Emily Garland wins Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award

-Posted on 20.02.2015

Congratulations to soprano Emily Garland, winner of the 2015 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award.

Emily performed music by Bridge, Debussy, Puccini and Strauss in the final on Thursday 19th February, which was adjudicated by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis, Mark Wildman, Alexander Crowe, Ben Johnson and Jean Rigby. Emily’s accompanist was Somi Kim.

This major prize, open to postgraduate singers studying at the Royal Academy of Music, is generously funded by Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust.

The Brenda Webb Prize for Accompanists for 2015 was awarded to Jâms Coleman.

Emily Garland is originally from Somerset. She is in her first year with Royal Academy Opera, studying with Kathleen Livingstone and Jonathan Papp. She has taken part in a competitive masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott as part of the Three Choirs Festival, and as the joint winner she will perform a full recital in the festival later this year. Other recent masterclasses include the late John Shirley-Quirk, Simon Keenlyside, Susan Bullock, Brindley Sherratt and Sir Thomas Allen.

During Emily’s time at the Academy she has played the title role in Suor Angelica, First Witch (Macbeth), Mimi (La bohème) and the title role in Vanessa as part of Academy Opera Scenes. Last year she performed as a spirit in Royal Academy Opera’s Cendrillon. Other roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Controller (Flight), Mrs Gobineau (The Medium) and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro).

Emily is generously supported by the Sickle Foundation, the Carr-Gregory Scholarship, the PF Charitable Trust Award, the John Baker Opera Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.


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