Following OperaCoast's 2014 success with two sold-out performances of Yours, Tchaikovsky, the renowned UK opera company presents another Christmas project based on Russian vocal music, in association with the Sussex Russian cultural centre Kalinka.
"Rachmaninov: Reflections" is a part of OperaCoast’s wider programme "Sing Russian" designed to introduce non-Russian speaking professional singers to the diversity and beauty of Russian vocal repertoire. Every year a selection of EU-based upcoming soloists are selected by OperaCoast to take part in this project. For many of them this is their first opportunity to work on Russian music. In preparation for the final performance, all singers receive specialised music and language coaching spread over two months, to help them to meet the stylistic and linguistic challenges of singing in Russian.
The programme of "Rachmaninov: Reflections" will include some of the most precious jewels of Russian song repertoire, such as "Oh, do not sing to me again", "Spring Waters", "The Lilacs", "I Wait for Thee" and more, as well as excerpts from Rachmaninov’s letters and diaries.
Dr Nicole Panizza, piano
Anastasia Witts, music and language coach
Adam Music, tenor
Hannah Poulsom, mezzo-soprano
Lianne Marie Birkett, soprano
Thomas Humphreys, baritone
Rhys Alun Thomas, bass
Hannah Sandison, soprano