ABOUT THE ARTISTS
DaViD Shipley, BaSS David Shipley has performed as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Monteverdi Choir, the Classical Opera Company, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis and Sir Mark Elder, at venues including Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Barcelona’s L’Auditori, the Kölner Philharmonie, Kings Place, the Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, Christ Church Spitalfields and the Royal Albert Hall. In concert, Shipley has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, including in Monteverdi’s Vespers and Handel’s Dixit Dominus at the Salzburg Festival to mark the Choir’s fiftieth anniversary. He recently performed the role of Tiresias on the London Symphony Orchestra’s critically acclaimed LSO Live recording of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Operatic highlights include Britten’s Billy Budd conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, and Brooklyn Academy of Music; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Royfal Academy Opera; Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Amersham Music Festival. Shipley is currently a scholar on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. From September 2015, he will take up a position on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. eSther Brazil, mezzo-Soprano Hailed as “truly exceptional” by The Observer for her performance of Bach at the Royal Albert Hall,
Esther Brazil is in great demand as a concert soloist. After graduating from Oxford, where she was a choral scholar at The Queen’s College, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving generous support in the form of full scholarships in both years from the Lucille Graham Trust and Kohn Foundation, and graduated with an MA with Distinction. Esther has just completed a tour with the English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performing Bach’s solo cantata “Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut” (BWV 199). She has been a member of the Monteverdi Choir since 2009. A finalist in the London Bach Society’s Bach Singers Prize, she has also appeared as a soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, and the Brook Street Band. Operatic roles have included Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Alcina (Alcina), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Euridice (L’Orfeo), Mrs. Slender (Salieri’s Falstaff), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Juno (The Judgment of Paris), Grand Duchess of Monteblanco (A Dinner Engagement), and Ninfa/Proserpina (L’Orfeo) with La Nuova Musica at King’s Place. Other recent highlights have included a criticallyacclaimed recording of Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Brook Street Band, Ninfa/Proserpina in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at King’s Place, Erster Geist in Schumann’s Manfred with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and solo appearances in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She studies with Susan Roberts.