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.
The first round of auditions for next year’s trainees took place last week and it was all go here at the Studio. Our alumni have been busy too, it seems, judging by several reviews that have popped up recently: Luis Gomes (tenor, 2013) and David Butt Philip (tenor, 2012) both appeared in Royal Opera’s Turandot, whilst Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano, 2010) and Anthony Gregory (tenor, 2012) performed in Mozart’s Requiem in Northampton.
As for up-coming performances, there have been several announced lately. Gabriela Istoc (soprano, 2012), Sky Ingram (soprano, 2013), Duncan Rock (baritone, 2011) and Barnaby Rea (bass, 2013) will all be appearing in Opera North’s La Bohème. Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano, 2010) will be taking a lead role in Royal Danish Opera’s Porgy and Bess. And it was recently announced that Alfie Boe (tenor, 1999) and other stars of stage and screen will be appearing in June in a charity fundraising gala for Parkinson’s UK.
Current NOS trainee Ross Ramgobin will take centre stage this summer at the 67th Aldeburgh Festival as Owen Wingrave. Ross began his training at the Studio in September will be joining NOS Alumni Susan Bullock in this exciting production as his training at the Studio finsihes. Susan, who is currently the Studio's Artist in residence will be singing Miss Wingrave in this production.
This new production by Neil Bartlett (previously at Aldeburgh: The Rake’s Progress, The Turn of the Screw, The Canticles) staged to coincide with the commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War, offers a rare chance to reassess this controversial work. A glorious cast mixes leading professional singers – Susan Bullock, Janis Kelly, Richard Berkeley-Steele and Jonathan Summers – with emerging talent. Mark Wigglesworth conducts the Britten–Pears Orchestra in David Matthews’ chamber version of the score.
Dates through June 2014
For tickets click here.
Music: Benjamin Britten in a chamber reduction by David Matthews
Words: Myfanwy Piper after the story by Henry James
Owen Wingrave Ross Ramgobin
Spencer Coyle Jonathan Summers
Lechmere Isaiah Bell
Miss Wingrave Susan Bullock
Mrs Coyle Samantha Crawford
Mrs Julian Janis Kelly
Kate Julian Catherine Backhouse
General Sir Philip Wingrave Richard Berkeley-Steele
Ballad Singer James Way
Mark Wigglesworth conductor
Neil Bartlett director
Simon Daw set designer
Sue Willmington costume designer
Chris Davey lighting designer
Struan Leslie choreographer
English National Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto features an impressive number of alumni.
Appearing on-stage are:
Peter Rose (bass, 1986) as Sparafucile,
Justina Gringyte (mezzo, 2011) as Maddalena Anthony Gregory (tenor, 2012) as Borsa
Barnaby Rea (bass, 2013) as Ceprano
The production opens on Thursday 13th February and runs until 14th March. For more information, and to book tickets, go to the ENO website.
Marek Ruszczynski, current NOS repetiteur trainee, has recently returned from New York after appearing at Carnegie Hall in the annual music festival The Song Continues.
The Washington Post gives an excellent write-up about the career of mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, who founded the yearly event with the intention to continue the art of the vocal recital. There’s also a picture slideshow looking back at her career.
The last lunchtime recital for this season took place on Wednesday afternoon, with a large turnout despite the chilly weather and a tube strike.
The recital opened with a piano duet from our repetiteurs Maya Soltan and Pedro Beriso, the latter of whom then accompanied Katie Grosset, mezzo-soprano, as she sang pieces by Mahler, Hahn and Bernstein.
Our second singer of the day was Andri Björn Róbertsson, bass-baritone, who sang a number of traditional Icelandic songs accompanied by Tim Hawken. Ms Soltan and Mr Beriso then closed the recital with another excellent duet.
Although this was the last lunchtime recital of the season there are other events still to take place. Please see our Events page for more information.
NOS alum Gerald Finley has been garnering a lot of attention lately for his recitals of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise. After three dates in Europe the tour recently started its American leg in Vancouver, and will be finishing in New York with a performance on the 13th February.
Accompanying the baritone singer on piano is Julius Drake, and Hyperion Records will be releasing a CD in March of the duo’s performance. Finley discusses the tour, as well as his career in general, in this fascinating interview.
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