British Soprano Callie Gaston completed her Masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having received a First Class Honours degree in Music and Drama from Royal Holloway. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Opera Prelude Song Prize and winner of the Una Clarke Young Artist Award.
Callie is a member of the Core Company for Opera Erratica, starring in Triptych, nominated Critics Choice in the Times. Callie is a principal artist with Opera Holloway, most recently performing Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Other recent opera credits include Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Euridice (Orpheé et Euridice), Rita (Rita), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Chiteria (Don Chisciotte) Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Lucy (The Telephone) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). Scenes include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneus), Virtu (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Ilia (Idomeneo).
In recital Callie has recently performed at 22 Mansfield Street, Pushkin House and Leighton House. Callie also gives performance lectures for Opera Prelude at Cadogan Hall and Henley on Thames.
Operatic engagements for 2017 include Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte)
Q & A with Callie Gaston
Whose top notes do you admire most?
Edita Gruberova and of course Joan Sutherland! Gruberova sings one of my favourite Rossini arias Bel Raggio Lusinghier with great dexterity and flair, and then to top it off she finishes with an exqusite, joyful top E.
If you weren't an opera singer, what other profession would you have chosen?
I would work as a caterer – I love cooking and I love hosting parties, it would be an ideal combination!
How do you spend your spare time/relax?
I spend every spare minute possible out in the countryside on a horse. I can’t have my own as my work hours are too erratic, but I’m lucky enough to be good at retraining more challenging horses so currently I ride a lovely lad named Buck, for a friend.