Born in Rio de Janeiro, Luciano Botelho stands out with solid international career singing recently in many prestigious opera houses including the ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, Grand Théâtre du Genève, Théâtre du Châtelet, Köln Opera and Salzburg Festival. He recorded live productions of Elvino/ La Sonnambula at Stuttgart Opera House and Giacomo/La donna del Lago at Theatre an der Wien as well as the Intendant/Linda di Chamounix for Opera Rara and the TV transmission of Rossinis’s Stabat Mater for RAI. He trained at the University of Rio de Janeiro before undertaking Postgraduate study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. In Brazil he started singing Tamino/Die Zauberflöte in the Amazonas Opera Festival becoming frequent presence in the main Opera Theatres being acclaimed by Brazilian critics as “one of the best talents of this country” after his performance of Fadinard Il cappello di paglia di Firenze in São Paulo Opera Theatre.
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Elizabeth Marcus was born in Brighton and studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she now works as a vocal coach, staff accompanist and professor of harpsichord. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Floral Hall at the ROH Covent Garden and St. John Smith Square and appeared in concert with Alastair Miles, Janice Watson, Sally Matthews, Robert Hayward and Claire Rutter. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, BBC 2 TV, Channel 4 and Radio France. Elizabeth has been official accompanist for the Peter Pears, the Richard Tauber and the Kathleen Ferrier competitions and for masterclasses with Ileana Kotrubas, Guisseppe di Stefano and Sherrill Milnes. She is much in demand as a vocal coach and works regularly with singers such as Sally Matthews, Patricia Bardon and Sir Willard White. As a member of the Tzigane Piano Trio, she performs regularly in the UK and has released a disc of the complete music for Piano Trio by Cecile Chaminade.