Opera Works is led by Martin Constantine, the course director, and Jane Robinson, the vocal director. Over the course, the singers will take part in various performances and events. The course culminates in a performance to ENO staff, friends, family and industry professionals, where the singers have the opportunity to put into practice everything they have learned in the year.
Let’s meet some of this year’s singers and see what they’re looking forward to about Opera Works as well as some of their favourite operas and arias!
William Morgan, Tenor
My Favourite opera is Pelléas et Mélisande - without a shadow of a doubt. I hope that Opera Works is as demanding as possible - I am here to be challenged!
Vivien Conacher, Mezzo-Soprano
I’m really looking forward to meeting all the singers, as well as working with some amazing industry professionals throughout the course. If I had to pick my dream opera role, I would say Octavian.
Laura Cheetham, Soprano
I plan to savour every opportunity and experience from my time with ENO. My favourite aria is ‘Un bel di vedremo’ from Madam Butterfly.
Pablo Strong, Tenor
My dream opera role is Nemorino. Opera Works is a chance to broaden my knowledge to incorporate more dramatic considerations, as well as musical.
Lucy Roberts, Soprano
My favourite opera is Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel for a fun evening at the opera, or Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande if I’m feeling more serious. I’m delighted to be on a course which is solely focused towards opera - my favourite art form, and dream job!
Clare Kavanagh, Soprano
My favourite opera has to be Carmen. The music is so fantastic and energetic. I love it! To have been given the opportunity to work with ENO and the other singers on the course is really exciting.
Natasha Best, Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano
My favourite aria is ‘Must the Winter Come So Soon?’ from Vanessa by Samuel Barber. And my dream role would beIsolde from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde!
Jan Capinski, Baritone
I’d love to play Don Giovanni. I’ve spend more years in music college than I care to admit, so Opera Works for me is the natural extension of my education as a singer.
Sarah Baillie, Mezzo-Soprano
I love Michaela’s Aria from Carmen, although to sing, my favourite aria is probably ‘Ah fuggi il traditor’ from Don Giovanni. To me, Opera Works means getting a better understanding of exactly what it is to be a professional singer.
Danny Standing, Baritone
I’m looking forward to being in a training programme which is designed by a professional company, and a company which knows first hand what it expects from its performers. In the future I would like to play The Kaiser from The Kaiser of Atlantis.
Anna Jeffers, Mezzo-Soprano
My dream opera role would be Isabella or Rosina - something with lots of notes in it! I am hoping to concentrate specifically on discovering and learning new suitable repertoire for auditions and also to work on my ability as an actress.
Catharine Rogers, Soprano
My favourite aria is ‘Ah, Mio Cor’from Alcina. Opera Works means an opportunity to spend time making music in one of the most exciting opera houses in the world
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin, Mezzo-Soprano
Charlotte in Werther would be my dream role, I am so excited to be able to move to London in the knowledge that I will be receiving such excellent training and support, and I am thrilled to be able to give all I can in order to gain as much as I can from Opera Works.
Eleanor Ross, Soprano
I’m looking forward tothe chance to make industry contacts, improve my stagecraft, work with people at the highest professional level, learn new things about my singing, make new friends and become a better overall performer.
Other artists taking part in this year’s Opera Works are:
Rachael Brimley soprano
Gabriella Cassidy soprano
Matthew Durkan baritone
Rosanne Havel soprano
Monica McGhee soprano
Lila Palmer mezzo-soprano