A programme of arias, operatic duets, folk, and parlour songs.
Rita Wood soprano
Michael Gibson tenor
Roderick Barrand piano
|Gilbert and Sullivan||The Battle is o’er, from Ruddigore|
|Schubert||Frühlingsglaube, Fischerweise, Auf dem See|
|Vaughan Williams||Bright is the ring of words|
|Dunhill||Cloths of Heaven|
|Liszt||O quand je dors, S’il est un charmant gazon, Enfant, si j’étais roi|
|Coward||A bar on the Piccolo Marina|
|Mussorgsky||Where are you, little star?|
|Tchaikovsky||Does the day reign?|
|Barber||The Daisies, Secrets of the old, Sure on this shining night|
|Capel||Love, could I tell thee|
|Lehar||Love unspoken from The Merry Widow|
British-Canadian soprano Rita Wood began her music studies in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was raised. She holds a Master’s of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and recently completed the International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Rita has performed the role of Gabrielle in the RNCM’s production of La Vie Parisienne. Other roles include Rodelinda, Valencienne The Merry Widow, Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld, Nella Gianni Schicchi and Queen of the Night.
Rita has been the recipient of the Dr. Don Wright Scholarship for excellence in music, the Rard Newitt Fund, the Leverhulme Arts Trust and of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship. At the RNCM she was awarded the Clare Croiza Prize for French Song.
Scottish tenor Michael Gibson is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera Studio, where he studied with Professor Janis Kelly and held the Aldama scholarship. In September this year he will join the Jette Parker Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He previously graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, completing his Bachelor of Education in Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied for his Master of Music with Peter Alexander Wilson