Long-standing Coverwood favourites Linda, Jim, Donald and Kathryn are joined by rising opera stars Meeta Raval and John Pierce. With international violinist, Melissa Forshaw and the incomparably brilliant Angela Livingstone at the keyboard, this feast of glorious music and comedy will be a fitting tribute to 25 glorious years of music at Coverwood Lakes.
British soprano, Meeta Raval, is a rising star among the world’s new generation of lyric Spinto singers. Barely in her thirties, Meeta Raval has won critical acclaim for her confident and emotionally profound interpretation of operatic title roles, as well as her solo recital performances in major concert venues throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. Meeta Raval studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. She was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2011, and is the winner of the Dame Eva Turner Prize for ‘Soprano with Dramatic Potential’. Her operatic engagements include Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for English National Opera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Lisa (The Queen of Spades) and Ortlinde (Die Walküre) for Opera North and Welsh National Opera, covering Manon Lescaut for Welsh National Opera and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for the RAM under the late Sir Colin Davis. Concert engagements include Simply Gershwin UK concert tour with Raymond Gubbay and Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Milan. Meeta has recently just performed at The Royal Opera House in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Meeta is now performing the role of liύ in Sweden.
Tenor John is from Holywell, North Wales, and studied classical singing at the Royal Northern College of Music with renowned tutor Jeffrey Lawton. He continued his advanced training at the National Opera Studio in London.
John represented Wales at the Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 competition for
emerging young opera singers, which was broadcasted on the BBC. Operatic roles include The Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore) for the Mananan International Festival in Port Erin on the Isle of Man. Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly) for Mid Wales Opera and English National Opera. Rudolfo (La Boheme) for British Youth Opera and English National Opera. Rodrigo (Otello) for Manchester Philamonic at the Bridgewater Hall. Alfred (Die Fledermaus) and Boris (Katya) RNCM.
John has performed at many of the UK’s leading concert venues which include Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre London and St Davids Hall Cardiff. In 2013, John performed the Verdi Requiem with the BBC NOW which was broadcasted live on Radio 3. He also recorded a Beethoven 9 for the French tv channel ‘ARTE’ with the Opera national de Lorraine.
John has won many competitions and scholarships which include Young Welsh Singer 2010, Welsh Singer of the Year 2009, Prince of Wales scholarship 2008, Susan Chilcott Scholarship 2009, Countess of Munster scholarship 2010 and whilst studying at the RNCM, John was awarded the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial prize in 2009.
Highlights in 2011 include meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace during a reception for Young People in the Performing Arts and in 2008, John had the privilege to perform to HRH Prince Charles to celebrate his 50th year of being the Patron of Wales. John has also performed in many places which include Singapore, Hong Kong, Seville, Dubai, Brazil, Venice and India.