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Aylesbury Opera

23 May @ 12:45 pm 1:45 pm

£7 Adults

Tickets on the door (cash or card). Under 18s and carers go free

Doors open at 12:15 pm

Aylesbury Lunchtime Music

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St Mary the Virgin

Church Street
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 2JJ United Kingdom
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Soprano Olivia Singleton, singing with Aylesbury Opera


Olivia Singleton


Chiara Carbone

Mezzo soprano

Philip Hayes


Aleksi Koponen


Harriet Lawson


Notes on the performers

A quartet of principal singers from Aylesbury Opera will present a varied programme of solos, duets and ensembles from across the 18th-20th century opera and chamber repertoire. Featuring Olivia Singleton (soprano), Chiara Carbone (mezzo soprano), Philip Hayes (tenor) and Aleksi Koponen (baritone). Piano accompaniment will be provided by Harriet Lawson, who spent her career working in opera houses across Italy before retiring to Bucks.

Harriet Lawson studied the piano, harpsichord and voice at the Royal College of Music and as a post graduate répétiteur at the RCM Opera School. Her career was based in Italy, working as a répétiteur at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Teatro Piccolo in Milan. She collaborated with Giorgio Strehler on his last production, Cosí fan tutte, touring in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain. She worked for six years at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Maestro di sala e al cembalo, collaborated with Théâtre de l’Opéra de Bordeaux, L’Orchestra Verdi Milano, Glyndebourne Festival, with Radio France and with Radio Suisse.

Harriet’s concert work as an accompanist has taken her all over Europe – Salle Gaveau in Paris, opera houses in France, Germany, Italy Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, and numerous festivals. She has collaborated with the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh and the Solti Peretti Masterclasses in Italy and was, for ten years, a teacher and pianist in the Walton Foundation masterclasses and concerts in Ischia. Since 1988 she has been teaching at the Accademia di Lirica di Osimo.

In 2015, after 35 years in Italy, Harriet returned to the UK, taking up bee keeping, building a vegetable garden and planting an orchard at her home in Beaconsfield. In her spare time, she has collaborated with the London Bel Canto Festival, occasionally with Arcadian Opera and Aylesbury Opera, and twice been Music Director of the Chiltern Shakespeare Festival. In 2021 she joined the Wooburn Singers, a great auditioned local choir.


Programme notes