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Sunday 18 November 2012, 6.30pm Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square SW1X [map]
British Youth Opera
25th Anniversary Concert
A concert of operatic highlights celebrating BYO's 25th Anniversary with a dazzling line-up of soloists from 25 years of BYO alumni
- BYO alumni (soloists) - see below for details
- Peter Robinson (conductor)
- Timothy Dean (guest conductor)
- English Chamber Orchestra
For 25 years British Youth Opera has been training future generations of professional opera singers as they make their way from music college onto the opera stages of the world. Past BYO participants include four Cardiff Singer of the World prize-winners and over 100 singers with roles in Britain's opera houses in the 2012/13 season alone.
This Anniversary Concert brings together dozens of BYO alumni under the batons of Artistic Directors past and present in a selection of opera highlights by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and more.
Soloists will include soprano Rosemary Joshua, from BYO's first ever production (Don Giovanni, 1987), right through to alumni from our most recent seasons and our acclaimed productions of, among others, The Rake's Progress (above) and La bohème.
Keep an eye on this website - see below - where we will be unveiling the names of more soloists and details of the programme as we build up to the concert!
Tickets: £12 - £40
Book online: www.cadoganhall.com
Book by phone: 020 7730 4500
The foyer and bars will remain open after the concert for an anniversary party open to audience members and performers.
See below for VIP tickets.
Soloists (subject to change)
- Rosemary Joshua, soprano (BYO 1987-88)
- Susannah Glanville, soprano (BYO 1992-93)
- Gwyn Hughes Jones, tenor (BYO 1993)
- Colin Judson, tenor (BYO 1992-94)
- Heather Shipp, mezzo-soprano (BYO 1994)
- Ronald Samm, tenor (BYO 1996)
- David Kempster, baritone (BYO 1996)
- Geraldine McGreevy, soprano (BYO 1996-97)
- Peter Auty, tenor (BYO 1997-98)
- Grant Doyle, baritone (BYO 1998)
- Sarah Redgwick, soprano (BYO 2000)
- Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano (BYO 2000)
- Rodney Earl Clarke, bass-baritone (BYO 2000)
- Paul Carey Jones, baritone (BYO 2000-02)
- Sarah-Jane Davies, soprano (BYO 2002)
- Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo-soprano (BYO 2003)
- Stephanie Corley, soprano (BYO 2003)
- David Stout, baritone (BYO 2004-05)
- Eliana Pretorian, soprano (BYO 2006)
- George von Bergen, baritone (BYO 2006)
- Benedict Nelson, baritone (BYO 2002-07)
- Katherine Broderick, soprano (BYO 2006-07)
- David Butt Philip, tenor (BYO 2007)
- Ben Johnson, tenor (BYO 2007)
- John-Colyn Gyeantey, tenor (BYO 2005-08)
- Emma Carrington, mezzo-soprano (BYO 2007-08)
- Duncan Rock, baritone (BYO 2008)
- Gary Griffiths, baritone (BYO 2008-09)
- Susana Gaspar, soprano (BYO 2010)
- Barnaby Rea, bass (BYO 2008-11)
- Sioned Gwen Davies, mezzo-soprano (BYO 2011)
- Katherine Crompton, soprano (BYO 2008-12)
- Matthew Stiff, bass-baritone (BYO 2010-12)
- Catherine Backhouse, mezzo-soprano (BYO 2012)
- ...and an entire chorus of recent alumni!
Programme (subject to change)
- Prelude to Die Meistersinger
- Quintet from Così fan tutte
- 'Vesti la giubba' from Pagliacci
- 'Look! Through the port' from Billy Budd
- Sextet from Don Giovanni
- 'Vissi d'arte' from Tosca
- 'Era la notte ... Si pel ciel ' from Otello
- Barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffmann
- 'Avant de quitter ces lieux' from Faust
- Quintet from Die Zauberflöte
- 'Cheerily carols the lark' from Ruddigore
- 'Vilja' from The Merry Widow
- Improvviso from Andrea Chénier
- Sextet from Le nozze di Figaro
- 'Deh vieni, non tardar' from Le nozze di Figaro
- Finale from Candide
Be part of an anniversary concert to remember...
This will be British Youth Opera's grandest concert for a decade - a celebration of 25 years with more than 25 former BYO singers.
You can play a crucial part in the concert by being one of just 25 people to join the President's Party.
For a donation of £250:
- You and a guest will join a party led by BYO's Vice Presidents and Trustees for an exclusive private reception before the concert
- An invitation to the private 'artists bar' after the concert to meet the singers before joining them and the rest of the audience at the post-concert party.
- the best seats in the house reserved for the President's Party
- A personalised souvenir of the concert signed by BYO alumni
- Updates on singers and repertoire as the programme is developed by BYO's Artistic Director Peter Robinson