The opening of the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, in 2016, has provided a perfect opportunity to stage opera in India in a venue both sumptuous and appropriate.
Giving Voice Society will be taking an opportunity to stage the first full opera production in the venue – Domenico Cimarosa’s comic masterpiece, “The Secret Marriage”.
This is a historic occasion as it will be the first time a full production will take place at the Royal Opera House featuring an entirely Indian cast, which of course has special significance in this year, the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence.
For the last seven years Giving Voice Society has been teaching Western Classical singing to Indian students in Mumbai and other cities. They now have some very fine Indian singers, many of whom have gone abroad to study. They will feature in the performances.
Giving Voice to India is a unique initiative to raise the standard of Western Classical singing, both art song, and opera, in India. The project was started by internationally renowned soprano Patricia Rozario and accomplished pianist and vocal coach Mark Troop in August 2009.
Patricia Rozario, OBE is a Bombay-born British soprano. Born and educated in Bombay, India, she went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
She has performed at the English National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the Garsington Opera in England, and has performed on stage across Europe in Aix-en-Provence, Brussels, Frankfurt, Ghent, Innsbruck, Lyon and Stuttgart.
One of her most notable appearances was across Europe in The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. She has also given concerts in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and as part of The Proms in England, and abroad in Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Halle, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Cologne, Leipzig, Madrid, New York City, Paris, Riga, Rouen, Strasbourg, Vienna, Winterthur and Zürich. She performed in a production of Elvis Costello’s Meltdown.
Rozario has made numerous recordings of the works of composer John Tavener. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2001. Rozario is currently a professor at the Royal College of Music, where she is a member of the Vocal Faculty.
The project implements a singing course, in line with the format of international music academies, during which Patricia Rozario and Mark Troop work with Indian singers on various skills such as vocal technique, musical style, and interpretation, foreign language skills and score reading skills. The duo have taught 29 courses so far, each usually 5 days long, and have worked with over 100 students.
These courses, conducted in Mumbai, Panaji, Pune, Delhi and Ahmedabad until now, are offered at highly subsidised rates to ensure their accessibility by anyone who is interested.
During their time in India, Patricia and Mark have also trained local singers, who demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles, to carry on their teaching work while they are away in order to provide continuous learning opportunities to singers in India.
There will be four Performances at The Royal Opera House, Mumbai: 27th July at 7 pm, 28th July at 7 pm, 29th July matinee at 4 pm and evening at 7.30 pm
For more information, please visit www.givingvoicesociety.org