St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Amanda Kent - soprano and Adrian Hobbs - piano

Tuesday, 24 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Amanda Kent - soprano and Adrian Hobbs - pianoAmanda Kent - soprano and Adrian Hobbs - piano

Puccini
      From Manon Lescaut
          Sola perduta abbandonata

Verdi
      From Otello
          The Willow Song

Verdi
      From La forza del destino
          Pace mio dio

Bellini
      From Norma
          Casta Diva

Amanda Kent studied Theatre Studies and Dramatic Art at Warwick University and begun her singing career as a musicals and concert singer. As her voice developed Amanda changed direction and began her operatic studies with Ashley Stafford and then moved onto the renowned teacher Jessica Cash who taught Emma Kirby. Since changing her career direction to operatic singing Amanda has sung a variety of roles including 1st Lady in 'Magic Flute', Michaela in 'Carmen', Mimi in 'La Boheme' and The Countess in 'Le nozze di Figaro'.  Amanda was also part of the concert group Aspects of Opera for many years appearing in concerts throughout the UK and Ireland and continues sing in concert with the tenor James Kinsella.  

Adrian Hobbs studied at the Guildhall School of Music having gained the accompanist scholarship and subsequently under the guidance of Nelly Ben-Or, won the praise of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Gérard Souzay and Hugues Cuénod.  He has appeared as official accompanist at the Britten Pears School of Advanced Musical studies; accompanied recitals at Carnegie Hall and in the Young Artists Series at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as broadcasting on BBC Radio 3.  As part of a British Council sponsored tour he has performed in Saudi Arabia and more recently taken part in the inaugural concert at the Théatre des Martynes in Brussels.