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75. The Pirates of Penzance Recap with Richard Burkhard, Daisy Brown and John Savournin

In this episode, James Clutton is joined by members of the cast of The Pirates of Penzance, our co-production with Charles Court Opera. Richard Burkhard (Major-General Stanley) talks about his acting background and how he combines acting with singing, Daisy Brown (Mabel) discusses how she takes care of her voice when she’s performing every day, and John Savournin (Pirate King and director) talks about the inspiration behind the production.

 

74. In conversation with the creatives behind the latest additions to the 2021 Season

In this episode, James is joined by several of the artists and creatives who are working on the latest editions to our 2021 Season. Anna Patalong and Sonia Ben Santamaria talk about Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, and how OHP is a fitting venue for this song cycle themed around returning to nature. Charne Rochford discusses the birth of Fifth Door Ensemble as they prepare for an intimate chamber version of Gustav Mahler’s late masterpiece Das Lied von der Erde. Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Tara Mack look towards the London Oriana Choir taking the stage for an exciting evening featuring two world premières. The episode concludes with an appearance by our Count Almaviva in our latest production of The Marriage of Figaro, Julien Van Mellaerts, who has curated and is featured in our upcoming recital series, Opera in Song.

 

73. Julia Sporsén and Jennifer France discuss The Cunning Little Vixen

Jennifer France and Julia Sporsén (The Vixen and The Fox in our upcoming production of The Cunning Little Vixen) join the podcast to talk about their history with Janáček’s work, the excitement of performing in front of a live audience again, and the story of how this particular production came about.

 

72. In conversation with Stephen Barlow, director of The Cunning Little Vixen

This episode we’re joined by Stephen Barlow, who’ll be directing The Cunning Little Vixen during the OHP 2021 Season. He talks about the difference between Vixen and the other Janacek operas staged at OHP over the years, looks back on how he began his career in the arts, and reminisces about his long history with OHP.

 

71. 2021 Season preview 

In this episode, James is joined by several of the artists and creatives who are working on our 2021 Season. Ross Ramgobin talks about the pressure of playing the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Lauren Fagan shares her favourite scenes from La traviata, Jennifer France and Stephen Barlow discuss why OHP’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen will be performed in English, Julia Burbach explain why uplifting shows like L’amico Fritz are so important at the moment, and John Savournin discusses the enduring popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan shows like The Pirates of Penzance.

 

70. Tenor David Butt Philip and pianist James Baillieu discuss The House of Life

Leading British tenor David Butt Philip and acclaimed pianist James Baillieu join the podcast to discuss their recorded performance of The House of Life for OHP, which will be released to the public on demand on 13 April 2021. They talk about rehearsing during the pandemic, how much they’ve missed watching live performances, and what it’s like being filmed while performing.

 

69. In conversation with the Opera Holland Park Young Artists 2021

This episode we’re joined by four of this year’s Opera Holland Park Young Artists, who will be performing in their own production of The Marriage of Figaro this summer. Siân Dicker (Countess Almaviva), Charlotte Bowden (Susanna), Charlotte Badham (Cherubino) and Guy Withers (Basilio/Don Curzio) discuss their roles, the audition process, their training and their excitement for singing together this summer.

 

68. In conversation with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote OBE

In this episode, we’re joined by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who talks about breaking down the perceived barriers between classical music and other genres, the complexities of supporting singers to give their best every performance, her love of rehearsing, and the poetry of song.

 

67. In conversation with Lauren Fagan 

This episode, we’re joined by soprano Lauren Fagan. She talks about taking the leap into opera at 24 and moving halfway across the world, her rapid learning curve first at Guildhall then through the Jette Parker scheme at the Royal Opera House, and her experiences singing the role of Violetta at Opera Holland Park.

 

66. In conversation with Professor Lynne Dawson and Charlotte Kennedy from RNCM

Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies and Opera, and soprano and 4th year undergraduate Charlotte Kennedy join the podcast this week to talk about how they and their fellow teachers and students at Royal Northern College of Music have been coping during the pandemic. They discuss online learning and vocal coaching, the challenges of practicing at home, and the importance of resilience.

 

65. In conversation with Ian Rosenblatt

In this episode, James is joined by lawyer and classical music lover Ian Rosenblatt. They discuss Ian’s foundational memories of music, including his father listening to La traviata at 5am before work each day; his illustrious law career; and the series of classical music and opera recitals he curated – the Rosenblatt Recitals.

 

64. In conversation with Nadine Benjamin

This week’s guest is soprano Nadine Benjamin, who talks about her route from corporate finance into singing and the mentors who’ve guided her along the way. She also shares some coaching insights, and tells us about her many projects from Everybody Can Opera Company through to her daily series of interviews during lockdown.

 

63. In conversation with Stuart Skelton 

Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton joins the podcast to talk about his early introduction to opera, how he’s made important decisions within his career, and how he brings the audience with him through some of the most dramatic stories in opera.

 

62. In conversation with Tamara Rojo of English National Ballet

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, joins the podcast to talk about her rocky early introduction to ballet, her love of ballet classes, the value of touring for young dancers, and the responsibility she feels to help the arts flourish again after the pandemic.

 

61. In conversation with Oliver Platt, Elizabeth Karani, George Jackson and Claire Lees

Four former Opera Holland Park Young Artists join the podcast to talk about their experiences with the programme, and to look forward to their roles in the OHP 2021 Season production of The Marriage of Figaro. This episode features Director Oliver Platt, Conductor George Jackson, and sopranos Elizabeth Karani and Claire Lees as they share insights into their early career appearances at Opera Holland Park and discuss musical life in lockdown.

 
60. In conversation with Stuart Stratford
 
In this episode, James is joined by conductor and Music Director of Scottish Opera, Stuart Stratford. Together they reminisce about the many productions they’ve worked on at Opera Holland Park over the years, and share their experiences of getting performances on during the pandemic.

 
59. In Conversation with Rupert Christiansen
 
Writer Rupert Christiansen joins the podcast this week for a candid and far-ranging conversation with OHP’s CEO and Director of Opera James Clutton. Rupert explains his decision to retire from The Telegraph, his approach to opera criticism over the years, and what’s next.

 
58. In conversation with Ali Kingsley from Refettorio Felix

We’re joined by Ali Kingsley from Refettorio Felix homeless centre, to talk about our annual collection. Ali tells us about the work of the Refettorio, the impact it has on the community, and the items they’re most in need of that people might not think to donate.

 
57. In conversation with Janie Dee And Alex Parker of Quick Fantastic
 
Singer Janie Dee and music director Alex Parker from Quick Fantastic join the podcast to reminisce about their performance of A Little Night Music at OHP in the summer. Janie shares acting tips from Sondheim, Alex discusses the secret of orchestrating for a small band, and they both talk about the crossover between Sondheim and opera.

 
56. In conversation with Sir Mark Elder
 
Sir Mark Elder joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from the beginnings of his career organising concerts for undergraduate musicians, through to his time at ENO and Hallé Orchestra. He offers insights into the relationship between conductor and orchestra, shares his philosophy about how orchestras and theatres should relate to their community, and talks about the challenges and small joys of lockdown.

 
55. In conversation with Rachael Hewer and Lee Reynolds of Vopera

Director Rachael Hewer and conductor Lee Reynolds of Vopera – the Virtual Opera Project – join the show to talk about their upcoming production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. They discuss the challenging process of creating the production, from rehearsals to recording to post-production, which has all been done virtually.

 
54. In conversation with Penny Smith
 
Broadcaster, novelist and opera lover Penny Smith joins the podcast this week. She talks about her early trips to the ballet, her memories of her first trip to the opera, and her appreciation for what performers do. She also tells us why she stopped working as an arts critic, and answers some quick fire opera questions.

 
53. In conversation with Isabella Pitman from the National Student Opera Society
 
In this episode, Isabella Pitman, founder of the National Student Opera Society, joins the podcast to talk about why she founded the society, the joy of sharing love and enthusiasm for opera, and the society’s long-term goal of obtaining charity status.

 
52. In conversation with conductor Edward Gardner
 
This week’s guest is Edward Gardner, Chief Conductor of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He offers some advice to young conductors, talks about the education of conducting opera on tour, discusses the shared responsibility between audiences and the arts industry of getting cultural life back on track, and shares the operas he’d most love to conduct.

 
51. In conversation with Tenor Ben Johnson
 
In this episode, James is joined by Tenor Ben Johnson for an in depth look at everything from auditions and training to mental health in the singing profession. They also discuss the Southrepps Classical Music Festival, which Ben co-founded in 2010, and how it’s responded to this year’s pandemic.