Wendy Silvester is a classical mezzo-soprano, singing teacher, and opera director based in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Her operatic repertoire includes Zita / La Principessa (Gianni Schicchi / Suor Angelica), Erda (Das Rheingold), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Olga Olsen (Street Scene), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Signora Guidotti (I due timidi), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), and Florence (Albert Herring). ​On the concert platform Wendy has performed with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, St. Mary's, Maldon and the Pegasus Baroque Orchestra, as well as supporting various charities including MIND - the mental health charity, and The Stroke Association. ​​Wendy's teaching studio has been going since 2010, and she has taken a wide range of students on their individual journeys with their voices. As a director, Wendy has produced several operas, including Dido and Aeneas, The Magic Flute, and Suor Angelica. She has also created variety shows, and enjoys the challenge of creating a complete story to showcase a collection of well-loved music. Wendy is also the Opera Guide Writer for
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Opera Newbies: Where Do I Start?

Perhaps over the festive season you had the chance to catch an opera. You may have been given tickets by a friend, or just fancied a bit of a special night out. Or maybe your new year’s resolutions include something along the lines of ‘I should see more theater’, or ‘involve myself in more cultural activities’ or even, perhaps, ‘go to the opera’, well this is the post for you. If you’re an opera newbie, the vast amount of schedules, houses, and works, can be a little bit overwhelming, and you want to make sure you’re going to enjoy what you’re going to see.

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