A Shropshire Lad and A Wiltshire Lass – vocal recital
On 21 November at Salisbury Arts Centre, Wiltshire Creative joins with Hurn Court Opera to showcase two rising stars of the classical singing world.
Wiltshire-born soprano Siân Dicker and baritone Michael Lafferty will perform much-loved music from the song and operatic repertoire, including Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’, Rossini’s ‘Largo al Factotum’ (The Barber of Seville) and ‘Morgen’ by Richard Strauss, accompanied by Ashley Beauchamp, piano.
‘Siân and Michael are definitely two young singers of great talent’, said Lynton Atkinson, Artistic Director of Hurn Court Opera (HCO). HCO provides high-quality performance opportunities to talented young singers starting their careers. Already multiple prizewinners, Siân won the inaugural HCO Singing Competition in 2018 and Michael took second prize.
Siân and Michael’s programme for the evening ranges through time and styles, including arias and duets by Mozart (The Magic Flute) and Nicolai (The Merry Wives of Windsor), songs by Duparc, Schubert, Meyerbeer, Brahms and Mendelssohn, and English songs by Head, Parry, Larsen and Lehmann.
The singers currently combine professional work with postgraduate study – Siân at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Michael with international baritone Thomas Quasthoff at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
Michael has been a Young Artist with Nevill Holt Opera during 2019, and has performed throughout Europe as an Apprentice with the Monteverdi Choir. He has also sung with Longborough Festival Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera, HeadFirst Productions and Tête à Tête opera, as well as in recital and opera with HCO.
In April this year, Siân sang ‘First Lady’ in HCO’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. As well as having notched up other opera roles in London, Siân won the International Voice of the Future Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2017. Competition judge Elin Manahan Thomas said, ‘The range of colour in Siân’s voice and her stylistic interpretation of the music along with the way her character shone through all resulted in a very polished performance.’
Pianist Ashley Beauchamp graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in 2017, where he studied with Eugene Asti. He is now pursuing the répétiteur course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Specialising in work with vocalists, Ashley has won awards for performance with singers including baritone James Newby, and has played for masterclasses and vocal coachings led by artists such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Wolfgang Holzmair, Malcolm Martineau and Gary Matthewman. He is now regularly found giving recitals across the UK.