Kishani Jayasinghe

Sri Lankan British soprano Kishani Jayasinghe was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2006 to 2008. Since then she has sung Sifare Mitridate with the Classical Opera Company (Sadler’s Wells/Buxton Festival) Rosina The Ghosts of Versailles and Gotran Une education manquée (Wexford Festival), Mimí La Bohème at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and for Glyndebourne on Tour, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at the Garsington Festival, Donna Elvira for the Opera Theatre of St Louis, Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Singapore Lyric Opera and Leila for the Nationale Reisopera in Holland. She created the role of Nafisa in Edward Rushton’s new opera Barbur in London (The Opera Group) which was premiered in Zurich, and then performed in Basil, St Gallen and London followed by a UK tour.

She made her Royal Opera debut as Chloë The Queen of Spades followed by Ines Il trovatore, Giannetta L’elisir d’amore, Flowermaiden Parsifal, Papagena Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro. She also covered the roles of Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro.

Concert repertoire includes Mozart Exsultate jubilate, Mass in C minor, Requiem and Vespers, Mendelssohn Elijah and Hymn of Praise, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder and Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder. Recent concert engagements include Haydn’s Creation and Verdi’s Requiem, recitals in Holland, Sri Lanka and at Teatro Municipal in Sao Paolo, and with the Royal Opera at Buckingham Palace for Prince Charles’ 60th Birthday Celebrations.

Her Debut Album “Christmas with Kishani” was released last year.

Kishani Jayasinghe obtained a LLB (2001) and LLM in International Commercial Law (2002) from the University of Nottingham and completed her Operatic training at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was recently awarded an Associateship. She has won top prizes in International Vocal Competitions in Italy, Spain, France, Finland, Holland and Turkey. She is also an Associate of the Classical Opera Company; an Alumni Laureate of the University of Nottingham; Zonta’s Woman of Achievement for the Performing Arts (2010) and the Asian Woman of Achievement for Art and Culture in the UK.

“…the splendid performances by fast-rising singers, soprano Kishani Jayasinghe, and the unstoppable Borders tenor with a personality the size of a region, the brilliant Nicky Spence, in a stream of numbers from Eugene Onegin, La Boheme, to My Fair Lady extracts, and the great chorus from La Rondine, with the RSNO Chorus very robust. The numbers just piled up in this cracking show, with a Lehar sequence in the second half, along with extracts from La Traviata, RCS students popping up in quartets, and a heart-melting account of Ae Fond Kiss from tenor and soprano. Splendid night.” (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) Glasgow Herald, February 2014

“As Elvira, sparkling soprano Kishani Jayasinghe commands the stage.” (Don Giovanni/Opera Theatre of St Louis) Riverfront Times, May 2011

“…there’s big benefit in her dazzling smile, watchful eyes and general physical charisma.” (Le Nozze di Figaro/Garsington) The Times, June 2010

“…Kishani Jayasinghe shone as Rosina…” (The Ghosts of Versailles/Wexford Festival) Opera Magazine, January 2010

“Kishani Jayasinghe charmed once more as the innocent Gontran.” (Une Education Manquée/Wexford Festival) Opera Magazine, January 2010

“[The singers] especially Kishani Jayasinghe’s stylish Gontran carry the day, and the result is a winner.” (Une Education Manquée/Wexford Festival) The Stage, October 2009

“Kashani Jayasinghe’s wonderfully soft-textured soprano fares well in the role of Sifare.” (Mitridate/Sadler’s Wells) Whats On Stage, June 2009

“…it was the Sir Lankan soprano Kishani Jayasinghe in the tiny role of Barbarina who made my ears prick up suddenly – there’s a gorgeous voice in embryo here, charged with the crushed velvet, vintage port, Jersey creaminess of the young Kiri te Kanawa.” (Le Nozze di Figaro/ROH) Daily Telegraph, July 2008

‘The playful Susanna of Kishani Jayasinghe applied her watered-silk timbre with finesse and a touch of fragility’ . Yehuda Shapiro. Opera magazine, October 2008

“And there is Barbarina, too: in Kishani Jayasinghe (a Jette Parker Young Artist) a presence who lights up the stage. I can’t wait for her to fledge into a Susanna all her own.” Hilary Finch. The Times June 26, 2008

“Jayasinghe’s perfectly formed, and floated through Deh vieni with exactly the right balance of charm and vulnerability.”
Neil Fisher. The Times, JPYA Summer Concert July 22, 2008

“What was beyond doubt was Kishani Jayasinghe has star quality as a compelling actress with a bright clear voice.”
Jim Pritchard. JPYA Summer Concert 22nd July 2008.

“The warmth and charm of Kishani Jayasinghe’s beautifully sung Susanna was another highlight” July 26, 2008

“Special mention should go to Jette Parker Young Artist, Kishani Jayasinghe: a winning Barbarina.”
Mark Berry

“Kishani Jayasinghe’s spirited Barbarina..hers (is a) lusciously creamy voice.. not only does she perk up every production I’ve seen her in, however small her part, she also has the makings of a truly memorable voice.”

“Kishani Jayasinghe’s vivacious Papagena…. She’s one of two young sopranos who make a big impression in this show.” Richard Morrison. The Times, January 30, 2008 Die Zauberflöte

“And Kishani Jayasinghe almost stole the show as Papagena”

“Kishani Jayasinghe, common to both casts, repeats her delightful Papagena. Hers is certainly a name to watch.” Stephen Pettit. Opera Magazine April 2008, Die Zauberflöte