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December 2013

Parsifal LIVE Broadcast on BBC Radio 3
9th December 2013
This wonderful production of Parsifal will be broadcast live at 5pm on Wednesday 11th of December.  Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, this is well worth tuning in to.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03kpb9c 

April 2013

Opening Night at Hobart Baroque
12th April 2013
Opening Night has come after a great rehearsal period in both London and Hobart! We are half way acorss the world from home but hope we can make a lasting impression on the people of Australia!!! http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/04/12/376696_tasmania-news.html

October 2012

Figaro for Glyndebourne Tour
18th October 2012
Instead of writing for you directly I will be blogging for Glyndebourne for the Tour this Autumn, follow it here http://glyndebourne.com/discover/bravo-figaro

February 2012

Don G and Rusalka
12th February 2012
Don Giovanni is well underway and I have covered six shows already but to my delight I was asked to sing at the Sitzprobe last Thursday for the second cast.  A sitzprobe is a rehearsal with the orchestra that gives the singers and conductor a chance to perfect the music.  I got to sing alongside Erwin Schrott, who is famous for his interpretation of Don Giovanni.  This cast is very different to the first and brings a different angle to this production. It opens on the 16th of February so if you are interested come along.  I will be covering all six shows again so watch this space.  You would think Don Giovanni would be enough for one month but I am also extrememly busy with a new production of Rusalka, playing a Wood Nymph. This production was originally done in

December 2011

2011
23rd December 2011
Well if has been a mighty and exhausting year but full of wonderful opportunities.  I am coming to the end of my work for this year with one more concert to go tonight.  I have been on tour for the last week, singing 9 concerts in 8 days in 8 different cities, doing Carols by Candlelight.  It has been a lot of travelling but with this travelling has come the opportunity to sing in some of the best concert halls in the UK including the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Usher Hall in Edinburgh being my favourites.  I have had the pleasure of working with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and conductor Stuart Stratford along with 3 choirs, all of us in 18th Century Costume, what fun.  It certainly has been a

September 2011

Anna singing Lauretta at ROH - Radio Broadcast
17th September 2011
Hi All, I will be going on tonight to sing in Il Trittico but also to sing the role of Lauretta as the singer is indisposed.  It will be broadcast live on radio so anyone interested please listen in on  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014m38n Anna

August 2011

The joy of Puccini
31st August 2011
August has been an exciting month despite my summer holidays being cut short.  I have been busy working on Il Trittico with Antonio Pappano and Richard Jones and it has been a wonderful expierence.  Everyday is full of learning and I am trying my best to absorb it all for the future.  Richard's approach to the operas is extremely realistic and forces you to channel your inner thoughts, motivations and energy to give a truly real performance.  Along with this Tony has been teaching me about the inner details of Italian and the musicality of Puccini, no word is to be wasted and every detail is attended too.  Watching him work with all the other singers is fascinating.  A truly wonderful expierience.  Il Trittico will open the 2011/12 season on Monday 12th

July 2011

Jette Parker Young Artist Summer Performance
6th July 2011
After a long season I have finally started my last project, which is our Jette Parker Young Artist Summer Performance.  We are doing scenes from Rossini, Offenbach, Britten and Donizetti and our wonderful director Rodula Gaitanou is busy in rehearsal putting together a spectacle.  I posted the details in my last blog, but if any of you would like to purchase tickets, follow this link. http://www.roh.org.uk/whatson/production.aspx?pid=16339 The last month has been filled with Peter Grimes which was a wonderful production.  I was singing along side Ben Heppner, Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Summers, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Jane Henschel and Roderick Williams to name quite a few! It has been a wonderful experience working with so many established singers passing on their

May 2011

Rolando Villazón
9th May 2011
Rolando Villazon Hello, it has been a little while since I last wrote but I have been wrapped up in Werther Rehearsals and bank holidays along with the rest of the nation.  It has been one of the most eye-opening months as I have been working alongside Rolando Villazón and Antonio Pappano. Werther In this production I have been singing the role of Kaethchen and covering Sophie.  The style of Massenet’s music is very different to anything else I have studied; it has a conversational quality and a lyricism, which flows from the orchestra.  Trying to get my head around this new style has taken a bit of time but has been helped massively by the amazing expertise of Tony Pappano.  As Music Director of the Royal Opera House, he is busy so it was great that I was able to watch his intricate

February 2011

The Magic Flute is ending!
26th February 2011
Papagena and Papageno February is nearing a close and so is Magic Flute.  I have had the most wonderful time playing Papagena and am going to miss her after the last show today.  It has been marvelous playing opposite Christopher Maltman and along side Kate Royal, Joseph Kaiser and Franz-Josef Selig to name a few.  The show has had its ups and downs, starting with the beloved Sir Colin Davis being ill for one of the shows, then to return and fall whilst mounting the podium.  It was a tense moment backstage as we feared the worse for him, but we were quickly informed he was fine and that David Syrus would conduct.  Along with this our Tamino was down with a cold but was replaced by Lothar Odinius, who did a tremendous job at such short notice.   Sadly we then lost our super