Singing Teaching and Coaching
My operatic career as a freelance baritone has spanned 19 years and encompasses over 50 roles in early, mainstream and contemporary repertoire. I have participated on educational outreach projects with the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne and English Touring Opera, and I have performed in specially-commissioned works aimed at attracting young people to the world of opera and classical music.
I began my own vocal studies with Enrico Fissore and Sylvia Rhys-Thomas in Milan, from whom I learnt the essence of "appoggio" (support) and much about Italian vocal style. I further developed my technique with Robert Dean at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the London Opera Studio, in particular investigating the balance between breath, resonance and pressure.
I really enjoy working with younger singers and encouraging the development of new talent. I have also directed operas for smaller companies, coached younger singers and taught privately for several years. My key concern as a teacher is the development of a healthy and flexible technique that allows for the demands of opera performance as well as the subtleties of recital work and the wide-ranging requirements of contemporary compositions.
I generally teach at Jacques Samuel Studios on the Edgware Road in London, or at home in Southern France. My fees begin at £40 per hour (plus studio costs) for student singers, £45 plus for more established artists.
Please use the contact page if you wish to arrange a consultation lesson.