British soprano Rosalind Coad gained a 1st class BMus at the Royal College of Music, going on to join the Opera Course of the Royal Academy of Music. Rosalind was a Britten-Pears Young artist in 2012, a member of the English National Opera Works Course and was awarded the Independent Opera vocal Scholarship at the RAM in 2013.
At the Royal Academy of Music, Rosalind performed Noémie in Cendrillon, La Bergère in L’enfant et les sortilèges and Baronesa Irene in La vera constanza. Other roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La bohème (OperaUpClose), Hélène in La belle Hélène (Merry Opera), Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel (Opera Door Opera), and Elisetta in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto (BYO).
Passionate about the Song repertoire, Rosalind regularly performs recitals with her pianist Gregory Drott. Rosalind was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform Award in 2013, and awarded 2nd prize at the Bampton Classical Opera Competition.
Also in demand as a concert singer, Rosalind’ repertoire includes Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions and various Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt and Samson, Mozart’s Requiem and Exultate jubilate, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass. Recent engagements include Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore for Opera Holland Park, Ginevra in Ariodante, Bach Cantatas at the Royal Academy of Music, and Clotilde in Norma for Opera Holland Park.
Rosalind was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for the 2014-2015 season where she performed Ordinary Person in Ines de Castro and Karolka in Jenufa alongside covering Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Euridice in Orfeo et Euridice. Rosalind covered Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte for Garsington Opera, and performed the role for Scottish Opera on tour. Subsequent engagements include covers of Ginevra in Ariodante and 1st Nymph in Rusalka, both for Scottish Opera, as well as concerts in the UK.
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Originally from Somerset, Claire Barnett-Jones has a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Conservatoire and a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music, where she is currently studying on Royal Academy Opera with Yvonne Howard, Sarah Walker and Audrey Hyland.
On the operatic stage Claire’s repertoire is wide and varied, including such roles as Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Hexe (Hänsel und Gretel) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro). She has performed with Buxton Festival Opera in the role of Gertrude and cover for La Mère (Louise), created the role of ‘Alto 1’ in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company and Maurya (Riders to the Sea) for British Youth Opera where she was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for her performance.
Claire’s performances on the concert and recital platform have to led to solo engagements at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2013 BBC Proms, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s, Smith Square. Claire will be performing as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of Valencia this Christmas and will be making her Wigmore Hall and Leeds Lieder Festival debuts with the Academy Song Circle this winter.
Claire is extremely grateful to The Josephine Baker Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust, The Winship Foundation, The Doyle Carte Memorial Trust, The May Gibson Charitable Trust, The William Gibbs Charitable Foundation and The George Drexler Foundation for supporting her studies this year.
Vivace Chorus is grateful to The Josephine Baker Trust for the sponsorship of Claire Barnett-Jones this evening.
The iconic cantata