Louisa Petais / Tutor
Louisa joined MIO as a teacher in November 2013 and teaches singing and piano. She graduated from Trinity College of Music with a BMus (Hons) degree in 2007 and continued her development in Italy on the L.T.L (Laboratorio Toscano per la Lirica) Opera Studio programme during which she performed at the opera houses in Pisa, Lucca, Livorno and Liège.
She spent 4 years in Brussels, teaching both piano and voice and working as a freelance singer. Since her return to London, Louisa has performed in a variety of productions and happily continues doing what she is most passionate about, singing and teaching.
Where did you study music? I studied piano privately for about 10 years and then had private singing lessons for a while until I went to Trinity College of Music, London to study voice. I continued my studies in Italy on an opera studio programme where I was introduced to an incredible teacher. I continued to study with her long-distance for a few years (yes, I flew to Italy for singing lessons!).
What is your favourite piece of music/song? That is a hard question! Can I cheat and give you a whole opera? Il Trovatore (Verdi)…. I memorised the whole thing as a teenager and it made me determined to become an opera singer.
What single thing could you not live without? Musical thing? My piano, Non musical thing? Cheese!
Who has inspired you the most? Maria Callas. I can have her recordings on repeat and learn something new from them each time.
Where did you grow up? I’m 3rd generation Greek-Cypriot, born and bred in North London.
Louisa teaches at Herbert Smith Freehills, and Holman Fenwick Willan