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Welcome, whether you have been following Greg since he first came to the attention of the media or have just ‘discovered’ him a good place to start may be the ‘Been there….’ page, and its sub-
If you delight in Greg’s high notes and would like to find some biographical details on him then the ‘Low Downs’ page will provide visitors to this site with some background information on him . As well as biographical details the ‘Low Downs’ page has information on tutoring that Greg has done, choirs that he has sung with and information on an invitation to appear in a rarely performed opera in Mayfair. Greg is presently living in Berlin and if you would like to know more of what he is doing there look on the Berlin page.
Details of the range of music courses that Greg has attended in recent years can be found on the Opera Courses page and its sub-
Performance contact details and a ‘Message for Greg’ box, which he really enjoys receiving, can be found on the ‘Contacts’ page.
Hello to Berlin
Greg considered various possibilities for continuing his music education and one option that increasingly appealed to him was to study in Europe, particularly Germany or Austria. In January 2017 he flew out to a very, very cold Austria where he stayed for a couple of days before going onto Berlin. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in both Austria and Germany finding he liked the food and cultural experiences that both countries had to offer. However, he knew his German language skills were not of a standard that he would need for study at an advanced level. He decided to relocate to Berlin, a young vibrant city, and originally had planned to go in January 2018. However things that anyone initially needs to get ‘sorted’ when relocating quickly fell into place during a further exploratory trip to the city at the beginning of October 2017, he brought his plans forward and has been living in Germany’s capital for about a year now.
One of the things that anyone moving to somewhere completely new, especially when the move is not in the first instance part of attending a university, is to build up a circle of friends. Fortunately this is something that Greg’s sociable nature makes reasonably easy for him. He used his love of performance to meet new people joining a theatre group and a choir. The image to the left is of him wrapped up warmly against the cold of his first Berlin winter just before singing a Christmas Concert with the choir in one of Berlin’s beautiful churches.
To read more about his life in Berlin please see the Berlin page.
Greg lived in York from September 2014 to June 2017 whilst undertaking a Music Degree at the York University. A member of the elite Russell Group York is one of just six post-
The summer months that followed the completion of his degree were filled with music. In 2016 Greg had attended a Summer School at Jesus College Cambridge hosted by Cambridge Early Music who provide intensive study weeks in historically informed performance of early music. He was invited to apply for a place in 2017 also and received a full bursary for attendance of the Monteverdi Legacy Summer School which took place the first week in August 2017 at Girton College; read about his time there on the Opera Courses page.
Also In August 2017 Greg sang in an all male production of Tosca. Greg sang soprano with the chorus and was also a cover for the shepherd boy’s aria ‘Io de sospiri Mia’. As part of his preparation for Tosca and other Summer recitals Greg continued to attend singing lessons with vocal coach Raymond Connell, a native Australian based in London. Since living in the UK. Raymond has worked for both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and presently runs the Raymond Connell Singing Studio.
In the summer of 2017 Greg was also approached by an award winning music company with a commission; he was booked to record a piece, ‘The Window of Appearances’, from a modern opera by Glass where the main character is a Countertenor role.
Less than a week after the initial contact Greg found himself in London at perhaps the premier recording studios in Europe, Metropolis. Filled with the most up to date recording, mixing and remastering equipment artists and groups such as Queen, Michael Jackson, Lady GaGa, Amy Winehouse, will.i.am, The Stone Roses, Adele and Rihanna have all availed themselves of the studios facilities. Commercial considerations mean that further details need to be ‘kept under wraps’. The image to the right was taken just as Greg ‘wrapped up’ the recording.
Whilst no further details can be made available of the recording that Greg made at Metropolis you can hear a recording of one of the arias he sang at a Summer recital, ‘O del mio dolce ardor’, from the opera Paride ed Elena by Gluck. The third and least performed of Gluck’s reform operas the story covers the events that occurred between the judgement of Paris (Paride) to the flight of Paris and Helen (Elena) to Troy.
Ready for the premiere performance of Tosca.
Read the Tosca page for more information on this exciting production.
The opera premiered in November 1770 with the role of Paride being sung by Giuseppe Millico an Italian soprano castrato who performed lead roles for several of Gluck’s operas including Orfeo ed Euridice. In this aria Paride declares his love for Elena singing that
The air which you breathe,
At last I will breathe -
…a familiar and recurring sentiment expressed in songs of love by suitors across the centuries.
Listen and enjoy the high notes.
For a period in September this year it seemed as if Greg might have had a uproot himself all over again and relocate to Paris. He was thrilled to be one of just a few chosen from hundreds of applicants to be called to audition for the Opera Bastille in Paris for a role in an opera that they will be staging next year in 2019, Les Indes galantes, an opéra-
For the audition Greg had to prepare a solo piece of his own choosing to be sung in French and also learn part of the libretto from one of the scenes in the Second Act of the opera. He decided that he would spend almost a week in Paris to give himself the chance to settle in before the audition and to allow for some time for tourist type activity after it was completed. He attended the audition very conscious that just being called to audition for one of the world’s great opera houses was an enormous achievement. He was pleased with his delivery of his solo aria and was very happy to be asked to place himself in a position of prominence for the group choreography element of the audition. Unfortunately, this part of the process also highlighted for himself and others that his technical French was not perhaps going to be of a standard needed to take direction in a French production when some translation of the moves the auditionees were being asked to perform was necessary. He was disappointed then, but not altogether surprised when a few days after returning to Berlin he was informed that he had not been selected…c’est la vie. Greg took the image to the right, the entrance for performers and, as is so often the case, slightly less grand than the entrance for the public.
Back to Wales
Greg returned from Berlin to Wales
at the end of October to perform
at a charity event for the
Terrence Higgins Trust Wales.
He was one of a number of performers
appearing at their fifth Annual Gala Dinner,
one the major fund raising events of
the year organised by the charity.
The prestigious event was held at the
Cardiff Hilton. Greg is very familiar with the
establishment; at one time he worked
there. Greg was happy to support a
charity that does such important work and
also to have the opportunity to, on this
occasion, be amongst those entertaining