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.

In October 2018 Louisa made her US debut as a guest soloist for the Angel Choir in Stamford, CT. She now divides her time between the UK and New York continuing her work and performing in the USA.

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