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Donizetti Prendi per me sei libero
Remember this name, Lizzie Ryder. Her recent experience has included several coloratura roles with Nevill Holt Opera; what a jump to make at 29, tackling Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in Leamington. Many in the audience were delighted with her thrillingly powerful vocal capacity, the clarity of diction and the fine ambient bloom created with the Sinfonietta players, notably the horns. Newcomer David Smith brought his brass band experience to add zest to the bank of four horns. As they accompanied Lizzie Ryder, with just a solo cello, in Stehe still, the second of Wagner’s songs, there was an emotional optimism in the town hall for which Fallowfield and the Sinfonietta must take credit. This was best surprise of the season; where might she be in fifteen years’ time? What potential! (2018)
Lizzie Ryder is a lyric soprano living in London. She studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where she received her first class Bmus (hons) degree. Lizzie is passionate about building believable characters in Opera and focussing on acting as an ever important part of her career. She recently attended NOS short course Stagecraft in Opera and has worked with Sebastian Harcombe (RADA) in a Stanislavsky workshop. Lizzie has also participated in masterclasses with Briggitte Fassbaender (Wigmore Hall), Ann Murray (Leeds Lieder festival) and Graham Johnson as well as attending the BYO workshops.
Since completing her degree Lizzie has worked with Nevill Holt Opera two years running where she sang in the role of ‘Frasquita’ (2015) in their production of Bizet’s Carmen as an understudy and was acclaimed by Opera Now magazine for making ‘a hugely pleasing impression’. The following year she played the role of ‘Countess Ceprano’ in Rigoletto (2016). Other roles include ‘Anna Maurrant’ Street Scene, ‘Governess’ Turn of the screw, ‘Tytania’ A Midsummer night’s dream (Britten Opera Scenes) and chorus in Northern Ireland Opera’s revival of The Elixir of Love for Nevill Holt Opera.
As well as Opera, Lizzie has worked as a soloist for various orchestras around the UK, including the Halle, singing Opera classics such as Rusalka’s ‘Song to the moon’ (2019) and ‘Easter Hymn’ Cavelleria Rusticana (2014). Lizzie is a frequent singer for the Charnwood Orchestra most recently engaged to sing standards from Die Fledermaus (2020). Next year she will join them again for an Opera highlights concert and will be singing ‘Oh! Il signore vi manda’ Cavilliera Rusticana and ‘Prendi per me sei libero’ L’elisir d’amore.
Lizzie also has a great passion for French Chanson and German lied, singing works such as ‘Les Illuminations’ (Britten) (2019) as well as ‘Wesendonck Lieder’ (Wagner) (2018) with the Beauchamp Sinfonietta and ‘Sieben Fruhe Lieder’ (Berg) with the Charnwood Orchestra.
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