News and Features

Realising your potential as a singer and performer requires ongoing hard work, practice and help. Studying today can be a minefield with singers often entrusting their precious instrument to incompetent teachers. Often, and without realising it, a great talent can be compromised. 

Rosalind Plowright has performed in virtually every great opera house worldwide and continues to do so. She has worked with the very best artists, conductors and stage directors. She has also worked with some great teachers and some pretty dreadful ones too. She has moved from Mezzo to Soprano and back again to Mezzo, each transition requiring care. 

She is able to assess each voice on its own merits and to offer guidance, help and support on all aspects of singing. If you would like to book a Consultation Lesson, please follow this link: 

Alex Haigh (tenor) has been offered a role on a course run by the Berlin Opera Academy (Scaramuccio in Ariadne Auf Naxos). The course is a month long and begins at the start of August. The only catch is that it costs €3950. He has applied for funding from the Tillett Trust and The Berlin Opera academy scholarship fund but would be so grateful if there is anyone who feels able to help support this next step in his career. Please do get in touch. 

Barefoot Opera 2017 Workshops 

Jenny Miller has asked if we could direct any singers interested in taking part to the Barefoot Opera website. Jenny joined us for our first shared event at the end of last year and she is the most inspirational performer and director. Do look her up and mention Opera Prelude should you decide to go further.

Dear Opera Prelude supporters
I've decided to run in the British 10k this year and raise money for the Mental Health charity SANE.
SANE provides free mental health support and care to individuals who - for one reason or another - get just one step too close to the edge. As a Musician, we deal throughout our daily lives with situations which at times feel like an insurmountable psychological burden, so I feel that it's really worth it supporting people who are there when we most need it.
Thank you very much for your support and please spread the word even if you can't help financially!
Many thanks,

Friday 5 May 2017 – 7:30pm / LSO St Luke’s, London

'Late and Early'
Schumann      Overture: Hermann und Dorothea
Schumann      Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Brahms          Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Guy Johnston   cello

Faust Chamber Orchestra
Mark Austin conductor

FCO_Logo_RGB_GreyTextFaust Chamber Orchestra gives a rare performance of Brahms' exquisite Serenade No.​1 under the baton of Mark Austin. The concert features an illustrated introduction to this early work, originally written for nonet and then boldly orchestrated by the composer. Acclaimed soloist Guy Johnston performs Schumann's late Cello Concerto, an outpouring of intense lyricism composed in just two weeks.

Tickets £​18 - £25 available on the ​LSO St Luke's website