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Zena O'May (mezzo-soprano) sings Elgar's Sea Pictures

Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sea Pictures Op 37 - Sir Edward Elgar
  2. O don fatale, from Don Carlo - Giuseppe Verdi
  3. Condotta ell'era in ceppi, from Il trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi
  4. Seguidilla, from Carmen - Georges Bizet
  5. Voi lo sapete, o mamma, from Cavalleria rusticana - Pietro Mascagni

Zena O’May studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has since continued her studies, more recently with Anne Williams-King. Since working with Anne, Zena has expanded her vocal range into dramatic soprano, as well as continuing to sing some mezzo-soprano repertoire.

She has worked for various opera companies including English National Opera, Covent Garden Festival Opera, D’Oyle Carte Opera Company and Nottingham Festival Opera. She also enjoys a varied oratorio and concert repertoire.

Zena gained further notoriety by winning the Wagner Bayreuth Bursary competition.

She has been the mezzo-soprano soloist for the Italian 'Pereta' concert series, under the direction of renowned conductor Robin Stapleton.

Currently Zena sings with Deborah Norman as part of Duetta, and is working with the North Wales Opera Studio, as well as performing solo engagements.

I had the pleasure to work with Zena in Italy. She possesses a dramatic mezzo-soprano voice of rare quality and beauty.” - Robin Stapleton, Former Chorus Director Royal Opera House and guest Conductor BBC Concert Orchestra.

Marco Belluzzi Is an Italian-born, London based pianist, conductor and composer. Born in Bologna (North-eastern Italy), he studied Piano, Singing,
Composition, Choir and Orchestra Conducting at the local Conservatory of Music. He started very soon working as répetiteur in a number of productions by several opera houses in Italy (Bologna, Modena, Parma, Ferrara, Milan among others) then widening his activity as choir master, assistant conductor and conductor in Italy and across Europe (France, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland).

Marco Belluzzi collaborates with well-known artists as the Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhannsson, the Italian bass Francesco Ellero D’Artegna and the Welsh soprano Anne Williams-King. As a pianist, he is particularly active as a chamber music performer both with singers and as part of instrumental ensembles, with a particular focus on 20th century repertoire.

Marco Belluzzi is the author of orchestral, chamber and choral music (a selective list includes: Music for Dorian, for flute and piano, Three Hungarian Folk-Songs, for a cappella mixed choir, New Mother, Old Dust, a rhapsody on themes by F Zappa, for mixed ensemble and a number of arrangements of classical and traditional music for various formations (from orchestra to vocal ensemble).

He is also active in the field of jazz, as a pianist, arranger and composer.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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