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Biography

Nicola-Jane Kemp studied piano at Chetham's School of Music, won a Choral Scholarship at Girton College, Cambridge, and studied singing at the RCM and opera at the RSAMD with an award from the Equity Trust Fund. She has been studying with Margaret Hyde and Ludmilla Andrew.

Nicola-Jane made her concert debut at the Barbican singing incidental music from Beethoven's 'Egmont' and at the Purcell Room with Bach's Cantata 51 'Jauchzet Gott'. Specialising in the coloratura repertoire, she made her operatic debut at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London singing Edwige (Robinson Crusoe) for British Youth Opera. Roles which followed have included Pretty Polly (Punch and Judy) by Birtwistle for Music Theatre Wales, Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Belcanto Opera, Konstanze (Die Entführung) for The London Opera Players, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) for the Académie Européenne de Musique d'Aix-en-Provence, Music Theatre Kernow, Central Festival Opera and Garden Opera (also singing Papagena), Cinna (Lucio Silla) for Opera Anglia, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at St John's Smith Square, Lakmé for Belcanto Opera and Adele (Die Fledermaus) in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Palace Opera.

She has sung in two New Year Galas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and sang 'Jauchzet Gott' again at the Festival International d'Aix-en-Provence. She has sung 'Carmina Burana' with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and made her debut at The Linbury Studio (Royal Opera House). She sang 'A Mind of Winter' by George Benjamin with the Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Rouen, France and was the soloist for the Jubilee concert in 2002 at Chatsworth House, singing for an audience of 10,000. She has recently made her debut on BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night is Music Night" and will return to Chatsworth house this year by popular demand.

Other plans for 2006 include New Year Viennese concerts in Cairo and Alexandria and concerts throughout the UK.

 

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