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Masterclass with Joan Rodgers CBE

On Friday 1st September 2023, Cumbria Opera Group are delighted to welcome back Joan Rodgers CBE to Cumbria. At St Bees' Priory (near Whitehaven), Joan will lead a masterclass with three young singers, an invaluable experience for those participating and watching.


To participate in the masterclass, candidates must have been born, raised, or educated in Cumbria. We will welcome applications from singers of any age, but preference will be given to those aged 16-29.

All applications will receive a free viewing ticket to the masterclass, regardless of whether they are chosen to participate.


To apply, please fill in the form here by the 31st May 2023.


If you have any questions, please contact the Cumbria Opera Group at


Joan Rodgers is equally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. She has appeared in concert with conductors including Solti, Barenboim, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Ashkenazy, Salonen, Rattle, Elder and Bolton. She has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the USA. Operatic engagements have included performances at all the major UK opera houses as well as in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Her many recordings include albums of songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Wolf, Fauré and Mozart and the three Mozart Da Ponte operas with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Joan Rodgers received the Royal Philharmonic Society award as Singer of the Year for 1997, the 1997 Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera for her performance as The Governess in the Royal Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Liverpool University in July 2005. Joan Rodgers was awarded the CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List.

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