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Archive Recital November 2011

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» 24 Nov 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square



James BaillieuPianist
Recital dedicated to the memory of John Steane
British tenor Ben Johnson recently made his English National Opera debut as Nemorino in The Elixir of Love to critical acclaim. Reviewing for the Guardian, Tim Ashley writes, "He makes a tremendous impression. There's a supple ease to his voice and a stylish elegance to his phrasing". In September 2010, Johnson joined the prestigious Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura shot to prominence when she stepped in to replace Anna Netrebko at the Royal Opera House as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi conducted by Sir Mark Elder. From 2008-2010 Nakamura was a member of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. She recently returned to the venue to sing the role of Sophie in Werther under Antonio Pappano.

Archive Recital October 2011

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» 12 Oct 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Diego MingollaPianist
Songs and arias by Tosti
Born in Taranto (Italy), Lucio Gallo graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory Turin where he studied with Elio Battaglia. He is a regular guest of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls and has worked with the greatest conductors. His wide repertory includes many Mozartian, Rossinian, Verdian and Wagnerian roles. Future engagements include Don Pizarro in Fidelio, the title role in Falstaff at the Liceu in Barcelona, Iago in new productions of Otello in Tokyo and at the Opéra Bastille, Der Fliegende Holländer and Macbeth at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Tosca at Chicago’s Lyric Opera, in Berlin and Vienna, new productions of Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi at Covent Garden and his Bayreuth debut as Telramund in a new production of Lohengrin.

Archive Recital September 2011

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» 28 Sep 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Ingrid SurgenorPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Gluck, Giordani, Bellini, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Cilea, Respighi, Tosti, Tchaikovsky
The Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu obtained a Master’s degree at the Bucharest University of Music and made his debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1997. Among the many prizes he has won, his most remarkable achievement was winning First Prizes in both the “Lied” and “Singer of the World” Competitions at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2001. Marius made his debut at the Met in 2008 with an overwhelming success in La Rondine and also performed in renowned productions such as La Traviata, La Bohème, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra and L’Elisir d’amore among others. Future engagements include concert performances of Lensky in Eugene Onegin with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk.

Archive Recital June 2011

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» 28 Jun 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Ingrid SurgenorPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Respighi, Tosti and Gastaldon.
Vuyani Mlinde studied at the Royal College of Music and as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he sang the roles of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Tom in Un ballo in maschera and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Other roles have included Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Colline in La Bohème, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. During the 2010–11 Season he will perform in productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Die Zauberflöte and Tosca at Oper Frankfurt.

Archive Recital May 2011

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» 11 May 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Michele ErricoPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Righini, Spontini, Mozart, Vaccai, Bellini, Denza, Tosti and Rossini.
Serena Malfi was born in Aversa, Italy and studied at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. She debuted as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich during 2009/2010 and took part in concert performances of La Wally and Catarina Cornaro at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In July 2010 she debuted as Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Wildbad Festival after performing Ferdinando in Pergolesi’s Il Flaminio at the Jesi Pergolesi Festival in June in Italy. Future engagements include Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito at the Teatro Real Madrid.

Archive Recital April 2011

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» 13 Apr 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Simon LepperPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Handel, Mozart, Walton, Strauss, Puccini, Verdi and Gounod.
Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and in October 2009, she won the inaugural Voice of Black Opera Competition and the Sir Willard White Award. Her appearances, both at the NOS and in educational excerpt showcases for theatres including WNO and Opera North, have included Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro. Most recent engagements included covering Donna Elvira for Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Don Giovanni and her spectacular debut as Mimì for ENO’s revival production of La Bohème.

Archive Recital March 2011

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» 01 Mar 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Iain BurnsidePianist
Songs and arias by composers including Vinci, Caccini, Carissimi, Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.
Tenor Bogdan Mihai studied in Bucharest and has appeared with great success as Leicester in Maria Stuarda and Roberto in Roberto Devereux, both by Donizetti. He also triumphed as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at both the Stuttgart Staatsoper and Dresden Semperoper and received extraordinary reviews in the international press singing the role of the Italian tenor in the premiere of Der Rosenkavalier. Future commitments include the roles of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, and as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

Archive Recital February 2011

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» 10 Feb 2011 » 7:30PM » St John's, Smith Square


Simon LepperPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Rossini, Mozart, Tosti, Denza, Toselli, Bizet, Donizetti, Bellini, Cipriano and Verdi.
Massimo Cavalletti was born in 1978 in Lucca where he began his vocal studies with Graziano Polidori. He subsequently attended the Young Artists Programme at the Academy of the Teatro La Scala, Milan, refining his vocal technique with soprano Luciana Serra. Throughout this time he also participated in Masterclasses with Leyla Gencer, Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson and Luis Alva. He made his operatic debut at the Donizetti Theatre in Bergamo in Donizetti’s La Parisina, organised by the La Scala Academy and the following year he sang the role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala. During 2010/2011 he will make his role debut as Ford in Falstaff and in a new production of Don Carlo in Zurich.

Archive Recital January 2011

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» 20 Jan 2011 » 7:30pm » Royal Festival Hall


Vincenzo ScaleraPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Mozart, Rossini, Lalo, Prado and Verdi.
Juan Diego Flórez’s last London recital with pianist Vincenzo Scalera resulted in The Times proclaiming him “the most thrilling tenor of our age” and “one of the most extraordinary vocal phenomenons of all time”. His Royal Festival Hall programme embraces the Baroque, Classical, bel canto and Romantic eras and the vibrant world of zarzuela.
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