Ahead of rehearsals, Alison Langer, who sings the role of Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, talked to Philippa Peall about her experiences with the Opera Holland Park Young Artists Programme and performing at the National Theatre.
Alison Langer made her Opera Holland Park mainstage debut in last year’s Young Artists performances of La traviata. ‘When I was asked to audition for Violetta I was slightly dubious, as it is undeniably one of the largest Verdian soprano roles. I knew it would be a huge undertaking… I’ve not worked on a character that intensely before, but she deserved to be dissected and for every character trait to be surfaced.’
As part of the 2018 Young Artists programme, Langer performed in the inaugural Schools’ Matinee to an audience of 1,000 school children. ‘What was fascinating about this particular matinee was how attentive and quiet the children were. The final scene of La traviata is very moving and usually has the audience hanging onto Violetta’s every word. I couldn’t believe the silence.’
Langer had already made an impact in the role of Young Heidi in Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre before coming to OHP last summer. ‘Follies has opened me up to the music theatre world, and shown me how dedicated these performers are to their craft… It truly has been a ‘pinch me’ experience.’
Read more in our programme, available at the theatre before all performances of Un ballo in maschera. Tickets are still available for the remaining performances of Un ballo in maschera on 27, 28 and 29 June. Book here.