An evening of opera arias performed live and a chat with mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries & pianist Ashley Beauchamp
presented by Helen Astrid
Tuesday 30 March 2021
Online event £19.99 (afterwards available for on-demand watching).
Voi che sapete from Le Nozze do Figaro
Se Romeo from I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Chacun a son goût from Die Fledermaus
Va! Laissez couleur mes larmes from Werther
I was a constant, faithful wife from The Bear
As With Rosy Steps from Theodora
Programmes with translations will be sent out before the concert.
We spoke to Joanna and Ashley ahead of their recital to get to know both artists a little bit better. See what they had to say to our questions…
Mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries is a versatile and dynamic performer with a repertoire stretching from baroque to contemporary music. She was a choral scholar at Cambridge University and went on to train at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Alexander Gibson Opera Studio).
In opera she has performed with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and British Youth Opera, and her roles stretch from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries. Upcoming roles include Emerging Artist as Innkeeper’s Wife/The Cunning Little Vixen (Longborough Festival Opera), Lucinda/La forza dell’amor paterno (The Barber Opera) and creating the role of Diana in The Weekend – a new opera version of Michael Palin’s play by composer Scott Stroman. She is also an Emerging Artist for the Royal Opera House’s “Opera Dots” programme for children.
“Joanna Harries’s Savitri is the only flesh-and-blood character…Harries sang with conviction and emotional force.“The Times
“Harries’s robust mezzo-soprano adroitly navigated the shifting moods and keys of the piece, letting rip in her final exchange with Death.”Bachtrack
Ashley Beauchamp is a pianist and conductor originally from Sussex, now based in London. In 2017, he graduated with first class honours from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he studied with Eugene Asti. In September 2017, he started on the répétiteur course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Specialising in work with singers, Ashley is regularly found giving recitals across the UK.