UK based Latvian mezzo-soprano Tina Gelnere made her debut with Welsh National Opera as a Mother in Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Tina is a graduate of the RWCMD Opera school. Her studies were supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Funtington Music Group and Leathersellers' Company Charitable Fund.
She has worked with conductors such as Carlo Rizzi, Karen Kamensek, James Southall and Lionel Friend and directors - Keith Warner, Martin Constantine, Aylin Bozok and others.
Recent operatic roles include Dorabella (Così fan Tutte) RWCMD, Mother, Blue Ambassador and Tartine (covers) and chorus (Scoring a Century) British Youth Opera, A Mother (Dead Man Walking) Welsh National Opera, Nancy (Albert Herring) and Contralto (The Four Note Opera) RWCMD, Conversa and Seconda Cercatrice (Suor Angelica) Minotaur Opera and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) University of Chichester.
She has performed in Gala concerts from which highlights were singing Hänsel in excepts from Hänsel und Gretel with Welsh National Opera orchestra conducted by Carlo Rizzi (2019) and Dorabella in excepts from Così fan Tutte with WNO orchestra led by James Southall (2018).
Tina also enjoys singing for charitable causes and through her concert work she has helped to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Emmanuel International working in Uganda, Christians against Poverty, Headway East Sussex, Buxted Community Hall Trust and others.
Tina originally comes from Latvia and started her musical journey at age 6 playing the violin. Her first experience with opera was playing the violin in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in the youth orchestra at the Latvian National Opera and it was then that she decided to take up singing lessons. She is a graduate of Jazeps Medins Music School, Riga Dome Choir School and University of Chichester.