This session will be conducted online and will be available to watch live on YouTube and Facebook at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 May. 

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This session is part of the Virtual Open Day on Saturday 23 May. Click here to see the full schedule of activities on offer


Lada Valešová

Lada began her musical training at the age of six in Moscow, continuing her studies at Prague Music Academy, Prague Music Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Acclaimed for her work as music director of Ivo van Hove’s production of Janácek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared, she balances a portfolio career as pianist, curator, vocal and language coach and conductor. For Opera Holland Park, she was assistant conductor to Sian Edwards in Iolanta (2019). Recent recordings include Arion: The Voyage of the Slavic Song with soprano Natalya Romaniw. As vocal and language coach, she has worked for the Royal Opera, London, Kungliga Operan, Stockholm, Staatsoper Hamburg, Norwegian National Opera, Oslo, New Zealand Opera, Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.


Charlotte Badham

Charlotte Badham is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she trained under Ann Taylor and Mary Plazas. Charlotte’s numerous operatic roles in RNCM productions include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, for which she received The Eunice Pettigrew Prize, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Willie in Street Scene, and Léonie in La Vie parisienne. On graduating, Charlotte played Cretan Woman in Idomeneo (Buxton Festival Opera), as well as appearing in the festival’s chorus. Last summer she was an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera. She is a 2020 Young Artist with Opera Holland Park.