St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Olivia Doutney - soprano & Richard Black - piano

Friday, 9 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Olivia Doutney - soprano & Richard Black - pianoOlivia Doutney - soprano & Richard Black - piano

Ravel
      Cinq mélodies populaires Grecques
          Chanson de la mariée
          Là-bas, vers l'église
          Quel galant m'est comparable
          Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
          Tout gai!

      Deux mélodies Hébraïques
          Kaddisch
          L'Enigme Eternelle

Handel
      From Giulio Cesare
      arias sung by Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
          V'adoro, pupille
         Piangerò la sorte mia

Olivia Doutney is a British-Swiss soprano with a Bachelor's degree in French and Italian from UCL. Operatic roles include Adina (l'Elisir d'Amore) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) in opera scenes with Morley Opera School, as well as Amor in Orpheus and Eurydice (cover for Timezone Theatre) and Bergère in Rameau's Acante et Céphise (for UCOpera). Olivia was also cast in the role of 'The Singer' in Benjamin Leggett's 2014 film, The Fall.

Competition successes include the Canon Trophy for Vocal Music (Croydon Festival) and the Wendy Cane Memorial Prize (Woking Festival), and runner-up in the 2013 Schweizerischer Jungendmusikwettbewerb competition in Geneva, as well as Richmond Festival's title of 'Young Singer of the Year' in 2011 and Woking Festival's 'Most Promising Young Singer' in 2013. Olivia sang on the soundtrack for Praslin Pictures' award-winning film Peter (2011), and has sung as an oratorio and concert soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, the Basilica di San Marco in Venice and the Pisa Basilica. Future engagements include recitals at St. Dunstan-in-the-West Church (25th February) and Wesley's Chapel (26th May). She studies singing with Hilary Selby, and plans to continue her vocal studies and career in London and Europe.

Richard Black is a highly versatile pianist whose work takes in opera, the symphony orchestra, chamber music and song recitals. He has worked for opera companies great and small in the UK, on operas ranging from half-forgotten gems of the late baroque (Opera Italiana) to the largest works of Wagner (Scottish Opera, Longborough Festival Opera) to new pieces composed in the
 21st century (Royal Opera House, Tete a Tete Opera)                      
 
As a recital accompanist, Richard has played for singers at Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square, as well as in New York, Paris and Luxembourg. He has accompanied a wide range of instrumental works and played in a variety of chamber ensembles: he recently gave what was almost certainly the first UK performance in some decades of the piano trio by Pizzetti. He has for over 20 years had a strong interest in music by the Scottish composer and pianist Ronald Stevenson, and has performed and recorded many songs by Stevenson as well as playing several of his chamber and solo piano works, including the large-scale Passacaglia on DSCH. Other recordings include songs by Alan Bush and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and he has broadcast several
times on BBC Radio 3.

Apart from playing the piano, Richard is an experienced recording engineer, producer and editor and a consultant on audio technology.