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Unwrapping Mozart with the National Opera Studio Young Artists

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Above: Don Giovanni Act 1, Scene 15, l-r Alison Rose, Celine Forrest,Kate Howden, Gareth Brynmor John, (Dingle Yandell in background), Angela Simkin, Eirlys Myfanwy Davies  

Saturday 28 November 2015 saw the performance of Mozart Unwrapped in the Howard Assembly Room, the climax of a week's residency at Opera North for the National Opera Studio Young Artists.

Above: Alison Rose performing "Ah guarda, sorella" from Così fan tutte with the Orchestra of Opera North

Over the course of the rehearsals, the Young Artists worked on developing their acting and spoken word skills, explored physicality and movement, rehearsed with the Orchestra of Opera North and looked at English and Italian texts. They attended a masterclass led by conductor, arranger and former Head of Music at Opera North James Holmes, focusing on music theatre repertoire and the use of text. Among the group's insights into the life of a working opera company was Director Annabel Arden's model presentation for Andrea Chénier, the first production in Opera North's Winter season.

Above: Don Giovanni Act I, Scene 15, l-r Angela Simkin, Romanas Kudriašovas, William Morgan, Alison Rose, Eirlys Myfanwy Davies, He Wu, Gareth Brynmor John (foreground), William Wallace, Céline Forrest, Dingle Yandell, James Ioelu and Kate Howden.

Directed by Giles Havergal (The Barber of Seville, Albert Herring) and conducted by Aleksandar Marković (Jenůfa), Mozart Unwrapped was made up of play and opera scenes, cleverly woven together to throw new light onto some much-loved extracts from operas by Mozart and Da Ponte.

Above: Dingle Yandell and Alison Rose, Le Nozze di Figaro Act IV

For more information on the National Opera Studio, visit their website.

The National Opera Studio residency at Opera North is supported by a grant for Arts Scholarships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Photography of the National Opera Studio Residency by Malcolm Johnson.

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