St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Waimay Yau – soprano
Michael Rakotoarivony – baritone
Teodora Oprisor – piano

Friday, 12 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

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C Schumann - 6 Lieder op.13

Ich stand in dunklen Träumen

Sie liebten sich beide

Liebeszauber

R Schumann - Liederkreis op.39

Waldesgespräch

Die Stille

Schöne Fremde

In der Fremde

Wehmut

Im Walde

Frühlingsnacht

F Schubert - 'Schwanengesang' D.957

Liebesbotschaft

Kriegers Ahnung

Frühlingssehnsucht

Ständchen

Aufenthalt

In der Ferne

Der Atlas

Waimay Yau is a Hong-Kong born soprano currently studying with Philip Doghan and Ian Partridge at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been a young artist of Talent Unlimited since 2014 and is currently a member of St Alfege Church Choir, Greenwich. She won the Louis Watt Competition in 2014 and the XIII Hungarian Music Competition in May 2017, held by the Balassi Institute. She received her award and performed at the Cantacuzino Palace in Bucharest with Leona Crasi, and as part of the award they gave an evening recital in Vienna, Austria.

As a soloist, she performed in the Schubert's Mass in Ab with Colin Touchin and Spires Music Orchestra and Chorus in April 2017. She was Messagiera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eric Foster, in July 2016. In February 2017, she performed in Offenbach's Orphee Aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) with Royal Academy Opera at the Hackney Empire. Waimay also enjoys choral singing and exploring new works with her fellow students and composers; for instance, the premiere of Tamas Reti's 'Five Songs to poems by Apollinaire', and 'New Year' - a Hungarian piece for solo mezzo-soprano and orchestra, conducted by Simon Bainbridge. She has performed both solo and choral concerts in Rome, London, Brussels, Romania, Hong Kong and Germany.

Michael Rakotoarivony is a young Baritone originally from Madagascar. He studies at the Royal Academy of Music with professor Mark Wildman and is assistant teacher of conducting to Dr. Raymond Holden. He was awarded the John Talbot Collender Award in 2014 - a full tuition scholarship for his four years of study. He has also won several prizes in competitions here in the UK and abroad. Now, Michael shares his time between singing, doing projects to help musicians in his home country and also being the principal conductor of the Saint Bartholomew Ochestra in Streatham.

Romanian born pianist Teodora Oprișor is currently completing her Master's Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she is studying piano accompaniment under the tutelage of prof. Michael Dussek and James Baillieu. In the past she used to be a student at  the 'Franz Liszt' Music University in Weimar, Germany, where she  became very interested in German poetry and was inspired to focus on German song repertoire ever since. She is constantly performing with singers in recitals and concerts all around Europe and was recently awarded the 2nd Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 'Suzana Szörenyi International Duo Competition' in Bucharest, where she performed alongside baritone Michael Rakotoarivony. She also recently took part as an accompanist in BBC Channel 4's film 'Becoming a Lied Singer'. Teodora is grateful for the generous support of the Cosmina & Douglas Liversidge Award and the Royal Academy of Music.

Waimay Yau is a Hong-Kong born soprano currently studying with Philip Doghan and Ian Partridge at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been a young artist of Talent Unlimited since 2014 and is currently a member of St Alfege Church Choir, Greenwich. She won the Louis Watt Competition in 2014 and the XIII Hungarian Music Competition in May 2017, held by the Balassi Institute. She received her award and performed at the Cantacuzino Palace in Bucharest with Leona Crasi, and as part of the award they gave an evening recital in Vienna, Austria.

As a soloist, she performed in the Schubert's Mass in Ab with Colin Touchin and Spires Music Orchestra and Chorus in April 2017. She was Messagiera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Guildford Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eric Foster, in July 2016. In February 2017, she performed in Offenbach's Orphee Aux Enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) with Royal Academy Opera at the Hackney Empire. Waimay also enjoys choral singing and exploring new works with her fellow students and composers; for instance, the premiere of Tamas Reti's 'Five Songs to poems by Apollinaire', and 'New Year' - a Hungarian piece for solo mezzo-soprano and orchestra, conducted by Simon Bainbridge. She has performed both solo and choral concerts in Rome, London, Brussels, Romania, Hong Kong and Germany.