French songs to opera high­lights

Bar­bara and Michal plan var­ied pro­gramme

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE TICKET - Sharon Lip­trott

Lead­ing col­oratura so­prano Bar­bara Cole Wal­ton and her ac­com­pa­nist, pi­anist Michal Ga­j­zler, are to be the next guests of Locker­bie Mu­sic So­ci­ety.

Their pro­gramme is set to de­light the au­di­ence and will in­clude re­lax­ing French songs, show-stop­ping op­er­atic high­lights, nos­tal­gic trips down Rodgers & Ham­mer­stein lane, show songs and many more.

Bar­bara Cole Wal­ton comes from Van­cou­ver Is­land, Canada, and moved to Glas­gow in 2011 to do post-grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land. She fell in love with the city and never left.

She holds an MMus in opera (dis­tinc­tion), an MMus in vo­cal per­for­mance from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire and a BMus in vo­cal per­for­mance from the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria, Canada.

As a free­lance, she finds her time split be­tween recitals, con­cert work and opera.

Her 2018/19 sea­son sees the tail-end of the Diva Opera sum­mer tour of Mozart’s Die Ent­führung aus dem Serail.

Ear­lier this year, Bar­bara sang the part of the con­troller in Scot­tish Opera’s pro­duc­tion of Flight and cov­ered the parts of both Na­iad and Echo in their pro­duc­tion of Ari­adne auf Naxos. She has also per­formed at the New Gen­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val in Florence, Italy, and runs singing stu­dios in the south side of Glas­gow and in He­lens­burgh.

Michal re­turns to the Locker­bie so­ci­ety fol­low­ing his con­cert in the town last De­cem­ber.

Raised in Poland, he moved to Scot­land in 2013 when he be­came the ac­com­pa­nist for Aria Alba – Opera for All. He grad­u­ated in 2010 with an MMus in pi­ano per­for­mance from the Krakow Academy of Mu­sic and an MA in mu­si­col­ogy from the Jagiel­lonian Univer­sity in Krakow.

His op­er­atic ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes per­form­ing on pi­ano for Aria Alba on per­for­mances of Die Zauber­flöte, Die Fle­d­er­maus and Semele. He has also per­formed with the Lyric Opera Stu­dio Weimar and Kent Opera.

He re­cently grad­u­ated with a Mas­ter of Mu­sic in repeti­teur­ship from the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land’s Alexan­der Gib­son Opera School. His répéti­teur ex­pe­ri­ence at the RCS in­cludes The Bear and Owen Win­grave.

Every­one is wel­come to en­joy what prom­ises to be an ex­cel­lent and var­ied per­for­mance.

It will be held at Somer­ton House Ho­tel in Locker­bie on Tues­day, start­ing at 7.30pm. Tick­ets can be bought that evening at the door, with re­duced rates for stu­dents and free en­try for school­child­ren.

There is dis­abled ac­cess at the venue.

Con­cert Michal Ga­j­zler and Bar­bara Cole Wal­ton

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