A night at the opera unlike any other with some of the greatest double acts of the operatic world. At this free summer event meet lovers and heartless villains, kings and courtesans, and some of the greatest stories of all time in some of opera’s most magical and unexpected duets.
This unique chance to hear the power and beauty of operatic voices up close made a perfect introduction to opera.
Part of European Opera Days.
Directed by: Daniel Norman
Piano: Dominic Harlan
Daniel Norman read Engineering at Oxford before going to to study singing in Banff, Tanglewood and at the Royal Academy of Music. He has an international career of concert, opera, broadcast and recording engagements, and has appeared in the opera houses of Paris, Verona, St Petersburg, Munich, Wexford, Lyon, Boston, Glyndebourne and Covent Garden.
Richard Burkhard studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and the Accademia Musicale di Chigiana in Sienna. He won the Decca prize at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Vocal Awards‚ and the Royal Over-Seas League Voice Competition. Known for his versatility both as an actor and as a singer‚ Richard Burkhard has become increasingly in demand in opera and on the concert platform.
Heather Shipp studied at Trinity College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Credits include Magdalene Die Meistersinger (ROH and Birmingham Concert Hall), Donna Skin Deep (ON and Copenhagen), Sorceress Dido and Aeneas, Gymnasiast Lulu (ROH and Madrid), Afra La Wally (Opera Holland Park), Fiona Two Boys (ENO) and Mrs Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Harvest Festival). Recordings include Boughton’s Queen of Cornwall, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Les nuits d’été.
Rebecca Moon began her training with the National Youth Ballet and National Youth Music Theatre before continuing her vocal studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she was the recipient of the John Ireland Song Prize and a scholarship to study at Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. Roles include Rose Maybud/ Ruddigore (Opera North); Maddalena/ Monteverdi’s Flying Circus (Armonico Consort); Marie/ Peter the Great (Opera South).
Dominic Harlan studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly, Lois Phillips and Malcolm Martineau, during which time he made his Wigmore Hall debut partnering Dame Gwyneth Jones. He has since performed throughout the UK, Europe, Japan, India, The Gulf and North America, with singers and instrumentalists that include Alexander Baillie, Narimichi Kawabata, Errollyn Wallen, Daniel Norman, Matthew Sharp, Sophie Daneman and Sarah Gabriel. He has given live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and recorded discs for Warner Sunset, Naxos and Avie.
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
12 May 2012