Three Trinity Laban postgraduate vocal students, William Davies, Charlotte Richardson and Teresa Pells, and two Trinity Laban alumni, Sarah Denbee and Eleanor Minney, have just finished performing in Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park (libretto by Alasdair Middleton) with Hampstead Garden Opera, under Musical Director Oliver John-Ruthven and Director Bruno Ravella.
The group were praised in the press - "As Mr Rushworth, Davies is a comic booby with pathos", and Pells was described as "utterly convincing as the coquettish and scheming Maria" (Independent)
Fringe Opera also praised the Trinity Laban students: "Sarah Denbee brings a quiet dignity to the role of Fanny Price, with a beautifully rich voice that matches Fanny's underlying emotional maturity."
Eleanor said: "This is my first time performing with HGO, and I would encourage any singer keen to get operatic experience to bang down their door as soon as possible. Never have I experienced such amazing support, encouragement, professionalism and high standards from everyone from the very start of the rehearsal period. This company thoroughly deserves its high acclaim."
Sarah said: "Working with the composer and librettist during rehearsals brought a real insight into their artistic and musical intentions, and their support has been invaluable. This is the first time that Mansfield Park has been fully staged, and it is therefore a first for Jonathan and Alasdair as well."
Picture credit Laurent Compagnon
Far left - William Davies and Sarah Denbee; Teresa Pells (second from right)