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03 January 2020

The ROH Young Singers are back! 2nd April 2020

THURDAY 2nd APRIL May 2020  at 7.30pm at Rossyln Hill Unitarian Chapel, Rosslyn Hill

A welcome return for the Royal Opera House's Young Singers in a recital  following 7 previous evenings of wonderful performances for KCL.

For 2020, the ROH is presenting more of their amazing young stars of the opera world.

Singers: Blaise Malaba, Bass and Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo-soprano, accompanied by Patrick Milne , who is also on the ROH Jette Parker  programme*, and who be playing the lovely restored Steinway Model D piano in the Rosslyn Hill chapel.

 

Looking at those who came to our earlier performances, it is delightful to see so many now taking, first minor and then lead roles on the main stage.

To name only a few: Konu Kim (Macbeth- MacDuff and  Fille du Regiment - lead ), Jennifer Davies (Suoar Angelica, Travatore and L'Elisir d'Amore - lead), Jacquelyn Stucker (Semiramide, Berenice in the Linbury) , Yarita Veliz (Marriage of Figaro - Barbarina),  Francesca Chieljina ( Macbeth)

 

Come to hear Stephanie and Blaise perform a mixed programme showcasing their talents in a really intimate hall with highly praised  accoustics


£12 Tickets are available in the Library (or call 020 7431 1266) and on-line at www.wegottickets.com - event 463201 or just  - click HERE

Proceeds all help support Keats Community Library,  after we pay for the Chapel hire and the piano tuning on the night.

Biographies and Programme below

 

Blaise Malaba   

Bass

 

 

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blaise Malaba studied international economic relations in 2012 at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine. He started his vocal training with the Ukrainian baritone Orest Sydyr, followed by Professor Bogdan Bazylykut, both at Ivan Franco National University of Lviv (Ukraine).

In 2018, he obtained the Master of Arts degree in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) where he studied with Donald Maxwell and Michael Pollock.  His studies at the RWCMD were supported by The Leverhulme Trust scholarship, The Waterloo foundation, The Rajeswari Schorlaship, The Alan Rogers Scholarship and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. In 2018, he was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians of London.

Blaise Malaba is a recipient of the Independent Opera Voice Fellowship 2018 and of the Opera Award Foundation bursary 2018.

In 2015, he was finalist of the BBC Cardiff Singer of World competition (UK) and the same year, he won the first prize in the Impreza International Vocal Competition (Ukraine). 

Blaise`s operatic repertoire includes Sarastro (Magic flute), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile and Monterone (Rigoletto), Frazier (Porgy and Bess), Luka (The Bear),Somnus (Semele), Olsen (Street Scene), Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Der Tod (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) and Simone (Gianni Schicchi with WNO orchestra, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi) for companies including Lviv National Opera and RWCMD. His repertoire extends also to oratorios such as, Verdi`s requiem and Puccini`s Messa di Gloria.

Engagements in 2018/2019 include Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, for Opera Holland Park YAP, Alidoro in La Cenerentola for West Green House Opera and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with the Wycliffe Chorale Society. Future plan includes return to Opera Holland Park for Sparafucile in  Rigoletto

Stephanie Wake-Edwards
Mezzo-soprano
Stephanie Wake-Edwards is a London-born mezzo-soprano. In September 2017 she began her Preparatory Opera Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studies with Alex Ashworth and Jonathan Papp. In July 2016 shegraduated from the University of York with a BA in Sociology with Social Psychology.
With her unique and impressive voice, Stephanie Wake-Edwards is attracting significant international attention from the highest levels. At only 25 years old, she has already secured engagements with several opera companies and orchestras, including Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden,
where she will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2019. In 2018, Marc Minkowski awarded Stephanie a special recital in his Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique. She was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2018 and The Richard Lewis Award 2018.
Wake-Edwards is a Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata/Kohn Foundation scholar, recipient of the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award 2017, a member of Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Song Circle and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Help Musicians UK and Royal Academy of Music where she holds a Blue
Badge Style Award. She is also the recipient of the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-Soprano Award and won second prize in the Isabel Jay Competition 2017. In September 2019, she will make her debut on stage of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Käthchen in Werther, followed by more role debuts such as Flora La Traviata, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Maid Jenufa and Second maid in Elektra. In 2018, Stephanie made her debut as Third Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival as well as joining their Chorus for Saul, Vanessa and Madama Butterfly. In summer 2019, she will cover roles including Third Lady Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne as part of the Jerwood Young Artist Programme.
Operatic engagements include Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde for English Martyr’s, Leicester; Dido Dido and Aeneas for Leicester Music Fest; Old Woman/Book of Fate/Mrs Northwind in Jonathan Dove's The Enchanted Pig, Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea, Third Lady The Magic Flute all for Hampstead Garden Opera; Florence Pike Albert Herring, Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia both for Aspect Opera and Auntie Peter Grimes for The Dartington International Festival.

Patrick Milne

Répétiteur / Conductor

Biography

British pianist and conductor Patrick Milne joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme as a conductor and répétiteur in the 2018/19 Season. In his first Season on the Programme he conducted Pelléas et Mélisande and Rigoletto in the JPYAP Summer Performance, was cover conductor for Phaedra and trainee cover conductor for La Fille du régiment and joined the Royal Opera music staff for Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung, The Queen of Spades, Così fan tutte and Billy Budd. In the 2019/20 Season he conducts Susanna and joins Royal Opera music staff for Werther, Die Zauberflöte, Otello, Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Elektra and Tosca.

Milne graduated from Cambridge University with a First in Music and took a Masters degree with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. At Cambridge he founded the Alba Orchestra and conducted symphonic and operatic works and concertos from the piano. During his studies he won prizes for solo performance, concerto performance and chamber music and performed at the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. He has also studied on the Solti Accademia Répétiteur course in Venice and been Emerging Artist Répétiteur for Scottish Opera, where he worked on La Traviata, Iolanta, The Fiery Angel and Eugene Onegin, was Musical Director and pianist for the Opera Highlights Spring tour and conducted the world premiere of Sam Bordoli’s Grace Notes.

Milne worked for three seasons for Grange Park Opera, where he was Assistant Conductor for Tosca, Jenufa, La fanciulla del West and Eugene Onegin. He has also been Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Iolanta and Mavra (GSMD), répétiteur and continuo player for Così fan tutte (Opera Lyrica) and assisted on Hansel and Gretel (Sinfonia d’Amici), La traviata (Opera South) and Le nozze di Figaro (Instant Opera). He was Musical Director and pianist for Our House in HMP Isis for Pimlico Opera, working with professionals and young prisoners

 

Programme (subject to change

Rachmaninov:              Nie poi krasavitsa 

Tchaikovsky :              Niet tolko tot kto znal

Don Juan, Serenade

Richard Strauss:           Das Rosenband

Mahler:                         Nun Seh Ich wohl

Brahms:                         Unbewegte laue luft

Congolese songs:         Ave Maria

Tambuisa ngai

Spiritual:                       Go down Moses

Bolcom:                        Cabaret songs, volume 4

Madeleine Dring:         Song of the Nightclub Proprietress

 

Interval

 

Handel:               “Where shall I fly” from Hercules Act 3

                            Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Deianira)

Verdi:                  “O tu, Palermo!” from I Vespri siciliani Act II

                            Blaise Malaba (Procida)

Saint-Saens:     “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Delilah Act II   Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Delilah)

Ponchielli:          Ombre di mia prosapia, from La Gioconda,    

Blaise Malaba

Mozart:      La ci darem la mano, Duet from Don Giovanni, Act 1

Stephanie Wake-Edwards (Zerlina), Blaise Malaba (Don Giovanni)

 

*The Jette Parker programme is supported by Oak Foundation