There are a number of former NOS trainees at Longborough this year, including Gerard Collett (Schaunard) and Aiden Smith (Colline) with the wonderful Katie Bird (Mimi) in Richard Studer's production of La Bohème.
Last term NOS trainees were privileged to work with the fabulous Joyce DiDonato in a masterclass at the Royal Opera House.
Thank you to Joyce and the Royal Opera House for capturing such a memorable and inspiring event and allowing us to share this footage.
You brought such a special quality to the stage ~ thank you for that!
ABOVE - International mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato coaches the next generation of opera talent from The National Opera Studio. With Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano) and Jesse Wong (piano) performing Naqui all'affanno... non più mesta from Rossini's La Cenerentola.
ABOVE -International mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato coaches the next generation of opera talent from The National Opera Studio. With Maria Fiselier (mezzo soprano) and Berrak Dyer (piano) performing Contro un cor che accende amore from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
ABOVE - International mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato coaches the next generation of opera talent from The National Opera Studio. With Nicolas Darmanin (tenor) and Nicola Rose (piano) performing Cessa di più resistere from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
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Our new partnership with Oxford Lieder got off to a fine start on Saturday. Recent alumni Rachel Kelly (Mezzo), Gavan Ring (Baritone) and Berrak Dyer (Piano) gave an excellent recital in the Jacqueline de Pré Music Building at St. Hilda’s College Oxford. We are grateful to the Nicholas John Trust for their support for this partnership.
RECENT NOS ALUMNI PERFORM ON BBC'S IN TUNE
Three National Opera Studio 2012 alumni performed on In Tune on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday - Rhian Lois, Anthony Gregory and Alexander Robin Baker. They are all performing in The Magic Flute at Neville Holt Opera this summer.
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Planet Hugill have reviewed the Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Opera Holland Park. Excellent reviews for NOS Alum Maria Fiselier and Luis Gomes.
Maria Fiselier has a lovely rich mezzo-soprano voice, evenly produced and her Suzuki was a miracle of discreet poise, always in the background but providing fine support for Duprels. The two women developed a highly believable relationship and I sense that we will encounter Fiselier in some far more showy roles as her voice develops. She is certainly a singer I want to her again. But of course, as act two develops, it is on Butterfly that our attention stays, though Fiselier provided discreet support throughout.
Gomes has a confident stage manner and gave an easy picture of Pinkerton as thoughtless charmer. I have heard Luis Gomes a number of times both at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with British Youth Opera. He has always impressed, but this performance was the first time I had heard him in core Italian repertoire (previous operas had been by Britten, Ned Rorem and Smetana). He has a lovely, well produced Italianate voice which he combines expressively with a confident stage manner. His vocal production was gloriously easy throughout the whole range, which is quite something for a young tenor in this style of opera.
NOS trainees were privileged to work with the fabulous Joyce DiDonato in a masterclass at the Royal Opera House last night. Joyce was an inspiration and our trainee's did us proud!
Thank you to Joyce and the Royal Opera House for this wonderful opportunity.
We are in our last week of the rehearsals for 'Unsettling Scores' - scenes from the contemporary operas. Composer Jonathan Dove visited the studio and worked with trainees and director Keith Warner and conductor Nicholas Cleobury.
A rare opportunity to experience an enthralling and dramatic programme of scenes from some of the great 20th century operas. Before beginning careers in the opera houses of Europe, the country’s finest young singers and pianists training at the NOS are directed by celebrated international director, Keith Warner and acclaimed conductor Nicholas Cleobury. These performances are supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
Wednesday 8th May, 7.30pm
Thursday 9th May, 3pm
Friday 10th May, 7.30pm (SOLD OUY)
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The National Opera Studio is delighted to announce a new partnership with the prestigious Oxford Lieder, supported by the Nicholas John Trust. This partnership will begin with two recitals in Oxford this year.
The first will be given by:
Rachel Kelly (mezzo-soprano)
Gavan Ring (baritone)
Berrak Dyer (piano)
29 June 2013 - 5:45pm
All tickets £10 (£5 if purchased with a ticket to the 8pm Wolf recital)
www.ticketsoxford.co.uk/ 01865 305305
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Oxford
The recital will include Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring and songs by Schubert, Strauss and Purcell.
NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO
The National Opera Studio works closely with the UK’s leading opera companies to provide individually designed, high quality professional training for singers and repetiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.
Oxford Lieder exists to promote and celebrate song. Each year it puts on The Oxford Lieder Festival, an extravaganza of song which takes place in the last two weeks of October. There is also an emphasis on finding outstanding new talent, and Oxford Lieder promotes a platform for young singers and accompanists at the start of their careers.
NICHOLAS JOHN TRUST
The Nicholas John Trust was created in memory of Nicholas John (1952-1996), formerly the Dramaturge of English National Opera. The Trust exists to promote the art of opera, in particular by encouraging the work of young singers and dramaturges. The Trust is proud of its long association with the NOS, where it offers scholarships and other opportunities for students preparing for a career in opera.
Elizabeth Llewellyn to be featured on Profile, BBC Radio 4.
Saturday 13/4/13 7pm
Our friends at NI Opera have asked us to spread the world about their latest audition opportunities -
NI OPERA AUDITION OPPORTUNITY – CHORUS FOR 2013/2014 SEASON
Following on from NI Opera’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, they are holding auditions for their 2013/2014 season.
They welcome all those with singing experience (preferably in opera or classical singing) to apply, not only professional singers. They will be recruiting a mixture of core paid singers, as well as singers who will receive expenses only. Candidates should be over 16 but otherwise there is no age restriction.
Rehearsals will not be full-time, and many will be in the evening and at weekends, rather than in the daytime. Singers are welcome to apply to perform in one OR both operas.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday 23 April and Saturday 11 May 2013 in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Candidates should prepare one aria (either from an opera or oratorio), which displays some degree of vocal dexterity. (There will also be a limited number of auditions available in London.)
Please send your CV to email@example.com and if you are successful they will allocate you an audition slot (if necessary, please include one or two preferred times). Please note that these are not open auditions. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17 April 2013.
If you have any queries, contact the NI Opera office on 028 9027 7734.
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