For two nights only, we’re going to transport you back in time to the halcyon days of the Big Band era, taking in classic standards such as Too Darn Hot, On the Street Where You Live and What is This Thing Called Love. For this journey through the music of the 30s, 40s and 50s, we’ll be guided by Mike Hall and the RNCM Big Band who for this exciting collaboration, will be joined by students from our School of Vocal Studies and Opera to bring these stunning songs to life.
Very proud to have worked on this collaboration between the Royal Northern College of Music and the Manchester School of Art. This video has been made by John Lloyd, who will start his MA at the Manchester School of Art coming academic year. You can hear me sing a bit of Berlioz' Villanelle 42 seconds into the video.
Of Franz Lehar’s 41 operas and operettas, Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) with a libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac's L'attaché d'ambassade, is undoubtedly the most familiar, if not the most popular operetta ever written. Making her debut at the Theatre an der Wien in 1905, The Merry Widowhas achieved staggering success at home and abroad, and she remains a constant visitor to both the best international opera houses and the amateur stage. The Royal Northern College of Music’s new production is a visual treat, and the perfect musical accompaniment to Manchester’s ever increasing festive zeal throughout the Christmas period.