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Celebrating Irving Berlin

Saturday, 2 March 2024 - 7 .30 pm


Some of Irving Berlin's most loved songs are linked together with amusing anecdotes and the story of Irving Berlin's life from his birth in Russia in 1888 to his death in New York in 1989.

Classical Musicians Scotland is delighted to present a lovely evening’s entertainment from three extremely talented performers .... Mezzo Soprano Jane Monari (of The All Sorts), Tenor Christian Schneeberger(of Scozzesi and Opera Alba) and pianist Derek Clark, Scottish Opera's recently retired Head of Music.

American mezzo soprano Jane Monari hails from Philadelphia. Jane graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music in voice performance with scholastic distinction. During her time at Juilliard, she was a Morse Fellow and a Teaching Assistant for Music Theory and Italian Vocal Literature. She graduated from the Master of Arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received Distinction and a DipRAM. She is also a graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Jane has appeared as a soloist in concert with the City of Glasgow Chorus and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, singing Händel’s Israel in Egypt, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, the Mozart Requiem, and Die Erste Walpurgisnacht by Mendelssohn. She sang in the premiere of The Hours by Diana Burrell in 2011, and the world premiere of Elgar Howarth's Venice - A Portrait, a piece commissioned by the academy to open their 400+ series in 2012. Jane was the winner of the 2012 Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize. She has performed in masterclasses with Gerald Finley, Susan Bullock, Ann Murray, Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, Phillip Thomas, and Daniel Ferro. In October 2013, Jane participated in the Oxford Lieder Master Course led by Roger Vignoles. Her expertise spans a wide variety of operatic roles including Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica (Scottish Opera), Filippyevna in Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park Young Artist), Suzuki in Madam Butterfly (Opera Up Close), Carmen in Carmen (Opera at the King's Head); La Tasse Chinoise in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (The Virtual Opera Project), The Page in Rigoletto (Scottish Opera) and many more.

Jane also sings regularly across Scotland with ladies a cappella quartet, The All Sorts who have performed at Crail Community Hall in December 2023.

As a prizewinning graduate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Christian Schneeberger has appeared throughout the UK as a recitalist, oratory soloist and opera singer.

The Glasgow born tenor graduated with BMus (Hons) in Vocal Performance in 2013, completing his Masters of Music in Performance at RCS. As a scholarship student, he studied under Iain Paton and Amand Hekkers, after his early nurturing with Wilma MacDougall. He excelled as a recitalist at RCS and won the Glasgow Grand Society Opera cup; Hugh S. Robertson Prize for Scottish Singing including the William Alan Prize and was the sole male finalist in the Governors’ recital competition. Since his early years with Scottish Opera Connect, Christian has relished singing operatic roles in collaboration with RCS and Scottish Opera. As part of the West End Festival, he was honoured to be conducted by John Butt in a modern version of Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” in a role the Herald critic noted he sang “with aplomb”. His opera career has grown from being a founding member of À La Canto, touring with Opera Bohemia and in recent years as a regular member of the Scottish Opera freelance chorus.

Most recently he has played the Crook and Charles Edward in Scottish Opera’s production of “Candide” which received many glowing five star reviews. Along with recitals, Christian will be appearing in Scottish Opera’s performances of Marx in London and La Traviata in Spring of 2024.

He also appears regularly across Scotland with Opera Alba who have performed at Crail Commnuity Hall in November 2022.

Between performances, Christian is a voice teacher at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, George Heriot’s School and St Andrews University.

Derek Clark was born in Glasgow, and is an Honours graduate of the RSAMD and the University of Durham. He also studied at the London Opera Centre before joining Welsh National Opera as a repetiteur in 1977, making his professional conducting debut in 1981 with Handel’s Tamerlano.

He has recently retired as Head of Music at Scottish Opera, a post he’s held since 1997, and has conducted more than 30 operas for the company, including major works by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Puccini, Bizet, Bernstein and Gilbert & Sullivan. His final conducting performances were of new productions of Candide and Il Trittico.

He provided re-orchestrations for recent touring productions of Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Rodelinda and The Elixir of Love and devised twenty-two Opera Highlight/ Essential Scottish Opera programmes. His re-orchestration of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ has also been used by other companies, including ENO and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and by colleges, both in the UK and in America.

He has also specialised in contemporary music, as conductor of all three seasons of Scottish Opera’s highly successful Five:15 project. He conducted the Scottish premieres of James MacMillan’s Clemency, Philip Glass’ The Trial and the world premieres of Craig Armstrong’s ‘The Lady from the Sea’ and Rory Boyle’s award-winning opera Kaspar Hauser: Child of Europe.

He works as an accompanist, appearing regularly throughout the country, and is a regular Guest Coach at the major conservatoires and colleges and at the National Opera Studio. Though most of his professional life has been spent in the opera house, he has also found time to compose and arrange music for a wide variety of people and circumstances - his music has been performed in venues ranging form village halls to Westminster Abbey.

He was appointed Musical Director of Dundee Choral Union in 2011, and since 2014 has been Director of Music at Helensburgh Parish Church, where his annual ‘Come and Sing’ Christmas concerts, and concerto performances have raised many thousands of pounds for charities such as MacMillan Cancer Care and Christian Aid.


Tickets £14

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