Due to Covid-19, regrettably, Opera Alba’s concert on Friday 27th March has been cancelled. However, we are leaving this page up as we are in discussion with the artistes and hope to re-schedule the concert for a future date.
Formed in 2004, Opera Alba offer a wide-ranging repertoire, from opera’s greatest hits to traditional Scottish favourites and more. Each member of Opera Alba has extensive experience of appearing on the professional operatic stage and on the concert platform. Catriona Clark (soprano), Grace Maria Wain (mezzo-soprano), Connor Smith (tenor) and Steven Faughey (baritone) bring together a wealth of virtuosity, experience and personality.
Soprano Catriona Clark graduated from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, both with Distinction, winning their four most prestigious vocal prizes. Catriona has worked with the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Diva Opera, London Festival Opera, Opera Bohemia and Opera South. Career highlights include performing Adèle in Die Fledermaus alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel in the Royal Albert Hall, opera gala performances for former Prime Minister David Cameron, and for members of the Royal Family.
Baritone Steven Faughey was born in the North East of England and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Bill McCue and Jeff Nielson Taylor. He has sung with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and Garsington Festival Opera, and was a member of the full-time chorus of Scottish Opera where he is now employed as a freelance chorister. He also works regularly with Scottish Opera’s Education Department. In addition to his numerous operatic roles he also plays and teaches flute, clarinet, recorder and saxophone.
Tenor Connor Smith is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he attained a Degree with Honours in Vocal Performance. He has worked extensively as a soloist and chorister with companies including Scottish Opera (Rigoletto, Edgar, Silvano, The Magic Flute, Tosca, Iris, Nixon in China), Fox Opera (Le Docteur Miracle), and Opera Bohemia (The Pearl Fishers, The Merry Widow). Connor is also musical director for Cathures Choir in Glasgow, having been Assistant Conductor for Ayr Choral Union, and the founder of the Wellington Church Concert Series which he has managed since 2015.
Mezzo-Soprano Grace Maria Wain graduated with an MA in Opera Performance from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a First Class BMus degree from RWCMD. Recent competition distinctions include qualifying for The Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (2019), and reaching the finals of the Ljuba Welitsch International Vocal Competition (2017) and Les Azuriales (2016). Her oratorio performances include; Handel Messiah, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Haydn Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, and Britten Ceremony of Carols.
Opera Alba’s repertoire is wide and varied: operatic arias, duets, trios and quartets. Their programme at West Kilbride is planned to include excerpts from Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte, Puccini’s La Boheme and Turandot, Gounod’s Faust, Lehar’s Merry Widow, as well as popular numbers by Gilbert and Sullivan, Tom Lehrer and Ben Moore.
Opera Alba enjoy performing with pianist Derek Clark,who has been Head of Music at Scottish Opera since 1997, and has conducted more than 25 operas for the company, including major works by Handel and Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
Together, they plan on having as much fun as their audiences!