Soprano and Mezzo Soprano Duo
Anna and Hilary have been singing together for several years, having trained with Susan Rowlinson, ARCM LTCL, classical and opera coach. They formed the duo ‘Cantata’ in 1998 and since then have sung at numerous weddings and functions up and down the country. They specialise in providing duets or solo pieces to enhance your special day, both classical and contemporary.
Some popular choices include:-
Pie Jesu Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Flower Duet ‘Lakme’ Delibes
Ave Maria Schubert Bach/Gounod
You’ll Never Walk Alone ‘Carousel’ Rodgers & Hammerstein
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Bach
‘Cantata’ can also provide a wide range of styles including: music from the shows, light opera, Gershwin, Cole Porter etc. for evening functions.
Anna and Hilary’s most recent pairing is as part of the recently formed ‘Pocket Opera’, whose aim is to popularise opera within the Surrey area.
Anna Dubois – Soprano
Coming from a French and Italian musical family, Anna’s love of music started at a very early age. She learned the piano and the flute, but singing was always her favourite discipline. University days brought many opportunities to sing and there she performed in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Since then Anna has enjoyed a variety of roles in Operetta and musicals. Favourite characters include:- Lucy Lockit (‘Beggar’s Opera’ – Britten), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas – Purcell), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance – Gilbert and Sulivan) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady – Lerner & Loewe).
Most recently she has been involved in concert and wedding engagements both as a soloist and as a part of ‘Cantata’. Forthcoming projects include a summer open air concert in Chichester at which she is delighted to be guest soprano.
Hilary Samways – Mezzo-Soprano
Hilary has been involved in theatre and music from an early age, first appearing as a florescent fairy in a junior dance troupe, in a production of Beauty and the Beast. Teenage performances included principal roles in Godspell, Follow the Star, The Boyfriend, etc in her home county of Dorset. Since moving to the Surrey area several years ago, Hilary has focused on Opera/Operetta and concert work. Recent appearances include:- Mercedes – Carmen, Annina – La Traviata (Belcanto festival Opera), Diana – Orpheus in the Underworld, Edith – Pirates of Penzance (Opera Club of Reigate and Redhill), Fruma Sara – Fiddler on the Roof, (Polesden Lacey Open Air Theatre), Jacqui – Me and my Girl, Penelope – Charlie Girl (East Surrey Operatic Society).
Concert/Cabaret work includes numerous solo appearances in concerts in the Surrey area, including the Mayor’s Charity Concert at the Harlequin Theatre, and a wide variety of professional cabaret and wedding functions in various parts of the country