On Sunday 16 July two Rayfield Allied artists will perform in the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme Summer Performance on the main stage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Francesca Chiejina will sing in scenes as Suzel L’amico Fritz and Countess Le Comte Ory and David Shipley will sing the role of Leporello Don Giovanni.
American soprano Francesca Chiejina joined the programme at the start of the 2016-17 season and has sung a variety of roles including Voice from Heaven Don Carlo and Ines Il trovatore, in addition to singing the soprano solos in Gorecki’s Third Symphony with the Royal Ballet for the world premiere of a new work by renowned choreographer Crystal Pite. She also covered Ifigenia Oreste (at Wilton’s Music Hall), Antonia Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Giannetta L’elisir d’amore and Arbate Mitridate, re di Ponto.
She will continue on the programme next season and is scheduled to sing Countess Ceprano Rigoletto and Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth. She also sings Micaela La Tragèdie de Carmen at Wilton’s Music Hall and Melantho The Return of Ulysses at the Roundhouse for the Royal Opera House. She will also make her Canadian debut this summer with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal as Serena Porgy and Bess.
British bass David Shipley graduates from the programme this summer. During his time on the programme he has sung a variety of roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden including Arthur and Officer III The Lighthouse, Captain Eugene Onegin, Sciarrone Tosca, Guccio Gianni Schicchi, and High Priest of Baal Nabucco, Clerk 3/Policeman 4/ Speculator/Respectable Lady’s Son in Shostakovich’s The Nose, Sergeant Manon Lescaut, Dr Grenvil La traviata, Flemish Deputy Don Carlo and the Nightwatchman Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
In the 2017-18 season he will sing Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Antinoo Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Zuniga Carmen for the Royal Opera House, as well as Sandoval Le duc d’Albe for Vlaanderen Opera.
The performance will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 16 July and tickets are available here.