On the 12th September I sailed away from the UK on Silversea’s newest ship the “Silver Muse”.
I will be travelling from Southampton to Ireland, Canada, North America, Central America (via the Panama canal), South America, the Caribbean, back up again and finally flying home in March 2018 from Florida, USA.
I am working as the resident opera singer giving classical recitals and singing with the production team as part of the onboard entertainment. With a wide range of shows, I have had to exercise my versatility, singing musical theatre, pop songs, some jazz, alongside lots of dancing.
You can track where I am currently in the world via seascanner: http://www.seascanner.com/ships-position-silver-muse
If you don’t already follow me on instagram, I would recommend that you do. It’s a great way to see some of the moments from my adventure. You can find me by searching for @jennycoleman or by clicking this link:
Here are a couple of my posts so far...
After Peter Grimes, I had only 4 days to rest and pack before the 1st September and beginning rehearsals with Luna Rossa in London, UK. This was the first time that I met the people I will be living and working with for the next 6 months.
We had less than 2 weeks to put together five fully choreographed shows - all in six part harmony. It was pretty intense, but I survived!
On the 12th September 2017 we sailed away from Southampton, England to begin our adventure together working as performers on Silversea’s newest ship “The Silver Muse” on her first transatlantic voyage.
Wish me luck :)
Bon Voyage! xxx
In August I was back in Dartington in Devon, UK for more Benjamin Britten - this time his opera Peter Grimes. It was really fun taking part in the ‘Singing Britten Course’ as a Britten-Pears Young Artist earlier in the year at Aldeburgh, so I was feeling very geared up to work on one of his operas.
I played the role of 2nd Niece in Britten’s first (and in my opinion best) Opera ‘Peter Grimes’. Set in a small fishing community on the English coast, this astounding opera is an utterly absorbing, emotionally compelling experience; it caused a sensation at its premiere in 1945. Britten’s atmospheric music evokes the power and cruelty of the sea, vividly portraying the human drama unfolding around the outsider Peter Grimes.
Performances were August 24th, 26th, 7:45pm in the Dartington Great Hall
Paul Nilon played the title role breathtakingly well with his beautiful lyric, bel canto voice. It was a real honour to share the stage with such a talented cast. There were several moments on stage when the music made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. And of course the orchestra, lead by Sian Edwards, were phenomenal. The sea interludes between each of the segments were absolutely breath-taking.
Dartington is such a heavenly place to work and create art. The gardens are Idyllic and their is something very healing about the energy there. I really hope to perform there again some time.
After singing in Spain, I flew out to Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany to visit my boyfriend Kieran while he took part in the International Meistersinger Academy. He was there for a full month, but I only visited for part of it to watch some of the concerts.
In total, there were: two opera galas (one with the Nürnberger Symphoniker orchestra), a Liederabend song recital (broadcast live on radio), an outdoor concert, a concert in a museum, a studio recording session, and a cabaret concert to finish. They also had coachings and lessons from so many incredibly skilled and knowledgeable people, and also auditions for over thirty industry professionals across the two panels, including casting directors, company managers, and agents from across Europe and beyond. It was a unique opportunity.
Several of the performances were recorded in high quality. If you are interested in watching, you can view them by following on this link:
Kieran’s videos: http://kieranrayner.com/2017/09/new-videos-internationale-meistersinger-akademie/
My favourite is the video of him singing "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville with full orchestra!
In July I flew out to Santander in Northern Spain to perform as part of the Encuentro de Santander Music Festival. I performed in several concerts there with a wide variety of repertoire including:
Britten: I. Let the Florid Music Praise (On this Island)
Britten: II. Now the leaves are falling fast (On this Island)
Britten: III. Seascape (On this Island)
Turina: Cantares (Poema en forma de canciones)
Schonberg: Arie aus dem Spiegel von Arkadien (Brettl lieder)
Handel: O that I on wings could rise (Theodora)
Puccini: O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Eva Dell acqua: Villanelle
Adam Gorb: Wedding Breakfast
Turina: I. Preambulo - Lo mejor del amor (Dos Canciones)
Turina: II. Cunas (Dos Canciones)
Traditional: O can ye sew cushions (Unaccompanied)
Delibes: Flower Duet (Lakme)
Verdi: Caro Nome (Rigoletto)
It was quite challenging, with repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 21st Century in 6 different languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, French and a made up language in my contemporary piece). It was a great opportunity and I even had this awesome article written about me in a Spanish Newspaper called “Alerta”. More information about Encuentro de Santander can be found here: http://www.encuentrodesantander.es/
I wanted to write to say a HUGE thank you for your beautiful performances at our wedding at Burgh House. For me it was the highlight of the day and was such a worthy investment. So many of our guests commented how overwhelmed they were when you started to sing Canteloube's Bailero. For me waiting to go in to the room, I could describe it as nothing short of a transcendental moment! It was particularly special as my grandmother who is sadly no longer with us loved that piece of music. Both Michael and I were also so touched by your version of The Book of Love, which created a lovely poignant moment in our ceremony. Please pass on our thanks to the fantastic pianist who accompanied you. We greatly enjoyed his playing during our wedding breakfast. The string quartet were also flawless.
I have attached a few photographs of the day (including one of us listening to The Book of Love!). If you use them for any promotional materials, please credit Kirsten Mavric of Mavric Photography.
With many thanks and best wishes,
Hannah (Hampstead, London 27th May 2017)
Today was the end of an era, and the beginning of a new Chapter. I can now proudly say that I have completed my Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music with Distinction!
Time to pour the champagne and celebrate.
I must have collected a few letters after my name by now. I would be very interested to find out what they are and quite how many...
Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my years as a student. Thank you to all of my friends, family, and sponsors - without you I would never have made it.
See you at the next adventure.
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Last night, on Sunday 25th June, I sang for an open air charity event to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims. It was organised by the community around the tower and in an open air space that directly faced the blacked out and charred remains of the tower. This was such an emotional performance for me - especially knowing that so many people had died inside of that building.
The crowd loved it - many of them had never heard an opera singer live before. And when I sang "You'll Never Walk alone" everyone was singing along with me. It was a very eclectic event, before me was a Blues band, and after me a reggae band. There had also been steel drumming and community gospel choirs.
It was a performance like no other I had ever experienced before and like none I will probably ever experience again.
"When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone"
Jennifer Coleman is a soprano who works as a classical singer and vocal coach. Available for performances across the UK and internationally.