Katie Coventry on her English National Opera debut

Katie's journey to the English National Opera's stage for her debut in the revival of Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance has been the quintessential dream of many a fledgling opera singer.

Building on solid foundations at the Royal College of Music, Katie progressed through the Graduate Diploma (predominately for students who didn't train at a conservatoire for their undergraduate - Katie did her BA in History and Music at Royal Holloway, University of London) through the 2 year Masters and into the Benjamin Britten Opera School. Katie is quickly gaining deserved renown for the beauty and power of her voice and her magnetic presence on stage.

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Julien Van Mellaerts - Competition Success & Dealing with Nerves

How do competitions like the Wigmore International Song Competition and Ferrier Awards help young singers? What is their purpose, and how can they help the emerging artist in a world where jobs and opportunities in the world of performing classical music are becoming increasingly more, well… competitive!? Here, we take a look at just a few of the reasons singers enter into the world of competitive performing, and do a Q&A with baritone Julien Van Mellaerts following his recent competition successes.

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A Night at the (Shoreditch) Proms

This month, the BBC Proms are being transformed in the heart Shoreditch with Debut Opera’s upcoming #DOshoreditch night, the ‘Shoreditch Proms.’ The Proms have become one of the greatest annual musical traditions here in Britain, proudly taking up the Royal Albert Hall every summer with triumphant flag waving and regular season goers queuing in the sun for tickets to see some of the best classical music the world has to offer. But to save you the wait in the rain (cos’ let’s be honest, it’s England, and it’ll be raining...) Debut Opera are bringing the best music from the proms to a venue a little closer to home: the Shoreditch Treehouse. Instead of standing in the gallery you’ll be greeted with beanbags, sofas and even a tree swing, so you can sit back and relax as you and hear some of the best young artists performing the classics that have made the Proms great.

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Lizzie Holmes
'Loft Party Meets Musical Soiree' - Q&A with Debut's Lizzie Holmes

Original article by Felicity Carol for Arthur's Seat | Debut has been on our radars for over a year, and is definitely a company worth keeping an eye on. A platform for the UK’s finest fresh-faced opera talent, they aim to bridge the worlds of opera and events – as well as hosting monthly nights in Shoreditch (Debut Treehouse) designed to redefine notions of the artform. Felicity caught up with its founder, former Phantom of the Opera performer Lizzie Holmes, to find out more.

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