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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Giselle Allen will join Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College, School Hall on 25 November 2001 performing Verdi's Requiem.

October 2001

Giselle Allen       Soprano

Born in Belfast, Giselle graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with honours in Misic before pursuing her vocal studies an the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, London. She was the winner of numerous awards at both establishment and of several competitions in the UK and Ireland, notably the Lady Naxon Prize, a Countess of Munster scholarship, and a Sybol Tutton scholarship. She graduated from the RAM with the highest award given, a Dip.RAM in Opera.

Her operatic roles at college included Parassia (Fair at Sorochinzi), The Fox (Cunning Little Vixen), the title role in Suor Angelica and Helena (A Midsummer Nights Dream). Other roles performed are Cressida for the William Walton Trust, Musetta for Clonter Opera and Holland Park Opera, Tatyana for the Buxton festival and Clonter Opera, Svatava for Wexford festival, Iris and Countess for Holland Park, Geraldine for the American Series at the Barbican, Giulietta for Central Festival Opera, Wellgunde and Gutrune for Covent Garden Festival, Helena for Singapore Lyric Opera. She made her Opera North debut last spring as Tatyana and is currently on tour with Opera North singing The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen.

As a concert artist, Giselle has performed in many of the major concert halls in the UK and Ireland and has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir David Willcocks, Gennadi Rosdesvensky and the American, Marin Alsop. In demand as a recitalist also, she has performed for the BBC, the Castlewood Opera Series, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and many music societies in the UK. Gisella has also recorded with the Ulster Orchestra under Vernon Handley.

Future plans include Musetta for Opera North, Strauss' Four Last Songs with the Northern Sinfonia, and a Messiah tour in Ireland.