Ms Rosemary Barnes

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Rosemary studied in London with Franz Reizenstein (Royal Academy of Music) and Lamar Crowson. Her interest in languages led to 25 years in London, working mainly with singers. She was on the music staff of the English National Opera from 1980-88, and taught singers and pianists at the Royal College of Music. She also undertook extensive free-lance opera work with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, BBCTV, Musica nel Chiostro in Italy and Opera Northern Ireland, and performed in concert at Wigmore Hall, Usher Hall, South Bank and BBC Radio 3. She was assistant conductor on more than a dozen recordings for Opera Rara (bel canto specialists). In New Zealand, Rosemary lead the Postgraduate Opera Diploma at The University of Auckland from 1993-99. She currently coaches emerging artists for Opera NZ, and has been official accompanist for the Gisborne International Music Competition since 1994. Performances include concerts with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Donald McIntyre, Emil Chudnovsky (violin), Robert Aitken and Leone Buyse (flute), among many others.. Recordings include three CDs for the Continuum label. Rosemary was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for services to music in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2000.

Areas of expertise

Collaborative piano, vocal coaching