As part of the UK-Russia Year of Music, Associate Artists of the UK’s National Opera Studio will be visiting Moscow between 20 and 27 November 2019, bringing with them music from two distinctive periods of British music during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) and Queen Elizabeth II (1952-present).
Cultural life at the court of Elizabeth I was incredibly rich. Songs, masques and plays were written in abundance and were commonly included in all kinds of celebrations and anniversaries. Outside the court, many new plays were written which also included music and song. Religious music was increasingly inventive even though England was staunchly and defensively Protestant. Personal and private songs of the time, love songs and songs of admiration and empathy will feature in the first part of the programme.
The second part of The Two Queen Elizabeths will feature new music written for young singers at the National Opera Studio in 2018. These are examples of creative and collaborative ways of developing contemporary music for voice. The singers - who were able to choose the themes of the arias, based on a personal experience, a dream or an ambition - worked closely with the composer, librettist and pianist as a team. The result is a series of remarkable musical settings on deeply-felt personal themes.
Based in London, the National Opera Studio plays an essential role at the heart of British opera. The National Opera Studio is engaged by Arts Council England and the UK’s leading opera companies (English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera) to provide professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs (opera pianists) who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.
The musicians from the National Opera Studio:
- Carly Owen, soprano from Bangor, North Wales
- Heather Lowe, mezzo from Southport, Lancashire
- Andrew Henley, tenor from Monmouth, South Wales
- Emyr Wyn Jones, bass-baritone from the Welsh Valleys
- Feargal Mostyn-Williams, counter-tenor from London
- Emily Hooker, répétiteur from London
The schedule in Moscow and Klin:
22 November at 19.30 – “Arias from non-existing operas”, Italian Courtyard of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (as part of “Late Fridays at the Pushkin”). Admission with museum ticket.
23 November at 17.00 – “Music of the time of two Queen Elizabeths”, concert hall of the Tchaikovsky Memorial House-Museum, Klin. Tickets from the museum’s box office.
24 November at 18.00 – “Music of the reign of Elizabeth I at the Palace of Catherine the Great”, Catherine Hall of the Great Palace, Tsaritsyno (hosted by Her Majesty's Ambassador as part of “Ambassadors’ Evenings at Tsaritsyno”). Admission by invitation; live streaming on the Tsaritsyno website and on the Culture.ru portal.
25 November – Meeting with teachers and students at the Moscow Conservatoire.
26 November – Meeting with Helikon-Opera company and singers.