Harry Kersley & friends - A Night at The Opera
Harry Kersley - Tenor + Hope Lavelle - Soprano + Ben Knight - Baritone
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
The Royal College of Music Gap Year Experience Program was where Harry Kersley Tenor, began his journey of Musical study. This was an opportunity only afforded to those who show exceptionally high levels of ability and potential to progress into a professional career as a musician. The Royal College of Music laid down the foundation of knowledge of classical musicianship. Harry then attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London as an undergraduate (Bmus) under the tuition of internationally acclaimed tenors; Lynton Atkinson and Dominic Natoli. Harry took part in many Master Classes at Trinity including working with Europe’s most esteemed opera singers and coaches including Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri, Claire Rutter, Louise Crane, James Gilchrist and Louise Winter.
Charitable Performances: Harry has performed for the Henry van Straubenzee Charity Christmas service in front of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Furthermore, he sang for the Child’s i Foundation’s black tie gala dinner at The Roof Gardens, Kensington supporting the important work to provide family homes for orphans in Uganda. He was also invited to perform at The Bet 365 arena in Stoke on Trent for The Boparan Charitable Trust, a UK-wide charity which helps children with disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
Harry has appeared as a television judge alongside Geri Horner on BBC One’s: All Together Now, and featured as a soloist in the music video.
Upcoming performances features for Harry involve playing the principal role of Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata for Opera South East and Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute for Opera Kensington.
Support is from Soprano Hope Lavelle and Baritone Ben Knight
To gain and widen experience whilst studying at Trinity Harry has taken on roles with opera companies: Gastone - La Traviata (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Prince Yamadori - Madame Butterfly (London International Sinfonia, Cadogan Hall.) Further roles include First Armed Man (Magic Flute), First Priest (Magic Flute) Flute and Marco Polo (A Night at The Chinese Opera.)
Opera Scenes: Nemorino - “Io già m’immagino” + “Una Furtiva Lagrima”, L’Elisir D’amore, Gaetano Donizetti, National Opera Studio: Opera Intro Course, 2018.
Don Ottavio - “Ah del padre in periglio” + “Fuggi, Crudele, Fuggi!”, Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, National Opera Studio: Opera Intro Course, 2018.
Oratorio solo concert performances include: The Messiah (Handel) and Olivet to Calvary (Maunder.)
Hope is a London-based Soprano, raised between the picturesque Constable Country of Suffolk and the rolling desert scenery of Phoenix, Arizona. She is lauded for her rich, shimmering tones, her dramaturgy, her sensitivity as an artist and her sophisticated recital programming.
From the ages of eight to seventeen, she was taught singing by Julia Parrott before studying with Anthea Parashchak when she was eighteen. In 2018, Hope obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor's Degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied with Teresa Cahill, Lynton Atkinson and Alistair Young. Hope is currently studying for her Master of Arts (MA) at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is the recipient of the Parepa-Rosa Prize and studies under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele. Away from the Operatic stage, Hope is a keen recitalist, having been awarded Second Prize at the final of the 2017 Courtney Kenny Award, given by the Association of English Singers and Speakers, and receiving glowing feedback from the Judges. She frequently gives themed recitals that specialise in narratives and storytelling, often including elements of poetry and spoken word, that combine to create a moving and powerful experience for her audiences.
Ben is a baritone currently in his first year on the MA performance course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Mary Nelson. Previously Ben has studied at Junior Guildhall where he won the Singers Prize Award under the study of Marilyn Rees. Ben furthered his education at Bath Spa University where he played the roles of Count Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro and Jupiter from Orpheus in the Underworld in the annual opera productions.