I've just finished a run of Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Academy of Music, directed by Will Kerley and conducted by Peter Robinson. I played the role of Nella, one of Buoso's dastardly relatives in Schicchi. As most of us in the cast have been studying and working together every day for the last four years it was a bit like play time and we had marvellous fun rehearsing it under Will and Peter; it's an incredibly energetic show with some of Puccini's most memorable musical moments (O mio babbino caro, anyone?) Jason Southgate's designs for both productions were very striking, an austere, clean convent for Suor Angelica and then an incredibly cluttered hermit's flat littered with priceless art and gaudily dressed relatives. Here I am with my stage husband and fellow Welshman, Gwilym Bowen in our Sunday best (just out of shot are some orange tights and bright green stilettos).
I'm now preparing for a run of concert up to the Christmas period and for the role of Anne Truelove in RAO's production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress which will be conducted by Jane Glover and directed by Jonny Ramster.
In other news, my fiancé and I have now moved to Gütersloh in Germany where I will be based for the next year. I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning a new language and getting used to army life. I'll still be back plenty often for concerts, rehearsals and auditions so it will be a very temporary relocation.