Vic-Wells Association's AGM - 2016
Following the business part of the meeting, Vice-President, Nickolas Grace, introduced members to Susan Bullock CBE, the internationally known opera singer.
In her interview, she discussed her career from its earliest days to the present when she is much in demand to perform, amongst others, the role of Brunnhilde in Wagner's Ring Cycle. Susan has played this part in opera houses all over the world and is the first soprano to have sung four consecutive cycles of the Ring at the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano.
She mentioned the difficulties caused by taking over the role at short notice in prodcutions with which she was not familiar. Opera in different languages also demands dedication in learning not just the words but the meaning and pronunciation - she makes her debut this season in Janacek's Jenufa in Czech!
Susan sang the Immolation scene from Götterdämmerung at the last night of 2011 BBC Proms to tumultuous applause and followed that later on with an eventful Rule Britannia - see it here On a lighter note, have been performances of the Great American Songbook and appearances on BBC's Friday Night is Music Night.
The interview ended to sustained applause and the presentation of a bouquet by Vic-Wells Chairman, James Ranger.
The Vic-Wells Association of today continues the social programme instigated by Lilian Baylis as "A fellowship of playgoers drawn from and uniting all parts of the house". The "playgoers" being the audiences attending Shakespeare, Opera and Ballet performances at the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells theatres.
Although, of course, today the English National Opera is no longer in the "Vic-Wells" theatres and the play programmes are more extensive.
See more about our social events by following this link to our Social Events page.
The Association's Annual General Meeting is usually held at Sadler's Wells theatre in November.
Members may be given the opportunity occasionally of going on organised visits to places of interest.
Details are announced in the Broadsheet in advance of the time of the visit.