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Renae Willard (lyric soprano) and Jo Ramadan (piano)

Wed May 19th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Renae Willard

Renae Willard, originally from the United States, has very recently moved to London to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music. Since her September arrival, she has performed in the College’s scenes program, singing Angelica from Handel’s Orlando and Fiordeligi from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. She also won the Vocal Round of the Royal College’s Concerto Competition, singing Strauss’s Fier Letzte Lieder. Ever since this win, she has dedicated herself to Concerto repertoire, and hopes that the genre will play a major role, alongside Opera, in her career.

Renae was asked to sing in a solo aria and art song concert at the Jussi Bjorling Museum, sponsored by the city of Borlange, Sweden. She received good reviews from the Borlange Tidning Newspaper “She clearly has a bright career ahead of her.” She also gave a recital a Boston’s French Library, and other Bostonian venues. she also has extensive scenes performance experience. At the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, she performed in scenes from Idomeneo (Ilia), La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia), L’elisir D’amore (Adina), and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Drusilla). While completing her Undergraduate degree at the New England Conservatory, she participated in the Conservatory’s Opera Seminar Program, and performed in scenes from Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Blondchen), Romeo et Juliette (Juliette), and The Old Maid and the Thief (Letitia). As a member of the Boston Conservatory Opera Studio, she performed the role of the Sandman in Humperdink’s Hansel und Gretel. She also participated in the Conservatory’s scene productions, singing Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), and Cosi Fan Tutte (Despina). In Carmichael, California, Renae sang the role of Mercedes in Capital Opera’s Presentation of Carmen. She has participated in several summer programs, including the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Sherrill Milnes V.O.I.C.Experience program in Orlando, Florida.

In 2005, Renae was the MTNA Competition Massachusetts State winner. She was also a Junior Finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition in Palm Beach, Florida in 2004. Her principal voice teachers have been Justin Lavender, Hiroko Noda, Mark Schnaible, D’anna Fortunato, Michael Dean, Maria Spacagna, and Patricia Craig. She has also worked with Christopher Glynn, Natalie Murray, Philip Headlam, Philip Sunderland, Christopher Middelton, Jorge Parodi, Semyon Rozin, John Lidal, Jane Steel, Patricia Weinmann, and Michael Strauss. She has participated in Master classes with Roberto Perata, Patricia McCaffrey, Sherrill Milnes, Tony Randall, and Bruno Rigacci. Renae earned her Bachelor or Music from The New England Conservatory of Music in 2006.

After living in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow over the past three years, Renae looks forward to establishing herself in London with her husband, a city native. She eagerly awaits her London concert debut at St. Dunstan-in-the-West, and a concert at Bristol Cathedral, both sponsored by the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex.

Jo Ramadan

Jo Ramadan began his music studies as a chorister at Chapel Royal St James Palace. After graduating from Durham University, Jo studied as a postgraduate pianist at the RCM studying with John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. He received awards from both the MBF and the Neuby Trust. He has accompanied for many masterclasses including those of Sarah Walker, Amanda Roocroft, Brindley Sherrat, James Bowman, Stephen Varcoe, David Daniels, as well as a Liszt masterclass with Leslie Howard and a recent study of Mahler songs with Petra Lang. Jo was recently assistant conductor for The British Youth opera tour to Anghiari with Southbank Sinfonia for performances of L’Elisir d’Amore. He has also been repetiteur for Classical Opera company and English Touring Opera. Jo has also attended the Oxenfoord International summer school, receiving coaching from Malcolm Martineau. He has recently been the accompanist for a masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen and evening gala recital at Woodhouse. Last summer, Jo was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, studying Schumann with Malcolm Martineau and Susan Youens. Future plans include a performance of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, and conducting a double bill comprising The Bear by Walton and L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro by Rossini in April at The Rosemary Branch. In September, Jo will conduct Cosi Fan Tutte for Woodhouse opera.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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