Back in September I made my first performance in my new job singing with Opera Vlaanderen. It was a fun and enjoyable way to begin the season. The sun was shining on us in Sint-Jansplein for our open air concert in front of several thousand people. We sang some opera classics such as the Torreador song from Bizet's Carmen, and Brindisi from Verdi's Traviata. But we were mostly showcasing some of the excerpts from the upcoming season, from Lohengrin, to the Pearl Fishers, and Macbeth.
"Sunday 2 September 11.30 a.m.: For the tenth time in a row Opera Vlaanderen will offer a unique Sunday morning concert with plenty of excitement. In 75 minutes, we will take you on a journey through all the highlights of the new opera season: from favourites that rank among the Top 100 of classical music, to undiscovered fragments that are just as worthy. The Opera Vlaanderen chorus and Symphony Orchestra are already preparing to shake the cobblestones of the Sint-Jansplein with a series of top soloists, conducted by Jan Schweiger.
Klassiek in de stad is therefore not just a festival, it's also a big celebration that consistently draws over 10,000 visitors. For the two-day festival, we are all too happy to emerge from behind our stately facades for a playful mix of celebrated and lesser-known arias and overtures, the sweetest classical melodies and musical surprises, plus the grace and virtuosity of the dancers, performed outdoors. Goosebumps guaranteed.
This year once again, the Sint-Jansplein will be the somewhat atypical setting for this now legendary event."
Jennifer Coleman - is a classical / opera singer, and vocal coach, performing across the UK and internationally.