RA250: opera in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Drawing Room

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Thursday 23 November 2017
7 — 9pm

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Charlotte Bröker

This exclusive evening event will take you on a journey of operatic excellence in the RA’s historic Life Drawing Room.

Featuring an operetta by Royal Academy Schools student Hamish Pearch, with vocals by Charlotte Bröker accompanied by pianist Adam Cigman-Mark, this evening will be a repertoire of classical and contemporary songs; colliding different eras, styles and attitudes.

“I want to generate a tension where individual and group identities are questioned. Using opposites to explore commonality, I’ve been thinking about issues of class, loyalty and gender.” – Hamish Pearch

Guests will have the opportunity to experience an original performance, curated by RA schools student Hamish Pearch, in the Life Drawing Room, a unique and significant space nestled deep in the heart of the RA Schools. It was designed in the 1860s when the galleries and schools were first constructed, purpose-built to accommodate the study of the human form in art.

This event will include a drinks reception upon arrival, and an original, limited edition print created exclusively for this event.

Hamish Pearch (b. 1993, London, UK) previously studied at Camberwell College of Art. His work includes sculpture and performance. Selected recent exhibitions include Addams Outtake, Roaming Projects (2017), Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour, co-curated and exhibited in at J Hammond Projects (2017), Curiosites, Sans Titre (2016) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA and Primary (2015).

Charlotte Bröker is a soprano at the start of her singing career. She studied History of Art at Clare College, Cambridge and was a choral scholar and solo recitalist at Emmanuel College. She now works freelance as a classical and jazz singer across the UK, continuing her training with teacher Ashley Stafford (RCM).

Adam Cigman-Mark is a sought-after pianist and accompanist. He has performed with ensembles and orchestras in venues across the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall, the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and the Cadogan Hall. As a vocal coach and repetiteur, he has worked on La tragédie de Carmen (Berliner Philharmoniker Baden-Baden Easter Festival), Hector Parra’s Wilde (Schwetzingen SWR Festival), Michel Tabachnik’s Benjamin, dernière nuit (Opéra National de Lyon), Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang (National Theater Mannheim) and Die Gezeichneten (Opéra National de Lyon). He has played for leading conductors including Mark Elder, John Eliot Gardiner and Marin Alsop.

Tickets to this event include a donation to support the redevelopment of the Royal Academy. For nearly 250 years, the RA has been a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. Thank you for supporting the future of the Royal Academy by participating in this event.

Booking is essential for this event; if you wish to bring a guest please book one ticket for each person.

Please note that the date of this event has changed since its publication in the RA Magazine. It will now take place on 23 November.

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Thursday 23 November 2017

7 — 9pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£95. Includes drinks reception, limited-edition original print and programme created by RA Schools Student, Hamish Pearch

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