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‘Irresistable gripping theatre, with a vigorously projected performance from Pippa Dames-Longworth

The Times

Overview

As a principal soloist, Pippa has sung for major opera houses throughout Europe and the UK, including Paris Opera, ENO, ROH, Glyndebourne and in major festivals such as Frankfurt, Firenze Maggio Musicale, the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Covent Garden Festivals and in the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Albert Hall, Vredenburg, Utrecht, Snape Maltings, Kings Place and Wigmore Hall. She has also performed at the Hay on Wye, Cheltenham and Bath Festivals, and in the Caribbean, Spain and Africa.

She has performed with conductors such as Simon Rattle, George Solti, Roger Norrington, Andrew Davis, Jirí Bélohlãvek, David Robertson and with the Hallé Orchestra, RPO, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Brodsky Quartet, Schubert Ensemble and Tippett Quartet. She has also worked with Theatre de Complicité and Muziktheater Transparant. 

She has recorded for Radio, for TV, for Sky Arts and for Film and, as one half of 'Operaplayhouse', with colleague, Karl Daymond, was the subject of a BBC documentary.

Pippa has given Masterclasses throughout the UK as well as in Moscow, Africa, Spain and Prague and is a specialist advisor for Trinity College of Music. She was on the board of Trustees for Lancing College responsible for Child Protection and as Arts advisor. She was also for some years involved with The Shannon Trust, an educational charity to help prison inmates with communication skills.

Her directorial work has included ‘Dido and Aeneas’ for The Brighton Early Music Festival, developing community pieces for Chepstow Museum and devising and directing performances for her group, 'Singing Salon'

 

Her vocal repertoire ranges from Monteverdi through Handel, Janacek, Wagner and Britten to contemporary works. Initially having sung as a soprano, she now sings as a mezzo-soprano. Recent performances have included her debut at Paris Opera, Verdi's Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and recitals at Gravetye Manor and in King George IV’s Music Room in The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Pippa lives in East Sussex with her husband, John Berry CBE, former Artistic Director of English National Opera, and currently Creative Advisor of The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Artistic Director and Founder of the newly formed Charity, Opera Ventures, and Co-Director of Scenario2.

Short Biography 

Pippa graduated from Trinity College of Music and went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the coveted Ricordi Opera Prize. She made her operatic debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has since sung with English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, The National Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic, Theatre de Complicité, Muziktheater Transparant and has worked with Opera North, Teatro Real, Madrid and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; she has sung with conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Roger Norrington and and in Festivals such as Edinburgh (Brunnhilde’s 'Immolation Scene'), Aldeburgh, Covent Garden, Florence, Frankfurt and the BBC Proms. Her Television credits include Fiordiligi in 'Così fan tutte' directed by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and the world premiere of Micheal Torke’s King of Hearts. Recordings include Birtwistle’s 'Mask of Orpheus' and Stravinsky’s 'Rossignol'. 

She recently made her Paris Opera debut in a new production of Smetana’s Bartered Bride conducted by Jirí Bélohlãvek. She also gave recitals and masterclasses in Prague, Moscow, Nairobi; sang Purcell’s Dido in Krakow, performed with the Brodsky String Quartet in Utrecht, performed Walton's Facade on the South Bank and performed with the Tippett Quartet in Kings Place.

She has performed in the Caribbean, Africa, Spain, and for SkyArts at the Hay on Wye Festival, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals.