Kishani Jayasinghe - soprano
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, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at the Garsington Festival. In 2011 she made her US debut as Donna Elvira for the Opera Theatre of St Louis and sung a debut performance for Glyndebourne on Tour as Mimí.
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. Other roles include Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Sandrina La finta giardiniera, Leïla Les pêcheurs de perles and Soprano Actress A Night at the Chinese Opera.
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.
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. She continues to study with Pamela Cook.
She recently 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.
Plans include Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Singapore Lyric Opera and Leila for the National Reisopera.