A new generation in historical performance.
Figure is a historical performance ensemble, established last year in the wake of the lockdowns as a group to represent the rising generation of musicians. It aims to expand the scope of historical performance beyond the typical baroque and renaissance repertoire – anything originally performed on gut strings is our domain. We value intimacy in performance above all, the human connection which gives music meaning, and strive to bring the audience as close in as possible, while using space and light to create an environment best suited to receiving music.
“[the performance] raised the hairs on the back of the neck… the work took wing, with [Figure] magnificently delivering its climactic moments of terror and joy… The whole performance had thrilling immediacy”.
Michael Church, critic for The Independent, on Figure’s St John Passion, Bach
“compellingly responsive and exuding sheer enjoyment… The overall effect is to leave one speechless”.
Jane Darcey, critic for the TLS and ReviewsHub, on Figure’s 'Gran Partita', Mozart
Hailed by the Financial Times for her “easy flexibility, arresting poise and enveloping warmth,” Cecelia Hall has appeared since 2014 in leading roles on many of the world’s finest stages, including The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Philadelphia, Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt, where she is currently a member of the ensemble.
Cecelia begins her 2021-2022 season debuting Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi in a new production directed by James Darrah and conducted by Christopher Allen at Opera Omaha. Returning to Oper Frankfurt, she sings Mercèdes Carmen, Dorabella Così fan tutte, Dido Dido and Aeneas, and Percy Shelley The People out There, a world premiere by Hauke Berheide and Amy Stebbins.
Recently nominated by the Evening Standard as one of the most influential artists in the UK, British soprano Sarah Tynan is well established as one of the most exciting and versatile singers of her generation.
With repertoire ranging from Handel to Henze, notable recent engagements include the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Partenope and The Merry Widow; Euridice Orphée by Glass, Rosina The Barber of Seville for ENO, Pat Nixon Nixon in China with the Royal Danish Opera, Fiorilla Il Turco in Italia for Garsington, Despina Cosi fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, a staged production of Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Aurora Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Governess The Turn of the Screw for Opera North and the title role in Semele for the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston.
Recent concerts have included Beethoven 9 at the Maggio Musicale Festival, Haydn’s The Creation at the Edinburgh Festival, The Messiah with The Sixteen and Mahler 4 with the CBSO.
James Laing’s career highlights have included Endimione La Calisto (Theater Aachen), Giuliano Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera), Apollo Death in Venice (Landestheater Linz, Opéra de Nice, Opera North), Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), Nerillo L’Ormindo and Demetrio Berenice (ROH), ArmindoPartenope (ENO), The Refugee Flight (Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Scottish Opera), Daniel Belshazzar (The Grange Festival, Zurich Opera), Nireno Giulio Cesare (Semperoper Dresden), Tolomeo Giulio Cesare andNerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Opera North), Tirinto Imeneo (Göttingen Festival), Medoro Orlando(WNO) and Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet (Irish National Opera / ROH). Role creations include Peter in Daniel Bjarnason’sBrothers (Den Jyske Opera), Fox / Coachman in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North) and Terry in Nico Muhly’s Marnie (ENO). He has appeared in concert throughout the UK, Europe and in North America; his recordings include J. S. Bach Magnificat (Atma Classique), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opus Arte DVD / Blu Ray) and Tobias and the Angel (Chandos).
British-Hungarian soprano Anna Cavaliero is a member of Opera Fuoco’s Atelier Lyrique under conductor David Stern. She was formerly in the opera studio of the Opéra de Lyon, a City Music Foundation Artist, Samling Artist, and Handel House Talent Artist. This summer sees Anna in the roles of Nymph (Monteverdi/Orfeo) at Garsington Opera conducted by Laurence Cummings, and Musetta (Puccini/La Bohème) at the Festival de la Grange aux Pianos. In recital, Anna performs regularly with pianist Sholto Kynoch, and will return to the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2022. Further concert and operatic highlights have included performances at Wigmore Hall, Waterperry Opera Festival, Longborough Festival Opera, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Waterperry Opera Festival, and Snape Maltings. Anna studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge, before pursuing her postgraduate vocal studies at London’s Royal College of Music and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Timothy Nelson is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School and a former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne. Appearances include Marcello La Bohème and Lieutenant Gordon Silent Night (Opera North); Nathan in the world premiere of Pleasure (Opera North/Aldeburgh/ROH); Sid Albert Herring (The Grange Festival); Anténor Dardanus (English Touring Opera); and Mustafa L’italiana in Algeri, Falke Die Fledermaus and Escamillo Carmen (Diva Opera); and multiple roles at the London Handel Festival. On the concert platform appearances include Jenkins The Armed Man (Royal Albert Hall); Handel Messiah (London Handel Festival, Royal Festival Hall); Rossini Petite messe solennelle (Three Choirs Festival); Haydn Creation (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); and the world premiere of Some Call it Home (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.)
Frederick has performed music across genres on stages from the Wiener Musikverein to Latitude Festival. In 2017, he founded Ante Terminum, a cross-arts production company specialising in immersive and site-responsive performance, whose debut Curlew River was praised as “a pearl of a production” by Richard Bratby of The Spectator and “dedicated and moving” by Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph. Frederick also composes and arranges music for theatre and film. Highlights include Timetravellers at Teatr Lesi, Lviv, a 2018 play about the invasion of Donbas by award-winning Ukrainian playwright Anastasiia Kosodii, and AMERICA! with Voloz Collective for ARS NOVA’s AntFest in New York.
Upcoming engagements include a collaboration withinternationally renowned stained glass artist Brian Clarke for his installation KING COTTON in Manchester and Oldham. He founded Figure in 2021.