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Royal Academy Opera


www.ram.ac.uk/opera


Roberto Ortiz


‘When I auditioned here I was offered a place with Royal Academy Opera, but I decided to first do a year of vocal studies to get a wider experience. Thanks to a scholarship, I’m now studying Opera. My teacher Ryland Davies shares all his knowledge with me — not just technique but the experience he has gained over many years as a professional performer and a caring human being.


I have worked here with Dennis O’Neill, José Cura, Charles Mackerras, Jane Glover — the list is a long one. The movement and language training has been very valuable too. And I had the good fortune to go on the Solti Te Kanawa course last summer, where I studied with José Carreras.


We work hard here, with classes all day, and that’s great for building up stamina. I have high objectives for my career — you have to aim high, I say — and I’ll need to be fit and strong to achieve them.’


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