Amy Lyddon mezzo-soprano
Amy Lyddon is a British mezzo-soprano, studying at the Royal College of Music with Rosa Mannion and Gary Matthewman, supported by a Helen Marjorie Tonks Scholarship, a Henry Wood Trust Award, The Kathleen Trust, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Westminster Almshouses Foundation, and The Josephine Baker Trust. She graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge with first-class honours in Linguisics with French & Spanish in 2012, going on to achieve Distinction for her Graduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music. She has reached the semi-final of the 2015 Mozart Singing Competition, was a semi-finalist at the 2014 Thelma King Award for Singers, and came Highly Commended in the 2014 Rosenblatt Recitals Singing Prize.
In 2013, Amy made her debut at St John's Smith Square, London and live on BBC Radio 3, performing Bach's Magnificat (Jeremy Summerly/Oxford Baroque). Other oratorio engagements have included Handel's Messiah with Oxford Philomusica at The Sheldonian Theatre and Vivaldi's Gloria with the London Mozart Players. Amy is alto soloist on the Gramophone Award-winning recording of Howells’ Requiem (Stephen Layton/Trinity College Choir) and features in the Gramophone Award-winning two-per-part recording of Mozart’s Requiem (John Butt/The Dunedin Consort). She has performed step-out solos at venues worldwide including The Concertgebouw, Perth Concert Hall, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Peter's Basilica, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Forthcoming concert appearances include Bach's St Matthew Passion for Edward Higginbottom and the Academy of Ancient Music, the same for Jonathan Willcocks and Florilegium, and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle for Edmond Fivet and the Aldeburgh Music Club.
Amy's recent operatic engagements have included Nancy in Albert Herring for Shadwell Opera at Opera Holland Park and UK tour, Peter Grimes and Queen of Spades for Grange Park Opera Chorus, Isolier in Le Comte Ory and Idamante in Idomeneo for RCM Opera Scenes, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Angelo Custode in Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas, and Bathsheba in Far from the Madding Crowd (première). She was privileged to perform at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in a vocal quartet drawn from Tenebrae Choir for Joby Talbot's ballet Alice in Wonderland. In July, Amy makes her debut with the Royal College of Music International Opera School, performing the role of Mrs Herring in Britten's Albert Herring.
Song recitals have included Schumann's Frauenliebe und leben for Bath Abbey Lunchtime Recital series and Grieg & Schubert Lieder at the 2012 Oxford Lieder Festival, in which she sang on the Master Course. In November, Amy performed at the launch of a new book Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music. Later this year, she will be performing Gurney songs as part of the RCM & WWI museum exhibition, and will perform Erlebach songs as part of the RCM Exploring the Archives series. As an ensemble singer, she performs regularly with Tenebrae Choir, Polyphony, London Voices, and Philharmonia Voices.