Australian-born, freelance mezzo-soprano, Lynette Alcántara leads a busy life as a singer, vocal consultant, conductor and choral animateur. Between 1993-2017 she was a staff alto with The BBC Singers.
She has appeared as soloist in opera, oratorio, recital and on disc, singing for many of the leading ensembles in Britain including The BBC Singers, The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, English National Opera, Opera North, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The Bach Choir and The King’s Consort. She has appeared regularly for BBC radio and TV, and at the Royal Albert Hall and on the South Bank. She was delighted to be a soloist in the world premiere of Piers Maxim’s The Masked Ball in 2016 and sang the role of Ursula in Tim Watt’s new opera Kepler’s Trial at the V&A Museum in 2017. Recent/ future work includes alto soloist with Romsey Choral Society, All Saints Chorus and The Phoenix Singers.
Lynette has a thriving singing teaching practice in Cambridge, leads regular singing workshops, and is a Fellow and Director of Music at Wolfson College, Cambridge. She is the founding conductor of King’s Junior Voices,, and is the singing teacher for the choristers of the Choir of King’s College and Choral Scholars at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. One of her private pupils recently wonBBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. Most recently she was invited to be a judge for the Clare Song Competition.
She has taught Choral Conductors on the MMus in Choral Studies at the University of Cambridge for some years, and since 2018 has been the Co-ordinator and Vocal Pathway Leader of the expanded MMus. She is also one of the Chorus Masters for the Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus.