mezzo moving up to spinto with an impressive baroque training pedigree acquired in Italy. She was by far the most comfortable and confident of the women in the genre, both secure and lyrical in her coloratura and clearly articulating the Italian." Miranda Jackson (Opera Britannia) (2015)
"Louisa Petais brought intense expression to Melpomene, notably in recitative" (Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine) (2015)
(Petais') self-dramatising characterisation is bang on. Tim Ashley (The Guardian) (2015)
Louisa Petais was the highly emotional Melpomene, looking dramatic in black, and as the lead role as she gets two arias and duet, and Petais has a big dramatic voice with a strong lower register. (She) made a dramatic Melpomene, singing with gusto and a lovely sense of comedy within the music, but never shirking the elaborate decorations and producing some impressive moments. Her second aria, with lovely horn contributions, had some particular striking musical moments. Robert Hugill (PlanetHugill.com) (2015)
Born in London of Greek-Cypriot heritage, Louisa Petais (soprano) began her musical career as a pianist before focusing on singing. She attended Trinity College of Music where she studied with Wendy Eathorne and graduated as a mezzo-soprano with a BMus (Hons) degree in 2007. In the same year Louisa was accepted onto the L.T.L (Laboratorio Toscano per la Lirica) Opera Studio programme in Italy and performed as a soloist in their production of ‘Paride ed Elena’ by Gluck at Teatro Verdi (Pisa), Teatro Goldoni, (Livorno), Teatro del Giglio (Lucca) and at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium). Whilst in Italy Louisa continued her vocal development with mezzo-soprano Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan, with whom she continued to study during her 4 years in Brussels. In Belgium Louisa regularly performed as an alto soloist with the choir and orchestra of the Chapelle des Minimes and with the Choeur de Clerlande, In the UK she has sung with New Youth Opera, Southgate Opera, and Suffolk Opera for which she performed the role of ‘Carmen’. Other engagements have included the role of Emone in ‘Antigone’ (Traetta) with Skull of Yorick Productions at the International Festival of Greek Theatre in Cyprus, the role of Carmen (Bizet) for St Albans Chamber Opera and the role of Athamas in ‘Semele’ (Handel) for London Early Opera. As a soprano Louisa has recently performed the role of Melpomene 'Il Parnaso Confuso' (Gluck) at Wiltons Music Hall, London with Les Bougies Baroques in the first ever UK perfomance with period instruments. She now continues her vocal development with Nuala Willis and David Harper, both of whom have encouraged and consolidated her transition from mezzo to spinto soprano.
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