Vocal and Opera appointments

-Posted on 16.09.2016

The Royal Academy of Music’s Vocal Faculty and Royal Academy Opera are pleased to announce three further staff appointments for the new academic year.

Christopher Cowell, Head of Acting
The work of translator and director Christopher Cowell is known to audiences in opera houses and recital halls around Europe. He directed Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night for Royal Academy Opera in March 2016 to critical acclaim, working alongside conductor Gareth Hancock: ‘I wouldn’t have missed it for the world’ (Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times).

Richard Berkeley-Steele, professor of Singing
Sought after in the dramatic tenor repertoire, Richard Berkeley-Steele performs internationally at some of the world’s most important opera houses, working with a number of distinguished conductors and directors.

Lawrence Zazzo, professor of Singing
A counter-tenor with a diverse and thriving international career in opera, Laurence Zazzo is also a regular recitalist with pianist Simon Lepper and a recording artist with an extensive discography.

Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Royal Academy of Music Principal, said: ‘At the Academy we are proud of our long history of top-level vocal tuition. Academy graduates perform on the most prestigious opera stages and concert platforms all around the world. Our current and recent students regularly win top international competitions. These three latest appointments further bolster our roster of illustrious professors in singing and opera, under the experienced guidance of Head of Vocal Studies Mark Wildman and the inspirational leadership of Gareth Hancock, our newly appointed Director of Royal Academy Opera.’

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