'Rich, dramatic potential' of Gráinne Gillis's rare voice should attract a chorus of sponsorship backing for her studies
Gráinne Gillis has a rare voice type and she is looking for sponsorship to further her studies, prior to a European audition tour.
"I have a rare voice type, that of the dramatic mezzo-soprano with a sizeable extension into my chest voice (comfortably to a C below middle C), and my repertoire is comfortably that of the bigger operatic roles: Wagner, Verdi and twentieth century repertoire.
"I have been training with Neil Baker (Trinity College of Music, and teacher to artists like Amanda Echalaz, Miriam Murphy, Wendy Dawn Thompson) and Kelvin Lim (Trinity College of Music and official pianist for the Wagner Society of Great Britain).
"I am at a juncture where I need time to prepare for the next step in my career - auditioning and working in Germany. I need to take six months to focus on learning key repertoire which will culminate in auditioning for agents and houses in Germany. Having the potential to sing Verdi and Wagner is at the very pinnacle of opera singing, and requires time, dedication and money. I have the first two, but now need the latter.
"Sponsoring me would appeal to individuals or organisations that are passionate about the music of Wagner and/or Verdi, and who are keen to support what the The Observer called a voice with 'rich, dramatic potential'. If you invest in my talent, I will automatically include your name on my biography, website and all competition and performance programmes for the coming years. I will meet with you personally to apprise you of my development and I will be happy to perform at your personal and corporate events.
"Overall I have estimated I need an investment of £10,000.00, which would cover living expenses, lessons, coaching and a trip to Germany. Here are individually some of the expenses you could sponsor ...
a week's accommodation in Germany and flights: £700.00
professional quality DVD recordings for competitions, job applications, etc: £1,100.00 to cover studio rental, sound engineer's fee, pianist
professional quality opera headshots: £350.00
£600.00 for singing lessons twice a month
£600.00 for coaching sessions twice a month
£6,650.00 for living expenses over a period of six months".
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