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Echo and Narcissus: Sophie Bevan, Fleur Barron, Nick Pritchard, Ryan Wigglesworth & Chorus

16 October 2018, 22:00


Concert

Late Night


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New College Ante Chapel

Holywell St
Oxford OX1 3BN



We are thrilled to have co-commissioned a new work, Till Dawning, by leading composer Ryan Wigglesworth, in collaboration with Wigmore Hall and with the generous support of the Nicholas John Trust. This new work for soprano and piano sits alongside Wigglesworth’s extraordinary Echo and Narcissus, written in 2014 for the same forces as the Janáček Diary of One who Disappeared (see earlier concert), and Messiaen’s glowing Poèmes pour Mi.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Sophie Bevan

Sophie Bevan

Soprano

Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her operatic roles include Polissena Radamisto, Yum Yum Mikado, Télaïre in Rameau’s Castor & Pollux, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen and Ninetta La gazza ladra. Sophie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and returned as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Antigone Oedipe and Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. She sang... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Fleur Barron

Fleur Barron

Mezzo-soprano

Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe, British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the recipient of the 2016 Jackson Prize for Excellence from the Tanglewood Music Festival, awarded to one outstanding young singer each year, and is mentored by Barbara Hannigan. In the 2018-2019 season, Fleur sings Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon; Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie; Maddalena Rigoletto with Northern Ireland Opera; Balk... Read Full Biography
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Nick Pritchard

Nick Pritchard

Tenor

Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist. Last year, he won the 2017 Whatsonstage Opera Poll award for Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera. Previous concert work includes King Arthur for the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn, Ba... Read Full Biography
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Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth

Pianist

Ryan Wigglesworth has established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra since September 2015 and is currently Composer in Residence at ENO. He held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the two seasons 2013/15 and 14/15. As a conductor he is much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day. Conducting engagements include Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for ROH, Covent Garden, Cos... Read Full Biography
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Susannah Bedford

Susannah Bedford

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Susannah Bedford is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, coached by Catherine Wyn-Rogers and James Baillieu. She was in the chorus for Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ (2017), directed by Oliver Mears, and was cover Marcellina for their 2018 production of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’. Susannah was a scholar for the 2015-16 season with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, including solo appearances, and has worked on the character of Dorabella (Così fan tut... Read Full Biography
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Hannah Bennett

Hannah Bennett

Mezzo-soprano

Hannah Bennett is a mezzo-soprano from Luton studying at the Royal Academy of Music on the Preparatory Opera pathway with Yvonne Howard and Matthew Fletcher. Recent roles include: Flora in Dove's The Enchanted Pig (HGO), Sesto in Handel's Julius Caesar (King’s Opera) and Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia). At the Academy, Hannah is a soloist and regular chorus member for the RAM/ Kohn Foundation Bach Cantatas Series and a member of the prestigious Song Circle. She was also a 2017 Somerset Song Prize... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Eleanor Broomfield

Eleanor Broomfield

Soprano

Eleanor Broomfield has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and is now a Young Artist on the Handel House Talent Scheme 18/19. Recital highlights include recitals at Buckingham Palace and the Italian Cultural Institute, as well as understudying for the Academy’s Wigmore Hall song concert. Performance highlights include singing 'Bridesmaid' Der Freischütz (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), 'Amor' (cover) Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Opera House), 'First Witch' Dido and Aeneas (The Gra... Read Full Biography
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Giulia Laudano

Giulia Laudano

Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo Soprano, Giulia Laudano is currently studying for her MA at the Royal Academy of Music with Ryland Davies and Chris Glynn. Giulia is a scholar of Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival 2018, a soloist and chorus member in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series at RAM and a member of the Royal Academy's prestigious Song Circle. Giulia was awarded the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship in 2018 from RAM andin 2017 she won the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize. Giulia is generously supported by... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Julia Portela Piñon

Julia Portela Piñon

Mezzo-soprano

Julia Portela Piñon is a young Spanish mezzosoprano, currently studying a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music with the guidance of Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Iain Ledingham. She has recently performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Lymington Choral Society, Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat with the Anstieg Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Cantatas 24, 44 and 134 with the Academy Baroque Orchestra. Julia is honoured to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, through which she obtained engagements such as a co... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Natasha Page

Natasha Page

Soprano

Natasha Page trained at the Royal Academy of Music, recently graduating with an MA with Distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital. She studies with Mary Nelson and Iain Ledingham. Whilst at the Academy, Natasha was awarded the A.M. Parker prize and graduated with the Enriquetta Crichton Prize. Operatic roles include Cleopatra (Julius Caesar – Handel), Norina (Don Pasquale – Donizetti), Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte – Mozart), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart), and Mimi (La Boheme - Puccini). Natasha i... Read Full Biography

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