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Friday, 22 October 2021

Overture: Meet the 21/22 Young Artists of the National Opera Studio

2021/22 young artists at National Opera Studio

The 2021/22 intake at the National Opera Studio has been in place for just four weeks, but we got a chance to hear the young artists performing last night, at a private event showcasing the singers and repetiteurs. This year is a highly unusual year, for the first time all the auditions were done online, either via recordings or live via Zoom rather than in person, and all the 2020/21 young artists are being offered additional coaching and support as associate artists

We heard seven singers (two were unfortunately ill, two were performing elsewhere, and one is still in transit), and three repetiteurs in a programme of arias, songs and duets by Monteverdi, Mozart, Rossini, Giordano, Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, Wagner, Weber, Lehar and Johann Strauss. 

We began with the closing duet from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with soprano Inna Husieva, counter-tenor Logan Lopez Gonzalez, and pianist Alexsander Ribeiro de Lara, and ended with the concluding duet from Lehar's The Merry Widow with tenor Philip Clieve, soprano Laura Lolita Peresivana and pianist Chloe Kim. We also heard from soprano Aleksandra Chernenko, and baritones Kamohelo Tsotetsi and Josef Ahn, and pianists Elli Welsh and Nadia Kisseleva.

The National Opera Studio is hosting an open morning on 4 November, and its Wednesday lunchtime concerts continue in its Wandsworth home, a chance to catch the individual singers and pianists in recital. Sian Griffiths, Chloe Kim, Josef Ahn and Nadia Kisseleva perform on 17 November, and Laura Lolita Peresivana, Elli Welsh, Logan Lopez Gonzalez, Alexsander Ribeiro de Lara on 8 December.

The young artists will be giving a semi-staged concert with English National Opera Orchestra, conductor Richard Farnes at Cadogan Hall on 19 January 2022. The event is directed by Amy Lane. Further details from the National Opera Studio website.

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