Performance dates: 24, 26, 28 & 30 November, 1 December; Michael Rosewell conductor; Sir Thomas Allen director; Lottie Higlett designer
Esteemed baritone and Royal College of Music (RCM) alumnus Sir Thomas Allen returns to the College to direct a rousing performance of Mozart’s beloved comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Sir Thomas was Artist in Resident at the RCM in 2017 and has hosted several masterclasses at the College. His production will be the first of the newly launched RCM Opera Studio.
Celebrated alumna Sarah-Jane Brandon returns to the RCM for the production to perform the coveted role of the countess and offer mentorship to her fellow cast members. Sarah-Jane was the winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Award and is in high demand on the international opera circuit. She shares the role with recent RCM graduate Josephine Goddard, whose performances as a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Southbank Centre have been highly praised.
Sir Thomas Allen comments: ‘It is an honour to direct the accomplished singers and alumni of the RCM Opera Studio in one of Mozart’s most entertaining operas. The young performers bring enormous energy and talent to the production. As a Royal College of Music alumnus I am pleased to see the College’s operatic training provision going from strength-to-strength and its talented young singers receiving the best possible musical education.'
The RCM Opera Studio replaces the current RCM International Opera School, building on its international reputation for producing some of the world’s most talented young vocal artists. The new name reflects a bespoke approach to the final stages of training and a desire to expose singers to the very highest levels of vocal, dramatic and artistic expression. The Marriage of Figaro is a timeless tale of love, revenge and deception. Composed in 1786, the opera has all the ingredients of a modern rom com. In the intimate setting of the RCM’s Britten Theatre, watch courtship turn to chaos and lose yourself in Mozart’s timeless melodies as the talented cast guide us through mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Will our hero finally get his bride?
The RCM’s production is sung in Italian with English surtitles. As is traditional for RCM opera productions, two casts will alternate performances, giving as many accomplished young singers as possible the chance to take to the RCM’s Britten Theatre stage.