Every soprano likes the chance to dress up for performances and I was delighted in November to have two occasions to do so! The first of these took place in Edinburgh, where I had been invited to perform at Bruntsfield Links with bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott and pianist Walter Blair. Having worked with Brian and Walter in the summer, it was lovely to see them both again and to catch up.
We performed opera, operetta and musical theatre classics, including arias and duets by Mozart, Massenet, Léhar, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin and finally two numbers from a musical called Kismet that I hadn’t heard of before. It’s a charming work based on melodies by Alexander Borodin and I’m really pleased to now have the beautiful ballad “And this is my beloved” in my repertoire. We had a super time dining, chatting and of course, performing; many thanks to Bruntsfield for inviting us and to our audience for such a warm welcome!
Later in the month, I performed with pianist Rachel Fright (RNCM Junior Fellow in Accompaniment) at the opening of the Green Gown Awards in Gorton Monastery, Manchester. These awards recognise achievements in sustainability by colleges and universities all over the world and there was a real buzz as everyone took their seats to hear the results! Rachel and I had last performed together at the RNCM Open Day in September and it was great to work together again on a selection of arias by Puccini, Mozart and Gounod, finishing with “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Gorton Monastery was a spectacular venue; we were performing from a raised balcony at one end, which gave us a view over the whole interior. It was a great honour to be present for the ceremony – and many congratulations to all those who were nominated for awards!