The Lancing College Opera Project offers a chance for budding opera singers to showcase their talent within the school. I was very excited when I found out that the College offered an opera workshop; having been a part of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera and being privileged enough to perform upon the Glyndebourne stage, I was keen to grab any opportunity to further my skills.
The range of material performed this year was very impressive. Pupils Jennifer L, Anthony L, Kitty C, Sophie W, Gigi C, Polly M, Nat O, Stephanie O, Anya C, William S, Dante P, Cecily M and Jonny W performed at the final showcase: from the wonderfully farcical mood of The Marriage of Figaro and a mysterious scene from Carmen, to Die Zauberflöte and a wonderfully witty performance of Mikado, the operetta by the comic genius of Gilbert and Sullivan.
It was a wonderful afternoon brimming with talent, originality, beautiful singing and, most impressively, marvellous acting.
Dante P, Lower Sixth
I joined the Lancing Opera Project last September and it has been a fantastic experience from the very start. Every term we had two rehearsals, led by the visiting singing teachers, where we practised ensemble pieces, solos, duets, trios and more. Offenbach’s To Arms, Gods and Demigods from Orpheus in the Underworld was my favourite of the ensemble works, partly because of the final top B in the soprano section which really highlighted the gods’ and demigods’ sheer passion for a revolution. During the course of the project I was given the role of Susanna for the duet pieces in Act I of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro − which were ardent, to say the least; the ruler routine was the absolute highlight of my choreography. Opera is something that I’ve recently come to appreciate much more after joining Lancing and studying Music at A Level. I’m now much more familiar with choral music in terms of experience, and this project has given me the chance to improve my own singing technique and get involved in this brilliant form of vocal performance.
Stephanie O, Lower Sixth