Catherine Hopper (Mezzo Soprano)

Catherine Hopper studied Music at the University of Leeds and the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany, graduating with a BMus Hons. She subsequently graduated from Royal Academy Opera with a distinction and the Vice Principal’s prize, before completing her studies at the National Opera Studio.

Highlights include the role of Suzuki in the revival of David Freeman’s production of Madam Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall, Ottavia/L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North, Dido at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon with Os músicos do Tejo, the roles of Mum/Mad Hatter in the revival of Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park; a tour of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Budapest with the King’s Consort.

Highlights of the 15/16 season included the role of The Page in a concert performance of Salome with Orchestre National de Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, a recital with the pianist James Baillieu at the Oxford Lieder Festival, performances of the Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra under Laurence Cummings and Orchestra of Granada under Daniel Reuss, and Irene/Tamerlano for the Buxton Festival.

Future engagements include the U.K. premier of Mother Goose with the Linos Piano Trio at King’s Place.

Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone)

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He was a chorister at Southwell Minster and studied Singing, Trumpet and Jazz Piano at Chetham’s School of Music. Marcus read music at the University of Manchester and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he completed his postgraduate studies. He is the founder and artistic director of the highly acclaimed Southwell Music Festival and is President of the St George’s Singers in Manchester.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season and beyond include Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Greek for Boston Lyric Opera; The Traveller in Curlew River in Hamburg with Ian Bostridge; Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, with whom he will also sing Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Ned Keene in Peter Grimes at the Bergen Festival with Edward Gardner as well as return invitations for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with James Baillieu and Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Joseph Middleton.

Marcus lives in East London with his wife Alison. He enjoys cycling and long walks exploring the British and Irish countryside. He is also a keen cook and amateur wine enthusiast.