Merry Widow rehearsal pictures

Here is a sneaky peak of one of our final Merry Widow rehearsals. These photographs were taken by the talented Andrew Waltham, and feature Graham Stone as Baron Zeta.
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Scylla in Ulla’s Odyssey

I’ve just been cast as the baddie Scylla in the world premiere of Ulla’s Odyssey, Opera Up Close’s debut production at London’s Kings Place.

The show is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanne Brodie and was the winner of both the Flourish New Composition Award (2014) and Opera Factory’s Composition competition (2012). The production is directed by OperaUpClose’s Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido and Aeneas for OUC) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013). Click here for tickets.

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Merry Widow is almost here!

We’ve just had our sitzprobe for The Merry Widow, in the gorgeous village of Sevenoaks Weald. The orchestra sounds fabulous, it’s going to be a great show! Please click here for tickets.  image

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Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall

I had a thrilling time at the Royal Albert Hall this week, playing Juliet in English Pocket Opera Company’s idiosyncratic production of Romeo and Juliet. Featuring an orchestra of 600 and a choir of 900, the performance was broadcast live on the internet, and can be viewed for the next month. This lovely photograph was taken by Joshua Hayes, www.joshphotographer.com: I’m singing Gounod’s “Je veux vivre” from the Albert Hall’s organ loft representing Juliet’s balcony. R&J at The Royal Albert Hall EPOC by Joshua Hayes 2015 (67)

Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall

Today we’ve finished staging rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet for Thursday’s performance at the Royal Albert Hall.  The show looks amazing, and will be streamed live as it happens. Click here for the link to the live feed of the show, which will be available to buy shortly thereafter.p.hay.studio-194

New photographs by Nichole Rees

I’ve had a new set of photographs taken, by the fabulous Nichole Rees. Here’s my favourite so far.  Check her out at www.nicholerees.co.ukimage

Romeo and Juliet at Royal Albert Hall

Rehearsals are underway for English Pocket Opera Company’s version of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall. We’ve had our two sitzprobes, here’s a photo from our first one, with the enormous student orchestra. EPOC sitzprobe

Title role in The Merry Widow

I’m thrilled to be playing the title role of Hannah Glawari in The Merry Widow next month for Kentish Opera, and the graphics are now in. Please click here for tickets! image

Hannah Glawari in The Merry Widow

Rehearsals have begun for Kentish Opera’s Merry Widow! I am enjoying revisiting the role of Hannah Glawari, with the wonderful Tom Stoddart as Danilo. Performances are 13-16 May, tickets are on sale now.Pam-31-2

Nobby Clark photographs

They’re in! I have just received a shipment of beautiful photographs taken by the legendary photographer Nobby Clark. These were taken in 2010 of the Theatre Royal Bath’s UK tour of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class, directed by Chichester Theatre’s Jonathan Church, in which I played Sharon Graham opposite the Maria Callas of Stephanie Beacham.MASTER CLASS by McNally ; Stephanie Beacham as Maria Callas Robyn North as Sophie ; Pamela Hay as Sharon ; Christopher Jacobsen as Tony ; David Harvey as Manny ; Robert Dowton as Stagehand ; Written by Terrence McNally ; Directed by Jonathan Church ; Designed by Ruari Murchison ; Musical Direction by David Harvey ; Lighting Designer Tim Mitchell ; at Theatre Royal, Bath, UK ; November 2010 ; Credit: Nobby Clark / ArenPAL ; www.arenapal.com

City of Oxford Orchestra

I had a great time singing the Viennese New Year concert with the City of Oxford Orchestra on Saturday. Under the brilliant conducting of Stephen Bell, and in the beautiful acoustics of the venerable Sheldonian Theatre, the orchestra sounded marvellous. What a privilege to be part of such an esteemed group, especially in this their 50th anniversary year. Here I am about to go on for Johann Strauss’s “Csardas” from Die Fledermaus.image

Featured soloist, City of Oxford Orchestra

I’m looking forward to returning to the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, this Saturday, to appear for a fourth time with the City of Oxford Orchestra, under Stephen Bell. This is their 50th anniversary year, and I’ll be singing arias from La fille du Regiment, Die Dubarry, and Die Fledermaus. Please visit here for tickets.Pam-25

Title Role in The Merry Widow

I have just been invited to play Hanna Glawari, the title role, in a new production of The Merry Widow for Kentish Opera. Performances will be 13-16 May at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks. Please visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk for tickets.

Mimi in Olivier Award-winning La Boheme

The dates have just been confirmed for our revival of the Olivier Award-winning La Boheme.  Please visit my gigs calendar for the dates and times, or click here to go to the Kings Head Theatre website and book tickets.Boheme bus

Mimi in Olivier Award-winning La Boheme

I’ve been invited to reprise my role in the Olivier Award-winning production of La Boheme as leading lady Mimi. In celebration of their fifth anniversary, record-breaking company Opera Up Close will revive their production at the King’s Head Theatre, London this Christmas season.Boheme original

Website by Plows Design

What a beautiful place to meet with my web designer, the talented Russell Plows. Please enjoy the changes he’s made to my site, and visit plowsdesign.co.uk for more!image

Name-checked on Nunhead American Radio

Comedian Lewis Shaffer gave me a mention on the latest edition of his “Nunhead American Radio” show on London’s Resonance 104.4 FM. I’ve been spotted as the latest American in Nunhead, and I’ll speak to him about my life in Nunhead and London on 30 June.  You can see Lewis Shaffer’s website here, and to listen to the latest episode, please visit here.

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New QR code for www.pamelahay.com

I’ve commissioned a QR code for my website, and had it turned into a rubber stamp. It’s just arrived, and looks great. Please have a scan!
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Return to Conway Hall

I had a great time with innovative orchestra sound collective in their most recent appearance at London’s Conway Hall.  Part of the MusicUpClose series of behind-the-scenes talks with musicians, our concert featured music of Richard Strauss, Schubert, Mozart and John Tavener. This was my second appearance for MusicUpClose, and my third with sound collective.MUC IV Grand Finale 2

Soloist on BBC Radio 3

You can still hear a clip of my appearance on BBC Radio 3’s flagship programme In Tune.  I sang the aria “Che fiero momento” from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, with Philip Voldman on piano. Please click here to listen on the BBC website.In Tune recording