Roger Dellar portrait demo: Opera singers from Opera Undone
The striking duo playing Puccini’s impetuous diva Tosca (Honey Rouhani) and the villain Scarpia (Hugo Herman Wilson) will be caught in a unique portrait by leading artist Roger Dellar PS RI ROI to mark the 2020 Pastel Society exhibition at Mall Galleries - and also the opening of Opera Undone at Trafalgar Studios, around the corner. Created as they sing in costume, the portrait will be realised in front of an audience bringing arts and opera together in a fresh way.
Roger Dellar is one of Britain’s foremost artists and a member of The Pastel Society whose Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries demonstrates the vibrant variety of this most flexible artistic medium. Dellar is also a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and President of The Wapping Group of Artists.
Opera Undone have won plaudits at the Kings Head for their imaginative power-packed small scale productions which pull a new audience.
Honey Rouhani (Tosca), the British-Iranian soprano is no stranger to the world of stage and opera. Her journey started at the age of 4 studying piano with her father, British-Iranian composer Mehran Rouhani and appearing in many ballet galas, as well as Sylvia Young productions. In 2018, Honey won several prizes including the ‘Best Interpretation’ prize at the Montecatini Opera Competition in Italy and subsequently took part in its ‘Winners’ Gala’. After a successful Olivier Award Nominated season at Trafalgar Studios playing the role of ‘Musetta’ in Puccini’s La bohème (King’s Head Production 2017/18), Honey was described by the critics as “an utter revelation” and “the most memorable part of the opera.”
British baritone Hugo Herman-Wilson (Scarpia) studied at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, supported by the Aldama scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Help Musicians UK Maidment Award. He learns with Ben Johnson. Hugo was an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera in 2019, a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as the Audience Prize winner of the 2017 Somerset Song Prize and finalist in the 2017 Lies Askonas and 2018 RCM English Song competitions. Hugo has a growing reputation for contemporary music, recently performing Birtwistle’s Three Songs from The Holy Forest and Theo Chandler’s The Divining Lair at Snape Maltings performing with conductor Jessica Cottis.
Get a £5 discount on tickets to see Opera Undone on 10 to 13 and 17 to 18 February at Trafalgar Studio using