Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert
I bought this suitcase in New York - Dove
Va Laisse 2 edit
The Annie Ridyard Scholarship (2013)
Freckleton and Dohery Cup for Singing (2011)
The production in this space was dominated by the elevated split catwalk diagonally across the studio, ingenious but risky. It restricted movement space available to director and choreographer, made the singers gingerly negotiate ramps and stairs, and caused the audience to crane necks and swivel heads like watching Wimbledon. Also, the intimate studio space cruelly exposed the frailties of some of the student actors. However, their singing was high-quality and to hear the chorus in full throttle in this space was thrilling. I saw the alternative cast and enjoyed their performance. Overall, the double production was pleasing and entertaining. Top of the list was Denton-raised, smartly besuited Sophie Dicks in the title role of Orfeo. She is a powerful mezzo and she can act - a real presence. She was well matched by Sarah Foubert as Euridice, who gave a beautifully modulated performance. Linda Harvey's Amore was effective, too. In The Drunkard Cured, another Manchester-born soloist, M (2014)
Sophie Dicks is a British mezzo-soprano who is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Janis Kelly and Christopher Glynn. Sophie is an RCM Scholar, supported by a Musicians' Compant Mentorship. She is also supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Seary Charitable Trust and the Mario Lanza Educational foundation.
Sophie Dicks began her operatic training at the RNCM where she completed five years, undergraduate and postgraduate, under the tuition of Ann Taylor. While at the RNCM, Sophie was a regular member of the College’s opera choruses, having performed in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Offenbach’s La Belle Helene, Bizet’s Carmen, and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa. She has also sung the roles of Hansel, Lucretia and Cenerentola for Opera Scenes. The first full role Sophie studied was the role of Varochka in Shostakovich's Moscow, Cheryomushki and in her final year she sang the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Awards include the Freckleton and Doherty cup for singing in 2011 and the Annie Ridyard Scholarship for Mezzo-Sopranos in 2013. Sophie has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with Rosalind Plowright OBE, Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Felicity Palmer, Dame Ann Murray and Rebecca Evans.
Sophie has worked with Buxton Festival Opera, covering and in their chorus and has recently finished a run of a world premiere in which she sang the role of Wife#2 for Tim Benjamin’s new opera ‘Madame X’. This summer Sophie will be singing the role of Mallika in Delibes Lakme for Opera Holland Park's Christine Collins Young Artist programme.
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