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August’s Last Friday is an Opera Recital

30 August 2024

British-Canadian soprano Margarita Wood began her music studies in Nova Scotia, where she was raised. She holds a Master’s of Music in Performance and Literature from Western University, and in 2017, completed the International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Roles have included Iris (Semele), Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne), Rodelinda (Rodelinda), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute).
Rita has been the recipient of the Dr. Don Wright Scholarship for excellence in music, the Richard 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 in his second year as a member of the Jette Parker Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Roles in the coming season include Borsa (Rigoletto), Young Servant (Elektra), Normanno (Lucia di Lamermoor) and Pong (Turandot) in the Royal Opera House’s 2024 tour of Japan.

In the 22/23 season, mainstage roles included Heinrich (Tannhäuser), Pong (Turandot), Gastone (La Traviata) and Ruiz (Il Trovatore) and in the Linbury Theatre, Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Varo (Arminio).
Michael and Rita will be accompanied by conductor, pianist, répétiteur and organist Edward Reeve on piano.

Edward joined the Jette Parker Artists Programme in the 2022/23 Season. Over his two seasons at the Royal Opera House he has worked as assistant conductor on Jephtha, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot and The Rape of Lucretia, and as répétiteur on Don Carlo, Tannhäuser, Das Rheingold, La Bohème, Elektra and Wozzeck. Edward has previously worked at the Bayreuth Festival as Assistant Chorus Master on all their operas featuring chorus, and he has appeared regularly on the Music Staff at Glyndebourne since 2018. Edward was Organ Scholar at Queens’ College, Cambridge, graduating with a Double Starred First in Music in June 2017. He subsequently completed a PhD there in the orchestration of Wagner’s operas as the Aliki Vatikioti Graduate Scholar.
The programme will include works by Quilter, Liszt and Britten.

Pizzas are available as usual, but only after you’ve added a ticket to the basket – we’ve had a few people adding only pizzas to their order by accident! Please note tickets go on sale one month before the event.

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30 August
19:30 - 21:00
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Cricklewood Library
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London, UK NW2 6UY United Kingdom
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Alan Carter
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