Mimi Doulton is a soprano of British-Pakistani origin, with a particular interest in contemporary opera and song. She is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and an Opera Prelude Artist for 2018/19, and was previously a Fondation Royaumont Voix Nouvelles scholar. In 2017/18 she won third place at the Music Club of London Competition, and was a finalist at the Dean & Chadlington Competition.
Recently, Mimi has created roles in Wake with Birmingham Opera Company (directed by Graham Vick CBE); Blue Electric and Schutzwall at Tête a Tête. She has developed new operas with the Royal Opera, Mahogany Opera Group and Snape Maltings. In 2019/20 she will be understudying the role of Jerusha Cramer in Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park for Music Theatre Wales/the Royal Opera. Other operatic work has included title roles in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne; and a UK tour singing the role of Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance with Merry Opera Company.
As a recitalist, she has premiered works at venues including Wigmore Hall, Club Inégales and Fondation Royaumont. She was part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s ‘This is Rattle’ Festival in 2017/18, and performed Copland’s 12 poems of Emily Dickinson in the Barbican Hall as part of the orchestra’s Bernstein Centenary celebrations. An experienced chorister and ensemble singer, she performs regularly with the professional choirs at St. Bride’s Fleet Street and St. Paul’s Cathedral; Apollo Voices, the Blossom Street Singers and Tenebrae.
She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, where her studies were supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Charity of Mary Barnes, and three private donors. Previously, Mimi was the Helen Hudson choral scholar at King’s College London, graduating with first-class honours in Music and Languages in 2015. She continues her studies with Gary Coward.
Pianist Dominic Degavino has performed concerts in venues across the United Kingdom and beyond, including solo performances at the Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, London as a Park Lane Group artist, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Lichfield and Edinburgh festivals, among others. Concerto appearances include performances with the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Symphony Orchestra.
In recent years, Dominic has achieved considerable competition success, including winning the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, 3rd Prize at the Concours International de Piano d’Epinal in France, and keyboard section prizes of both the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition and the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Arts Competition. He has taken part in masterclasses with eminent pianists such as Lang Lang, Richard Goode, Imogen Cooper, Peter Frankl and John O’Conor. Alongside work as a soloist, he is a passionate chamber musician, accompanist, and jazz player, performing extensively and winning prizes with a wide array of ensembles.
Having received the majority of his musical education in Manchester at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM under the tutelage of Helen Krizos, Dominic is now continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with tutors Charles Owen and Noriko Ogawa. He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK and the South Square Trust.