APRIL FREDRICK

'...a real soprano, her tone is beautifully placed..'

Christopher Morley

About April

April is a soprano with a passion for nuance and text which gets to the heart of both music and character. Equally at home on the opera stage, concert hall and recording studio, April has recently premiered the title role of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre in a live concert recording (due for release on SOMM Recordings in March 2017).

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Featured Review

April Fredrick sang with a lyrically gleaming soprano, soaring rapturously on Joubert’s singer-friendly lines.

John Allison, Daily Telegraph

The New Album

The splendid, strong-willed Jane of April Fredrick, whose terrific dramatic sense, reflected both visually and vocally, revealed the music as not just dramatic but utterly riveting.

Roderick Dunnett

Daily Classical Music Magazine

This new recording pays an affectionate tribute to composer John Joubert who is 90 in March. The world première of his 2-Act Opera Jane Eyre was recorded live during a concert performance at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham last year and features April in the title role along with David Stout, Gwion Thomas, Mark Milhofer and the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods. This special 2-disc release will be available to coincide with John’s birthday celebrations in March.

Blooming Where You’re Planted: Becoming Red Lotus

Since May, I have been involved in an extraordinary project: Monk and Lotus, a new opera mingling...
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‘The River’: Improvisation and Sounding Reality

Four Drums and One Stage On Sunday, I went to an improvisation gig by a jazz quartet at a venue in...
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Smelly Shoes and Redemption

Today was a bit of a triumph, a laying to rest of old ghosts. For the first time in my memory, I...
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Suchet, Swingouts and Semiquavers

Tuesday was a day of contrasts not as great as they initially appeared. First that evening, I went...
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Death and the Semitone

‘For we shall be hereafter as though we had never been’. Cheery thoughts from Solomon, he of the...
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Afterglow of a Instant Classic

‘Music, when soft voices die…vibrates in the memory’ (Percy Shelley) Two days after the recording...
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Role as Relationship

Geography Learning a role is a bit like beginning a relationship. First comes the general...
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Lines in the Sand

Having just prepared a large chunk of Ilia from Mozart’s Idomeno with the lovely Kensington...
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The Balance of Furious Opposites: Dialectic in Jane Eyre

dialectic   noun  di·a·lec·tic \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\ 1:     philosophy: a method of examining and...
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And So, Dear Reader

I begin, or rather continue, a relationship begun many years ago. Jane, who is not beautiful but...
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Upcoming Concerts

Saturday 14th October, St John the Baptist, Penshurst

Merry Opera Company
Staged Verdi Requiem

Thursday 19th October, St James’ Piccadilly, London

Merry Opera Company
Staged Verdi Requiem

Saturday 21st October, St Peter’s, Broadstairs

Merry Opera Company
Staged Verdi Requiem

Thursday 26th October, St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury Festival

A Musical Bridge to Persia

Eva Caballero, flute
Shohreh Shakoory, piano

A programme of music for voice, flute and piano by Shohreh Shakoory, exploring a fusion of Western and Persian influences and perspectives.

Sunday 29th October (3pm), Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lowestoft

Merry Opera Company
Staged Verdi Requiem

Saturday 11th November, Albert Hall, Nottingham

Nottingham Harmonic Society
Richard Laing, conductor
Grant Doyle, baritone

Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder
Brahms Requiem

Albert Hall, NG1 5AA

Saturday 18th November, St Peter’s, Fordcombe

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

FRIDAY 24th November, St Paul’s, Letchworth

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

Saturday 2nd December, All Saints’, Lindfield

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

Sunday 3rd December, All Saints’, Lindfield (Matinee)

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

Friday 8th December, Emmanuel URC, Cambridge

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

Saturday 9th December, St Paul’s, Dorking

Merry Opera Company
Staged Handel’s Messiah

I’ll being singing ‘Rejoice’ in MOC’s acclaimed staging of Handel’s masterpiece.

Featured Review

A beautiful voice, shining and round, celestial on the high notes and rich on the low ones, with a creamy timbre and velvety strength.

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review

Featured Review

A beautiful voice, shining and round, celestial on the high notes and rich on the low ones, with a creamy timbre and velvety strength.

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review