Guildhall School of Music & Drama Announces Summer 2021 Slate

By David Salazar

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the U.K. has announced its summer programming.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on operatic and vocal showcases.

First up will be “The Gold Medal,” a concert from Barbican Hall that will feature four finalists vying for the top prize. Soloists include Thando Mjandana, Laura Lolita Perešivana, Olivia Boen, and Tom Mole performing a vast repertory that includes music by Donizetti, Mozart, Heggie, Vitols, Rachmaninoff, Messiaen, Marx, Finzi, Verdi, and Bizet, among others.

Streaming Date: May 8, 2021

In the “Introduction to Opera” slate, there will be a presentation of a reduced version of “Die Fledermaus.”

Streaming Date: May 21, 2021

Guildhall Musicians will be featured in several “Vocal Scenes.”

The Vocal Department will also stream four new and early operas including “Apothecary,” “I’m Cleaning, I’m Cleaning,” “Eintänzer,” “Orphée descandant aux Enfers,” and “Judicium Salomonis.”

Streaming Date: May 28 – June 7, 2021

Songs at Six

“Songs at Six” will feature postgraduate singers and pianists performing a wide range of recitals. First up will be Iain Burnside curating music set to poetry by Emily Dickinson.

Streaming Date: May 18, 2021

Eugen Asti will curate a program of music by Hugo Wolf.

Streaming Date: May 20, 2021 

Graham Johnson’s new book “Poulenc: The Life in the Songs” will be spotlighted in a unique recital.

Streaming Date: May 25, 2021

Director Ricardo Gosalbo will explore Spanish Zarzuela.

Streaming Date: June 8, 2021

Finally, Julius Drake will direct a concert featuring Samuel Barber songs.

Streaming Date: June 10, 2021