Outgoing student soprano Charlotte Baptie has just secured prominent roles with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and in the new national tour of West Side Story.
Having recently completed a MMus in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban, Charlotte has just begun rehearsing for the roles of Phyllis (Iolanthe) and Melissa (Princess Ida), both of which will be performed at Buxton Opera House and Harrogate Royal Hall as part of the 20th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
She will then begin rehearsals for the upcoming UK Tour of West Side Story, in which she will play the role of Rosalia and also cover Maria.
Alongside her studies, Charlotte is also enrolled on the English National Opera's mentor scheme, and has sung a huge variety of opera roles at Trinity Laban, the Royal Festival Hall, Blackheath Halls and the King's Head Theatre. In 2010 she was awarded 'Best Female Voice' at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival for her portrayal of Yum Yum in The Mikado. The coming tour will also allow her to engage her passion for Musical Theatre.
"The flexibility of the part-time MMus course at Trinity Laban and the encouragement and support from my tutors have provided me with the flexibility and confidence to begin working in the industry alongside my studies. This has allowed me to put my newly developed skills and techniques straight into practice in the 'real world' and has also given me the opportunity to network with industry professionals.
"Having performed in the adjudicated amateur Festival on many occasions over the past ten years I am over the moon to be performing as a principal with the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in its 20th anniversary celebration.
"West Side Story is one of the greatest musicals of all time and to be making my professional touring debut in a show with such a classic storyline and beautiful music is a dream come true. I keep having to pinch myself as it doesn't feel real yet!"
Charlotte's success is another reflection of the recent HESA statistics, which show that 98.9% of Trinity Laban undergraduates were employed or in further study six months after graduating - the second highest ranking out of 151 higher education institutions across the country.
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The West Side Story tour begins on 24 September at Liverpool Empire until September 2014: