Soli Guest Artist Series

Journeys through Love, Lust, and Lament

September 5, 2019 - 7:30PM

Queen Margaret College

Pasquale Orchard, Will King, Angus Simmons

New Zealand Opera’s 2019 Dame Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artists join Mark Stamper (piano) for this one-off concert.

The programme will consist of operatic aria and art song that focus on the central human emotions of love, lust and lament.

Will King, baritone

Will King (BMus, Hons) is a Wellington-based baritone who studied at the New Zealand School of Music, primarily under Margaret Medlyn. His operatic roles include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’orfeo, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Sam in Gareth Farr’s The Bone Feeder for New Zealand Opera and Auckland Arts Festival Lorenzo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Zaretsky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Valens in a staged production of Handel’s Theodora.

Will was the winner of the 2018 Wellington Aria Competition, and runner up in the 2018 Becroft North Shore Aria Competition. His concert repertoire includes OrphEus: A Dance Opera, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Mass in C Minor and Donizetti’s Requiem. Will is also a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus, Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the NZ Youth Choir, and is a 2019 Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera. Will would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

Angus Simmons, baritone

Christchurch-born, Auckland-based baritone Angus Simmons, graduated from University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. Angus has been a member of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus since 2014, performing in La bohème, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, The Mikado, Carmen and Le Damnation of Faust. In 2018, he appeared again with the New Zealand Opera Chorus in Tosca, Candide and The Elixir of Love, as well as Belcore in the company’s Opera in Schools Tour performances of The Elixir of Love. Angus is a 2019 Malvina Major Foundation Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera. During this, he has toured the country as Figaro in Opera in Schools’ tour of The Barber of Seville, as well as covering the role of Figaro in the mainstage NZO production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Angus has been supported by The Opera Foundation and Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

Pasquale Orchard, soprano