President: Steven Isserlis


Barnes Music Society is proud to have as its President the world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis.  Born in Barnes, he comes from a very musical family.  His two sisters are professional string players (Annette a violist and Rachel a violinist), and his grandfather Julian Isserlis was a composer.


 The Society in its current form was created through a merger in 1985 of Castelnau Concerts with the Barnes Music Club, although its roots go back to the 1950s.  Our outgoing President, the late Stephen Dodgson, had been Chairman of Castlenau Concerts, whilst the new President's late father, George Isserlis, had been Chairman of the Barnes Music Club.  Both played a major role in maintaining the Society's high standards.


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Thursday 19 January, 2017  7:30 pm

Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0LF



Hanna Hipp    mezzo-soprano


Oliver Dunn    baritone


Emma Abbate    piano





A splendid evening of light operatic arias, duets, sea songs and piano solos.




This concert is sponsored by the Barnes Community Association




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Hanna Hipp, Oliver Dunn & Emma Abbate



A graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Royal Opera House in 2013, Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp has been described as a singer who "lights up the stage" (Opera Britannia).  Hanna has sung a leading role in Wagner's Mastersingers at Glyndebourne and will perform the same role at the Royal Opera House in the 2016-17 season.


Hanna's past roles include performing the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges as Maman/Libellule/La Tasse Chinoise under Charles Dutoit. Later in the season, she also makes her house and role debut at the Scottish Opera as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly and the Glyndebourne Festival as Flora in La Traviata. She will perform in several concerts and recitals, including recitals at Opera de Lille and in London, the title part in Handel's Solomon with the Oxford Bach Choir and London Mozart Players under Nicholas Cleobury at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Handel's Messiah with the London Mozart Players at the Royal Festival Hall, London and with Classical Opera in London the role of Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She also appeared in Strauss' Elektra at the BBC Proms 2014 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Future engagements include her return to Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on tour, where she will be singing Ramiro in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, as well as debuts at Teatro alla Scala and Opera de Limoges.


Ms Hipp joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Royal Opera House in September 2011. While at the Covent Garden, she performed Jean in Le Portrait de Manon by Massenet, and Les Nuits d'ete by Berlioz, Flora and Annina in Verdi's La traviata, Anna in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Emilia in Otello, Modestina in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflote and Bianca in La rondine by Puccini. As a member of the programme, she also covered the roles of Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Wellgunde in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Gotterdammerung and Second Angel-Marie in Written on Skin by George Benjamin.


Highlights of her time at Covent Garden include performing Emilia in Act IV of Verdi's Otello in the Placido Domingo Celebration, singing Anna in the BBC Proms presentation of Les Troyens in the Royal Albert Hall, and having her performance in Le Portrait de Manon and Les Nuits d'ete released as a CD recording by Opera Rara.

Ms. Hipp is also an accomplished concert artist, who has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the London Handel Festival and numerous twentieth-century music festivals in Europe.


She studied at Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk (MA in Singing and Drama with distinction), the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MMus in Performance), graduating from the Opera Course with distinction, and at the National Opera Studio in London. While still a student, she participated in various opera productions with great success including: Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, The Anne who Strips in Sallinen's The King goes forth to France, Arina in The Marriage by Martinu, Aurelio in Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais, and title role in Massenet's Cherubin . Other roles performed have included Lucilla in La scala di seta by Rossini and Marianna in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino, Poro in Hasse's Cleofide and Amastris in Handel's Serse.


Oliver Dunn was born in Kent and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio, where he was supported by the Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust. Awards include the 2011 Glyndebourne Donald A Anderson Prize, an Independent Opera Scholarship, and numerous awards at the RAM and the RNCM.

 Most recent and future plans include 'Brother' The House Taken Over for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, 'Marcello' La Boheme and 'Junius' The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne on Tour), 'Marchese d'Orbigny' La Traviata (Glyndebourne Festival), 'Masetto' Don Giovanni (Opera North), '1st Mate' Billy Budd and 'Arcas, Argive and Venegeance' Medea (English National Opera), 'Fiorello' Il barbiere di Siviglia (Lille), 'Cascada' in a semi staged version of The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia Orchestra and John Wilson at the Royal Festival Hall, 'Marcello' for Silent Opera, and 'Lopez' L'amant jaloux (Bampton Classical Opera), as well as covering title role 'Don Giovanni' and 'Baritone' The Cautionary Tales (Opera North), 'Donald' Billy Budd (ENO), 'Argante' Rinaldo and '1st Mate' Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival).

 Roles performed whilst a student include 'Marcello', 'Belcore' L'elisir d'amore and 'Count Almaviva' Le nozze di Figaro (National Opera Studio), 'Marullo' Rigoletto (Iford), 'Monterone' Rigoletto and 'Zuniga' Carmen (Clonter Opera), 'Aeneas' Dido and Aeneas (York Trust), 'Mr Gedge' Albert Herring, 'Cadmus' Semele, 'Don Parmenione' L'occasione fa il ladro (Royal Academy Opera), 'Figaro' Le nozze di Figaro, 'Forester' The Cunning Little Vixen, 'Narrator' The Threepenny Opera and 'Zaretsky' Eugene Onegin (RNCM). He also sung the role of 'Captain Corcoran' The Pirates of Penzance and 'Pish-Tush' The Mikado for Gawsworth Festival.

 On the concert platform he has appeared extensively across Britain with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including The Halle, The Hanover Band and Manchester Camerata. Oratorio performances include Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Bach St Matthew Passion (Christus) and St John Passion (Christus and Pilate), Mendelssohn Elijah, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Purcell King Arthur and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man, conducted by the composer. Oliver also performed concert excerpts of Disney's The Jungle Book and The Lion King with the RNCM Wind Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in which he played the roles of Baloo and Scar.


Described as "an amazingly talented pianist" by the leading Italian magazine Musica, the Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies in Salzburg, Lisbon, Naples, Ischia, Koscierzyna and Sorrento, and at many prestigious UK venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, St John's Smith Square, St George's, Bristol and Aldeburgh Festival, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. 

Emma has just released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and the world-premiere recording of complete works for cello and piano by Stephen Dodgson with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. She is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-premiere disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the baritone Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. The album has been highly praised by the International Record Review and on BBC Radio 3's CD Review. Emma's discography also includes world-premieres of works for cello and piano by Krzysztof Meyer and Algernon Ashton with Evva Mizerska for Toccata Classics. Future plans include the release of Stephen Dodgson's piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet. 

Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London with Yonty Solomon. She completed her studies with Geoffrey Pratley as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples.