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Winner of singing competition 'Ton und Erklärung' 2023, British mezzo-soprano Lila Chrisp is currently in her second season in the Opera Studio at Theater Freiburg, where roles in the 2023/24 season include Hänsel, Hänsel und Gretel; Amy, Company (Sondheim); and Ofglen, The Handmaid's Tale (Rouders). Highlights of the 2022/23 season at Theater Freiburg included role debuts as  Lucy, Marnie (Muhly); Nymph 2, Rusalka; and Lucy, Die Dreigroschenoper, for which she received outstanding reviews. 

A lover of art song, Lila has recently given song recitals with duo partner Hamish Brown as part of Beethovenfest Bonn and the Middle Temple Music Nights in London. Further recital plans for this season include solo recitals at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Manuel Lange (April 2024) and the Münchner Künstlerhaus Festsaal with Gerold Huber (June 2024). Lila was the winner of the AESS Courtney Kenny competition for English Song and Poetry 2018 and has previously performed as part of the London Song Festival.

Lila graduated in 2022 from a Masters’ degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was taught by Louise Winter. Her studies were kindly supported by the Annie Ridyard Scholarship and the Kathleen Trust.  She was a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist for Summer 2022, singing in the chorus in productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Dvorak’s Rusalka, as well as covering and performing the role of Nymph 3 in Rusalka. She played Coll in a new opera, Drought, by Anna Appleby, which premiered with the BBC Philharmonic and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

While studying at the RNCM, Lila performed the roles of Marcellina, Le Nozze di Figaro; Forester’s Wife/Owl, The Cunning Little Vixen; and Mrs Nolan, The Medium (Menotti). She was also Barefoot Opera Young Artist 2021, performing the roles of Zanetto (Mascagni) and Orfeo (Gluck) at Grimborn Festival (Arcola Theatre).​

Lila previously graduated in 2017 with a First-Class Honours degree in Music from Merton College, Oxford, where she was a choral and academic scholar. During her undergraduate degree at Oxford, she took lead roles in several university opera productions, including Nancy, Albert Herring; Dido, Dido & Aeneas; Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte; Annio, La Clemenza di Tito; Ottavia, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Martha in the première of Marco Galvani’s chamber opera Rothschild’s Violin.​

Her solo concert and oratorio experience includes: Mozart, Requiem (Wokingham Choral Society), Duruflé, Requiem (Oxford Bach Choir/Sheldonian Theatre), Handel, Messiah (OU Chorus/Sheldonian Theatre), Mahler, Symphony No. 2 (Oxford University Philharmonia/Sheldonian Theatre), Elgar, Sea Pictures (Consortium Novum/SJE Oxford, & Bliss Sinfonia/Rugby School), Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (Consortium Novum/Sheldonian Theatre), and Bach, Magnificat in D (Choir of Merton College, Oxford & The Oxford Philharmonic).

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