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Erica Eloff (soprano)

Erica Eloff was born in South Africa.  A winner of the London Handel Competition, Erica is building a reputation as operatic, concert and recital performer. Her wide-ranging repertoire extends from Handel, Mozart, Britten, and to contemporary composers for whom she has given many world premieres.

Most recent and future engagements of Erica Eloff include Tosca (title role), Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte Theater Lübeck, Mahler 2nd Symphony and Mendelssohn Elijah Barbican Centre, Farnaspe J.C. Bach Adriano in Siria Classical Opera Company, Tippet A Child of our Time Southbank Centre, Blumenmädchen 1 Parsifal City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Handel Catone in Utica London Handel Festival, Mozart Lucio Silla during Goettingen Festspiele, her debut in Argentina in a new work composed for her by Augusto Arias and her debut with the Classical Opera Company, performing selections by Gluck and Mozart at the Palazzo Montanari in Bologna.

On the concert platform, Erica has worked regularly with Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Players in repertoire such as Handel Theodora, Messiah, Bach’s Passions and B Minor Mass. A champion of contemporary music, Erica has given world premieres of works by British, Argentinian and South African composers, including works written for her by James Wilding and Hannes Taljaard.

Her operatic repertoire includes Meleagro Atalanta, Nerone Agrippina, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro and Elettra Idomeneo.  In the UK, she has worked with Garsington Opera, Bury Court Opera, Cambridge Handel Opera and Opera North, whilst engagements abroad have taken her to the Düsseldorf Festival, NWU Opera in South Africa and WOWSA Opera Pretoria.

Having studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music, critically acclaimed tenor soloist Matthew Minter is in demand throughout Britain and on the international concert platform.  Matthew works regularly with many of Britain’s leading orchestras, including The English Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has had the privilege of working under the direction of such distinguished conductors as Pierre Boulez, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, and Sir David Willcocks and he has performed at a number of the most prestigious venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Lincoln Center.

Concert engagements during the coming season include Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 95, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem. In 2013 Matthew premièred and recorded a Mass of Reverence and Devotion written especially for his voice by Daniel Gillingwater which continues to be enthusiastically received by audiences throughout the UK.

Further career highlights to date include a gala concert performance in the presence of the current Prime Minister of Great Britain, singing at a private party for the Duchess of York and various members of the British Royal Family, and notably appearing on the BBC’s Top Gear programme performing O Sole Mio whilst being driven in a Maserati sports car by the seven time Formula1 world champion Michael Schumacher!

Matthew Minter (tenor)

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