Kishani Jayasinghe

Born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lankan British lyric soprano, Kishani Jayasinghe, is often referred to as a Jewel in the South Asian music crown. She is a pioneer in the field of South Asian opera and has the distinction of being the first South Asian soprano to sing as a soloist at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and at Buckingham Palace when she performed for HRH Prince Charles' 60th birthday celebrations.

Blessed with "a gorgeous voice charged with the crushed velvet, vintage port and Jersey creaminess of the young Kiri te Kanawa" (Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph) Kishani is often referred to as Asia's Golden Voiced Soprano. Whilst opera is her great love, she is equally at home on the concert and recital stage. Her voice an instrument of supreme beauty, Kishani's unassuming nature and artistic integrity leaves her a firm favourite amongst all who watch and listen to her. Her ability to communicate on an intimate level with style, elegance, generosity and honesty, using eyes that speak to the audience is her unwavering trademark.

Kishani sings in eight languages and Romantic Opera remains closest to her heart with Mimi, Liu, Lauretta, Marguerite, LĂ«ila, Tatiana, Rusalka, Violetta and Giulietta forming part of her core repertoire. She is also a gifted Mozart and Strauss singer effortlessly navigating the long classical and luscious lines of the Countess, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna and Elvira, Ilia, Pamina, Arabella, Countess Madeleine, Marschallin, the Four Last Songs and the Verdi Requiem with her rich yet flexible instrument.

For outstanding success in the Performing Arts, Kishani was presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II as a Commonwealth Representative for the Arts at St. James' Palace. She has also been awarded the Asian Woman of Achievement, Zonta Woman of Achievement, Sri Lankan Platinum Award, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and Alumni Laureate of the University of Nottingham. Kishani was a Young Artist at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden); has double masters degrees in Music and Law and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Sri Lanka. She obtained her Operatic training at the Royal Academy of Music in London; has a LLB and LLM from the University of Nottingham, UK and attributes her vocal prowess to her mentor, Pamela Cook MBE. Kishani has performed for Royalty and Heads of State; sung extensively in Europe, Asia and North America and has won top prizes at 6 International Vocal Competitions in Italy, France, Holland, Spain, Turkey and Finland. Future plans include Violetta (La Traviata; Leila (The Pearl Fishers and concerts and recitals in New York, China, St. Petersburg, Sao Paolo, London and Holland. Her Debut Album, Christmas with Kishani will be released later this year.