NICOLA BECKLEY - MEZZO-SOPRANO

NICOLA BECKLEY - MEZZO-SOPRANO

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Curriculum Vitae

Education and Training

University of Warwick - BA. Hons Class 2, Division 1 (Mathematics)

University of Oxford ( Keble College) - Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Royal College of Music - ARCM (Post Graduate)

Royal College and Royal Academy of Music Joint Vocal Faculty - Preliminary Opera Course

Mayer-Lismann Opera Course

Scheggino Summer Opera School (director Colin Baldy)


Singing Teachers: Margaret Cable, Robert Sutherland, David Mason, Colin Baldy, Philip Doghan

Masterclasses: Emma Kirkby, Kurt Equilutz, Sarah Walker, Nicoletta Conti



Greek Passion
Greek Passion

Opera Chorus - Staged Productions 


Birmingham City Opera - Mittwoch aus Licht (Stockhausen). Solo step-out Alto 7 (Listen here) dir. Graham Vick

Salzburg Easter Festival Opera - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Simon Rattle. Peter Grimes (director: Trevor Nunn) Cosí fan Tutte, Idomeneo

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - A Greek Passion (Martinu) cond. Charles Mackerras, dir. David Pountney

English National Opera - Pearl Fishers, Carmen dir. Jonathan Miller, Don Pasquale, Fidelio dir. Graham Vick, The Prisoner (Dallapiccola), Fairy Queen (Purcell), dir. David Pountney, Turandot dir. Christopher Alden

English National Opera Studio - Damned and Divine (Will Todd)

Opera de Lyon - L’Amour des Trois Oranges, La Traviata, La Damnation de Faust, Schliemann

Berlin Philharmoniker - On the Town (Bernstein) cond. Simon Rattle

Chatelet Theatre, Paris - Le Grand Macabre (Ligetti) - cond. Esa-Pekka Salanon, dir. Peter Sellars.



Rôles

Ahmadi Music Group - Juno/Ino (Semele) in first staged opera production to take place in Kuwait

Opera Chez Cartier - Fiordiligi (Cosí van Tutte) dir. John Ramster

New College Opera - Dejaniera (Hercules) cond. Stephen Grahl

Christ Church Opera - Mrs Noye (Noye’s Fludde) 

Christ Church Opera - Morgan la Fay (The Triumph of King Arthur by Simon Whalley) dir. John Ramster

Handmade Opera - Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro) cond. Nicoletta Conti, dir Colin Baldy

Abingdon Opera Exchange - Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas)

West Sussex Opera - Hänsel (Hansel und Gretel)



Professional Choirs and Ensembles

Choir of the Age of the Enlightenment - Haydn Creation BBC proms cond. Charles Mackerras  contralto soloist

Handel Messiah, Göttingen Festival cond. Nicholas McGegan

Brahms Requiem BBC proms cond. Simon Rattle

Bach Mass in B minor BBC proms cond. Roger Norrington

Purcell Dido and Aeneas BBC proms cond. Richard Egarr


Collegium Musicum 90 (Director: Richard Hickox)

Schubert Mass in Eb - BBC proms

Schubert Ständchen - BBC proms

Beethoven - Mass in C, Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (alto solo)

Handel Messiah - Barbican

recordings of Vaughan Williams, Hummel, Haydn and Schubert masses


London Voices (Director: Terry Edwards)

Verdi Requiem - BBC proms cond. Colin Davis

Bach St Matthew Passion - Royal Festival cond. Andras Schiff

Bernstein Wonderful Town - BBC proms cond. Simon Rattle

Rachmaninoff Francesca di Rimini - Royal Festival Hall cond. Andre Previn

Ligeti Requiem - BBC proms cond. Esa Pekka Salonen

Ligeti Clocks and Clouds - Paris, Vienna cond. Esa Pekka Salonen

Tavener The Whale - BBC proms

Tallis Spem in Alium - KKL Luzern

Gubaidalina Canticle of the Sun (cello: Rostropovich) - Barbican

Andriessen Trilogy of the Last Day Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival cond. Oliver Knussen

McCartney Ecce Cor Meum - Royal Albert Hall

Brubeck Classical Brubeck

Tiomkin - film music - Barbican

Film score recordings including Star Wars Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter etc film scores


The King’s Consort (Director: Robert King)

Mendelssohn Elijah - KKL Luzern 

Mendelssohn Paulus - KKL Luzern

Haydn Creation 

Handel Messiah

Bach St Matthew Passion - Conzertgebouw, KKL Luzern

Mozart and M.Haydn Requiems - BBC Proms

Duruflé Requiem


European Voices (cond. Simon Rattle)

Wagner Parsifal - BBC proms

Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri - solo 3rd Houri - Royal Festival Hall

Mozart Mass in C minor


Philharmonia Voices (dir. Aidan Oliver)

Messiaen La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur - BBC proms cond. Nagano

Britten Death in Venice - step out German mother - cond. Richard Hickox

Lindberg Graffiti - Royal Festival Hall cond. Esa Pekka Salonen

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet 

Ligeti Requiem, Lux Aeterna

Mahler 3rd Symphony - Royal Festival Hall cond. Salonen

Beethoven 9th Symphony - Royal Festival Hall cond. Pletnev


BBC Singers

ad hoc list


Maida Vale Singers (dir. Chris Dee)

Sullivan HMS Pinafore - BBC Proms cond. Charles Mackerras 

Weill - Der Kuhhandel - Barbican

Danny Elfman - Film soundtracks - Royal Albert Hall

Final Fantasy Suite - Royal Albert Hall


Apollo Voices (dir. Chris Foster)

Birtwistle The Second Mrs Kong - Barbican

Rimsky Korsakov Mlada - cond. Gergiev

Chausson Le Roi Arthus

Harry Gregson-Williams film scores


Geoffrey Mitchel Singers/Opera Rara

Donizetti Parisina

Donizetti Roberto Devereux

Rossini Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra

Mercadante Emma d’Antiochia

Mercadante Margherita d’Anjou

Pacini Alessandro nell’Indie, Carlo di Borgogna, 

Beethoven Fidelio - BBC proms cond. Barenboim

Puccini Turandot,

Wagner Flying Dutchman


St. Michael’s Cornhill Choir (dir Jonathan Rennert)

Vaughan Williams Visions of Aeroplanes, recordings, services


Pinewood Singers (dir Allan Wilson/Malcolm Banham)

studio recordings for film and games soundtracks


Aurora Nova (cond. Patrick Craig)

Services at St Paul’s Cathedral, Concerts of upper voice repertoire, including commissions


Schola Gregoriana, Cambridge

Tallis Gaude Gloriosa, motets by Mouton, Poulenc


Edvard Grieg Kor, Bergen

Shafer Magic Songs, a/c works by Monteverdi, Grieg, Gibbons, Holberg Suite arranged Jonathan Rathbone


Solo Oratorio

Surrey Voices, St James’, Piccadilly (cond. Malcolm Hicks)

Handel Messiah

Mozart Requiem

Luton Choral Society (cond. Crispin Lewis)

Duruflé Requiem

Handel Messiah

Vivaldi Gloria

Beethoven Mass in C

Haydn Theresienmesse

St Cecilia Chorus, Epsom (cond. Jonathan Rennert)

Elgar Music Makers

Vivaldi Gloria

Bach Christmas Oratorio

The Pink Singers - Westminster Abbey

Duruflé Requiem

Market Rasen Choral Society, Lincolnshire

Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle

Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus

Handel Messiah

Keele Choral Society

Handel Jephtha (Storge)

Handel Theodora (Irene)

St Paul’s Knightsbridge Festival Choir

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Magnificat, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford (cond. Philip Cave)

Bach St John Passion

Bach B minor Mass

Bach St Matthew Passion

St Stephen’s St Stephen’s Gloucester Road (cond. Paul Plummer)

Brahms Alto Rhapsody

City Chorus (Paul Ayres)

Vivaldi Gloria 

Heinichen Mass in F

Harpenden Choral Society (cond. Adrian Bawtree)

Mendelssohn Elijah

Highgate Choral Society

Verdi Requiem


Shepherds Bush Cantata Series Bach Cantatas 169, 35, 82, 145, 187, 43    

Recital

St Bride’s, Fleet Street

Mozart Cantata k505 Ch’io mi scordi di te, Strauss songs (piano: Gregory Drott)

National Portrait Gallery

Shakespeare settings by Quilter, Shostakovich, Berlioz, Arne etc

Southwark Music Festival

Schubert Winterreise (piano: Simon Over)

International House Concert Series

Debussy Chansons de Bilitis, Wagner Wesendonk Lieder (piano: Robert Thompson)

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge, Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben (piano: Charles Hattrell)

Maldon Festival

Songs by Schubert and Brahms (piano: Jocelyn Freeman)

Chelsea Schubert Series, Holy Trinity Chelsea

Songs by Schubert and Michael Brough (piano: Michael Brough)

Silvia Townsend Warner Society

Songs by Silvia Townsend Warner


Teaching

Streatham and Clapham High School for Girls

Head of Singing, Teacher of Singing

Old Palace School for Girls

Teacher of Singing

St Georges’ School, Windsor

Teacher of Singing

New London Music School

Alto tutor