LAUNCH OF ONLINE SURVEY
The National Opera Studio is undertaking a research project looking into the current UK provision of training and access to employment for opera singers. The Opera Training Research Project 2016, conducted by Graham Devlin Associates (GDA), is supported by Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK.
After a first phase of interviews with over 100 industry / sector professionals, GDA are now launching a series of online surveys targeted at specific professional groups and individuals.
If you are working in opera as a professional SINGER, DIRECTOR, AGENT, COACH, COMPOSER, COMMENTATOR - or leading a company, please select the survey relevant to your occupation and experience. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you work across roles or do not recognise yourself as fitting precisely into one of these categories, please complete the one which you feel most closely matches your experience.
All information supplied through these surveys will be treated as strictly confidential. The questionnaires are anonymous and individual responses will only be seen by the researchers before being analysed and amalgamated into the final report.
You will have the option to enter your email address at the end of the questionnaire to receive updates about this research project. Your contact details will be removed from your answers to preserve your anonymity, and we won’t contact you about anything else nor pass on your details to third parties.
The deadline for completion is Tuesday 7th June midnight.
DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS;
SENIOR MANAGERS in COMPANIES;
COACHES, TEACHERS & REPETITEURS;
COMPOSERS & CONDUCTORS;
MEDIA COMMENTATORS & OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
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This specially abridged version of one of the world's most popular operas featured four rising operatic stars from the National Opera Studio and members of Burntwood's acclaimed choral
ensembles. With key highlights woven together into a seamless narrative and Bizet's stunning music brought to life by an exceptional pianist, this was an evening to remember.
The performance was interpreted to BSL by Wendy Ebsworth.
We are grateful to Debbie Lammin, Music Director of Burntwood School Choir for working with us to create this memorable performance.
Images by Nick Rutter
20/21 April 2016, Lilian Baylis Studio
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Conductor: Mark Shanahan
Director: Graham Vick
Communication is central to our lives today. Our repertoire for this event serves to inform and remind us of how we as human beings treat each other. For me, the electricity of music with the human voice adds an emotional depth that no news 'headline' can match. The definition of opera itself is changing, and with such raw truths being examined in these operas, our role as artists is being enhanced even further.
The contemporary scenes are one of the highlights in our diary at the NOS. Works in Progress is a vital part in our Young Artists’ training, and helps them to find their voice in this rich culture of ours.
On Thursday 17 March 2016, Rhinegold Live featured a number of our young artists in concert at the Conway Hall. Introduced by tenor Nicky Spence, himself an alumnus of the National Opera Studio, soprano He Wu, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden, tenor William Morgan and bass-baritone Dingle Yandellwere accompanied by Ben-San Lau & Amber Rainey in an attractive programme of operatic arias, duets and ensembles by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Verdi, Delibes, Massenet, plus songs from shows by Kurt Weill, Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe, and Rodger & Hammerstein. The evening ended with a Q&A led by Ashutosh Khandekar, editor of Opera Now magazine.
A concert of Chinese & indigenous songs and operatic repertoire
given by He Wu and fellow Young Artists from the National Opera Studio
Wednesday, 17 February 2016, 7.30pm
China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street London W1D 6JA
At the National Opera Studio, our primary purpose is to provide an intensive and bespoke professional training to a select group of talented young musicians, who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation. We are in the unique position of working in partnership with not one, but all six of the leading opera companies in the UK, which enables us to offer the highest quality of training and attract the very best coaches working in the industry. We feel it is our responsibility not only to ensure that our Young Artists leave us having developed artistically, but to guarantee they are prepared for everything a working career in opera will challenge them with.
Our new initiative, “Opera Roots”, was designed with this in mind. In this series, our Young Artists create a recital, working alongside our team at every step of the process, from securing a venue, to marketing the event and curating a programme with our music staff. These recitals will see them returning to their “roots” and performing to the communities in their home town or places of cultural significance to them. In this way, they have the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into the programming process and develop some essential business skills whilst giving something back to the places that nurtured them.
The recital at the China Exchange launched the initiative, and we were delighted to hold this in partnership with China Exchange. Sir David Tang’s vision for a dynamic centre promoting excellence in Chinatown sits well with our own reputation for excellence in the opera world, and it seems fitting that He Wu, our Chinese soprano, should share her operatic repertoire with a Chinese audience in London at this venue. He has worked with her fellow Young Artists to develop an interesting programme, presenting not only Chinese folk and art songs, but indigenous songs from the countries of birth of our other Young Artists, including Wales, Lithuania and New Zealand.
In November we received a Wandsworth Business Award for Best Training and Development. The awards celebrate the outstanding talent and entrepreneurship that enables the borough to prosper, and reinforces it’s ongoing commitment to support the local business community.
For the past two weeks, the NOS Young Artists have been in rehearsal for Mozart Unwrapped, which will be performed, as part of a residency with Opera North, on Saturday 28th November at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. Directed by Giles Havergal, acclaimed opera director and actor, the production is made up of play scenes and opera scenes, cleverly woven together to throw new light onto some well-known and much loved Mozart/da Ponte operatic extracts. The project has been a great opportunity for the Artists to hone their acting and spoken word skills (alongside their wonderful singing ones!) and to explore new physicality and movement.
In a run-through of the performance at the Studio on Friday (photographs below) the Young Artists impressed with their vivid portrayals of characters, their excellent comic timing and, under the brilliantly original direction of Giles Havergal, their ability to perform a number of roles with clarity and cohesion.
The Young Artists are now in Leeds, rehearsing with members of the Orchestra of Opera North who will join them, under the baton of Aleksander Marković, for the performance. More information and the full programme can be found on the Opera North website.
This week, the National Opera Studio were delighted to present an evening ‘In Conversation with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’ in the intimate setting of the home of our Chairman, Sir Vernon Ellis.
Mark Shanahan, international conductor and Head of Music at the National Opera Studio, spoke with Dame Kiri about her international career as one of the world’s pre-eminent sopranos. A world-renowned artist who has performed on all the major international operatic stages, Dame Kiri revealed how she prepares for a new role, the people who have influenced her career and some of the secrets of the industry. Benefiting from her wisdom, generosity and wonderful sense of humour, our Young Artists performed an entertaining selection of Mozart, Strauss and light opera throughout the evening.
This truly joyful celebration of the operatic art-form drew to a close over drinks and canapés, giving all the opportunity to meet Dame Kiri and our Young Artists.
Here are some photographs of our Young Artists in rehearsal for the evening:
International star Danielle de Niese joined National Opera Studio alumna Sioned Gwen Davies for an evening on Singing Handel recently. The event was part of the Divas & Scholars series of evening seminars held at the delightful Lansdowne Club, Mayfair.
The format of these evenings is a lecture with illustrative recitals given by both current Young Artists and alumni of the National Opera Studio. This is followed by dinner with the fascinating speakers and performers who move around the tables between courses so there is an opportunity for all to meet them personally.
Speakers on this series will include Telegraph opera critic, Rupert Christiansen, conductor Edward Gardner OBE, Rosalind Plowright OBE and former National Opera Studio director, the baritone Donald Maxwell.
For information contact Lucy@divasandscholars.com or visit www.divasandscholars.com
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