Born in Coventry, Wendy Silvester sang in school and church choirs, took piano lessons, played the oboe in orchestras and concert bands, and took every opportunity she could get to be on stage. Her love of stories took her to Chester University to study for a degree in English, where she graduated with First Class honours in 2010 and she went on to study Science Fiction and Contemporary Literature at the University of Liverpool.
During her time living in Chester, Wendy joined the Cathedral Nave Choir and continued her love of singing. She started taking singing lessons, first with Edward Hartwell-Jones, then with Jayne Wilson in Manchester, and her voice began to grow and take a different direction. Her interest in opera was encouraged and she sought out opportunities to learn more about opera and found herself back doing what she loved: being on stage.
In 2012 Wendy attended Dorset Opera summer school, to be part of the chorus for their productions of Il Trovatore and Suor Angelica and it was an experience which was to change her career path significantly. Since then she has studied and trained, taking private lessons and short courses, and performing with local companies to get her to where she is now.
In 2014 Wendy accepted a place on the City Lit Opera School course, with Colin Baldy. The training offered was excellent and, combined with private lessons with Colin, Wendy was able to really explore the contralto repertoire which suited her best.
Her recent performances have included; Ulrica (A Masked Ball), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Zita (Gianni Schicci) Florence (Albert Herring), Maurya (Riders to the Sea), Lucia (The Theiving Magpie), and Maman / La Libellule (L'enfant et les Sortileges). She has worked for various companies including Stanley Opera, Midland Opera, and Harrow Opera.
Wendy recently graduated with an MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where she studied under Kathryn Harries.
The following is a sample of some of the repertoire that Wendy has either performed or prepared for performance:
La Zia Principessa - Suor Angelica, Puccini
Zita - Gianni Schicchi, Puccini
Florence - Albert Herring, Britten
Baba the Turk - The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky
Orfeo - Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck
Cornelia - Giulio Cesare, Handel
Oratorio and Concert Repertoire
Handel - Messiah (Alto Soloist)
Bach - Cantata 170 'Vergnügte Rush, beliebte Seelenlust'
Mahler - Rückert Lieder
Loewe - Frauenliebe und Leben
Elgar - Sea Pictures