March 2018 Opera Gala

On 3rd March 2018, the Thames Philharmonia Orchestra with Instant Opera, guest soloists and the London Korean Choral Society will perform a programme of works by Bizet, Donizetti, Humperdinck, Mascagni, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner.


CYMERA_20180107_163016Vittoria Kim (soprano) — holds a Bachelor’s degree in operatic/ classical singing at Kyung-won university in Korea and completed a Musical theater course by Hamburg Konservatorium in Germany.
She continued her operatic/ classical singing training in Italy at Civica scuola di musica in Milano and Verdi conservatory of Como where she was awarded with the highest score in Arte-Scenica. She studied under renowned tenor Maurizio Comencini and mezzo-soprano Laura Ramella.  Her warm and dramatic soprano acting with coquettish flair allows her to sing crossing over various genres, both opera and musical. She has a repertoire of E’lisir D’amore, Lucia di Rammermoor, La Bohème and La Traviata.

TamaraTamara Ravenhill — studied violin from childhood in her native Ukraine. Her vocal studies began with Lyudmila Tretiak in Kyiv, then Dodi Protero in New York and later, in London, with Enid Hartle and Robert Presley. She currently studies with Paula Anglin. Her many roles include: Mimi, Countess, Alice Ford, Giulietta ( Hoffmann), Donna Elvira, Elettra, Vitellia. Suor Angelica (in Zezere Arts Festival, Portugal). Concert work includes Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder.

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Camilla Jeppeson — Initially studying on the Associated Studios Opera Course, London, Camilla now studies with world renowned bass Graeme Danby.  Roles have included Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Fatime (Les Indes Galantes), and Papagena (The Magic Flute). Regular performances in and around London have taken her to venues such as Cadogan Hall, The Ritz and St. Brides.  This year, Camilla’s voice and harp duo Voce47 makes its inaugural tour of the UK and in April, Camilla will be singing the role of Phani for Benslow Music’s prestigious production of Rameau’s baroque opera Les Indes Galantes.

AndyEvansAndy Evans (Tenor) — studied as a Choral Exhibitioner at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and holds a Diploma in Opera Performance from Birkbeck College, University of London. Recent opera roles include Albert in Albert Herring (Britten), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Tamino in The Magic Flute (Mozart), Jupiter in Semele (Handel), The Defendant in Trial by Jury (G&S), Vašek in The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Dioclesian (Purcell), Luiz in The Gondoliers (G&S), Paris in The Judgment of Paris (Eccles) and Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach). Andy also performs as an oratorio soloist, especially as an Evangelist from Bach to Pärt, and song. Forthcoming plans include Bill in A Hand of Bridge (Barber) and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance (G&S).

CrispinLewisCrispin Lewis is the regular soloist for many choral societies. Most recently this has included solos in Messiah, Elijah, in Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Brahms’ Requiem.  Last year he performed opera roles including Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Following postgraduate studies at the RCM in violin, Crispin studied conducting and singing. He formed his own early music ensemble, directing them many times live on Radio 3, at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Linbury Theatre, Kings Place, and the South Bank Centre. He is also the conductor of three choral societies.  He has sung in masterclasses with international singers including Dame Felicity Lott and Christopher Purves.

NG headshotNicholas George studied opera performance at Birkbeck University, City Lit, The Complete Singer, Morley College and Cratoule Singing School, France.  Previous roles include; Gianni Schicchi (Il Trittico); Schaunard (La Bohème); Figaro (Marriage of Figaro); Papageno (Magic Flute); Colonel Frank (Die Fledermaus); Strephon (Iolanthe); Pish Tush (The Mikado);  Raoul de Gardefeu (La Vie Parisienne); Masetto and Leporello  (Don Giovanni); Sacristan (Tosca); Ping (Turandot); Baron Douphol (La Traviata); and Morales and Dancairo (Carmen). In August 2017 he covered the role of Lord Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opéra de Baugé, France. For Thames Philharmonia, Nicholas has sung Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and the role of Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro).  In October 2017 he performed the title role of Don Giovanni and reprises this role for Instant Opera on 20th & 21st April at Normansfield Theatre, Teddington.

Anna McLachlan headshot  Anna McLachlan completed a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, taught by Alison Wells. Whilst there, she participated in the ENO Mentor Scheme.  Anna was a Young Artist with Bury Court Opera, covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Mosley). This year, Anna co-founded Grassroots Opera, co-directing and performing the role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Roles include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Nancy (Albert Herring), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Spagnolo, Têtê à Têtê Opera Festival) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Italian Cultural Institute).  Anna was a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize and masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott (London Song Festival). Solo performances include Berio’s folk songs at the Southbank Centre.

Copy of Virginia Frith2  Virginia Frith enjoys vocal coaching in London with Jane Highfield.  Roles/ scenes she has recently enjoyed singing include Marcellina, The Marriage of Figaro, Female Counsel, Trial by Jury, Juno, Semele, 3rd Lady, The Magic Flute, Dido, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Mother, Hansel and Gretel and The Composer, Ariadne auf Naxos.Virginia is very busy singing as church and oratorio soloist at various venues throughout London and the south-east and at charity galas.  Oratorio work includes Handel’sMessiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Copy of Ian WP2  IAN WILSON-POPE (Bass-baritone): Born in London, Ian studied at Trinity College of Music. At TCM he studied with John Wakefield. Most recent operatic roles include: Masetto Don Giovanni; Lodovico/Montano/Araldo in Otello; Wotan, Fasolt and Donner Das Rheingold; Wotan Die Walküre; Wanderer Siegfried; Marcello La Bohème; Narbal Les Troyens; Goryanchikov Janaček’s From the House of the Dead; Leporello Don Giovanni; Mr Basil The Barber of Seville; Ford Falstaff. Oratorio and concert repertoire includes Requiems by Fauré, Duruflé, Mozart and Verdi; Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary; Haydn’s Nelson Mass and The Creation; Mozart’s Dixit et Magnificat; Sparrow Mass and Mass in C “Coronation”; Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël; Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle; and Handel’s Messiah. Film credit as Leporello in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and numerous TV appearances.

Copy of MattConnolly  Matt Connolly began his vocal studies in Mainz under Roger Durstewitz, and sang his first operatic role – the title role in Gounod’s Faust – 3 years later. He has since sung a number of tenor leads including the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Alfredo in La Traviata, Canio in Pagliacci, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Manrico in Il Trovatore. Recent concert performances include scenes and arias from Otello, Chenier, Meistersinger, Fidelio, Trovatore, Romeo et Juliette, Aida, Boheme and Tosca.

Copy of YolandaHarding  Yolanda Harding is a young aspiring opera singing currently studying at the Associated Studios on their opera course and working at the Royal Opera House. At the Studio she has been lucky enough to work with numerous directors such as Chris Cowell and Olivia Fuchs, and has had tutorage from Rosalind Plowright, Joy Mammen, Sally Burgess, Sophie Daneman, Mary Hill and Jeremy Silver. Last summer she had the privilege of working with James Clutton (director of opera) and his team at Opera Holland Park. In the last few months she has performed a few operatic scenes from L’egisto and Une Éducation Manqué and started up here own Vocal Reki company, which she performs at various Yoga retreats around the south of England.

Copy of LornaPerry   Lorna Perry was born in South Wales. She graduated from Southampton University, with a 2:1 in German and Music.
Lorna is a regular singer at St Etheldreda’s, London and is valued member of several choral groups including Vox Musica, CC21 and The Joyful Company of Singers with whom she has taken solo roles across Europe.
Lorna also performs as an oratorio and operatic soloist. Recent performances include Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius¸ Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle, Bach’s, Magnificat and St John Passion, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Recent operatic roles include Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Secret Opera, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Rosina, in Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro.