Maltese mezzo soprano Marvic Monreal, born in 1991, is currently in her second year with Royal Academy Opera studying with Elizabeth Ritchie and Ingrid Surgenor. Before starting her studies in London, she completed a degree in Tourism Studies at the University of Malta.
Marvic was a Jerwood Young Artist in Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2016, and as a member of the chorus she took part in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le Nozze di Figaro and Béatrice et Bénedict. She also covered the role of Lapák (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Her roles in opera scenes at the RAM include Flower Maiden (Parsifal), Ramiro (La Finta GIardiniera), Minskwoman (Flight), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Goffredo (Rinaldo) and Ora in Cavalli’s L’Egisto. She also performed the title role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Teatru Manoel, Malta and Marthe (Faust) with Winterbourne Opera Salisbury.
With Royal Academy Opera she has had the pleasure to perform Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina and Venus (Orphee aux enfers). She performed the role of La Principessa from Adriana Lecouvreur in the RAO opera scenes.
Recent performances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mro. Brian Schembri for Europe Day Concert earlier this year, the role of Mrs. Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper with Royal Academy Opera and her Royal Festival Hall debut as a soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony conducted by Mro. Semyon Bychkov.
Marvic spent her summer in Salzburg, where she participated in the Young Singers Project 2017. She sang the role of Pisana in the opera I Due Foscari opposite Mro. Placido Domingo and tenor Joseph Calleja in the title roles.
Marvic is grateful for the generous support of the Fordyce scholarship towards her studies with RAO. She is also grateful to the Janatha Stubbs Foundation, the Malta Arts Scholarships, Drake Calleja Trust and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.
Alex started singing while studying medicine at the University of Birmingham when he received a scholarship from the CBSO. He quickly became a regular soloist with choral societies and professional choirs in London and the West Midlands, performing Bach’s B minor mass and Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Janacek’s Otce Nas among others. He also performed operatic roles including Brunello in Steffani’s Orlando Generoso and Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
In 2013 Alex became a Britten-Pears Young Artist and worked with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake at the Aldeburgh festival. This led to an artistic residency at the Britten Days festival in Cologne in 2014 where he performed 6 programmes of Britten in just 4 days. Alex made his debut with British Youth Opera as Sam Sharkey in Britten’s Paul Bunyan, earning him glowing praise from critics including ‘most promising of the tenors’ (The Arts Desk) & ‘sonically luscious… a comic delight’ (bachtrack.com).
Alex went on to finish his medical degree and worked at the Royal London Hospital for two years, before deciding that he could resist no longer; he auditioned for and won a place on the Royal Academy of Music opera course and is studying there with tenor Ben Johnson and Audrey Hyland.
This year he has played Oronte in Handel’s Alcina, Mercury in Offenbach’s Orfée aux enfers and Tom Rakewell in excerpts from Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress.
This Summer Alex attended the prestigious Sculoa di Belcanto accademia in Urbania Italy and performed a recital in the stars of the future concert at Mazaugues Festival in Southern France.
Alex is generously supported by the Gregory-Carr Trust, the D’Oyly Carte memorial Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Thormod Rønning Kvam is considered one of the most promising emerging Norwegian pianists of his generation. He performs regularly in important venues throughout Norway, Scandinavia and Europe both as a soloist and together with some of Scandinavia’s finest musicians, such as the Finnish mezzo-soprano Melis Jaatinen and the Norwegian violinist and Gramophone Awards-nominee Guro Kleven Hagen. As well as having performed in several live radio and TV broadcasts, he has made numerous concert appearances in Sweden, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland and England.
Thormod has been awarded a place at the ArtEx programme recently launched by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, and has received prizes such as the TICON, Yamaha and Dobloug Scholarships. He is currently studying under profs. Diana Ketler and Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has been mentored by Professor Jiří Hlinka since 2010, former teacher of the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.