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Event: Weimar's Dark Cabaret

National Museum Cardiff
15 February 2020, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Cost Free
Suitability 18+
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Presented by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

A concert to honour the rise and fall of the LGBT movement in the Weimar Republic Berlin, experienced through songs from one of its most talented protagonists, Composer Kurt Weill. Weill lined up some of the most important writers and dramatists to create his version of Opera: a mix between Jazz and Classic, Cabaret and epic theatre, to achieve the ultimate goal of stage entertainment in that time: ‘make audiences think’. With this concert we hope to entertain you, but also inform you about the LGBT movement during the two World Wars'.


This cabaret will be held in the Artist Rooms exhibition space

Performer’s Biographies

Louise Geller (Fly) is a student at the David Seligman Opera School, at RWCMD. Louise has performed numerous principal roles with Bristol Opera and Tessitoura touring opera. Recent roles include Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Tessitoura) and Casilda, The Gondoliers (RWCMD). She has recently returned from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show “The Comedy of Operas”.

José Bustamante (Jenny), Tenor, second year MMus. He started his musical training privately in Bolivia, in addition to his Biology studies. He gained a Masters in Ecology in Switzerland before considering a career change to music. There, he enrolled at the Ribaupierre Institut in Lausanne for the Opera-class.

Mezzo-soprano, Marienella Phillips (Mack), is in the RWCMD David Seligman Opera School and is taught by Anne Mason. She is a recipient of the Leverhulme Scholarship and the winner of the RWCMD Adelina Patti and Dolan Evans Duet Prizes. She is a graduate of the RWCMD MMus in Music Performance and University of Bristol.

Recent engagements: Mrs Charlton Dead Man Walking (WNO), Nancy Waters Albert Herring (RWCMD), Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Somerset Opera).

Michael Smith (Sam) is studying for BMUS in Vocal Performance at RWCMD with Adrian Thompson, John Fischer and Donald Maxwell. This summer he received the Gil Rodriguez Scholarship from Opéra de Baugé, France and the Badoer Dalla Rizza scholarship to perform Marcello and Masetto with Arte lirica Festival. Michael is a Bursary Student member of the BBC National Chorus in Wales.

Natalie Valentine (Begbick) is currently in her second year of the BA acting course. She is from North Carolina and previously trained at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Drama

Alex Norton (Miriam) is a pianist, organist and saxophonist. Recent projects include performing Faure's requiem as organist at St. David's Hall, being the répétiteur on Kurt Weill's Happy End and performing the two-piano arrangement of Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle with Voci choir in Windsor.

Soprano Nataliya Gorban (Lillian) is currently a second year MMus vocal performance student at RWCMD with Gail Pearson. Nataliya previously graduated with BMUS from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she successfully completed her Erasmus exchange program. Born and raised in Ukraine, she moved to Portugal at young age, where she started to be trained as a classical singer.

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