Opera Foundry is a Surrey based Opera Company that develops the talents of individual professional opera performers through focussed coaching and performance opportunities. We will be putting on a series of 3 different concerts, each performed twice in difference venues, across 18 months, each concert based on a composer: Mozart, Puccini and Verdi.
The benefits of this project are:
- Singer Development
There is a gap between formal education and what is required in the opera profession. This project will give singers the opportunity to develop their skills within the realm of opera, and provide them with performance opportunities to present their work and hone their performance technique. By focussing on particular composers, our singers will be able to work more intensely on core repertoire, looking at specific roles that are currently outside of their comfort zone, and allow them to challenge and develop themselves. This will give the singers the confidence to audition for these roles with the bigger opera houses having studied the roles in depth with us.
- New Audience Experience
For our audiences, we showcase our singers through themed concerts. The performances are high quality and simply portrayed, making it all about the music. Our performances can be enjoyed by both seasoned opera lovers and new audiences alike and by making our performances intimate, set in small spaces, we aim to engage with a wider audience. In addition to an enjoyable evening, audience members may be getting a sneak preview of the next opera superstars.
Why Are We Raising Money?
There are a great many expenses involved in putting on even concert performances of opera. Hiring rehearsal and performances venues, surtitles, printing and insurance are just a few examples of some of the things that need to be paid for. We will be fundraising from multiple sources, but work on a tight budget to give the best experience possible to both singers and audiences.
Our Creative Team
Richard Cartmale (Musical Director and Vocal Coach) studied Conducting, Composition, Percussion and Piano at Trinity College of Music, directing a number of acclaimed performances in repertoire spanning the Baroque to Contemporary, and winning the Ricordi Prize for Orchestral Conducting. His work as assistance conductor to the Opera School led him to take singing lessons himself, and he later undertook his first work as an opera singer in the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro, Italy before taking on a portfolio of playing, teaching and conducting work to support further studies. Subsequently he worked with English National Opera as a tenor, singing and covering many roles until 2007, when he left the company to concentrate on conducting, composing and coaching. He also works with choirs and orchestras and brings an operatic perspective to a large number of theatre productions as Musical Director. He has also conducted the orchestra of ENO and the Bulgarian State Opera at Burgos, and was Musical Director for Opera at Bearwood’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth last year. Having approached opera from the many angles of an orchestral player, pianist, principal singer, actor, chorus singer and conductor, he is exceptionally well placed to pass on vital coaching and oversee the big picture that is an operatic score.
An accomplished pianist, Sarah Quantrell (Repetiteur) studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in music at the University of Hull, focussing on performance with Irina Glushenkova (formerly of Moscow Conservatoire). Sarah went on to complete a Master’s Degree in music at the University of Surrey specialising in performance (with Clive Williamson) and musicology (with Dr Jeremy Barham), writing her thesis on the influence recording technology has on performance practice. Sarah also studied choral and orchestral conducting with Russell Keable during her Master’s Degree, and now continues to study with both Russell and Richard Cartmale, with whom she also studies singing.
Sarah has performed as a soloist, accompanist (instrumental and voice), chamber musician and twice with full orchestra (Shostakovich and Weill) as a pianist, and performed in masterclasses with Yonty Solomon and Niel Immelman. She now works and performs regularly around London and the South as an opera repetiteur with Opera Foundry and Opera @ Bearwood, accompanies several local choirs and is the Associate Music Director with Mosaic Chamber Choir.
We also bring in other industry experts as part of the programme, including language coaches and acting coaches.
By donating to this campaign, you will be giving opera singers an enriching experience that will develop their careers, and allow us to show off this incredible talent in engaging performances of the works of the 3 masters of opera.