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Soloists

Sarah Ogden (Soprano)

Sarah Ogden is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Stuart MacIntyre. Since joining the College she has won the 2010 Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Competition and was a finalist in the 2011 Michael and Joyce Kennedy Strauss Prize, after which she was invited to give a recital to the Strauss Society.  She has been awarded the Dame Eva Turner scholarship and was also selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2011 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.

 

Sarah has been selected to perform in Master Classes with Elly Ameling, Dame Felicity Palmer, Roger Vignoles, Anna Larsson and Julius Drake and was awarded a place on the distinguished 2011 Oxford Lieder Master Course.  Although still studying, Sarah is already making a name for herself in the singing profession and will make her Wigmore Hall debut in April 2012 singing Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (Debussy) and The Island (Matthews).  

As a soloist her highlights include; Dorabella Cosi fan tutte and The Countess The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) with orchestra and performances as a soloist in Ripon and Wakefield Cathedrals, York Minster, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Huddersfield Town Hall where Sarah has shared the stage with the world renowned Black Dyke Brass Band and Julian Lloyd Webber.  

 

Sarah regularly gives recitals and has sung many roles in choral works including; Mozart Mass in C Minor & Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Rossini Petite Messe Sollenelle and Handel Messiah. She has had many successes in competitions, including being awarded the title of Kirklees Young Musician 2006.  As well as studying at the RNCM, Sarah is also the Musical Director of Hade Edge Community Choir and Denby Dale Ladies Choir.

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Nicholas Watts was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal College of Music, the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, and was a member of Les Arts Florrissants’ ‘Jardin des Voix’ programme in 2007. He has worked as a principal artist at ENO, ROH, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real Madrid, Scottish Opera and Garsington Festival Opera. Roles include: First shepherd (Orfeo),Liberto/Lucano (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Acis (Acis and Galetea), Odoardo (Ariodante), Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Belfiore (La finta giardiniera), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw).

 

In 2008 he joined Opera North permanently, working both with the Chorus and as a principal artist. Roles for Opera North include: Sailor (Dido and Aeneas), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Strolling Player (Death in Venice), Vasek (The Bartered Bride), title role (Albert Herring), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville and Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte).

 

He has had an extensive concert and recital career. He has sung under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie and Mark Elder, and performed in concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Salle Pleyel Paris and the Lincoln Centre New York.

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Nicholas Watts (Tenor)