National Opera Studio
The National Opera Studio in London, England was established in 1977 by the Arts Council as a link between the music colleges and the six main UK opera companies. It was resident at Morley College in Lambeth until 2003, when it gained use for the first time of its own dedicated premises in Chapel Yard, Wandsworth. Former directors are Kathryn Harries, Donald Maxwell, Richard van Allen, Michael Langdon, its Head of Music is Mark Shanahan, it is responsible for the training of twelve singers each academic year, as well as four piano répétiteurs. Its funding comes in part from the six main UK opera companies – Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, it is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. Representatives from each company sit on the final audition panel for selection of each year's intake; the nine-month course includes residencies at three of the national opera companies, as well as opera scenes performances in London throughout the year.
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Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is referred to as "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732, it is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Called the Theatre Royal, it served as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there; the current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856. The façade and auditorium date from 1858, but every other element of the present complex dates from an extensive reconstruction in the 1990s; the main auditorium seats 2,256 people, making it the third largest in London, consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheatre gallery.
The proscenium is 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building; the foundation of the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden lies in the letters patent awarded by Charles II to Sir William Davenant in 1662, allowing Davenant to operate one of only two patent theatre companies in London. The letters patent remained in the possession of the patentees' heirs until the 19th century. In 1728, John Rich, actor-manager of the Duke's Company at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, commissioned The Beggar's Opera from John Gay; the success of this venture provided him with the capital to build the Theatre Royal at the site of an ancient convent garden, part of, developed by Inigo Jones in the 1630s with a piazza and church. In addition, a Royal Charter had created a fruit and vegetable market in the area, a market which survived in that location until 1974. At its opening on 7 December 1732, Rich was carried by his actors in processional triumph into the theatre for its opening production of William Congreve's The Way of the World.
During the first hundred years or so of its history, the theatre was a playhouse, with the Letters Patent granted by Charles II giving Covent Garden and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane exclusive rights to present spoken drama in London. Despite the frequent interchangeability between the Covent Garden and Drury Lane companies, competition was intense presenting the same plays at the same time. Rich introduced pantomime to the repertoire, himself performing and a tradition of seasonal pantomime continued at the modern theatre, until 1939. In 1734, Covent Garden presented Pygmalion. Marie Sallé danced in diaphanous robes. George Frideric Handel was named musical director of the company, at Lincoln's Inn Fields, in 1719, but his first season of opera, at Covent Garden, was not presented until 1734, his first opera was Il pastor fido followed by Ariodante, the première of Alcina, Atalanta the following year. There was a royal performance of Messiah in 1743, a success and began a tradition of Lenten oratorio performances.
From 1735 until his death in 1759 he gave regular seasons there, many of his operas and oratorios were written for Covent Garden or had their first London performances there. He bequeathed his organ to John Rich, it was placed in a prominent position on the stage, but was among many valuable items lost in a fire that destroyed the theatre on 20 September 1808. In 1792 the architect Henry Holland rebuilt the auditorium, within the existing shell of the building but deeper and wider than the old auditorium, thus increasing capacity. Rebuilding began in December 1808, the second Theatre Royal, Covent Garden opened on 18 September 1809 with a performance of Macbeth followed by a musical entertainment called The Quaker; the actor-manager John Philip Kemble, raised seat prices to help recoup the cost of rebuilding and the cost of an increased ground rent introduced by the landowner, the Duke of Bedford, but the move was so unpopular that audiences disrupted performances by beating sticks, hissing and dancing.
The Old Price Riots lasted over two months, the management was forced to accede to the audience's demands. During this time, entertainments were varied. Kemble engaged a variety of acts, including the child performer Master Betty. Many famous actors of the day appeared at the theatre, including the tragediennes Sarah Siddons and Eliza O'Neill, the Shakespearean actors William Charles Macready, Edmund Kean and his son Charles. On 25 March 1833 Edmund Kean collapsed on stage while playing Othello, died two months later. In 1806, the pantomime clown Joseph Grimaldi had performed his greatest success in Harlequin and Mother Goose. Grimaldi was an innovator: his performance as Joey introduced the clown to the world, building on the existing role of Harlequin derived from the Commedia dell'arte, his father had been ballet-master at Drury Lane, his physical comedy, his ability to invent visual tricks and buffoonery, his ability to poke fun at the audience were extraordinary. Early pantomimes were performed as mimes accompanied by music, but as Music hall became popular, Grimaldi introduced the pantomime dame to the theatre and was responsible for the tradition of audience singing.
By 1821 dance and clowning had taken such a physical toll on
Jonathan Dove is an English composer of opera, choral works, plays and orchestral and chamber music. He has arranged a number of operas for English Touring Opera and the City of Birmingham Touring Opera, including in 1990 an 18-player two-evening adaptation of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen for CBTO, he was Artistic Director of the Spitalfields Festival from 2001 to 2006. Dove was born in London, he studied music at the University of Cambridge, under Robin Holloway, afterwards worked as a freelance arranger and accompanist until 1987, when he was employed by Glyndebourne Opera. Productions of Dove's works include: Airport Scenes, an orchestral suite from the airport-comedy opera Flight, was premiered by the University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra on 7 March 2006; the Australian premiere of Flight in March 2006, at the Adelaide Festival under the artistic direction of Brett Sheehy, won Australia's Best Opera award at the national Helpmann Awards The Enchanted Pig, libretto by Alasdair Middleton, was premièred at the Young Vic, London in December 2006 and toured parts of the UK in early 2006 The Adventures of Pinocchio, libretto by Alasdair Middleton, was commissioned by Opera North and Sadler's Wells Theatre, premièred at the Grand Theatre Leeds on 21 December 2007.
The US première was performed by the Minnesota Opera on 28 February 2009, in St. Paul, MN. A performance of, dedicated to his godson Finnestere Macfarland The London Premiere of Flight was performed by British Youth Opera in September 2008 Swanhunter, a chamber opera based on the Lemminkäinen legend, was premiered by Opera North in late 2009. Mansfield Park, a chamber opera based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, was premiered by Heritage Opera in Summer 2011. Life is a Dream, a full-scale opera with a libretto by Alasdair Middleton based on the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was premiered by Birmingham Opera Company in March 2012. Dove's works include: Hastings Spring Siren Song Flight Tobias and the Angel, to a libretto by David Lan. Premiered at St Matthew's, Perry Beeches; the Palace in the Sky L'altra Euridice When She Died... Man on the Moon The Enchanted Pig Hear Our Voice in partnership with Matthew King, libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green. Http://www.hmdt.org.uk/inschool_hearourvoice_1.html The Adventures of Pinocchio Mansfield Park Life is a Dream The Day After The Monster in the Maze Marx in London The Passing of the Year 20th-century The Magic Flute Dances The Three Kings, written for the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge in 2000 Stargazer Köthener Messe, for choir and chamber ensemble Out of Winter "Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars" His Dark Materials Part I & II On Spital Fields Hojoki – "An Account of my Hut" I am the day Missa Brevis Ecce Beatam Lucem There Was a Child In Damascus, a song-cycle for tenor and string quartet inspired by the Syrian refugee crisis, commissioned for the Sacconi Quartet and performed by the Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore.
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Katarina Esmé Marie Karnéus is a Swedish mezzo-soprano opera singer, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, active on many of the opera world's major stages such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opera, named Hovsångerska by the King of Sweden in 2018. Karnéus was born in Stockholm, she studied at Trinity College of Music in London, where her appearances included Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot and Thérèse, after at the National Opera Studio in London, sponsored by the Welsh National Opera. At her audition for London Opera Studio course, the general manager of Welsh National Opera arranged for her to join a tour of Cenerentola around small theatres in Wales. However, when a principal on the main company tour was taken ill she sang Rossini’s title role for them in the full staging at a few days notice, she won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1995, which launched an international career. The years following saw her appear as the page in Salome in Chicago, Varvara in Káťa Kabanová in New York, Dorabella at Glyndebourne, Rosina at the Opéra-Comique in Paris and Mercédès in Carmen at the Opéra Bastille.
She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on January 2, 1999 singing Varvara in Káťa Kabanová and went on to sing there as Olga in Eugene Onegin, Siebel in Faust, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 1999 she made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper singing Annio in La clemenza di Tito, she returned to Bayerische Staatsoper in 2000 for Sesto in the same opera and again in 2001 for Sesto and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She worked with her teacher Noelle Barker in 1999 in preparation for her first Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, at Cardiff in June 2000. Karnéus' breakthrough in her native Sweden was in 2002 singing Octavian at The Göteborg Opera in Gothenburg, her debut at the Royal Opera Stockholm had to wait until 2009, when she sang the title role in Handel's opera Xerxes. Her other appearances on the opera stage have included La Monnaie in Brussels and the Netherlands Opera. Karnéus is internationally active as a concert and recital singer. Engagements have included the Proms in London, the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, a concert at the Buckingham Palace with Franz Welser-Möst, concerts with Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood, Berlioz's La mort de Cléopâtre in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder in Düsseldorf and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in Madrid and Barcelona.
She has appeared in recital at London's Wigmore Hall since 1995, made her New York recital debut at the Lincoln Center in 2001, has given solo recitals in Brussels and Washington, D. C.. In 2010, she was a soloist at the Nobel Prize award ceremony where she performed "Amour vient rendre à mon âme" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and "Non più mesta" from Rossini's La Cenerentola. Karnéus was engaged by The Göteborg Opera for a five-year period starting with the 2012-2013 season. In the summers of 2013 and 2014 Karnéus performed at Stålboga Summer Opera, she lives in Lidingö near Sweden. In September 2015, she sang in the premiere of Notorious at the Göteborg Opera. 1992/93: received the Opera Magazine award 1994: received the Christine Nilsson Stipend from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music 1995: won the biennial BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2010: won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album and the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance with Mahler: Symphony No. 8. Lieder. R. Strauss, Marx.
EMI Classics 7243 5 73168 2 8. Songs of Sibelius. Hyperion CDA 67318. Grieg songs. Hyperion CDA67670. Szymanowski, Songs of a fairy-tale princess. EMI Classics 0946 3 64435 2 2. Debussy, Syrinx. Ravel, Chansons madécasses. Prokofiev, Flute sonata. EMI 7243 5 56982 2 3. Schreker, Orchestral works. Vol. 2. Fünf Gesänge: Ur Tusen och en natt, text E. Ronsperger. Chandos CHAN 9951. Svensk mediedatabas. Mahler, Orchestral songs. BIS BISSACD 1600. Berlioz, Les Nuits d'Été & overtures Le corsaire, Le carnaval romain overture, La roi Lear overture. BBC Symphony Orchestra. Dir. Vassily Sinaisky. BBC Records. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. Neal Davies, Helena Juntunen, Katarina Karneus, Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Orchestra. Dir. Osmo Vänskä. BIS SACD1616. Mercadante, I Normanni a Parigi. Philharmonia Orchestra. Dir. Stuart Stradford. Opera Rara. ORR249. Donizetti. Rita; the Hallé. Dir. Sir Mark Elder. Opera Rara ORC50. "Katarina Karnéus biography". Ingpen & Williams. "Katarina Karnéus biography". Operissimo concertissimo. Katarina Karnéus Operabase "Katarina Karnéus".
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