Live from London: Beautiful Arias of Strong Women
SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2020 - 8:00PM
The second of two concerts of operatic favourites, soprano Susan Parkes is joined by pianist Warren Mailley-Smith live from London. The evening will feature arias from some of opera's strongest women.
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SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2020 - 8:00PM
MOZART | In uomini in soldati?
HANDEL | Piangerò
MOZART | Come scoglio
MOZART | Or sai chi l’onore
BIZET | Je dis
PUCCINI | Vissi d’arte
BIZET | Habanera
BELLINI | Casta diva
GIORDANO | La mamma morta
SUSAN PARKES, SOPRANO
Susan Parkes was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music (for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies) and has sung many contrasting soprano roles internationally. Highlights include performances at Sadler’s Wells, Buxton Festival, Covent Garden’s Lindbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, The BBC Proms, Salzburg International Festival with tours across Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and Africa.
She has appeared in major Hollywood films in opera scenes (including Puccini's Turnandot in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation with Tom Cruise and in “If Only” with Jennifer Love Hewitt), West End plays, (including Fortune Theatre, Austenatious), television (E4 and Italy's Rai Due), been broadcast and interviewed live on BBC radio, on recordings and in many newly composed operas/artworks with her voice even being turned into an 'app'. Susan premiered and recorded as soloist the award winning, Karl Jenkins’ “Armed Man’s Mass for Peace” (subsequently recorded for Virgin Records and reaching No 1 in the British Classical Charts) at the Royal Albert Hall.
Prizes include ‘Best Female Voice' at the international Umberto Giordano awards held in Italy. She has also been photographed in "Hello" magazine. Susan was transformed into a hologram for the first feature length fully holographic opera "Symphony for a lost Generation" which premiered in Vienna. Susan frequently gives guest vocal masterclasses and lectured on women composers for the past 5 years Oxford University as part of CASI. 2019 saw Susan perform two brand new operas especially written for her voice written by award winning composers Alistair White and Litha Efthymiou, a busy Concert diary including a solo recitals at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. She has also launched a brand new women’s choir in London called the Kensington Women’s Youth Choir.
She is very passionate about making opera accessible to children and she was asked to devise, write and sang in “Opera for Kids; Amazing Arias” at the Royal Albert Hall. This was then adapted to a solo performance and recorded live from her front front during lockdown as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s “Royal Albert Home” live-streamed concert series, which has received thousands of views on Youtube.
WARREN MAILLEY-SMITH, PIANO
In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series at several venues.
He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions. One of the busiest concert pianists of his generation, he regularly gives over 60 solo performances a year.
His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA. He is a popular soloist on the London concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the uk and abroad and as guest artist on several of the world’s most famous cruise liners.
He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC. He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 3-year period for a 12-disc set for Sleeveless Records.
He is also an active chamber musician and is the Artistic Director of the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonietta.
Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in increasing demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music and Trinity Junior Departments and tutors on a number of residential piano courses, including Pro Corda, Piano Week, Pianissimi and Finchcocks, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.
Warren has a keen interest in outreach work, collaborating with Live Music Now, Lost Chord and Music Hubs around the UK.
His website is www.warrenmailley-smith.com, where you can hear and watch his playing online, buy his recordings and follow his career.
“Rapidly establishing himself as one of the best pianists of his generation Warren Mailley-Smith is that rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down to earth with a gentle, self-depreciating sense of humour. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favourite for both audiences and St Martin’s staff alike.” St Martin in the Field, Staff Pick of the Month, Aug 2010