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What's On - Opera - Iford Arts Opera Gala

Sat 5 December, 7.30pm
Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Bath

the loveliest concert hall in the UK” Radio 3


Iford Arts presents an enchanting evening of popular arias and ensembles sung by a starry line-up of young opera singers, curated and accompanied on piano by international conductor Oliver Gooch.

The programme, with extracts from La bohème, Carmen, Tosca and many more, takes place in the Guildhall’s magnificent Banqueting Rooms.

This short concert of 75 minutes, with socially distanced seating, will be filled with romance, glamour and good cheer to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Iford Arts Production of Die Fledermaus in the Banqueting Room, Guildhall 2019


Conductor – Oliver Gooch

A conductor of considerable versatility, Oliver has conducted many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the LPO, Philharmonia, Hallé, BBCSO, RPO, Northern Sinfonia and Sinfonia ViVA. In growing demand internationally, he has made acclaimed debuts with the Queensland Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, New York Sinfonietta, and Orchestra i Pomeriggi Musicali. Opera work on three continents includes Šárka (New York), Die Zauberflöte (Milan), L’isola disabitata (Australia). He came to attention as Artistic Director of Opera East Productions, receiving a South Bank Award and was Musical Director for Raymond Gubbay (La bohème/Madama Butterfly). He has been Music Director of Iford Festival Opera since 2005.

Soprano – Sky Ingram

‘… soprano Sky Ingram, as Avis, appeared perfectly cast and able to inhabit her role with equal dramatic and vocal persuasion’ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

Sky Ingram is an Australian soprano of English, Scottish and Norwegian ancestry. She trained at the National Opera Studio in London, GSMD, WAAPA, and Elder Conservatorium.

Most recently Sky debuted Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Garsington Opera and again in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. Sky debuted the role of Lea in the world premiere of Glarefor the Royal Opera House to huge critical acclaim, returning to sing Venus in Rossi’s Orpheus. She made her American debut as Avis in The Wreckers for Bard SummerScape in New York and continued on to sing the title role of Rusalka in Valladolid, Spain, and La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in Kristiansand, Norway. In 2020 Sky debuted Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte for the English Touring Opera.

Sky has performed oratorio, concert and recital repertoire around Australia, in New York, Norway, France, Germany and in the UK, and has sung on ABC and BBC radio. Since the age of 11, with her first school music scholarship, Sky has gone on to win several music awards, scholarships and competitions in both Australia and the UK; including an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, and is a Wingate Scholar.

Sky has performed with the UK’s leading opera houses including the English National Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera and the Royal Opera House, as well as numerous international houses. Recent roles include: Katya/Katya Kabanova, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, La Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro, Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Musetta/La Bohème, Micaëla/Carmen, Dido/Dido and Aeneas, Female Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, Frau Fluth/Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Madame Lidoine/Dialogues des Carmelites.


Mezzo – Angela Simkin

Photo: Edmond Terakopia

‘A lustrous voice, full of expression’ The Financial Times

Angela Simkin, originally from Lincoln, began her training at the Royal Northern College of Music, furthering her studies at the Royal College of Music, where she was a member of the International Opera School and an Ian Evans Lombe Scholar, studying with Dinah Harris.

Engagements during 2018 / 2019 included The Angel in Rubensteins’s The Demon for Chelsea Opera Group, a return to the Royal Opera, London, to sing Mercédès Carmen and Flosshilde Das Rheingold / Götterdämmerung, a recording as Dorcas Haddon Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Meg Page Falstaff for The Grange Festival, Siegrune Die Walküre with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Orion Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall.


Tenor – Alexander Edwards

‘One of the UK’s best-loved Tenors’ The Telegraph

Alexander continues to perform with the world’s leading orchestras. As a soloist, he has worked with The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Theater Lübeck, Raymond Gubbay Productions, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Israel Camerata, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé, The Royal Choral Society and the BBC Proms.


Baritone – Morgan Pearse

‘Pearse has an exceptionally wide vocal range, sounding comfortable at the top of the stave and yet possessing sonorous low notes.’  Music OMH

Morgan Pearse from Sydney, Australia is already widely recognised as one of the most exciting and talented baritones of his generation.

Having made his professional début with English National Opera in 2015/16 singing Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Morgan returned to sing the role again at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

Equally at home in concert repertoire, Morgan’s  engagements have included the first performance of Schubert’s Winterreise in Sydney in 20 years, Fauré Requiem and Handel Messiah in the Sydney Opera House, performances of Britten’s War Requiem throughout Poland and Mozart Requiem  with the English Chamber Orchestra.   He has appeared at  the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Melbourne Recital Hall, Hamer Hall, Copenhagen’s Konserthuset, Sydney Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, Gower and Newbury Spring Festivals. Selected concert engagements include a solo recital at  the Wigmore Hall, appearances with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, RTVE Madrid, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevillia, Huddersfield Choral Society, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, King’s College Choir Cambridge, the Cheltenham Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Newbury Festival.


General booking from Tuesday 27 October


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