British soprano Meriel Cunningham recently graduated from The Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with a BMus (Hons) under the tuition of Susan Waters. She is currently continuing her studies on the Guildhall Artist Masters program with a scholarship from The Guildhall Trust.
Recent operatic roles at GSMD include Mercedes in Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ (Card Trio scene) and Lucy in Menotti’s one act opera ‘The Telephone’. Meriel has a keen interest in contemporary opera. She premiered the role of Mezzo Reciter in 'Spirit Harbour', a highly praised, new chamber opera by Lliam Paterson, performed in 2014 in London (Rosemary Branch Theatre and Tete-a-Tete Festival) and Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College). She returned to Tete-a-Tete in Summer 2015 in another new opera 'Boys of Paradise' composed by Vahan Salorian and was also cast in Workshopera’s recent revival of the production, October 2016.
Meriel also enjoys singing on the recital platform; both in charity concerts across London and as a regular performer in the 'Song in the City' recital series curated by Gavin Roberts. In November 2016 she performed at St John’s Smith Square in their ‘My Music’ concert series for BBC Radio 4 presenter Nicholas Parsons. Also a regular oratorio soloist, Meriel’s most recent performance was in Liverpool’s Two Cathedrals Messiah in December 2016.
Alongside her classical training, Meriel sings in a wide range of genres. She is a vocalist with the Guildhall Pops Orchestra singing swing and light music and also a principal singer in the student-led musical theatre company, 'Jazzhands Optional' performing regularly in staged cabarets and showcases. Last summer, she was cast in Guys & Dolls at Guildhall directed by Martin Connor and choreographed by Bill Deamer. One of Meriel’s most recent MT performances was as a featured soloist in the show-stopping “An Evening on Broadway” at Milton Court Theatre, March 2016.
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