Patrons: Sir Thomas Allen Dame Felicity Lott Barbara Bonney
Masterclass with Brindley Sherratt
3rd October 2012 at 7.30 at the National Opera Studio
Sponsored by Leopold de Rothschild Charitable Trust
Luis Gomes (Tenor) National Opera Studio
Berrak Dyer (Piano)
Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes has recently completed the Artist Master Programme in Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Luis attended the Lisbon Music Conservatoir and was selected to participate at the Georg Solti Accademia di Belcanto in Castiglione della Pescaia. Performance highlights include debut at the Barbican Hall in a BBC concert (c. Ryan Wigglesworth), première of My Fatal Plurality at the Wigmore Hall and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Barbican Theatre (c. Stephen Barlow). In August 2009 Luis sang at the Festival de Música do Avante with Ginásio Opera Orchestra. In September 2012 Luis will play Jenik in The Bartered Bride for British Youth Opera, Sadler's Wells Theatre.
Repetiteur Berrak Dyer was born in Ankara, Turkey and moved to London at a young age. She studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her most notable concerts being in Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Berrak has performed with Chelsea Opera Group and Young Musicians SymphonyOrchestra. She has performed in the Wigmore Hall Lecture Recital Series with Julian Philips (2010) and at the City of London Festival (2011).Berrak debuted as a repetiteur on Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Hampstead Garden Opera), then went on to work on Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (British Youth Opera, 2011) . She was the solo repetiteur for Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Grimeborn, 2012). She was invited to the Georg Solti Academy for Singers as a repetiteur during which she played for Masterclasses.
Alfredo’s aria ‘De miei bollenti spiriti’ from La Traviata VERDI
Nemorino’s aria “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore eDONIZETTI
Matthew Stiff (Bass) British Youth Opera
Alice Turner (Piano)
Matthew Stiff studied music at the University of Huddersfield and in 2011 completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has received scholarships from The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Maidment Scholarship administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Wingate Scholarship Foundation. He studies with John Evans. Operatic performances include King Rene Iolanta, Jailer Dialogues des Carmélites, Togno Spinalba, Superintendant Budd Albert Herring and Pietro de Visantis L’assedio di Calais for GSMD, Surin (cover) The Queen Of Spades and Prince Gremin Eugene Onegin for Grange Park Opera, Kecal The Bartered Bride, title role Le nozze di Figaro and Charon Euridice for British Youth Opera, King Balthazar Amahl and the Night Visitors for Iford Arts, Don Magnifico La Cenerentola for Clonter Opera, Marchese d’Obigny La traviata for Chelsea Opera Group and Ashby La fanciulla del West for OperaUpClose. Concert performances include Handel Messiah and Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Haydn Nelson Mass, Beethoven 9th Symphony at St Paul’s Hall and Karl Jenkins Armed Man at St. Albans Cathedral. Future plans include Masetto (cover) Don Giovanni for English National Opera, Lord Walton I Puritani and Marquis de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites for Grange Park Opera. www.musicint.co.uk
Gremin's aria from Eugene Onegin TCHAIKOVSKY
Don Magnifico's dream aria from La Cenerentola ROSSINI
Catherine Backhouse (Mezzo) British Youth Opera
Richard McGrath (Piano)
Catherine Backhouse grew up in Edinburgh, has an honours degree in music from Durham University and is on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with John Evans. She won second prize in the 2011 AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. Roles include Mezzo Actor A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera), Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barbican Theatre), Rossweisse Die Walküre (St Endellion Festival), Ino Semele and Sesto La clemenza di Tito (Hampstead Garden Opera), Soeur Anne Dialogues des Carmélites (GSMD) and Mabel/Nurse Wallace Unknown Doors by Iain Burnside (Barbican Pit Theatre). Future plans include Jean Le portrait de Manon by Massenet and CherubinoLe nozze di Figaro (GSMD). She is supported by the Worshipful Companies of Actuaries and Plaisterers, David and Wendy Hamilton and the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust.
'Oh la pitoyable aventure' from L'heure espagnole RAVEL
'What would Mrs Herring say' from Albert Herring BRITTEN
Maria Fiselier, National Opera Studio
Nicola Rose (Pianist)
Dutch mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier graduated in 2011 from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and will continue for her Master’s degree in 2013. She received her first singing lessons from her father, Baritone Frans Fiselier. Maria recently won the audience prize at the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium
Concours. Her repertoire includes Durufle’s Requiem, Gloria by Vivaldi and Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini. She performed Dorabella in Mozart’s
Cosi Fan tutte and participated in Franz Lehar’s Die lustige. In June 2012 she returned to sing Mercedes during ‘Festival Classique’ in The Hague with ‘Het
London born repetiteur Nicola Rose began her professional musical training as one of the first girl choristers’ at Salisbury Cathedral in 1991. She then went on to win a top music scholarship to Clifton College, Bristol and graduated in 2008 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she studied piano accompaniment. Nicola received the Bryan Davies accompaniment prize in 2005 and 2008, and the Mansel Thomas Award for Musicianship in 2007 and since 2010, has been working and studying as a Junior Fellow within the vocal department at the college. In April 2008, Nicola was delighted to be accepted onto the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now! Scheme.
Bottom’s Dream from A Midsummer Night’s Dream BRITTEN
‘Ho capito’ from Don Giovanni MOZART
BRINDLEY SHERRATT Bass
Born in Lancashire, bass Brindley Sherratt studied at the Royal Academy of Music, of which he is now a fellow. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles have included Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and Ramfis (Aida) and in Salzburg he has sung Balducci (Benvenuto Cellini) with Gergiev, Hobson (Peter Grimes) with Rattle and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) on tour to Japan. At the Glyndebourne Festival he has appeared as Rocco (Fidelio), Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring). A favourite at the English National Opera, his many roles there have included Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Pimen (Boris Godunov) and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra).
Other operatic engagements have included Sarastro at the Hamburg State Opera and for the Opéra de Bordeaux; Pimen for the Opéra de Nice; Rocco in Seville; Il Commendatore and Claudio (Agrippina) in Santa Fe; Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnburg), Gremin and Sarastro at the Welsh National Opera and Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Filippo (Don Carlo) for Opera North.
His future engagements include Narbal (Les Troyens), Sarastro and Sparafucile at Covent Garden; Banco (Macbeth) for the Opéra de Bordeaux; Sarastro at the Netherlands Opera; Pogner at the Opernhaus Zurich; Pimen at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Claggart (Billy Budd) at the Glyndebourne Festival.
In demand on the concert platform he has appeared at the Bregenz, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms. He works regularly with leading orchestras and conductors and recent engagements have included the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano; the Philharmonia with Sir Andrew Davis and Lorin Maazel; the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Harding; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Harry Bicket; the Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner; the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Louis Langrée.
He has recorded the roles of Somnus / Cadmus (Semele) for Chandos; Ubaldo (Donizetti’s ‘Imelda de Lambertazzi’) for Opera Rara and Rocco (Fidelio) for Glyndebourne Live as well as Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’ with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and John Nelson and Haydn Masses and Bach Cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The Young Singers’ Welfare Foundation is a charitable trust that supports UK-based self-employed professional classical singers under the age of 40 who suffer financial hardship as a result of a serious medical condition or illness, such as cancer. The support given is either in the form of a one-off grant or payment for items, services or facilities, such as private medical treatment if required. We also provide a referral service to other organisations who may be able to assist on a case-by-case basis. All applications are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
The Foundation is most grateful to tonight’s artists, who so generously have given of their time, and to the National Opera Studio for donating the beautiful hall. We are indebted to generosity of The Leopold de Rothschild Charitable Trust for meeting all our costs.
As a result tonight’s donations will all directly benefit the Foundation. Thank you.