Lanarkshire opera singer is hitting the high notes after landing place at top music school

A budding Lanarkshire singer is succeeding in her aria of expertise – after landing a place at a top opera school.

King’s Park woman Rosie Lavery, 23, will study at the RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School from next autumn.

Rosie, who is also the cantor at St Bride’s Church in Cambuslang, is over the moon at landing the opportunity, which will let her focus on her dream career.

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Rosie told Lanarkshire Live: “Getting to opera school is something that has been my main goal, so it really is a dream come true.

“I was actually singing the afternoon that I found out I’d got in. I’d convinced myself I hadn’t got in, so when I got the message to say I’d been accepted I was screaming and crying. Then I phoned my mum and there was a lot of tears.

“I’ve done my undergrad and I’m doing my masters at the Royal Conservatoire just now, but opera school is much more specific. It’s about stagecraft, it’s about where you fine tune your skills and learn how to be in the profession, so it gives you all the tools to focus and hopefully have a real career in opera.

“It sounds so cheesy but any time I’ve wished for something it’s been for this, so it’s a massive thing for me.”

Soprano Rosie Lavery performs onstage

We previously told how Rosie had won the Musician’s Company Saloman Seelig Award during the first lockdown thanks to an impressive recorded performance in her kitchen.

Since then, the talented soprano has also been performing around the country, and even in Europe, along with another familiar face to St Bride’s parishioners, organist Aaron Hawthrone.

Rosie added: “I’ve been a lot luckier than some when it comes to being able to keep performing. Aaron and I were able to do a tour doing the Phantom of the Opera, the silent film version (from 1925). We accompanied it with organ and vocals and got to tour around the UK and over to the Netherlands as well.

“Unfortunately they went into lockdown in Amsterdam literally just after we landed. We were waiting for the B n’ B we were staying in to have the rooms free and got a message say there was a lockdown happening in the evenings. Luckily our concerts were in the afternoon and were brilliant.

“We did it all ourselves, and putting on the tour we learned so much, even just about the organising side of things.”

And the 23-year-old is delighted at the backing she’s had from everyone St Bride’s.

She said: “St Bride’s is the loveliest place, and Father Morton is brilliant, for the church and for the whole area around it.”

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