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Meet the ENO Harewood Artists of 2017/18

The ENO Harewood Artists, formerly the ENO Junior Company Principals and ENO Young Singers Programme, enables exceptionally talented British and British-trained singers to perform career-building roles with a major opera company while receiving specialist coaching, support and guidance. Across the 2017/18 season over 20 principal roles will be taken by current or former ENO Harewood Artists.

Meet the ENO Harewood Artists of 2017/18

Andri Björn Róbertsson – Bass-Baritone

Supported by the Behrens Fellowship
Trained: Royal Academy of Music, National Opera Studio

Previously at ENO: Angelotti Tosca, Ceprano Rigoletto (2016/17)

In 2017/18: Lord Krishna in Satyagraha, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Katie Coventry – Mezzo-Soprano

Trained: Royal College of Music

Previously at ENO: Edith The Pirates of Penzance (2016/17)

In 2017/18: Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro

Eleanor Dennis – Soprano

Trained: Royal College of Music

Previously for ENO: Three Shining Ones/Madam Wanton/The Voice of a Bird/Celestial Voices The Pilgrim’s Progress (2012/13); First Lady The Magic Flute (2013/14); Countess The Marriage of Figaro, Micaëla Carmen (2014/15); First Lady The Magic Flute (2015/16)

In 2017/18: High Priestess in Aida, Laura Fleet in Marnie, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Matthew Durkan – Baritone

Trained: Birmingham Conservatoire, Wales International Academy of Voice, National Opera Studio

Previously for ENO: Fiorello The Barber of Seville, Yamadori Madam Butterfly (2015/16); Marullo Rigoletto, Ormonte Partenope (2016/17)

In 2017/18: Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Malcolm Fleet in Marnie, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

David Ireland – Bass-Baritone

Joined in 2017/18
Trained: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, National Opera Studio

In 2017/18: Covering in The Barber of Seville

Rhian Lois – Soprano

Trained: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Royal College of Music

Previously for ENO: Ivette The Passenger (2011/12); Papagena The Magic Flute, Frasquita Carmen, Nerine Medea (2013/14); Adele Die Fledermaus, First Niece Peter Grimes (2013/14); Atalanta Xerxes, Younger Woman Between Worlds, Frasquita Carmen (2014/15); Musetta La bohème (2015/16)

In 2017/18: Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro

Elgan Llyr Thomas – Tenor

Joined in 2017/18
Trained: Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

In 2017/18: covering in The Barber of Seville

Soraya Mafi – Soprano

Supported by the Bruce Tollis Fellowship
Trained: Royal College of Music

Previously for ENO: Edith The Pirates of Penzance (2014/15); Papagena The Magic Flute, Karolka Jenůfa (2015/16); Mabel The Pirates of Penzance (2016/17)

In 2017/18: Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Samantha Price – Mezzo-Soprano

Trained: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, National Opera Studio

Previously for ENO: Third Gentleman Julietta (2012/13); Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro (2014/15); Kate Pinkerton Madam Butterfly (2015/16); Perdita in The Winter’s Tale (2016/17)

In 2017/18: Iolanthe in Iolanthe

Božidar Smiljanić – Bass-Baritone

Joined in 2017/18
Trained: Royal Academy of Music

In 2017/18: Marchese D’Obigny in La traviata

Katie Stevenson – Mezzo-Soprano

Joined in 2017/18
Trained: Royal College of Music

In 2017/18: Marnie Double 4 in Marnie

David Webb – Tenor

Supported by the Mills Williams Foundation Fellowship
Trained: Royal College of Music

Previously for ENO: A Young Sailor Tristan and Isolde (2015/16); Frederic The Pirates of Penzance

In 2017/18: Messenger in Aida, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream