It has certainly been a challenging time for all of us in the arts, and I have witnessed almost all of my most exciting and prominent projects of the spring and summer being mothballed and cancelled.
Despite this challenge, many of us have found ourselves exploring new ways of engaging with our art, for me that has included: working on my acting and role preparation skills, and also some recording and editing. I have also been very lucky to receive masterclasses from Nicky Spence, Christopher Underwood (specifically looking at French repertoire), and Martin Constantine (in acting skills).
Here are some other exciting things that are starting to appear on the horizon in the midst of these disturbing times for the arts world:
A Time of Empty Tales' (tête-à-tête festival 2020)
with Nine Muses Opera
"A Time of Empty Tales is a student driven adaptation of the literary classic A Thousand and One Nights translated through opera and contemporary dance.
"Addressing themes of religious fundamentalism, feminism and the power of the storyteller, A Time of Empty Tales explores the strength of the female protagonist."
(More information at https://www.tete-a-tete.org.uk/event/a-time-of-empty-tales/)
British Youth Opera:
Summer festival 2020
Having previously successfully auditioned for a chorus role in their summer production of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, I was very excited to perform in the beautiful Hackney Empire Theatre for the first time in September.
In place of their now-cancelled 2020 opera season, British Youth Opera are offering a two-week programme of online training and performances for participants, from 10th-22nd August.
I'll be posting updates about these two exciting projects as they come, but in the meantime, keep an eye out!
Alex is a classical singer and theatre performer based in London. He also works in Marketing & PR, and offers consultancy services across the UK.