B i o g r a p h y
Spanish pianist, conductor and répétiteur Rodrigo de Vera is currently engaged as répétiteur and vocal coach at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he has worked with singers such as Jonas Kaufmann, Javier Camarena, Juan Diego Flórez, Ludovic Tézier, Leo Nucci, Joyce DiDonato, Iréne Theorin or Sondra Radvanovsky on productions of Andrea Chénier, Rodelinda, Benvenuto Cellini, Tristan und Isolde, Il viaggio a Reims and Rigoletto among other titles, under the baton of conductors such as Riccardo Frizza, Pinchas Steinberg, Marco Armiliato, Yves Abel and Josep Pons.
As a conductor, he assisted the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) / Banff Centre co-production of Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave, with which he travelled to Canada in the summer of 2013 for that work's Canadian premiere. He continued his studies at the GSMD as Assistant Conductor Fellow, working on Debussy's L'enfant prodigue and Donizetti's Fancesca di Foix. Recently he has conducted a performance of Vaughan William's Riders to the sea and Gustav Holst's Sāvitri at British Youth Opera.
Competitions, awards, and honors include First Prize at the International Piano Competition of San Sebastián (2006) and a Concert Recital Diploma awarded by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2013). An active recitalist, performer and recording artist, he has shared stage with great singers including Mariella Devia and Iréne Theorin. He recently made his Wigmore Hall recital debut together with Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills, and has also performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme.
Rodrigo de Vera trained at Musikene in San Sebastián (BMus, with honors), at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (MMus Répétiteur, Distinction) and at English National Opera, and has a wide experience as a coach, accompanist and recitalist in a wide range of vocal and instrumental repertoire. For ENO he worked in Rigoletto, Xerxes, Così fan tutte, The Pearl Fishers, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West), Peter Grimes, the world premiere of Julian Anderson's Thebans, and more recently in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street as an organist. Before that he studied in the Guildhall Repetiteur Course, where he received conducting lessons from Sian Edwards, Hilary Davan Wetton and Dominic Wheeler, and worked as a répétiteur on productions of La Navarraise, Le Portrait de Manon, Comedy on the Bridge and Le nozze di Figaro (in the latter also as fortepianist).
"(…) precise and with an enviable technique, [...]. In the two pieces he performed as a soloist, he proved himself to be a great pianist."
ANDRÉS DE URBIZU (Revista irunesa – Aia, nº 21)
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