Hannah Poulsom, “Rachmaninov: reflections” mezzo-soprano, London, UK

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and the team for involving me in Rachmaninoff Reflections. From having only ever done one Russian piece, over the course of a month OperaCoast guided me and coached me enabling me to perform three pieces convincingly, I hope! Not only was it fantastic to get such an in depth insight into the Russian language, but the performances themselves were such lovely occasions, with very attentive audiences. The whole project has been such an invaluable experience. I am now exploring Russian arias, have signed up for further Russian coachings at the Academy, and am involved in the Royal Academy Opera of Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The Rachmaninoff Reflections Project has given me the grounds and confidence to really delve into the Russian repertoire and its language, and for that I am so grateful to OperaCoast. Thank you so much for inviting me into the project. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you!”