Merry Galas December 2021
CHRIST CHURCH MANCHESTER ROAD
ISLE of DOGS E14
Favourite opera and operetta arias with a dash of Christmas and a taste of the sea
Sunday 19th December 2021 6.00pm
ST MARTIN-in-the-FIELDS, TRAFALGAR SQUARE
An afternoon of favourite arias for the family to start the New Year celebrations
Friday 31st December 2021 3.30pm
Rachel Duckett (soprano) is a British soprano based between Paris and London who has interpreted a variety of roles and repertoire from: the god of love to the queen of night; the daughter of pariahs to a daughter of pharaohs; fairy godmothers, and a clockwork doll. She has been described by critics as being “sparkling and determined” (David Winskill) and possessing a “crystalline voice” (Angélica Burgos) . As a composer Rachel received her first commission in 2018, premiering her 1948 Windrush: Get Your Coat a lot Water for the 70th anniversary since the ship docked at Tilbury. For more info. www.rachelsduckett.com
Rhonda Browne, mezzo-soprano is a Kiwi who learned to fly 13 years ago, when she headed off to explore her father’s home in the UK. She has sung with the English National Ballet at Covent Garden and was awarded the Wagner Prize. Her repertoire includes Witches, Goddesses, Old Hags and Heroines: Erda / Schwertleite (Wagner’s Rheingold & Walküre) Longborough Opera, Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin) West Green Opera, Lady Bertram (Mansfield Park) Opera South, Baba the Turk (Rakes Progress) Bury Court Opera, Mistress Bentson (Lakme) Swansea City Opera, Witch / Mother (Hänsel & Gretel) Iford Arts, Auntie (Peter Grimes) Nottingham Philharmonic, Duchess of Plaza Toro (Gondoliers), Gudrun (Thelma) and Ludmila (Bartered Bride), all for Surrey Opera, Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) Giornata Opera, Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Rossweise (Walküre), Fulham Opera, staged Messiah - Merry Opera.
Dominick Felix (tenor) attended the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson and Susan Waters. Recent engagements include Rodriguez (Don Quichotte), Joe, (la Fanciulla del West) and the Young Watchman (Charles Villiers Stanford’s The Veiled Prophet), all for Wexford Opera, the Disciple (Battistelli’s Wake), Coachman, 1st Foreman and the Drunken guest (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), all for Birmingham Opera,
Hadji (Lakme) for Opera Holland Park, Rodolfo (la Bohème), Opera Farm, High Wycombe, title-role (cover) Faust for Clonter Opera, Eisenstein die Fledermaus (Epsom Playhouse), Brighella (The Little Green Swallow by Jonathan Dove) and Western Union Boy (Paul Bunyan), British Youth Opera.
Matthew Quirk (bass-baritone) spent many years advising boardrooms of international companies across Europe, where he saw passions played out in operatic dimensions. Roles include Benoit/Alcindoro (la boheme), Leporello (Don Giovanni ), Bartolo & Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Sarastro (Magic Flute), Germont (la traviata), Raimbaud (Count Ory), Kecal (Bartered Bride), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), The Old Man (Bloch’s Macbeth), Swallow (Peter Grimes), Calchas & Agamemnon (La belle Hélène), Marcus (Kiss Me, Figaro!), Police Sergeant (Pirates of Penzance), Pish Tush & Mikado (Mikado). Street operas in England and Ireland, Drunken Poet (Fairy Queen), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Ipparco (L’Egisto), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), concerts of opera and cabaret items on tour & at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields.