School of Vocal Studies and Opera

Alumna wins Ferrier Song Prize

1 May 2018

Congratulations to soprano Catriona Hewitson, winner of the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. The 63rd competition took place at Wigmore Hall on 27 April and featured six finalists. Catriona (below, left) who graduated in 2014, won the Song Prize for her rendition of C by Poulenc. The first Ferrier Competition […]

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Leeds Lieder Artists 2018

23 April 2018

Congratulations to current students Caroline Taylor (soprano), Anna Chiu (piano accompaniment) and Rachel Fright (Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment) and alum Peter Edge (bass-baritone), chosen as 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artists. Leeds Lieder was founded in 2004 to promote the enjoyment, understanding, appreciation, composition and performance of art-song. Each year the finest young duo and next […]

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Carly Paoli signs with world’s top publishing company

17 April 2018

Singer, lyricist and RNCM alumna Carly Paoli has been signed to Sony/ATV as part of a deal struck between the world’s No 1 music publishing company and the independent publishing and record company ABIAH. The deal covers London-based ABIAH’s entire song catalogue, including songs by Carly and celebrated composer, arranger and conductor Romano Musumarra, which […]

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David Butt Philip shortlisted for RPS Music Award

13 April 2018

Congratulations to alum David Butt Philip, shortlisted in the Singer category of the 2018 RPS Music Awards. Presented in association with Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Divided into 13 categories, they honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. Amongst shortlisted ensembles […]

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RNCM Opera brings classic fairytale to the backstreets of Manchester

12 February 2018

RNCM Opera remains close to home this Spring, bringing Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to the eerie backstreets of Manchester. Based on the magical and somewhat dark Brothers’ Grimm tale, Hansel and Gretel is possibly the most operatic fairytale of them all. For this production, we turn the clock back to the 1890s where a young brother […]

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Alumna joins Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Young Artists Programme

12 January 2018

Congratulations to alumna Lauren Fielder, one of 10 singers chosen to join Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Young Professional Artists Programme. Forming part of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2018 summer activities, the scheme runs throughout June and July and offers opportunities for solo performance with orchestra. Lauren, who graduated in 2014, will also take part in the […]

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Mezzo-soprano receives Independent Opera scholarship

28 November 2017

Postgraduate mezzo-soprano Rhiain Taylor has received a Vocal Scholarship from Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells. Awarded annually to a singer entering their final year of study on a specialist opera course at specific UK conservatoires, Vocal Scholarships provide £5,000 towards course fees, along with the opportunity to perform in the annual IO Scholars’ Recital at […]

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Eminent vocal alumni in live cinema broadcast from the Met

17 November 2017

The stellar cast of Thomas Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel features a host of familiar names from the RNCM To mark its American première, the much-anticipated opera is being broadcast live in HD from the Met tomorrow to cinemas around the world – including one in Manchester. Among the cast are RNCM President and alumnus Sir John Tomlinson, […]

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RNCM Opera presents Massenet’s Cinderella

13 October 2017

We bring a little festive magic to the College this December when RNCM Opera presents Jules Massenet’s enchanted Cinderella (Cendrillon). Directed by Olivia Fuchs, whose credits include the Royal Opera House, ENO and Opera North, and conducted by Martin André, who teamed up with Fuchs in 2013 for critically-acclaimed productions of Hansel und Gretel and […]

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Kieron-Connor signed by Harlequin

10 October 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate countertenor Kieron-Connor Valentine who has been signed by Harlequin Agency Limited. Established in 1986 by Doreen O’Neill, with a remit to nurture young talent in Wales, Harlequin Agency now has a global reputation for its personal management of artists by its team of dedicated staff. It has a growing roster of singers […]

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