Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras
Music Director & Founder
Tamara holds a Fellowship and MMus from Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Repetiteur), a MMus from Manhattan School of Music (Piano) and a Postgraduate from Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie (Piano). She has won many scholarships and prizes such as the Grand Prix at the 21st Tournament in Memory of Prince Radziwill, Leverhulme Arts Scholarship and Fundación Barrié de la Maza. She has worked with directors Ashley Dean, Rodula Gaitanou, Stephen Medcalf, Max Webster and conductors Alex Ingram, Timothy Redmond and Dominic Wheeler. Her latest engagements have been with Cambridge Philharmonic, Helios Collective, Independent Opera, British Youth Opera and King’s College London.
Cecilia holds a BA in Music and an MSt in History of Art from Oxford University; she is currently reading for an AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at University College London where she specialises in early twentieth-century multimedia. Previously, Cecilia worked at the Ashmolean Museum programming large-scale participatory events, and has since gained experience directing opera with Spectra Ensemble, Helios Collective and Oxford Opera, as well as assisting at Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera and British Youth Opera.
Laura Blanco de la Barrera
PhD Candidate in Studies on Culture and Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela, MPhil in Literary Theory and Compared Literature and BA in Galician and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, Laura is currently the Lector in Galician at the University of Oxford. Additionally, she is studying Psychology, especially interested in Psychoanalytical approaches. As an author, she published a book of poems, Doenças dum espelho (2012) and took part in some poetic anthologies. Passionate about music, she has partial studies of guitar and piano.
Lorena Paz Nieto
Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto is with Royal Academy Opera, studying with Philip Doghan and Audrey Hyland. She achieved distinction in her MA – Preparatory Opera, and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. She recently won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Award (2016), and the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize. Lorena is a Carr-Gregory Scholar, and is grateful for the support of the Matthew & Sally Ferrey Scholarship, the Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholarship, the Help Musicians UK Tutton Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Belfast-born baritone Malachy Frame is Northern Ireland Opera’s ‘Voice of 2016,’ having won the annual competition during the company’s ‘Festival of Voice’ in August. Since then, solo engagements have included recitals of Schumann, Schubert, Strauss, and Judith Weir, the roles of Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), the Lion (Lampe’s Pyramus and Thisbe), and Masetto (Don Giovanni), as well as working with ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dunedin Consort. Malachy recently recorded the world premiere of Stuart MacRae’s Cantata for Delphian Records, and was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2016 at the Wigmore Hall.
Dancer and choreographer
Fran Mangiacasale is a contemporary/neoclassical dancer and choreographer based in London. He has danced in companies including Lindsay Kemp Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Fabulous Beast, Royal Opera House and ENO, in 2013 he was also assistant choreographer and guest soloist with the Azerbaijan State Ballet. As a Choreographer Fran has created work for companies such as Toos Foundation, Opera Fabula and the London Ballet Company.
Mary Sol Martín del Castillo
Mary Sol holds a MA in “Dance and The Art of Movement” from Universidad Catolica de San Antonio in Murcia, Spain. As a freelance performer in the UK she has been involved in many projects, including “Rewild” by Livia Rita (Barbican Centre, Richmix, Swiss tour), “Liturgie” by Spectra Ensemble and Disconnect Dance (2017), “By Other Means” Art Gallery (2016), “Placebo Funeral” at Southbank Centre (2015) and ”CAIRO” at Richmix (2015). She is currently working on her own dance theatre piece in collaboration with Alex Paton and Malina de Carlo.
Borja Cervera Ferrando
My earliest music memories date back to my childhood when I was a choral student at the Orfeón Donostiarra (San Sebastián, Basque Country). At age 11, I moved to the Costa Blanca, where almost every cultural aspect is infused by music. I have a Diploma in Sound from Curva Polar (Granada). After my graduation I moved to Barcelona to study sound design and post-production at Microfusa Academy. Currently I am studying Sound Engineering at the SAE Institute (Oxford).