St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

The Opera Box

Friday, 17 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

The Opera BoxThe Opera Box

Laura Monaghan – soprano
Panaretos Kyriatzidis – piano
Mark Burns – director

C Debussy

Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse

R Strauss

Sechs Lieder der Clemens Brentano

 ii. Ich wollt' ein Sträusslein binden

iii. Säusle, liebe Myrthe!

 v. Amor

R Strauss

Drei Lieder der Ophelia

Jonathan Dove


Soprano Laura Monaghan studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Linda Hirst and Robert Aldwinkle, where she was the Drapers' and the Robinson Hearn scholar. Laura is a chorister at Finnish National Opera and Opera Holland Park, and she has performed recently at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Blackheath Halls, Great Yarmouth Minster and Buxton Festival Fringe, where her recital of Strauss' Four Last Songs was awarded Best Vocal Performance.

She created the role of Maid in Gala by Ergo Phizmiz at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, and other roles include Despina, Serpina, Adina, Miss Wordsworth, Eurydice and Susanna. Laura's engagements for 2016 included the roles of La Cugina (Madama Butterfly) for Bury Court Opera, Despina (Cosi fan tutte) for Dulwich Opera Comany, Second Flower Maiden (Parsifal) for Elemental Opera, and Victorian (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) at Opera Holland Park where she also joined the chorus of Iris, La Bohème and Queen of Spades.

London-based pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis is increasingly sought-after as a collaborative performer. Winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the Gerald Moore Award, Panaretos has also reached the finals of numerous national and international competitions.

After finishing his postgraduate studies with Martino Tirimo and Eugene Asti at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Panaretos was appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment there for two years. During his studies he was awarded various prizes, mostly in accompaniment and chamber music, and performed Stravinsky's concerto for piano and wind instruments with the Trinity Laban Wind Orchestra.

Panaretos has worked with many leading musicians in masterclasses: Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler, Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles, Pascal Rogé, Graham Johnson and the great George Hadjinikos, to name a few. He enjoys a regular collaboration with King's Head Theatre, where he will be returning in September as MD for their new production of Tosca. A native of the Greek island of Thassos, Panaretos holds a BA in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and takes particular interest in culinary creations.

The Opera Box is delighted to welcome soprano Laura Monaghan and accompanist Panaretos Kyriatzidis to perform the next of the company's series of staged song recitals. Laura studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and has recently performed with Opera Holland Park, and at the Buxton Festival, Wilton's Music Hall and Blackheath Halls. The Opera Box is a new opera company exploring little-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.