Vocal appointments

-Posted on 05.05.2016

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce further appointments to its roster of illustrious Vocal staff.

Susan McCulloch and Giles Underwood have both been appointed as Singing Professors from September 2016.

The soprano Susan McCulloch has performed opera roles at Glyndebourne Festival, ENO, Chatelet in Paris and de Nederlandse Oper in Amsterdam amongst many others. Her international concert and oratorio performances have included Four Last Songs, Mahler Symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9, Messiah and regular appearances in opera gala evenings. A highly experienced and respected teacher, Susan has been a Performance Consultant at the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and a Professor of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Giles Underwood is a versatile singer, specialising in baroque repertoire and contemporary music but also at home with Mozart and Puccini. He has played many major stage roles, including Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Marcello (La bohème), and is also a regular on the concert platform. He has recorded widely, and performed with I Fagiolini for nine years. He has taught at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at Oxford colleges, and is Vocal Coach for The London Symphony Chorus.

Philip Sunderland will become Head of Preparatory and Vocal Faculty Opera. This important role oversees the Academy’s opera provision for singers who are not studying on the specialist postgraduate Royal Academy Opera course. Philip is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He began his professional life as a member of the music staff at English National Opera, has conducted at Britain’s leading opera companies including numerous productions with English Touring Opera, and was chorus master at Opera North for four years. Philip will take over in this position in September 2016 from Gareth Hancock, who becomes the new Director of Royal Academy Opera.

Photograph: Royal Academy of Music Vocal Faculty Opera scenes, February 2016

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