3 September 2015 at 5.05pm | 3 Comments
The event, presented by DJ and broadcaster Edith Bowman, will feature performances from Erwin Schrott, Rebecca 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.
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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.