Tuesday, May 06, 2008


We all had butterflies in our stomachs as we turned up for the sound check at Gallery Bjørkhov Saturday evening. What would the turn out be like? How many would dare to take the big step into the world of opera? For those who did, would they enjoy themselves?
Gradually the seats started to fill up. The clock struck eight they had ordered their meals and beers and the show was about to begin!
It turned out to be a delightful evening both for the performers and the audience. We sang through some of the well know opera pearls to highlights of the musical world. We danced around the room, fought like cats and smashed cutlery in anger and frustration. We gave our all, leaving some people speechless and others smiling! The Gallery was buzzing! What an amazing evening! The hosts of Gallery Bjørkhov were fantastic and so pleased! It was so much fun and I felt privileged to work with such a talented bunch of performers! We all hope that this will be a regular event in the future!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Who knows what the future might bring?

My trip over to the UK in March was really nice. I caught up with a lot of good friends in Wales and London along the way and recorded a demo. Met up with an excellent coach and took part in a Master class!

First of all I headed towards Wales and Cardiff where I stayed with my lovely friends Carol and Tony Olavssen and finally got to record a demo with John Mills. It was great to work with such an amazing musician once again and we are now planning concerts for 2008/09.

After a couple of days in Cardiff I headed off up to London were I caught up with some close friends and had a coaching lesson with Adrian Hobbs. Adrian always inspires me. I just realised how much I love this way of working and how much I miss my close friends.

On the Saturday I took part in a Master class with William Relton. It was very enjoyable and fun to get input in stage craft once again! It is always interesting to see what different societies have to offer when it comes to workshops/Master classes, and to get the opportunity to work with people such as William Relton with such great expertise. The last hour of the Master class we had audition training. Here the group of ten singers was divided in to two groups. Each group sat in the panel and auditioned. Afterwards we gave each other feedback. I prefer being up there singing and doing, but you learn a great deal watching others too! It was also good to hear what people actually look for in an audition.

It was with a heavy heart that I left London on the following day. I just wanted more; I wasn’t ready to leave just yet. Who knows maybe I’ll come back again in the very near future?

William Relton
worked as an actor from 1971. He gained his first experience of opera as both director and singer with Musical Theatre London in the early 90s. He worked at English National Opera and Opera North as Assistant Director on many productions. Since 1993 he has been in much demand as director in the UK and Europe. For ENO he has directed La Boheme and The Barber of Seville; he has also directed for Dorset Opera, British Youth Opera, RSAMD, Royal Academy of Music, Kongelig TEater, Copenhagen, London Handel Opera at the RCM, L’Opera de Nice, DRottningholm Theatre, Sweden, and the Staatstheater Darmstadt where he is working again this autumn.