Opera in October: a unique opportunity to meet the stars

Watch all of the recordings from the Opera in October series presented to you by The International Opera Awards.

These virtual events offered a unique opportunity to meet some of the world’s best and brightest operatic stars and provided an exclusive insight into their careers and the operatic profession.

Mazars sponsored the International Opera Awards earlier this year – continuing our support to the Opera Awards Foundation and the recently created Artist Hardship Fund, set up to provide emergency grants to the young artists affected by the pandemic and together we are delighted to extend our partnership with this set of fascinating lunchtime events.

The recordings of the sessions are available to watch below.

Wallis Giunta by Kirsten Nijhof / Louise Alder by Gerard Collett 


The rise to operatic stardom, with Wallis Giunta and Louise Alder

Wallis Giunta (Mazars Young Singer award winner 2018) and Louise Alder (Mazars’ Young Singer award winner 2017) spoke with Neil Fisher (deputy arts editor of The Times) about their journeys to operatic success including the joys and pitfalls of building a career in the 21st century and the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Brindley Sherratt by Gerard Collett / Susan Bullock by Christina Raphaelle


My Favourite Monster: operatic ghosts and villains, with Brindley Sherratt and Susan Bullock CBE

Bass Brindley Sherratt and soprano Susan Bullock are two of Britain’s finest singers, and between them, they’ve played their share of ghosts, witches, and villains – from Sweeney Todd’s Mrs Lovett to the devil himself. As we geared up for Halloween, they discussed their favourite creepy operatic characters, both to perform and be frightened by.

Stuart Skelton by Guðmundur-Ingólfsson


How to build a voice, with Stuart Skelton

Tenor Stuart Skelton has performed some of opera’s most challenging repertoire. In conversation with Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton, he discussed the building blocks of technique, the physicality which goes into sustaining a dramatic voice and offered some tips for all of us on developing stamina and resilience.

Lisette Oropesa by Jason Homa


In Conversation with Lisette Oropesa

Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in-demand lyric coloraturas today. Starring this season in both Rigoletto and La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, she joined deputy editor of the
Opera Magazine Henrietta Bredin for an in-depth chat about the life of a modern diva.

For full details of the online concert series, follow #OperaInOctober on social media for updates.