St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

The Opera Box

Friday, 15 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

The Opera BoxThe Opera Box

Milly Forrest – soprano
Melina Karagianni – piano
Mark Burns – director

R Schumann

Frauenliebe und -leben

Seit ich ihn gesehen (Since I saw him)

Er, der Herrlichste von allen (He, the most noble of all)

Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben (I cannot grasp or believe It)

Du Ring an meinem Finger (You ring upon my finger)

Helft mir, ihr Schwestern (Help me, sisters)

Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an (Sweet friend, you gaze at me)

An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust (At my heart, at my breast)

Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan (Now you have caused me pain for the first time)

Short pause

R Quilter - Now sleeps the crimson petal

H Wolf - Du denkst mit einem Fädchen

R Vaughan Williams - Silent noon

F Poulenc - Violon

F Liszt - Oh! Quand je dors

Norah Blaney - Mister Bear

Cole Porter - I love Paris

London-born soprano Milly Forrest has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music undergraduate course and she looks forward to starting her Master's at the Royal College of Music in September. Over Christmas, Milly made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in concert with Stefan Logos and Graham Johnson as well as returning to Southwark Cathedral as a guest soloist in the Marie Curie Carol Service singing alongside Roderick Williams.

On the operatic stage Milly has sung Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro, Clorinda from La Cenerentola (Rossini), Nora from Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams) and Fiordiligi from Cosi fan tutte. With the Royal Academy of Music, Milly recently covered the role of Amore in the RAO's performance of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, conducted by Jane Glover, and has sung Adina in the RAM opera scenes. This spring, Milly worked with Laurence Cummings on a special baroque dance project with the Royal Academy as part of the London Handel Festival. At the beginning of June 2016 Milly was part of the Bridesmaid's Chorus in Weber's Der Freischütz as part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's 30th Birthday Season at Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Over her four years at the RAM, Milly has been supported by the Josephine Baker trust and has regularly taken part in the highly-esteemed Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series at the Royal Academy of Music as both a soloist and a member of the chorus.

Melina Karagianni was born in Rhodes and studied piano with Katy Kastrouni, Maria Kanatsouli and Dora Bakapoulou. She has studied at the The Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music under Tessa Nicholson, receiving scholarships from the Greek and UK Governments. She returns to Greece annually giving recitals at Megaro Mousikis, Athens and at the international EPTA conference in Rhodes. In London, Melina has performed at Wigmore Hall, St James's Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Christ Church, Duke's Hall, the Purcell Room and at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Melina took part in the 2nd International Liszt Competition, reaching the final, the Iris Dyer Piano Prize at RAM (1st prize), the Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition (3rd prize) and she also won the piano prize at the AESS Courtney Kenny Award. In 2012, she performed Brahms Hungarian Dances on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. She also performed at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Italy, for Purcell's 350th Anniversary concert. Melina has performed in masterclasses with Peter Nagy, Kathryn Stott, Mikhail Petukhov, Steven Osbourne, Andras Schiff, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Alexeev and Joanna MacGregor. Melina has also taken part in the Valencia International Piano Academy, having lessons with Julian Martin, Yong Hi Moon and Dominique Weber.

Melina has just completed her Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded a Trustee of the Athena Award scholarship as well as the Sir John Cass's Foundation. She will continue her Master's studies at RAM this autumn.

The Opera Box are delighted to welcome soprano Milly Forrest and accompanist Melina Karagianni to perform the next of the company's series of staged song recitals. Milly recently graudated from the Royal Academy of Music and will be starting her Master's course at the Royal College of Music this autumn. Milly recently made her debut at Wigmore Hall as well as returning to Southwark Cathedral as a soloist in the Marie Curie Carol Service. The Opera Box, is a new opera company exploring rarely-performed operas with small casts and staged song cycle repertoire. They recently staged their first production as part of the Totally Thames Festival and will return to the festival this autumn with several new projects.