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Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for excellence in performance (2012)
Ian Stoutzker Prize for Outstanding Musicianship (2012)
The Pyonear - by Anthony Drew: "Whilst the weather was a contrast between the last visit of Reisha and this one, the music was an evolution. Two years’ experience, much of it with Glyndebourne, was to present itself to us in a performance that took us from the melodic sweetness of Ivor Novello to rattling the roof tiles with a range of operatic cameos from Mozart, Bizet and Puccini. Wonderfully accompanied and supported by David Doidge at the piano, whom we first saw with Reisha at the Cathedral last year, the pair gave a formidable performance that would deserve a standing ovation at any venue in the world." (2014)
The Pyonear - by Anthony Drew: "The evening marked the return of local talent, Reisha Adams and her colleagues from the Welsh National Opera, to play for us again; this time in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Reisha first burst into our ears over a year ago in Canon Pyon Church, as many of you will remember, in weather conditions equally memorable, but for all the wrong reasons. I said at the time that “this girl is going places”. Well, she has and her first year at Glyndebourne was demonstrated in an outstanding performance of power, confidence and maturity." (2013)
www.briandickie.com - by Brian Dickie: "Welsh soprano Reisha Adams managed both Musetta and Donna Elvira without missing a beat." (2013)
Wiltshire News - by Will Frampton "There was a fantastic performance from Reisha Adams and David Doidge at All Saints Church, she had the most amazing voice and sang German and Italian arias.” (2011)
What’s On Wales - by Nigel Jarrett: "Busy bees alighting on everything that bloomed best describes the itinerary of soprano Reisha Adams and pianist David Doidge at the Riverfront's latest lunchtime recital. Subjectively one wishes that they might have settled longer in certain parts of the garden if only to get a firmer impression of what each is made of beyond the whirlwind format of the Live Music Now! scheme. As it was, there were fourteen numbers, three of them featuring Mr Doidge on his own in music by Debussy, Beethoven and Chopin and, as a partnership, everything from Ms Adams's favourite song - Duparc's Chanson Triste - to Diva's Lament from SpamAlot, in which the singer bemoans her upstaging by, among unnamed others, Britney Spiers. With such a long list, this is not the place to nit-pick. In fact, what came across most forcibly was Ms Adams's steely charm and Mr Doidge's versatility, at events like this perhaps the qualities that say more about the musicians than any amount (2010)
www.bristol247.co.uk - by Andrew Batten-Foster: "This was an exceptional evening in more ways than one. The piece allowed her about 15 minutes to compose herself before she actually had to sing, but when she did so she performed with astonishing poise, rising quite wonderfully above the extraordinary circumstances that brought her there so unexpectedly. The audience, the orchestra, the choral society; all gave her a rapturous reception, and the night had its fairytale ending." (2010)
Reisha Adams is a graduate of the National Opera Studio in London and Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was the winner of the inaugural Ian Stoutzker Prize for outstanding musicianship in July 2012, awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for excellence in performance in November 2012 and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Mozart Singing Competition.
Highlights in recent seasons include her debut as Pamina The Magic Flute in Simon McBurney’s production for English National Opera, Opera Highlights Tour for Scottish Opera and Lady Macbeth Macbeth for Kentish Opera.
Operatic roles include Micaëla Carmen Riverside Opera; Armida (cover) Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Romilda (cover) Xerxes and Countess Almaviva (cover) Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera); Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Wandsworth Fringe); Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Donna ElviraDon Giovanni, and Alms Sister and Suor Genovieffa (cover) Suor Angelica (RWCMD); and Despina Così fan tutte (Opera'r Ddraig). She has also performed excerpts from Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Dead Man Walking, Jane Eyre, La bohème, Orfeo ed Euridice, Street Scene, Albert Herring, Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia.
A keen recitalist, Reisha has perform extensively on Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now scheme, as a soloist at the Leeds Lieder Festival and at Sir William Walton's home in Ischia, to celebrate the life of Lady Walton. She has performed at venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall.
In masterclasses Reisha has appeared with John Fisher, Dame Anne Evans, Susan Bullock, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Walker at the Chelsea Schubert Festival, Mark Padmore at Wigmore Hall and Bengt Forsberg at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Reisha has been kindly supported during her studies by The Arts Council of Wales, Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, Help Musicians UK, Christopher Ball, Laura Ashley Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, the Sir Geraint Evans Award and the Jenkin Phillips Scholarship.
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