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Opera Now!

21 May 2019 at 7:30 pm


A gala evening of opera brought to you by The Royal Northern College of Music

1ST Half

Sergei Rachmaninov – Spring Waters

Richard Strauss – September

Frank Bridge – Where she lies asleep; Love went a Riding; Thy Hand in Mine

Benjamin Britten – The Last Rose of Summer

Francesco Paolo Tosti – Addio; L’alba sepàra dalla luce l’ombra

Giacomo Puccini –  from La Bohème Che gelida manina & Si, mi chiamano Mimi


2nd Half

Charles Gounod – Roméo et Juliette

Act 1:     No 3 Ah! Je veux vivre

Act 2:     No 7 L’amour! L’amour! Oui, son ardeur a troublé; No 9 Ô nuit divine! Je t’implore

Act 3:     No 11 Dieu, qui fis l’homme à ton image

Act 4:     No 14 Va! je t’ai pardonné; No 17 Dieu! quel frisson… Amour ranime mon courage

Act 5:     No 22 C’est la! Salut! tombeau!

Eliza Boom   soprano 

Soprano Eliza Boom grew up on the stage, singing with her family at churches across New Zealand. In 2016-17, she was selected as a member of the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Singer Development Programme. Eliza’s awards and accolades include the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition (winner, 2018) Frederic Cox Award (winner, 2018), Lexus Song Quest (runner-up, 2018) and the Christchurch Aria Competition (winner, 2017), amongst others.

In the 2017/18 academic year, Eliza completed a Master of Music in Performance (Intensive) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). In 2018/19, Eliza continues her study at the RNCM on their elite International Artist Diploma

Eliza Boom appears by kind permission of the RNCM

Iain Henderson   lyric tenor

Australian lyric tenor Iain Henderson is a widely sought after performer with a strong ringing sound and an energetic performance style. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) and Griffith University Conservatorium of Music (Brisbane, Australia)

Iain Henderson has received several accolades and prizes including; the 2016 Noosa Federation of the Arts Dame Joan Sutherland Award, the 2014 Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Scholarship, 2014 Donald Penman Prize for Voices in Combination and the 2013 Ronald Dowd Memorial Prize for Tenors. As a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 Australian Singing Competition, Mr. Henderson was selected as one of the top ten young Operatic performers in Australia and New Zealand.

Iain Henderson appears by kind permission of the RNCM

Georgia Mae Ellis   mezzo-soprano

Georgia Mae is studying in her fourth year of an undergraduate degree at The Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Mary Plazas. Whilst at the RNCM she has been a part of the chorus for many productions over the four years but has recently made her solo operatic debut in RNCM’s Puccini Double Bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci, as Suor Zelatrice and La Ciecsa directed by Robert Chevara and Conducted by Martin Andre. Georgia Mae has also worked within the ensemble of La Serenissima’s production of Tisbe at Buxton International Festival last summer.

Georgia Mae Ellis appears by kind permission of the RNCM.

George Butler   baritone

George is currently in his second year as an undergraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music studying under Matthew Best.

He recently made his opera debut in he RNCMs production of The Pilgrim’s Progress as The Voice of Apollyon, before this singing in numerous opera choruses with Dorset Opera Festival and other smaller companies.

George was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and has been working with Kantos Chamber Choir, Manchester Vox and the RNCM Chamber Choir. Through his choir work, he’s sung on the BBC daily service and recorded Rebecca Dale’s ‘Materna Requiem’ which featured on Classic FM’s album of he week.

Silvia Magagni  repetiteur

Silvia Magagni is an Italian repetiteur, known for her versatility and dexterity at the keyboard, and her expertise as an Italian coach. As a freelance repetiteur, Silvia has played a wide range of core operatic repertoire, XX century music and contemporary operas.

Silvia has recently been invited by Sir Mark Elder to play for soloist piano rehearsals for the Hallé’s upcoming performance at the Edinburgh International Festival. Silvia is currently the Junior Fellow Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Silvia Magagni appears by kind permission of the RNCM.


21 May 2019
7:30 pm
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