Arcadian Opera are delighted to announce the line up for their second Opera Gala on 3 June 2017 at Stowe, Buckingham.
Rejoining us after last year’s Opera Gala triumph is the lovely and ever fascinating mezzo-soprano Louise Crane. We also welcome back Natasha Day, our fabulous Mimi from our recent production of La Boheme, alongside baritone Wesley Biggs, who appeared as a stunning Marcello in the same production.
The gala soloists will be accompanied by The Cherwell Orchestra and the enthusiastic and talented Arcadian Opera Chorus, all under the baton of Arcadian’s very own stimulating Musical Director, Justin Lavender.
The Opera gems to be performed include choruses from Gounod’s Faust; Donizetti’s Elixir of Love; the children’s chorus from Verdi’s Otello and Bizet’s Carmen; Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Borodin’s Prince Igor. All in all, a rich cornucopia of musical treats!
About the gala performers:
Since making her debuts at Glyndebourne, English National Opera and the Belgium Royal Opera, Louise Crane has established herself as one of this country’s most sought-after and versatile mezzo sopranos.
She studied at the Guildhall and subsequently won awards from Clonter Opera Trust and the Peter Moores Foundation, as well as a college scholarship to study at the RNCM. After a season with Glyndebourne Festival Opera Louise won the Peter Stuyvestant Foundation Scholarship to the National Opera Studio where she completed her studies.
Her many & varied roles, too numerous list here, have included Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress at the Aldeburgh Festival and for Opera East at the Iford Festival; Florence Pike Albert Herring, Third Lady The Magic Flute and Mistress Quickly Falstaff for English Touring Opera; Flora La Traviata for Mid-Wales Opera and the Irish Operatic Repertory Company. She made her debut with English National Opera in Jonathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love and subsequently took part in the opera’s revival at the Brussels Opera.
Increasingly in demand for concert and oratorio engagements at home and abroad, Louise has broadcast several times for the BBC and Classic FM.
Louise was a member of the D’Oyly Carte Company and has since enjoyed a long and regular association with Opera della Luna. She is also a regular guest soloist at the annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House.
British baritone Wesley Biggs is in demand throughout the classical repertoire in the U.K. He recently appeared as: Marcello, La Bohème (Arcadian Opera), The Father, Hänsel und Gretel (Leamington Sinfonia), Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS – Opera Scenes), Death, Savitri (Shrewsbury Cantata) and Simone, Gianni Schicchi (Opera Alberelli).
Wesley is highly sought for the concert platform and recent engagements include: Elijah (Shrewsbury Cantata), Ein Deutsches Requiem (English Chamber Choir), Mozart’s Requiem (Orpheus Choir), Handel’s Messiah (Market Harborough Choral Society) and Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem (Ludlow Orchestra).
Wesley is a 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist and is looking forward to working with both Christoph Prégardien and Julius Drake. He has had the honour of receiving coaching from internationally renown artists, conductors and scholars such as Mary King, Richard Stokes, Stephen Barlow, Micheal Lloyd and Christopher Middleton to name but a few.
Whilst juggling his busy schedule, Wesley continues his studies at the Royal College of Music, on the Master of Performance course, where he is an RCM Award Holder supported by a Musicians’ Company Lambert Mentorship as well as receiving generous support from The Kathleen Trust and The Josephine Baker Trust. Wesley studies under the direction of his Vocal Professor Justin Lavender and Repertoire Coach John Blakely.