Opera alumni

Royal Academy Opera alumni perform with major opera houses world-wide.

Read The Guardian’s Career tips for opera singers
featuring recent Academy alumni Ed Ballard, Samuel Furness and Jonathan McGovern.

Graduates from around the last decade include

Mary Bevan (2011) ENO
Young Artist category winner at the RPS Music Awards 2015
‘Mary Bevan’s bewitching Susanna. It was entirely appropriate that the first night should conclude with Bevan receiving this year’s Exceptional Young Talent award from the Critics’ Circle, because the perfection of her singing is allied to a natural dramatic gift.’
Michael Church, Independent

Allan Clayton (2007) Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival
‘Clayton is the real thing: a great British singer who deserves to be championed.’
Neil Fisher, The Times

Lucy Crowe (2004) ENO, Royal Opera, New York Met, Glyndebourne
‘Lucy Crowe triumph[s]...bringing a peachy fullness of tone – and irresistible flirtatiousness – to her exquisitely-sung Adina.’
Michael Church, The Independent

Iestyn Davies (2005) ENO, Wigmore Hall, recording artist
‘Iestyn Davies was flawless as ever, each year seeming to find more lights and colours in the countertenor voice than I used to think possible’
David Nice, The Arts Desk

Marcus Farnsworth (2011) ENO, Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Monnaie
‘Baritone Marcus Farnsworth has the most sonorous voice of the four; you’d be happy to hear him sing almost anything.’
David Patrick Stearns, Gramophone

Jennifer France (2013)
Nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award in Opera at the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Winner of the Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and of a 2014 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera
‘when Jennifer France sang the part of Lauretta in Opera North’s Gianni Schicchi last year, the house duly melted, and so did the much harder to please critics. The Times, blubbing into its red spotted hankie, simply said it was beautiful.’
Neil Fisher, The Times

Kishani Jayasinghe (2006) Royal Opera, Glyndebourne
‘there’s big benefit in her dazzling smile, watchful eyes and general physical charisma.’
The Times

Ed Lyon (2004) Opera North, WNO
‘And exciting Ed Lyon confirms his place as one of Britain’s top baroque tenors’
The Guardian

Viktor Rud (2006) La Scala Milan
‘This was a comic performance which was finely judged, never over the top, with a masterly command of detail’
Brian Dickie

Dong Jun Wang (2008) Oper Frankfurt


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@RoyalAcadMusic • Jun 10
Huge congratulations to Academy alum @MaryCBevan! #RAO #opera #alum twitter.com/jpianomiddleto…
@RoyalAcadMusic • Aug 21
Good luck to #opera #alum @fatboyclayton, singing in world premiere of Gerald Barry's 'Canada' @bbcproms tonight. bbc.in/2wr7THk
@RoyalAcadMusic • Aug 15
#Opera #alum @AOtterburn's 'performance of searing intensity' in @edintfest #Greek reviewed @ClassicalSource bit.ly/2wLuOdo