Biography

Born in London of Greek-Cypriot heritage, Louisa Petais (soprano) began her musical career as a pianist before focusing on singing. She attended Trinity College of Music where she studied with Wendy Eathorne and graduated as a mezzo-soprano with a BMus (Hons) degree in 2007. In the same year Louisa was accepted onto the L.T.L (Laboratorio Toscano per la Lirica) Opera Studio programme in Italy and performed as a soloist in their production of ‘Paride ed Elena’ by Gluck at Teatro Verdi (Pisa), Teatro Goldoni, (Livorno), Teatro del Giglio (Lucca) and at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium).

Whilst in Italy Louisa continued her vocal development with mezzo-soprano Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan, with whom she continued to study during her 4 years in Brussels. In Belgium Louisa regularly performed as an alto soloist with the choir and orchestra of the Chapelle des Minimes and with the Choeur de Clerlande, In the UK she has sung with New Youth Opera, Southgate Opera, and Suffolk Opera for which she performed the role of ‘Carmen’.

Other engagements have included the role of Emone in ‘Antigone’ (Traetta) at the International Festival of Greek Theatre in Cyprus, the role of Carmen (Bizet) for St Albans Chamber Opera, the role of Melpomene in 'Il Parnaso Confuso' for Les Bougies Baroque, the role of Lady Macbeth 'Macbeth' (Verdi) for Opera at Bearwood, and the role of The Mother in the premiere of Sebastiano Dessanay's opera 'The Cry of the Double Bass' at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in 2017.

Louisa has continued her vocal development, consolidating her transition from mezzo to soprano, with Nuala Willis and David Harper. She has since been working intensively with American voice teacher Pamela Kuhn and in New York with coaches Anthony Manoli and David Holkeboer.
Future engagements include various recitals, an appearance as guest soloist at The National Brian Appeal Carol concert, and the role of Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni) for Aylesbury Opera in February 2020.

She now divides her time between London and New York.

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