The Wanamaker Playhouse (the new candlelit Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe) is staging its first opera, and NOS alumni feature heavily.
The Royal Opera House production of Francesco Cavalli’s little-seen L’Ormindo is directed by Kaspar Holten. Of the principal cast of nine, three are recent NOS alumni: Ed Lyon (tenor, 2005) performs as Amidas, Susanna Hurrell (soprano, 2012) as Erisbe, and Rachel Kelly (mezzo, 2013) appears in the role of Mirinda.
We are fortunate to have some amazing in house rehearsal spaces at the Studio and when we aren't in training we hire them out to other arts organisations, artists and alumni for practise, recordings and sometimes performance. One of our regular hirers, TallWall media were with us just a few weeks ago and brought with them two very recognisable faces - Mr Anthony Gregory and Mr Philip Voldman! It was wonderful to welcome them back. Amongst other things, TallWall Media make promotional dvd's for singers.. You can see the results of their day with Anthony and Philip below.
Tenor Anthony Gregory sings the Prologue from Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw, accompanied by Philip Voldman.
Sound recorded by Simon Vout of Orientis Recording Services. Film by TallWall Media.
Several trainees, past and present, are currently appearing on-stage in different productions at the Royal Opera House, and there’s still a chance to see them.
Current trainee Andri Björn Róbertsson (bass, 2014) is appearing in two new chamber operas; Elspeth Brooke’s The Commission and Meredith Oakes’ Cafe Kafka. The double-bill is the first of a new annual series, a joint venture by Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North. There are only two performances left in London and both are sold out, but there are other ways to get tickets. There’s also a performance in Leeds later this week.
David Butt Philip (tenor, 2012) and Nico Darmanin (tenor, 2013) are sharing a role in the critically-acclaimed production of Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten. The reviews have been unanimously and overwhelmingly positive, so grab the chance to go and see this blockbuster production while you can.
On the 27th February, following a week at the National Opera Studio as Artist in Residence, our celebrated alumna Susan Bullock performed alongside trainees in an inspiring fundraising concert in aid of the Studio. The concert took place at the beautiful Sir Christopher Wren church - St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall. Susan Bullock and trainees of the National Opera Studio sang music by Wagner, Britten, Schumann and Strauss, followed by an interview by Conductor and NOS Head of Music Mark Shanahan.
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