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Art of Singing Insight event to be live-streamed on 3 September 2015

Erwin Schrott, Rebecca Ferguson and Julian Ovenden join Edith Bowman to explore the power of the voice and what it takes to be a great singer.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

3 September 2015 at 5.05pm | 3 Comments

An Insight event exploring The Art of Singing will be live-streamed here on our website, and on our YouTube channel from 7.15pm BST on Thursday 3 September 2015.

The event, presented by DJ and broadcaster Edith Bowman, will feature performances from Erwin SchrottRebecca Ferguson and Julian Ovenden. The artists will also take part in a panel discussion exploring the place of singing in our society, the power of the voice, and what it takes to be a great singer.

‘From pop to opera, the voice is such a versatile, diverse instrument — unique to every individual’, says Edith. ‘I’m really excited to be coming to such an iconic venue to talk about an art form that has always fascinated me.’

Uruguayan operatic bass Erwin Schrott made his Royal Opera debut in 2003 as Leporello in Don Giovanni. He has since returned to Covent Garden to sing roles including Banquo in Macbeth, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Jean Procida in Les Vêpres siciliennes. This Season, he will reprise the role of Figaro with The Royal Opera, performing in a live cinema relay on 5 October 2015.

Rebecca Ferguson, British singer-songwriter and former X-Factor contestant, has released two critically-acclaimed albums since her performances on the ITV competition in 2010. Heaven and Freedom, both of which she co-wrote, reached number 3 and 5 respectively in the UK album chart. Her latest release, Lady Sings The Blues, is a jazz album comprised of Billie Holiday covers.

Julian Ovenden is celebrated for his performances on stage, television, film and in concert. He recently appeared in two seasons of Downton Abbey and Person of Interest, successful runs of the play My Night With Reg in London’s West End and at the Donmar Warehouse, and two upcoming feature films (Colonia with Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl and Le Confessioni with Connie Nielsen, Toni Servillo and Daniel Auteuil). This month, he appears at this year’s BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra singing an all-Bernstein programme.

The event will be followed on Sunday 6 September by The Art of Directing, a panel discussion with opera director Kasper Holten, film director David Yates and theatre director Thea Sharrock. Please note that this second event will not be live-streamed.

Do you have any questions about the art of singing? Send us your questions via the comment section below or on Twitter with the hashtag #ArtOfSinging.

Tickets are still available for The Art of Singing.

Deloitte Ignite runs 3–27 September 2015 and includes a wide range of free and ticketed events.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

3 September 2015 at 5.05pm

This article has been categorised Music and tagged Art of Singing, Deloitte Ignite, Edith Bowman, erwin schrott, festival, insight, Julian Ovenden, live, live relay, live stream, Rebecca Ferguson, sing, singing, The Art of Singing, voice

This article has 3 comments

  1. Coppelia responded on 2 September 2015 at 7:03pm Reply


    As singers is it more important to strive for individuality or versatility in your sound?

    Is there any place for screaming in the world of music? Is it an art form to be mastered or just a gimmick?

    What's your view of using in-ear monitors during a gig? Do they help or perhaps hinder a performance?

    When practicing do you have a set regime or framework you always work to, or do you prefer to go wherever the mood takes you?

    Does using effects such as delay, reverb and auto-tune to change the sound of your voice in live performance constitute cheating or is it just another way for singers to express their artistic vision?

  2. The K-Man responded on 3 September 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

    How early is it safe for kids to start singing classes? And if they can't stop singing, what kind of training or practice is OK until they reach the 'proper' age?

  3. Coppelia responded on 3 September 2015 at 10:01pm Reply

    It's a pity the Art of Directing event can't be live streamed aswell. I would have been interested in this but £15 is lot for what is essentially a panel discussion, not a performance. If ROH is seriously interested in increasing the buzz around the organisation, as well as opening up access to the average person, I would have thought £5 a more reasonable entrance price.

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