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Merryn Gamba

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, French, Spanish

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Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos - Major Award (2002)

Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos - Major Award (2001)

John Cameron Special Prize for Lieder (2001)

Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos - Minor Award (2000)

"Merryn Gamba, who has already impressed Manchester concert-goers with her authoritative performances of music by James MacMillan, delivered a technically accomplished and sensitive account of the long aria in the second part." Opera Magazine, De Materie, Andriessen “soprano Merryn Gamba, a voice to note for the future” The Guardian, De Materie, Andriessen “a breathtakingly assured performance from soprano Merryn Gamba”, Lynne Walker, The Independent, De Materie, Andriessen “It did have the good fortune, in this performance, to be graced with the spellbinding singing of stellar soprano Merryn Gamba” Michael Tumelty, Glasgow Herald, Parthenogenesis, MacMillan

“The real star here was Merryn Gamba, whose account of the taxing solo part was nothing short of superb. Unperturbed by the cross-fire between winds and strings [..], Gamba’s accomplished intonation and phrasing disguised just how much stamina and interpretative imagination the work needs.” Lynne Walker, The Independent,Macmillan, Raising Sparks “Above all, a remarkably assured and effortlessly fluent account of the solo part by the postgraduate student soprano Merryn Gamba.” Gerald Larner, The Times, Macmillan, Raising Sparks “Merryn Gamba (Mandane) was the ringing triumph of the evening” Roderic Dunnett, Church Times “Miss Jessel, dramatically sung and portrayed by Merryn Gamba” Michael Kennedy, Opera Magazine “Merryn Gamba's tragic but predatory Miss Jessel was also compelling, showing her inner torment through a convoluted hysteria of gripping intensity”. Pauline Fairclough, The Guardian “…with haunting vocal effects from Merryn Gamba” Edward Greenfield, The Guardian Vaug

PGDip Vocal and Opera Studies
Royal Northern College of Music
1999–2003

Merryn Gamba studied at the RNCM and was twice awarded a major scholarship from the Dame Eva Turner Fund for Potential Dramatic Sopranos. She now studies with Dinah Harris.

Roles include, Tamiri in Mozart's Il Re Pastore - New Chamber Opera, Heloise in Offenbach’s Blue Beard and cover Minnie in Fanciulla del West - Grange Park Opera, Leonora Forza del Destino - White Horse Opera, First Lady Die Zauberflöte - Longborough Festival, Frasquinella La Perichole - Buxton Festival Opera, First Lady, Magic Flute - English Pocket Opera, Amelia (Cover), Simon Boccanegra - Opera UK, Frasquita Carmen - Opera Brava, Elvira Don Giovanni - Opera by Definition, Scat Girl in Trouble in Tahiti - Opera Project, First Lady, Magic Flute - Opera by Definition, Miss Jessell Turn of the Screw –RNCM, Elle in La Voix Humaine for at the Arcola Theatre, Dorabella for Humanitas Culture, Petra in the premiere of Exhibopera by Tom Young for the Perpignan Mediathèque, Aurora in Galuppi’s Il Mondo alla Roversa and Mandane in Arne’s Artaxerxes for New Chamber Opera, Anita in West Side Story - Pimlico Opera, Tamiri in Il Re Pastore for New Chamber Opera, Laura in Voicing at the Tete a Tete festival, Mrs Slender, Salieri’s‘Falstaff’ for New Chamber Opera, Cover Cio Cio San, Madama Butterfly and Kate Pinkerton for Opera up Close, Jenny Diver in Britten’s Beggar’s Opera for Opera Project, Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for New Chamber Opera.

Merryn has performed extensively in the world of contemporary music; solo performances include: Hallgrimmson’s opera Die Wält der Zwischefälle with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Andre de Ridder, Raising Sparks under James MacMillan for the Sounds New Festival, MacMillan’s Parthenogenesis and Raising Sparks conducted by the composer for BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Philharmonic’s ‘MacMillan in Manchester’ festival, Tippett's Byzantium with the Slovenian Radio Orchestra in Ljubljana, an experimental opera project Starf**cker by composer John Avery in association with Opera North, Hadewijch in Andriessen's De Materie at the Cheltenham Festival, Magd in Sancta Susanna with the BBC Philharmonic and Riot Woman in Turnage's Greek.
Oratorio and concert work includes performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Te Deum and Mass in D, Mozart's Requiem, Tippett's Spirituals, Lambert's Rio Grande, Rutter's Mass of the Children, Karl Jenkins Requiem, Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango, Honneggar's King David, Mahler's 4th Symphony, Berlioz Nuits D'Ete, Strauss Four Last Songs, Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras 5, for groups such as BBC Philharmonic, CBSO Cellos, Buxton Festival, BBC Radio 3 and choral societies up and down the country.

Merryn can be heard as the solo soprano on the Chandos CD of Vaughan Williams’ Scott of the Antarctic.

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