Three Trinity Laban vocal students have won places with prestigious opera companies next year. Flore Philis (soprano) has just been accepted into the chorus of the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Ashley Mercer (bass) will go to Wexford for their Autumn season, and Steven East (bass-baritone) will sing in the chorus of the English National Opera's new production of Beethoven's Fidelio, having been spotted at an Opera Works audition.
Having studied opera at the Paris Conservatoire and the Ecole Nationale de Musique, Flore has just completed an MMus at Trinity Laban. As well as a demanding programme of solo repertoire, including Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute, she recently co-founded "Trio Madame", a lively and exploratory trio comprising two singers and a piano. Flore says she is very excited to be moving to Norway to sing with the Norwegian National Opera, the first fully professional company for opera and ballet in Norway.
A former physics student and choral scholar at King's College London, Ashley Mercer came to Trinity Laban to continue his vocal studies, and currently studies with David Thomas. Before heading to Wexford for their annual Opera Festival, he is playing the role of Jupiter in Trinity Laban's upcoming production of Orpheus in the Underworld at Blackheath Halls, and will also give the premiere of Jeffrey Joseph's new song cycle Walking Away.
Steven East, operatic bass-baritone and member of the London Bulgarian Choir, is studying for a Postgraduate Artist Diploma at Trinity Laban with Lynton Atkinson. After playing a trio of roles at the Opéra de Baugé festival in France, he will join the ENO's new production of Beethoven's only opera, a timeless story of love and faithfulness directed by Calixto Bieito.
Linda Hirst, Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban, said:
"Many of this year's graduating students are going on to exciting work with a variety of opera companies, reflecting once again that our students leave Trinity Laban with the best possible skills to gain fantastic jobs in the profession."
This season there are eight Trinity Laban alumni in Opera Holland Park, along with alumni at Garsington, Grange Park, Clonter and Longborough.