Thalie Knights

Thalie Knights

Mezzo-Soprano

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«"...Knights' impressive control and poise, which brought all the passion and drama of any Italian opera"»
Early Music Today (2018)
«"Thalie Knights made a strong, passionate Armide. Tall and distinguished, she had a commanding stage presence making Armide's sense of power quite believable. Knights gripped us from beginning to end.’’»
Planet Hugill (2018)
«''...Thalie Knights in the travesty role of the alternative male love interest Frédéric, made good impression.''»
Opera Magazine (2018)
2017Delibes: LakméMallika
2016Lully: ArmideArmide
2016Rameau: Hippolyte et AriciePhèdre
2016Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Dame
2015Thomas: MignonFrédéric
2015Handel: OrlandoMedoro
2015Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoCornelia
2014Berkeley: A Dinner EngagementMrs Kneebone
2014Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2nd lady
2014Handel: AlcinaBradamante
2014Berlioz: Béatrice et BénédictUrsule
2013Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesMaman
2013Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenDog
2013Massenet: CendrillonMme de la Haltière

Bio

French bi-lingual Thalie trained with English National Opera on their distinguished Opera Works programme (2014/15) and was a 2016 Britten-Pears Young Artist where she performed Bach Cantatas under the guidance of tenor Mark Padmore. A finalist of the 2017 London Song Festival Lieder competition, Thalie was personally selected by Malcolm Martineau to take part in his residential masterclass series in Crear, Scotland, in January 2018.  She is an alumna of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Recent and upcoming engagements include the role of Piacere IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO (Le Festival de musique du Périgord Noir), Prue THE DANCING MASTER (The Malcolm Arnold Festival), chorus for Longborough Festival Opera in their production of Wagner's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, a concert performance of Hänsel HÄNSEL UND GRETEL and Ravel's SHÉHÉREZADE with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra.

With ENO she studied Bradamante ALCINA, Cornelia GIULIO CESARE and subsequently sang Medoro ORLANDO in the final performance - Landscape - at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.  Operatic roles include Mallika LAKMÉ (Guildford Opera), ARMIDE (Woodhouse Opera), Phèdre, cover, HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE (Linden Baroque), Second Lady THE MAGIC FLUTE (Hampstead Garden Opera), Third Lady THE MAGIC FLUTE (St John's Opera) , Frédéric MIGNON (New Sussex Opera), Mrs Kneebone A DINNER ENGAGEMENT (Bute Park Opera), Maman L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES (Bute Park Opera), Dog CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Sorceress DIDO AND AENEAS, Andreloun MIREILLE, and chorus in THE POISONED KISS, HUGH THE DROVER and DIE RHEINNIXEN (New Sussex Opera). For Longborough Festival Opera, Thalie has sung Chorus for their productions of Beethoven's FIDELIO and Gluck's ORFEO ED EURYDICE.
​A frequent performer of Oratorio, roles consist of Micah SAMSON, Alto soloist in Handel’s MESSIAH, Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER, Saint-Saens’ CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, Bach's MAGNIFICAT, Haydn's NELSON MASS, Bruckner TE DEUM, Vivaldi's GLORIA and Mozart's REQUIEM.  She has performed as a concert artist at The Royal Albert Hall, St John Smith Square, The Royal Courts of Justice, Cadogan Hall and the beautiful 12th Century Cathedral of Saint Amand-de-Coly in France.
 
Thalie has performed in masterclasses under Malcolm Martineau, Christian Curnyn, Ann Murray, Christophe Rousset, Della Jones, Philip Lloyd-Evans, James Bowman, John Shirely-Quirk and Sophie Daneman.
 
Other solo performances include winning the Oratorio class at the Croydon Music Festival in 2010.
 In July 2008, Thalie graduated with a high 2:1 BMus Music Degree from Sussex University, where she studied Performance under Ian Kennedy (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama).  Prior to university Thalie had the pleasure of singing with the Farnham Youth Choir (between 11 and 18 years of age), becoming the Choir Leader. This was a very exciting period of her life as, with a very demanding international repertoire, they were invited to sing at many concerts around England and Europe.  Particularly memorable was winning the Sainsbury Choir of the Year at Buxton Opera House, and going on to sing before the Queen at the annual Memorial Service at The Royal Albert Hall. They were also invited to perform and won the International Children’s Choir Festival at Lake Garda, Italy.
























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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Ravel: Shéhérazade Shéhérazade Immediately 2019
Delibes: Lakmé Mallika Immediately The Electric Theatre, Guildford 2017
Lully: Armide Armide Woodhouse Baroque 2016
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie Phèdre Linden Baroque 2016
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame Immediately Hampstead Garden Opera 2016