Biography

Originally from South Devon, Amy J Payne has an extensive operatic repertoire and has worked with companies across the UK including: Opera North, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Buxton Festival, Iford Arts, D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and Northern Opera Group.

Season highlights in 23/24 include: Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea, Mother Goose/Baba the Turk (cover) The Rake’s Progress for English Touring Opera; Katisha The Mikado for Charles Court Opera; Dame Carruthers The Yeomen of the Guard for Opera Holland Park.

Amy trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the English Song Prize. She is also a Samling Scholar and holds a Bachelor Honours degree in French and German from King’s College, London, where she was a choral scholar.

In 2022 Amy sang Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Opera North Youth Orchestra in their inaugural concert and in 2020 she made her debut for Leeds Lieder in The Diary of One who Disappeared (Janacek) with tenor Nicky Spence, accompanied by Joseph Middleton.

Alongside composer and performer Anna Pool, Amy has devised a cabaret performance of music by female songwriters, Frau, that’s what I call music!, which will have its premiere at the 2024 Spitalfields Festival.

She has collaborated with composers creating new work for the voice including Anne Chmelewsky (The Looking Glass, Pygmalion 2.0), Laura Bowler (Women Conduct), Luca Tieppo (Suggestions of Love) and Daniel Saleeb (The Promise). As part of the ETO Spring 24 season, she is delighted to be collaborating once more with composer, Omar Sharyar, on his new opera for children, The Great Stink, with a libretto by Hannah Khalil.

Amy is an experienced actor who has an established reputation in musical theatre and operetta. In 2023, she appeared as an actor and a singer with The Sunday Boys at The Lowry in Salford in We’ll Be Here Tomorrow, an evening highlighting the experience of those living with HIV and AIDS. She performed and wrote material for Ms Midlife at The Bishopsgate Institute, devised by Catrine Kirkman and directed by Mojisola Kareem-Elufowoju and made her debut in London’s West End at Jermyn Street Theatre in The Odyssey: A Heroic Pantomime, which was awarded Best Pantomime Production at this year’s Offie awards.

On the oratorio platform Amy’s repertoire includes: Magnificat (CPE & JS Bach), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Stabat Mater (Dvorak), Requiem (Duruflé, Mozart & Verdi), Vespers (Rachmaninoff), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Gloria (Vivaldi) and Messiah (Handel), including several staged versions of the latter.