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Berwick Festival Opera's 2019 season see's operatic star perform in town!

Mon 20 May

When we established Berwick Festival Opera in 2014, we hoped to encourage internationally acclaimed artists to perform exquisite classical music in the heart of our community. We're honoured and delighted to have operatic legend Sir John Tomlinson perform for us on Friday 24 May in John Tomlinson with Counterpoise: The Art of Love and Kokoschka's Doll.


Sir John has performed for the world’s leading opera houses and companies including English National Opera, The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera (New York), and sung in concerts with all the leading British orchestras. Over the course of an amazing 50 year career, his vast repertoire of over 200 roles includes Wotan, Hunding and Hagen in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, Boris Godunov, Bluebeard, Baron Ochs in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Leporello and Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.


He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music in 1997 and was knighted in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Most recently in 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society.


In the first half of this spectacular event, John is joined by British-Ukranian Mezzo-Soprano, Rozanna Madylus performing the role of Alma in the critically acclaimed The Art of Love: Alma Mahler's Life and Music by Barry Millington.


While studying at The Royal Academy of Music with legendary British operatic Mezzo-Soprano Anne Howells and renowned coach Jonathan Papp, Rozanna was the recepient of The Kohn Foundation Award. Following this in 2012, she became a member of the Royal Academy Opera and Academy Song Circle where she was awarded The Karaviotis Scholarship, The Sir Charles Mackerras Award and The Carr-Gregory Trust Award.


Her previous roles include Prinz Orlofsky Die Fledermaus (Berlin Opera Academy), the title role in Handel’s Ariodante (Royal Academy Opera), the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (Royal Academy Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Sinfonia d’Amici), as well as her extensive concert repertoire which has seen her perform in various concert halls across the UK and abroad.


The second half of this evening see's John Tomlinson take on the role of an older Oskar Kokoschka in the new work Kokoschka's Doll, by composer John Casken and writer Barry Millington, commissioned by Counterpoise for singer/narrator and ensemble. 


The "strikingly dynamic" (Gramophone) Counterpoise is an ensemble of some of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the UK - Fenella Humphreys (violin), Deborah Calland (trumpet), Kyle Horche (saxophone) and Iain Farrington (piano) - founded with the aim of crossing genres, exploring the relationship between music, text, visuals and seeking to develop aspects of narrative within their musical influences. 


This event is an unmissable occasion - set in the intimate setting of The Maltings' Henry Travers Studio, Berwick Festival Opera is providing an incredibly unique opportunity to see and hear some of the best classical musicians and one of our country's true operatic stars perform in person. 


Find out more details about the show by clicking HERE.

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