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Uncovered Opera's Free Lunchtime Recital


22 September 2022

1.00pm

Free to attend

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Uncovered Opera Company returns to St Paul's Church for their 2022 Autumn Season. 

Marrianne Town Smith is joined by guests the returning Verity Jo Spencer Hall and Michael Nim, traveling all the way from across the pond. They will perform a selection of pieces from their new operatic repertoire, accompanied by Joshua Harris and Wing Tung Fan; both undergraduates at the Royal Academy of Music. 

Rising stars meeting some brilliant familiar faces; a feast for the operatic sense, not to be missed.

Programme:

Parigi, o cara                                  Verdi                 La Traviata         

September                                     R.Strauss                    

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta               Puccini               La Rondine        

Salut! Demeure chaste et pure        Gounod              Faust                  

Mein Herr Marquis                          J.Strauss            Der Fledermaus

O mio babbino, caro                       Puccini               Gianni Schicchi

Fuggi, crudele, fuggi                       Mozart               Don Giovanni     

Gretchen am Spinnrade                  Schubert                                         

Morrò ma prima in grazia                Verdi                  Un ballo in Maschera  

Ständchen                                     Schubert                                         

Il mio tesoro                                  Mozart                Don Giovanni     

Quando men vo’                             Puccini                La Boheme        

O, patria mia                                  Verdi                  Aida                    

Pourquoi me reveiller                      Massenet            Werther                        

Sul fil d’un soffio d’etesio                 Verdi                  Falstaff          

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Please note there are no public toilets on site, the closet are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.      

Biographies

Marrianne Town Smith

Soprano

Lyric-dramatic soprano Marrianne Town Smith started to sing in 2007 as a hobby and distraction from a fast-paced marketing management role.  In 2015 she successfully auditioned for a Postgraduate Vocal Studies Programme at Trinity Laban and graduated with distinction in 2017. 


Most recently Marrianne performed the role of Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco and was soprano soloist in Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah in Bart’s Great Hall London.  Other roles performed and covered include Madeleine Lidoine, Les Dialogues des Carmélites; Maddalena, Andrea Chenier; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni; The Gingerbread Witch and Gertrude Hansel and Gretel, and on the concert stage has performed as soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem. Marrianne's 2022 season includes concert performances as Abigaille Nabucco, her orchestral concert debut with St Paul’s Sinfonia singing Chausson’s La Poeme de l’amour et de la mer, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas and Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos.  Please visit marrianne.co.uk for more information.

Verity Jo Spencer Hall

Soprano

Verity Jo Spencer Hall is a 24 year old Soprano currently going into her third year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. Verity began singing at the age of 17 playing leading lady roles in musicals and was the soprano soloist in choirs around the coast in Spain where she has been living since the age of 4. After being talent spotted by the then Jette Parker Young Artist Programme student Yuriy Yurchuk, she was invited back to the Royal Opera House in 2019 for a consultation with vocal teacher Jack Livigni where he offered her a place in his MOSF young artist programme in Sicily. Whilst there, she performed in chorus for La Rondine and debuted in the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. A Vocal Coach, Marek Ruszczynski suggested for her to audition for the Royal Academy of Music and she was accepted into the BMus 4 year undergraduate course, where she is now in her second year. 

Highlights of 2022 so far have been singing chorus and Anna in Verdi’s “Nabucco” in the first production for Uncovered Opera Company and her first recital in Covent Garden Artists’ club in May.

Michael Nim

Tenor

Michael Nim lives with his family in Seattle but was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has had much experience growing up surrounded by opera due to his family's operatic background.

Michael has been in a multitude of operas since he was a child, including La Boheme, Carmen, and Madam Butterfly. He is currently continuing his operatic studies privately with teachers Alex Ashworth (Royal Academy of Music) and Jack LiVigni (Royal Opera House). Michael has changed from singing as a Baritone to Tenor over the past couple of years with great success, as well as gaining first-hand experience on stage at the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival in Sicily in 2019 singing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He has sung with different Opera companies, including Lyric Opera Northwest, and Tacoma Opera, as well as participating in many concerts in Washington, New York, Idaho, Sicily, and now England. He hopes to continue performing around the world.

Joshua Harris

Pianist

Joshua Harris is a second-year undergraduate pianist at the Royal Academy of Music and previously, a music scholarship award holder at Harrow School. He has performed internationally at venues such as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Changsha Steinway Hall, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Harrow School’s Speech Room and has been a finalist in the Coach House Piano Competition. He has also participated in masterclasses/workshops involving Adrian Brendel, Ian Jones, Ludmil Angelov, Richard Ireland, Andrew West and Michael Dussek. As a cellist, he earned the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize in 2018, for the highest ABRSM cello grade 8 mark in the UK. Joshua kindly receives lessons from Prof. Florian Mitrea and formerly, Prof. Colin Stone.

Wing Tung Fan

Pianist

Wing Tung Fan is a second-year undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under renowned teacher, Tatiana Sarkissova, alongside regular chamber music coaching with Andrew West. At the age of 17, she was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Piano Performance and has already performed in several of China and Hong Kong’s most favoured concert halls including Suzhou Science & Cultural Arts Centre, Hong Kong Culture Centre, Hong Kong City Hall, Tuen Mun and Sha Tin Town Hall, etc. and has been a top prize-winner in the HK Schools Music Festival. Masterclasses have included Christopher Elton, Mei-Ting Sun, Adrian Brendel, Richard Ireland, Michael Foyle, Julie Kuok and Mayumi Fujikawa. Whilst being a highly regarded soloist, Wing Tung is also a very passionate chamber musician working in duets, trios, accompanying singers, string players, etc. With violinist Laura Kim, they were awarded the First Place Ensemble in the King’s Peaks International Music Competition.

Uncovered Opera's Free Lunchtime Recital

22 September 2022

1.00pm

Free to attend

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