The Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize at Conway Hall

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Conway Hall is delighted to welcome Fulham Opera in for their bi-annual Verdi Prize, in memory of baritone Robert Presley. The competition will be judged by Sir Thomas Allen (international baritone and patron of Fulham Opera, David Syrus (former Head of Music, Royal Opera House) and Pamela Kuhn (US soprano). Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. At the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where in 2011 he celebrated the 40th anniversary of his debut with the company, he has sung over fifty roles. The same year he also celebrated the 30th anniversary of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He has been particularly acclaimed for his Billy Budd, Pelleas, Eugene Onegin, Ulisse and Beckmesser, as well as the great Mozart roles of Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Papageno, Guglielmo and, of course, Don Giovanni. Operatic Soprano, Pamela Kuhn has dedicated her life to the art of singing. She has thrived in bringing her sumptuous sound to the stages of Vienna, London, Venice, Paris and cities across America. After gaining her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, she based her career in London for twenty years, performing her recital debut with Graham Johnson at the Wigmore Hall and numerous performances with legendary pianist, Geoffrey Parsons. Since her return to America she is now recognised for her work as a voice teacher and mentor to her young professional singers. She maintains voice studios in New York City and Greenwich, CT and works with a wide variety of artists. She is the Director of Opus 8 Vocal Consultants offering voice and speech therapy and presentation skills. David Syrus recently retired as Head of Music at the Royal Opera, where he worked for over 44 years, conducting many operas, including "Traviata" [with Sir Thomas] and "Falstaff". Recent conducting includes the Chilean premieres of "Billy Budd" and "The Rake's Progress". He has assisted on the complete Verdi canon at the Royal Opera, including playing "Otello" for Carlos Kleiber. He is Chairman of the Maggie Teyte Competition, and has worked with young artist programmes in Tokyo, Marseille, Colorado, Duesseldorf as well as with the Samling Programme in the UK. He has recorded continuo in Mozart and Rossini operas, lieder with Hildegard Behrens, and 18 th century arias with Annette Dasch. As a recital accompanist he has appeared at the Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.

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Conway Hall

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