Soloists for Spring 2017 Concert
Charlotte Beament – Soprano
British soprano Charlotte Beament is a regular soloist at Glyndebourne Opera Company (most recently Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro) and is currently working at English National Opera as the cover of Mabel in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, before taking the role of Yum Yum in the smash hit production of The Mikado for ENO later in the year. Charlotte’s other operatic roles include the title role in Handel’s Berenice (London Handel Festival), Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Brighton Festival), Donna in Handel’s Rinaldo and an Apprentice in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, both for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Away from the opera stage, she is active on the concert platform and has toured extensively and recorded with ensembles such as La Nuova Musica, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Sixteen. She recently made her Cadogan Hall debut singing Handel’s Messiah and has appeared as a soloist performing Mozart Requiem with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort in a European tour. Forthcoming engagements include singing Haydn’s Creation for Chethams School of Music in Manchester and the role of Armilla in Porpora’s L’Agrippina.
Samantha Price – Mezzo Soprano
Welsh mezzo-soprano Samantha Price read Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Reading before gaining in a Distinction for her MA in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, assisted by the Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship, the Jenkin Philips Memorial Scholarship and an Advanced Study Award in Music from the Arts Council of Wales. A Finalist in the 2014 Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition, she was a Samling Artist and trained on the ENO Opera Works Programme, supported by a Countess of Munster Award, and the National Opera Studio, supported by English National Opera, the Arts Council of Wales, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust and Christopher Ball, making her debut with English National Opera whilst still a student. As a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera, she has sung Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. Her engagements elsewhere have included Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Tweedle Dum in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park and the 2016 Opera Highlights Tour for Scottish Opera. She participated in the Mozart Residency at the 2015 Aix-en-Provence Festival and appeared in Mozart’s London with Classical Opera. Her current engagements include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, creating Perdita in Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale for English National Opera, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart Requiem with the Mozart Festival Orchestra.
Nick Pritchard – Tenor
Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013, and is currently a Samling Artist. Previous concert work includes King Arthur for the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner, Handel Messiah for the English Festival Orchestra under Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall, Bach St Matthew Passion with St Paul Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion and Rapael Pichon and Monteverdi Vespers under Daniel Hyde. A much loved recitalist, his work includes singing Vaughan Williams On Wedlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and Britten’s Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent opera roles include Prologue in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses for Iford Arts, Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera and Acis in Acis and Galatea for the Handel House conducted by Laurence Cummings. Current and future engagements include the roles of Telemaco and Mercurio for English Touring Opera, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Mozart Requiem for The Three Choirs Festival with Simon Halsey and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Coridon in Acis and Galatea with John Butt and The Dunedin Consort and Evangelist in the St John Passion for Stephen Layton with Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Gavan Ring – Bass
Gavan Ring studied at the Schola Cantorum St Finian’s College before reading Education and Music at Dublin City University. A first-class honours Master of Music in Performance graduate from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Gavan also holds the double distinction of being the first opera singer and the youngest candidate to graduate from the RIAM as a Doctor of Music in Performance. Gavan is an almnus of the National Opera Studio in London, the Jerwood Young Artist Programme at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Opera Theatre Company Young Associate Artist Programme. Gavan is a multiple national and international prizewinner, most recently being awarded second prize at the 2015 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino in Italy. Gavan was also awarded second prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition in London. Concerts include performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Scottish Opera Orchestra with recent highlights including Offenbach’s Fantasio under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Britten’s War Requiem with Mark Padmore and Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore for the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival under the baton of Richard Egarr. Recitals include appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the 2015 Dublin Song Series with pianist Simon Lepper. Opera roles include Morales Carmen, Nardo La Finta Giardiniera and Phoebus The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte; Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manuel La Vida Breve, Schaunard La Bohème and Jake Wallace La Fanciulla del West for Opera North; Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore and Pluto Orpheus in the Underworld for Scottish Opera; Lieutenant Gordon in the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night and Oompa Loompa The Golden Ticket for Wexford Festival Opera; Dr Falke Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park. Discography includes Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore (Linn Records 2016), Offenbach: Fantasio (Opera Rara 2014) and Fleischmann: Clare’s Dragoons (RTÉ Lyric FM 2010). Current season engagements include the role of Novice’s Friend Billy Budd for and the role of Ping Turandot for Opera North and the role of Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia for Theater Biel Solothrun. Gavan Ring has been supported by the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland, Help Musicians UK Richard Van Allan Award and the Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts.