I’ve just been invited to return as soloist for the City of Oxford Symphony Orchestra in their ever-popular annual Viennese New Year concert. This will be my sixth appearance with this long-standing orchestra under the baton of Stephen Bell, in the stunning Christopher Wren-designed Sheldonian Theatre.
I was interviewed for an article in the Sudbury Spy after our recent performance of Opera Blocks at the Bury St Edmunds Children’s Festival. Please read the lovely article by editor Jen O’Reilly-Turner here.
I’ve just been cast as the baddie Scylla in the world premiere of Ulla’s Odyssey, Opera Up Close’s debut production at London’s Kings Place.
The show is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.
This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanne Brodie and was the winner of both the Flourish New Composition Award (2014) and Opera Factory’s Composition competition (2012). The production is directed by OperaUpClose’s Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido and Aeneas for OUC) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013). Click here for tickets.
We’ve just had our sitzprobe for The Merry Widow, in the gorgeous village of Sevenoaks Weald. The orchestra sounds fabulous, it’s going to be a great show! Please click here for tickets.
I had a thrilling time at the Royal Albert Hall this week, playing Juliet in English Pocket Opera Company’s idiosyncratic production of Romeo and Juliet. Featuring an orchestra of 600 and a choir of 900, the performance was broadcast live on the internet, and can be viewed for the next month. This lovely photograph was taken by Joshua Hayes, www.joshphotographer.com: I’m singing Gounod’s “Je veux vivre” from the Albert Hall’s organ loft representing Juliet’s balcony.
Today we’ve finished staging rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet for Thursday’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The show looks amazing, and will be streamed live as it happens. Click here for the link to the live feed of the show, which will be available to buy shortly thereafter.
I’m thrilled to be playing the title role of Hannah Glawari in The Merry Widow next month for Kentish Opera, and the graphics are now in. Please click here for tickets!
They’re in! I have just received a shipment of beautiful photographs taken by the legendary photographer Nobby Clark. These were taken in 2010 of the Theatre Royal Bath’s UK tour of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class, directed by Chichester Theatre’s Jonathan Church, in which I played Sharon Graham opposite the Maria Callas of Stephanie Beacham.
I had a great time singing the Viennese New Year concert with the City of Oxford Orchestra on Saturday. Under the brilliant conducting of Stephen Bell, and in the beautiful acoustics of the venerable Sheldonian Theatre, the orchestra sounded marvellous. What a privilege to be part of such an esteemed group, especially in this their 50th anniversary year. Here I am about to go on for Johann Strauss’s “Csardas” from Die Fledermaus.
I’m looking forward to returning to the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, this Saturday, to appear for a fourth time with the City of Oxford Orchestra, under Stephen Bell. This is their 50th anniversary year, and I’ll be singing arias from La fille du Regiment, Die Dubarry, and Die Fledermaus. Please visit here for tickets.
I have just been invited to play Hanna Glawari, the title role, in a new production of The Merry Widow for Kentish Opera. Performances will be 13-16 May at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. Please visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk for tickets.
The dates have just been confirmed for our revival of the Olivier Award-winning La Boheme. Please visit my gigs calendar for the dates and times, or click here to go to the Kings Head Theatre website and book tickets.