6 January 2012 at 5.06pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House has worked with the Southbank Sinfonia since the orchestra was established in 2002 as a springboard for young professional musicians.
On 28 January the Southbank Sinfonia is to perform a concert dedicated to the memories of David Oppenheimer and Klaus Schiller in aid of Amnesty International and the Rose Theatre, Kingston. The programme will feature works including the overture to Le nozze di Figaro (a full production of which can be seen at the Royal Opera House from 11 February) and extracts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, as well as the world premiere of David Oppenheimer's Deborah. The evening will be presented by David Suchet and Simon Russell Beale.
The two men to whom the concert is dedicated were close friends who both forged impressive careers in medicine; David Oppenheimer, who gave up a promising career as a composer to focus on medical research, and Klaus Schiller, a pioneering physician.
David Oppenheimer’s daughter Juliet has worked at the ROH for over 30 years – as a full time member of the Royal Opera House Chorus until 1990 and in the Extra Chorus since then. She is currently appearing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.