Andrew Dickinson, “The Rake’s Progress” Tom Rakewell, London, UK

“OperaCoast has given me a fantastic opportunity to study a very difficult and challenging role in a relaxed and pressure free environment, whilst working with some very talented musicians and directors. For me, it has been a very important half step between creating a role and realising it in a full performance. It has given me new confidence to audition for Tom Rakewell should it come my way, and has taught me new facets of the piece that I hadn’t realised existed. The OperaCoast team were organised, friendly and supportive throughout the whole weekend and the location made it easy to concentrate on the musical aspects of a difficult piece. Despite there being a full range of abilities on the course, I was very impressed with how everyone’s individual needs were met and that every participant left the course having learnt a lot. I certainly did!”