I had such a fantastic time, learnt so much but had a lot of fun too. I have never experienced that amount of such detailed work packed into a single week and the learning was accumulative from session to session.
English baritone Jonathan de Garis is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) where he has been awarded a full scholarship. He completed his undergraduate also at GSMD where he was awarded a first and the Wyburd Prize for German Lieder. Recent operatic experience includes the title role Eugene Onegin (Opera Loki, touring in France and England); Guglielmo Così fan tutte (St Paul’s Opera 2018); Jupiter Orphée aux Enfers (St Paul’s Opera); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (GSMD); and Sid Albert Herring and Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos in GSMD opera scenes. He is equally passionate about song and recently performed a program of Lieder in Leipzig at the International Mendelssohn Academy in workshops and recital with Peter Schreier. Other recent projects include masterclasses with Edith Wiens and Mark Milhoffer. Concert performances include performing as the soloist in a premier of a new chamber oratorio Invitation to Debate, chorus of Demons for Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO, and bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah (St Paul’s Opera).
Photo: Jonathan de Garis at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2018. Photo credit: Mark Savage.
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