Nicky Spence to join Edward Gardner as Patron of the Blackheath Halls Community Opera

Blackheath Halls is pleased to announce that tenor Nicky Spence will be joining Edward Gardner OBE as a Patron of the Blackheath Halls Community Opera.This new patronage is a fantastic boost to the programme which Blackheath Halls has been running for the past 11 years.

Nicky is fast emerging as one of the brightest young tenors, his unique skills as a singing actor and rare honesty in his musicianship steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.

Nicky has lived in SE London for a number of years and having sung at Blackheath Halls’ Opera Gala Night, he is very enthusiastic about this new role in the Community Opera Programme.

“Now I have made an impact with my singing I believe it's a privilege to give something back and help present opera as something everyone can enjoy without feeling like you need a special invitation. Opera is the biggest team sport in the arts, needing everyone from the director, artists, orchestra and those backstage to come together to make something cohesive and exciting, a perfect illustration of all that’s important about the word ‘community’.

These two ideas absolutely come together with the Blackheath Halls Community Opera and as it’s in the area where I love living, I am so excited about being involved as much as I can”

Nicky's 2017/18 Season includes two important debuts, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for From the House of the Dead and at Teatro Real for Pirzel in Die Soldaten. Other highlights include Les Illuminations with the New World Symphony in Miami joining forces again with Mark Wigglesworth and appearances at the Barbican, Geneva Camerata and the Wigmore Hall. Following the success of his Strauss Song Series, he will also be travelling to the Czech Republic to record Janáček’s The Diary of one who Disappeared for Hyperion Records. 

Watch our latest online performance of 'Tre sbirri, una carrozza' from Puccini's Tosca 

Featuring Matthew Rose singing the role of Scarpia alongside members of the Blackheath Halls Chorus and Blackheath Halls Orchestra all singing and playing from their homes, we are hugely proud of this rousing celebrating of creative and community sprit during these difficult times for the arts industry and we hope you enjoy watching it as much as we all have putting it together! 

You can also enjoy our Virtual Opera Gala Night performed live online on Sun May 10th by clicking here 

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