"Fantastic night at the opera..."

Opera Alba...states its aim is "bringing opera to the people of Scotland and beyond".
This it achieves admirably, and much more.

 

"An excellent mix with much to remember..."

The mix of music was excellent. The opening Brindisi from Verdi's La Traviata was a perfect introduction and the music, some familiar, some not so, flowed on courtesy of Dvorak, Mozart, Bernstein and Puccini, to name but few.

There were many highlights and these included a wonderful Soave sia il Vento from Cosi fan Tutte and the famous quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto.

 

"The style of the evening was fine and the commentary good and appropriate - the performers engage well with their audience."

Daisy Henderson

 

Biography: Daisy Henderson

Born and brought up in Lenzie, DAISY HENDERSON first started singing lessons at the age of fifteen.  She studied for a Bachelor of Education Degree and worked for several years as a primary school teacher.  In her spare time she continued to take private singing lessons and performed in many operatic societies in and around Glasgow in musical, operetta and opera productions.

She was a member of the  Edinburgh Festival Chorus, The Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and John Currie's Scottish Chorus, travelling to Milan, Jerusalem, Eilat, and Los Angeles, appearing at the Hollwyood Bowl.

She joined the chorus of Scottish Opera in 1996 and covered and performed many roles including the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Ida in Die Fledermaus, First Lady in the Magic Flute, Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier, Freya in Das Rheingold, Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, First Hen in Cunning Little Vixen, Cousin in Madam Butterfly and First Apparition in Macbeth. Since the chorus of Scottish Opera was made redundant in 2005, she continues to be employed by the company on a freelance basis. She also sings regularly throughout Scotland as part of Trio Serenata with George Macilwham, flute and David Murray, piano, and can often be found singing at weddings. "Daisy also performs The Ivor Novello Story, from a script by John Cairney, to great acclaim."

Solo concert performances include Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s German arias, Haydn’s Seasons, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, Cedric Thorpe Davies’ The Jolly Beggars with Linda Ormiston and Donald Maxwell, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and the Verdi Requiem in April 2009 and February 2010

Recitals have taken place in the Art Lover’s House, The Lighthouse, St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, Greenock Town Hall, Oban, Harry Ramsden’s Opera and Chips, Edinburgh, Glasgow Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh as part of the Festival series.  She was a Crear scholar in January 2009 with Malcolm Martineau, which involved  a week of masterclasses, culminating in a recital.

Daisy also teaches singing privately, with two of her adult pupils gaining two 1sts and 2nds at this year’s Glasgow Music Festival.  She also fixes professional choirs (8-20 singers known as Coro Alba) for  private engagements and for visiting celebrities, eg John Innes’ sellout concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Priests at the Clyde Auditorium and for Raymond Gubbay productions.

Recently Daisy has started up a new agency: Classical Musicians Scotland (www.classicalmusiciansscotland.com) which aims to provide professional singers and instrumentalists, based in Scotland, for any type of event looking for quality entertainment.

In October of 2010 and 2011, Daisy took part in eight Showstoppers concerts with Linda Ormiston, Jim Nicol, Tom McVeigh and Andrew Nicol in East Kilbride, Girvan and Stirling. She also sang with Linda, Jim and Donald Maxwell in John Scrimger's Gilbert and Sullivan evening in Pitlochry Festival Theatre. She'll be appearing with Scottish Opera in the spring of 2013 in The Flying Dutchman.

 

 

 

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