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    News of YOUNG ARTISTS who have sung at Bury Court Opera

    Nov 14, 2012

    YOUNG ARTISTS who have sung at Bury Court Opera (in alphabetical order)

    Laurie Ashworth (concert 2012) sang the solo role in Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet in the 2012 Proms.


    Nicolas Darmanin (Prince Ramiro – La Cenerentola 2012) is one of only two tenors to be accepted by the prestigious National Opera Studio for 2012-13.


    Ilona Domnich (Gilda –  Rigoletto 2011 and Tatyana – Eugene Onegin 2013) will both cover and perform the role of Rosina (The Barber of Seville) at English National Opera in 2013. She has performed Poulenc’s solo opera La Voix Humaine at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and given numerous concerts internationally, including in Helsinki, St Petersburg, Italy and France.


    Stephanie Lewis (Angelina – La Cenerentola 2012) has covered the role of Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) both at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence.


    Elizabeth Llewellyn (concert 2011) has become a major star at English National Opera, where she has sung The Countess (Figaro) – also at Holland Park Opera –  Mimi (La Boheme),  and Micaela (Carmen) all to great critical acclaim. Rupert Christiansen in the Telegraph said her voice reminded him of a young Kiri Te Kanawa.


    Laurence Meikle (Ceprano –  Rigoletto 2011) sang Marco (Gianni Schicchi) as a Young Artist at Holland Park Opera, and he has sung Escamillo (Carmen) and Marcello (La Boheme) at the Teatro dell’Opera di Milano.


    Nicholas Merryweather (Alidoro – La Cenerentola 2012) sang Papageno in Longborough’s Magic Flute in summer 2012, and has recently been one of the three soloists in English Touring Opera’s acclaimed production of ”The Lighthouse” by Peter Maxwell Davies.


    Nadine Mortimer-Smith (Dido – Dido & Aeneas 2010)  is now deeply involved in both curating and singing in contemporary English and American opera. She was shortlisted for the Genesis prize, awarded to “outstanding mentors who give others confidence and inspiratiion to achieve artistic excellence in their chosen profession”. She has been called “the foremost  Britih exponent of American song”.


    Anando Mukerjee (The Duke – Rigoletto 2011) has reached the finals of the annual Wagner Society bursary competition.


    Christina Petrou (First Sailor – Dido & Aeneas 2010 and Giovanna – Rigoletto 2011) sang Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) as a Young Artist at Holland Park.


    Derek Welton (Monterone –  Rigoletto 2012) sang the title role in Figaro for Glyndebourne on tour. In 2013 he will sing at the Salzburg Festival, as well as performances in Beijing, Lille and Luxembourg.


    Belinda Williams (Dorabella – La Cenerentola2012) has now joined Kassel Opera in Germany where she is scheduled to sing the major  roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutti) and Dritte Dame (Magic Flute) in 2013.


    and Lilly Pappaioannou (Aeneas – Dido & Aeneas 2010 and Maddalena – Rigoletto 2011) continues to astound and amaze the male members of the audience wherever she appears.