Thursday 14 February 2019

Guildhall School's Gold Medal prize 2019

Pianist Joon Yoon receiving the Guildhall School GOld Medal in 2018
Pianist Joon Yoon receiving the Guildhall School Gold Medal in 2018
The finalists for the Guildhall School of Music's 2019 Gold Medal prize will be Ema Nikolovska (Mezzo-Soprano), William Thomas (Baritone), Samantha Clarke (Soprano), and James Newby (Baritone), and on Friday 10 May 2019 each finalist will perform a short programme accompanied by pianists Dylan Perez, Michael Pandya and Panaretos Kyriatzidis, followed by a second half of arias with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Farnes. 

The judges this year will be Sir Bryn Terfel (Guildhall School alumnus and winner of the 1989 Gold Medal), mezzo-soprano Ann Murray DBE, Jonathan Vaughan (Guildhall School’s Vice-Principal & Director of Music), Richard Farnes and Kevin Murphy (Director, Coaching & Music Administration for Indiana University Opera Theatre and Director, Singers’ Programme at Ravinia Steans Music Institute).

Operatic excerpts being performed include Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia), Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Così fan tutte, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rachmaninov's Aleko, Puccini's La bohème, Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress, and Mascagni's Le Maschere, plus Handel's Apollo e Dafne, and music by Richard Strauss, Mussorgsky, Mahler

  • Ema Nikolovska is the winner of the Guildhall Wigmore Prize with pianist Dylan Perez (resulting in a debut evening recital at Wigmore Hall on 18 May, 2019), and her recent performances have included the Oxford Lieder Festival and a Schubert Lieder recital with Malcolm Martineau in Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. 
  • William Thomas' roles have included Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics with British Youth Opera [see my review]. 
  • Samanatha Clarke's roles have included Anne Trulove in Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress with British Youth Opera [see my review] and she will be singing in Georgiana at Buxton International Festival, Musetta in La Bohème with Opera North. 
  • James Newby's performances have included Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera and a staged Bach St John Passion with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, directed by Calixto Bieito. James will be singing my song cycle Winter Journey and Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad at Conway Hall on Sunday 5 May 2019 [see Conway Hall website].

Full details from the Guildhall School website.

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