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Young singers impress opera soprano

Young singers impress opera soprano

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

TALENTED teenagers were given a chance to sing in front of international opera soprano star Amanda Roocroft at a special event at St Mary’s College in Crosby.

The young singers were invited to the class arranged by Opera Viva last weekend where they were tasked with performing a piece of their own choice and receiving helpful criticism from Amanda.

In the course of her 25-year career, Amanda has sung leading roles in the opera houses of Europe and North America and was the winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for her performance in the title role of Jenufa at the English National Opera.

All of the singers had impressive voices, but the audience and the singers were amazed to hear the difference that some very simple physical and mental techniques suggested by Amanda could transform a performance.

Amanda said: “The standard was extremely high  t hroughout. The youngsters were incredibly brave, courageous and talented. Listening to  and making use of positive criticism is an important life skill which builds resilience, confidence and curiosity”

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