Amar Muchhala made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2013, singing Chulak in David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and also covered the lead role of Essex in Richard Jones’s production of Britten’s Gloriana. In 2014/15 he starred as Alex in the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare at the ROH and went on to cover the role of Pasterz in the 2015 production of Szymanowski’s Krol Roger, directed by Kasper Holten and conducted by Antonio Pappano. More recently, Amar worked closely with director Graham Vick in the world premiere production of Haas’s Morgen und Abend, covering the lead role of Peter.
Amar's past operatic engagements include Mo in Edward Rushton’s Babur in London (The Opera Group), Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Hamburg University of Music and Theatre), Georg in Boieldieu's Die weisse Dame (Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg), Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera), Zweite Engel in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s LOT (Staatsoper Hannover), and Camille Desmoulins in Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod (Theater Magdeburg).
Resident in London, Muchhala was born in Bombay and studied Business Management and French literature at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, before gaining a place on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having naturally transitioned to lyric repertoire, he remains focused on a variety of lyric roles from the Italian, German and Slavic repertory.
Trained at Birmingham Theatre School as an Actor and Teacher of Speech and Drama, Vincent has worked extensively in repertory companies including The National Theatre, and the West End. Vincent was the creator of the first Black Soap Opera - "Brothers and Sisters" on BBC2, before going on to become a successful entrepreneur, sponsoring the Brixton Open an Arts Competition from its conception. Now a campaigner, The Black British Classical Foundation is a continuation and expansion of the work Vincent began in those early days, and is now set to culminate in the Voice Of Black Opera.
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As one of opera's most controversial artists, Grace-Melzia Bumbry continues to make headlines. With a 50-plus year career she is phenomenally preserved. Critics and audiences around the world continue to cheer this celebrated artist, who garners remarkable coverage and incredible ovations with reviews praising her as a national treasure, spectacular, spiritual and magnificent.
Former MP Paul Boateng became the UK's first mixed-race Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Tony Blair. Following his departure from the House of Commons, he served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa and was introduced as a member of the House of Lords in 2010.