School of Vocal Studies and Opera

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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Alexandra Dariescu to première The Nutcracker and I

3 October 2017

Alumna Alexandra Dariescu will première her new work, The Nutcracker and I, at Barbican’s Milton Court Concert Hall on 19 December. Directed by Nick Hillel, the 50-minute live performance tells the inspiring story of Alexandra, as Clara, charting her transformation from small girl to concert pianist. On stage will feature a grand piano, played by […]

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RNCM singers join Edvard Grieg Kor

22 September 2017

Alumnus James Berry and postgraduates Chris Littlewood and Ingvild Schultze Florey have been invited to sing with the Edvard Grieg Kor next month in its performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The RNCM has a partnership the Edvard Grieg Kor, a professional chamber choir based in Bergen. The choir offers work to students who are invited to […]

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Katie Lowe wins Elizabeth Connell Prize

18 September 2017

Congratulations to 2016 alumna Katie Lowe, winner of the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos. Established in memory of the late South African dramatic soprano Elizabeth Connell, the competition is open to professional and non-professional sopranos of all nationalities between the ages of 25 and 34. Katie, who was recently signed to IMG Artists […]

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Elgan Llŷr Thomas joins ENO Harewood Artists Programme

18 September 2017

Congratulations to tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas, one of four new singers to join English National Opera’s 2017/18 Harewood Artists programme. The ENO Harewood Artists, formerly the ENO Junior Company Principals and ENO Young Singers Programme, enables exceptionally talented British and British-trained singers to perform career-building roles with a major opera company while receiving specialist coaching, […]

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