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Congratulations to Gyula Nagy who performed for Divas & Scholars with Nelly Miriciou and David Gowland, director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House! Soon after our event, he was accepted onto the Jette Parker/ROH and has just performed the role of Konrad Nachtigal in the Covent Garden production of Die Meistersinger.
We are always thrilled to hear about the successes of some of the young singers who have performed at our events. Lovely mezzo Angela Simkin who performed with the renowned bass-baritone Donald Maxwell for our 'Acting in Opera' evening currently has roles at the Royal Opera House in two major productions this Winter Season. She will be sharing the stage with Angela Georghiu in Adriana Lecouvreur and also with Renee Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier! We are so happy for her!
Delighted to host tenor Stuart Skelton straight from his Tristan and Isolde rehearsals at ENO. He joined us for Ed Gardner's session on Conducting Opera.
Also present was the wife of the Russian Ambassador Nana Yakovenko.
Very exciting news about tenor Neal Cooper, who performed for us with Marianne Cornetti recently. The night after our exceptional seminar/recital on Witches, Bitches, Queens he had to step into the role of Tannhauser at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the last minute. It all went extremely well and we are so pleased for him!!
STOP PRESS! We are delighted to announce that our Christmas party, 10th December will be a drinks reception and a concert featuring the fantastic Susan Bullock, who recently wowed the critics as Mini in the ENO production of Puccini's Girl of the Golden West, and all the current singers of the National Opera Studio. Venue: St Giles, Cripplegate, Fore St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA. Our full-time Opera Studies certificate and Half-Course members will attend this as part of their package. However tickets will be available to all Divas & Scholars followers. Price £50.
THE NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO SINGERS PERFORMING WITH US
Watch this space to see who of the alumni and current singers at the National Opera Studio will be performing with our star speakers during this series... Hanna-Liisa Kirchin gave a lovely performance of Monteverdi, Purcell and Rameau arias to illustrate Jean-Philippe Calvin's lecture on the birth of opera and the early composers. Mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies gave an accomplished rendition of Handel arias during our seminar with Danielle de Niese on 30th September. Soprano He Wu who gave a special performance for the Chinese premier during his recent vist to London sang for us on 14th October during our Mozart evening with Rupert Christiansen. Baritone Gyula Nagy gave a wonderful passionate performance of death scenes with Nelly Miriciou and David Gowland recently. Angela Simkin will join Donald Maxwell on 13th January to perform scenes and arias during his seminar on acting in opera. We are hugely excited that Richard Peirson will be presenting rising star soprano and NOS alumna Catherine Broderick during his Wagner lecture in February. Elin Pritchard is going to sing Verdi soprano arias on 27th April with star speaker Rosalind Plowright! BREAKING NEWS... Kathleen Ferrier award winning baritone Gareth John will sing Tchaikovsky arias at our seminar with the wonderful conductor Edward Gardner OBE. We will be announcing soon which tenor and soprano will be performing with the internationally renowned Verdi mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti. We will let you know who the lucky singers will be soon!
DANIELLE DE NIESE delighted us all with her sparkling charm and intelligence when she joined us to talk about Singing Handel with broadcaster Sandy Burnett recently. Beautiful Handel arias were performed. It was a wonderful evening at the Lansdowne Club and everyone had the opportunity to talk to Danielle over dinner as she very gamely changed tables between each course! She sprinkled her stardust over the event and everyone had a great time!