Junior Artists Biographies
We are delighted to introduce our Junior Artists for 2018. These ten young singers from our local area have been selected through a rigorous audition process. Throughout the year our Junior Artists will receive specialist training in disciplines including voice, language, music, drama and movement. They will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals and to meet singers involved in Glyndebourne Tour and Festival productions and to gain an insight into the world of professional opera singers. Several of these talented young people are part of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and have worked with us before and some are new to Glyndebourne. We look forward to working with all of them during the next year.
Enya Mankoui – Soprano
Enya Mankoui, aged 15, began singing at primary school when she was nine. Starting on the ABRSM course she progressed to Grade 5 before transferring to the Trinity London course in order to achieve her choral scholarship. She is currently working towards her Grade 8 in singing.
Enya has performed with the Lewes Operatic Society, appearing in their production of Les Miserablés which she describes as having kick started her passion for singing. With her school’s chamber choir she has travelled to Lake Garda, Italy to perform in churches across the lakes. In 2016, Enya performed in her first project with Glyndebourne Youth Opera, A Garden Dream, written by the then Young Composer-in-Residence Lewis Murphy. Performances were ‘flash-mob’ style, in the gardens at Glyndebourne during the interval.
More recently Enya performed in the 2017 youth opera Belongings on the main stage at Glyndebourne. Enya is looking forward to the opportunity of bettering her skills as a singer and gaining a greater understanding of Glyndebourne and what being an opera singer entails.
Rose Berelowitz – Soprano
Rose Berelowitz is 17 and began formal singing lessons aged 11. A member of Brighton Festival Youth choir for three years, she became a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera four years ago.
Rose has performed in numerous GYO productions since then, beginning with Tycho’s Dream in 2014, Nothing in 2016 and Belongings in 2017. She has recently successfully auditioned for the upcoming community opera Agreed which will premiere on the main stage in 2019 and is currently training for her Grade 8 singing exam.
Through Glyndebourne Rose has enjoyed incredible opportunities to work with a range of professionals in the industry including members of the Glyndebourne chorus and The Sixteen. This has allowed her get an exciting taste for what her future could be like. Rose feels that being a part of the Glyndebourne Junior Artists programme is a huge honour, and that working on her voice with the best in the business and in such a globally renowned opera house is truly a blessing. Rose hopes that she can take on every challenge and opportunity this experience brings, improving her voice, understanding of opera and overall professionalism so that one day she might work in the world of opera.
Walter Hall – Tenor
Walter, aged 16, began singing in his primary school choir. Since then he has performed in a range of operas, theatre and musical theatre. He has sung with New Sussex Opera in L’étoil and Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. A member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Walter performed the role of Danyal in Belongings (2017). He appeared in OperaCoast’s No Voice Unheard, created in memoriam of the victims of the Holocaust and WW2, first performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2015 and in London and Sussex in 2016.
Walter is a Young Creative for the De La Warr Pavilion and performs with local theatre companies in his hometown of Lewes. He is preparing to take his Grade 7 piano. Walter is looking forward to the coaching and opportunities offered as a Glyndebourne Junior Artist, and hopes the experience will help him towards a career in performing.
Ruby Greis – Soprano
Ruby is 15 years old and has been a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera since she was eight. She has been in many productions at Glyndebourne including Til The Summer Comes Again (2012), Into the Harbour, Carry Me Home (2013), Tycho’s Dream (2014), A Garden Dream (2016), Belongings (2017) and The Sixteen Concert 2017. Ruby performed in the Glyndebourne Festival in the children’s chorus in Carmen (2015) and as the Frog and Fox Cub in The Cunning Little Vixen (2016). During her time performing in Belongings Ruby completed a Silver Arts Award.
Ruby has completed her Grade 8 ABRSM in singing and plays the trumpet and piano at the Centre for Young Musicians on Saturdays. Competing in singing competitions at the Sutton and Ealing Music festivals she has won several vocal cups and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre. Ruby hopes to improve her singing technique and develop her skills as a performer and is thrilled to have been chosen as a Glyndebourne Junior Artist.
Isabelle Worssam – Soprano
Isabelle is 16 years old and grew up in a musical household as her mother inspired her to sing from a young age. From the age of eight, Issie has sung in The Young Deers, a children’s choir competing in the East Grinstead Music and Arts Festival, winning the Chequer Mead Bursary and the Young Singers Award. Issie studies at Ardingly College where she is a Music Scholar. She sings in the chapel and chamber choirs and performs in the orchestra and concert band, as well as taking part in many Scholars’ Concerts.
A member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Issie has enjoyed many workshops, in particular taking part in Autumn Sing with Mary King. From the age of 14 Issie has learned to play the oboe and is currently taking a diploma, she also has her Grade 8 in the piano. She has a London College of Music Diploma in Music Theatre and is currently completing her ABRSM Diploma in Singing. A keen performer, Issie enjoys dance and has taken her intermediate exams in tap, ballet and modern dance. Issie is excited to have been chosen as a Glyndebourne Junior Artist and is looking forward to learning about life as a professional singer and exploring her potential.
Oliver Pilgrim – Bass
Oliver, aged 17, attends Ardingly College where he is a Music Scholar and was Head of the Boys Junior School Choir. Now in Senior School he sings in the chapel choir and schola cantorum, singing in many cathedrals around the world. A pivotal point of his singing progression was when he joined the CBSO Youth Chorus singing with the BBC Proms Youth Choir, an opportunity provided by Glyndebourne’s education department. He has performed for the past two years with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Oliver plays the oboe and has regular singing lessons developing his technique and repertoire. Oliver is looking forward to gaining invaluable professional experience from being a Glyndebourne Junior Artist. He hopes to have a career in singing, be it choral or operatic.
Kitty Rose – Soprano
Kitty Rose, aged 14, was first introduced to opera when she performed in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s Til the Summer Comes Again when she was nine. Since singing her first solo in the show the thrill of singing has stayed with her. Kitty takes classical singing lessons, recently achieving her Grade 6. Kitty has performed in other GYO performances including Tycho’s Dream (2014) and Belongings (2017).
Kitty hopes having the incredible opportunity to be a Glyndebourne Junior Artist will push her to become the best singer she can be.
Alice Creasey – Soprano
Alice is 16 years old and started singing from the age of seven. Since then Alice has achieved eight grades in musical theatre vocal exams and is taking her diploma in Musical Theatre this autumn at Bexhill College. Studying Music throughout her senior school years, Alice has competed in dance, singing and acting. Her love of musical theatre has seen her perform in amateur productions of Les Misérables, Grease and Oklahoma!. Alice’s interest in classical singing started last year after seeing two operas at Glyndebourne.
Alice is thrilled to have been chosen as a Glyndebourne Junior Artist, she hopes to learn more about the art of opera and improve her classical singing. In the future, Alice hopes to pursue a career in singing in either musical theatre or opera.
Gigi Casey – Soprano
Gigi is 16 years old and lives in Worthing, she is doing her A Levels at Lancing College where she is a Choral Scholar. Gigi has been a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera for the past seven years and has loved participating in many workshops and has had the opportunity to perform on the Glyndebourne stage in Belongings (2017) and sang a solo in The Sixteen Christmas Concert with Harry Christophers. Her ambition grew from a young age as she got opportunities to audition for roles in the Festival, performing in the children’s chorus in Carmen (2015) and as a fox cub in The Cunning Little Vixen (2016).
Gigi currently attends the Junior Royal Academy of Music’s Saturday School. She enjoys singing with vocal group Viva Voce which raises funds for Young Epilepsy and has recently sung the role of the third lady in The Magic Flute, arranged by the Royal Academy of Music students to support Amref Health Africa. Having been inspired from a young age, Gigi hopes to study opera at a music conservatoire in the future. To be a Glyndebourne Junior Artist is a dream come true and Gigi is looking forward to learning more about the world of opera.
Freddie Rupp – Tenor
Freddie lives in Lewes and is 15 years old. He attends St Edmunds School in Canterbury and sings in the choir at Canterbury Cathedral. When Freddie’s voice broke he was appointed their youngest ever Deputy Lay Clerk. Freddie sings in chapel and chamber choirs and an acapella group. He studies piano and cello as well as playing guitar, double bass and electric bass. He enjoys playing with his school’s orchestra and big band. Freddie is the founding member of the Inmedias Jazz Trio who currently holds the Track Records Music Award for the Junior and Open categories. When he is not busy singing and playing instruments Freddie also represents his school’s sports team.
Freddie’s connection to Glyndebourne started when he was 5 years old when he had his first stage appearance in 2008 in the Festival production of Eugene Onegin. Freddie is honored to be a Glyndebourne Junior Artist. He is looking forward to improving both his musical performance and stagecraft. He hopes to continue with his musical studies, particularly singing, during his last three years at school and beyond.