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Louise

Summer Course: Charpentier Louise

July 2017

Gustave Charpentier’s opera, Louise, is unique. It combines lyrical romance with social realism and an expressionist surrealism, moving effortlessly between the sordid reality of working-class drudgery and the artistic fantasy of the bohemian life of belle époque artists.

Above all, it is a hymn to the spirit of Paris in its darkest and brightest moments and the “little people” who make the foundations of a city in the grip of social change. His theme of freedom, both personal and moral, was embodied in the seething artistic quarter of Montmartre, where love and laughter are weapons against the realities of a mundane existence. His unsentimental yet ecstatic belief in the rights of all individuals has kept the opera feeling as fresh and modern now as the day it was written.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director: Christopher Cowell
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Graphic design: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts

 

The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad

Sing Russian: The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad

December 2016

A programme of arias and ensembles from Russian operas, based on Russian fairy tales and folklore. This performance is the highlight of the Sing Russian course, run annually by OperaCoast and design to enable non-Russian speaking professional singers to perform Russian repertoire in the original language. In 2016 we worked in collaboration with Brighton-based company Filmspot Limited creating a series of unique animations as a part of our performance. Sing Russian project is delivered in association with Pushkin House, the Russian cultural centre in London, and Gorizont, the centre of Russian language and culture in Brighton.

Piano: Nicole Panizza
Piano (apprentice): Ashley Beauchamp
Soloists: André Andrade (baritone), Joshua Baxter (tenor), Iria Perestrelo (soprano), Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), Jolyon Loy (baritone), Anne Marie Sheridan (soprano), Stephanie Wake-Edwards (mezzo-soprano)
Music and language coaching: Anastasia Witts
Animation: Rob Cunningham and Rachel Hunter
Gallery: The Old Tales of Kitezh Grad

 

OperaCoast Interlude: No Voice Unheard at LSF

November 2016

OperaCoast presented No Voice Unheard as part of London Song Festival 2016. The music by the composers whose lives were affected by WW2 and the Holocaust brought to life by our soloists. The performance includes children’s poetry written in Terezin, the Prague’s ghetto, and is accompanied by a digital projection.

Piano: Nigel Foster
Singers: Anna Prowse (mezzo), Eleanor Janes (soprano), James Liu (tenor)
Players: Joe Harper (oboe), Dean Wood (clarinet), Natalie Bernard (bassoon)
Readers: Walter Hall (15)
Music arrangement: Gregory Rose
Digital installation: James Symonds
Graphic design and animation: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: No Voice Unheard

 

La Rondine with OperaCoast course e-poster

Summer Course: Puccini La Rondine

July 2016

Refused for publication by Ricordi but warmly received by the audience at the premiere in Monte Carlo in 1917, La Rondine was commissioned to Puccini by Vienna’s Carltheater but WWI prevented its Viennese premiere. Echoing both La Traviata and La Boheme, this opera addresses the questions of social morality vs true virtue, love vs duty, happiness vs honesty, when the main heroine Parisian courtesan Magda de Civry is looking for love, like a swallow is looking for a nest. opera performance was preceded by a screening BBC Great Composers: Puccini at the Towner Gallery.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director: Christopher Cowell
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Graphic design: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts
GalleryLa Rondine

 

Opera Helps

Opera Helps: with Joshua Sofaer and Wunderbar

February-May 2016

Opera Helps is a site-specific touring opera project, originally commissioned for the festival Opera Showroom at Folkoperan in Stockholm, Sweden, conceived and directed by artist Joshua Sofaer, produced by Wunderbar and presented in partnership with Heart of Glass, Colchester Arts Centre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival, in association with OperaCoast. It is funded by Arts Council England. It brings the sublime experience of live opera into people’s homes to help with a personal problem. The Opera Helps participant feels they are being uniquely addressed. The force and power of the voice in a small space is incredible. Opera Helps harnesses this intense experience to inspire the listener to view their problem in a new light.

Jewels from Venus

OperaCoast Interlude: Jewels from Venus

January 2016

Venera Gimadieva, a leading star of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, performed a fundraising recital at Kings Place, London in support of OperaCoast. At the piano she was joined by Roger Vignoles, who is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. Venera and Roger performed a collection of art songs by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Delibes and Faure.

The recital was presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter Martin Handley.

Soprano: Venera Gimadieva
Piano: Roger Vignoles
Graphic design: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts
GalleryJewels from Venus

Sing Russian: Rachmaninov: reflections

December 2015

Rachmaninov: reflections is a part of OperaCoast’s wider programme Sing Russian designed to introduce non-Russian speaking professional singers to the diversity and beauty of Russian vocal repertoire. Every year a few upcoming soloists are selected by OperaCoast to take part in this project. For many of them this is their first opportunity to work on Russian music. In preparation for the final performance, all singers receive specialised music and language coaching spread over two months, to help them to meet the stylistic and linguistic challenges of singing in Russian.

Piano: Nicole Panizza
Music and language coaching: Anastasia Witts
Soloists: Adam Music (tenor), Hannah Poulsom (mezzo-soprano), Lianne Marie Birkett (soprano), Thomas Humphreys (baritone), Rhys Alun Thomas (bass), Hannah Sandison (soprano)
Piano (apprentice): Ana Callanan
Actors: Stephen Israel, Lucas Augustine
Graphic design and animation: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Gallery: Rachmaninov: reflections

Summer course: Massenet Manon

July 2015

OperaCoast summer course explored Massenet’s Manon, an opera set in 18th century France. Included a pre-performance talk at the Towner Gallery by Martin Handley on the life and work of Massenet. Record numbers of audience, full house.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director: Christopher Cowell
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: Manon

OperaCoast Interlude: No Voice Unheard

May 2015

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 OperaCoast presented a programme of vocal and instrumental music by composers whose lives were affected by WW2 and the Holocaust.

Music director:Gregory Rose
Piano: Nigel Foster
Singers: Anna Prowse (mezzo), Eleanor Janes (soprano), James Liu (tenor)
Players: Joe Harper (oboe), Dean Wood (clarinet), Natalie Bernard (bassoon)
Readers: Walter Hall (13), Theo Bailey (10), Esme Bailey (12), Reuben Hayward-Brown (12)
Digital installation: James Symonds
Graphic design and animation: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: No Voice Unheard

Sing Russian: Yours, Tchaikovsky

December 2014

OperaCoast presented an exciting Christmas programme of arias and ensembles from Russian operas, both well-loved and little-known in Britain. Six non-Russian speaking upcoming professional singers received specialised music and language coaching to help them on their way towards the beauty and passion of Russian music and the stylistic and linguistic challenges of singing in Russian in preparation for two performances in Brighton and London. On invitation of Pushkin House, the Russian cultural centre in London. Sold out.

Piano: Nicole Panizza
Music and language coach: Anastasia Witts
Soloists: Sebastian Charlesworth (baritone), Nia Coleman (soprano), Martyna Kasprzyk-Peralta (mezzo), Alberto Sousa (tenor), Caroline Carragher (mezzo), Steven East (bass)
Graphic design: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Gallery: Yours, Tchaikovsky

Summer course: Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades

July 2014

OperaCoast soloists and chorus worked on Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, completed in Florence in just 44 days. It is based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin with a libretto written by Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest. Preceded by a screening of the acclaimed 1949 film version of The Queen of Spades, directed by legendary filmmaker Thorold Dickinson at the Towner Gallery.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director: Susannah Waters
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Graphic design and animation: Jorge Pamplona Martin
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: The Queen of Spades

OperaCoast Interlude: The Ballads of Wandering Knights

February 2014

Two fundraising performances took place in Lewes and Brighton, East Sussex, with guest soloists Allegra Giagu and pianist Nicole Panizza. Joined by OperaCoast’s young soloists they performed a collection of art-songs, including little known pieces, taking the audience into the world of ballads and legends.

Piano: Nicole Panizza
Guest soloists: Allegra Giagu
Soloists: Nia Coleman (soprano), Daniella Jane Varadi (mezzo), Shaun Aquilina (baritone) and Sebastian Charlesworth (baritone)
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: The Ballads of Wandering Knights

Summer course: Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress

July 2013

Second year of OperaCoast summer course saw the exploration of Stravinsky’s opera inspired by the collection of pictures by William Hogarth. The participants travelled from as far as Germany and South Africa.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director:Susannah Waters
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Graphic design: Vera Bondareva
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: The Rake’s Progress

OperaCoast Interlude – La lingua amara dell’amore

April 2013

OperaCoast presented La lingua amara dell’amore — The Bitter Tongue of Love — an evening of opera arias and ensembles exploring love, passion and relationships in six different European languages.

Piano: Nigel Foster
Soloists: Luke D. Williams (baritone), James Liu (tenor), Laura Kuplic (soprano), Kerry Kuplic (baritone), Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz (soprano), Letitia Perry (soprano)
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: La lingua amara dell’amore

Summer course – Verdi La Traviata

July 2012

Inaugural year of OperaCoast summer course. Verdi’s timeless masterpiece La Traviata.

Music director: Gregory Rose
Stage director:Susannah Waters
Piano: Nigel Foster
OperaCoast soloists and chorus
Graphic design:Vera Bondareva
Producer: Anastasia Witts
Gallery: La Traviata