Saturday 2nd July

Saturday 2nd July
Nicholas Walker Presents – Opera Night

The evening offers a magnificent programme including favourites from Mozart and other well known composers. You will not be disappointed. Book early to ensure your seat!

NFU Mutual Wessex is delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Nicholas Walker Presents Opera Night’ concert on Saturday 2nd July. Linda Young, our High Net Worth Specialist, is looking forward to meeting you at the concert and would be delighted to offer you an insurance review. If this is of interest, please speak to Linda at the event, or contact her directly: 07973 943453

The Performing Artists

Anita Monserrat








The Salisbury born British mezzo-soprano, Anita Monserrat, read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was both a choral and an instrumental scholar. She obtained there her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (2016-2019) and was a member of Trinity College Choir of Cambridge (Director: Stephen Layton). She is currently in her second year of her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Alexander Ashworth. As part of her studies at the Academy, she has played the roles of Sesto in George Frideric Handel‘s Giulio Cesare, Cenerentola in La Cenerentola and Cherubino in W.A. Mozart‘s Le Nozze di Figaro in the Academy Opera Scenes. Competition success includes semi-finalist in the 2022 Mozart Singing Competition and finalist in the 2022 International London Handel Competition.

Anita Monserrat appeared as a soloist on multiple CD’s of choral works, including those by Cecilia McDowall (released 2021 on Hyperion) and Owain Park (released 2018 on Hyperion). Since 2019, she has held positions in the choirs Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton), and Tenebrae (Director: Nigel Short). Recent engagements include soloist in J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245), directed by Philippe Herreweghe, soloist in many of the Royal Academy of Music Bach Cantata Concerts, and soloist in the 2022 ‘Easter from King’s’ broadcast as seen on BBC2.
Phillip Guy Bromley – Baritone

Phillip Guy Bromley, baritone, is an experienced opera & oratorio singer, who has performed both in Europe, the Far East & the USA. He was born & educated in Shropshire ans studied at the Birmingham School of Music where he won all the major prizes for singing including being the first recipient of the Mario Lanza Prize. After the BSM Phillip immediately joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera where his roles included ‘Sprecher’ in The Magic Flute and ‘Don Fernando’ in Fidelio. Via an exchange with Houston Opera he played ‘Guglielmo’ in Cosi Fan Tutti and ‘The Father’ in Hansel & Gretel.

For the Welsh National Opera Phillip created the role of ‘The Old Man’ in the world premier of John Metcalfe’s The Journey andsang ‘Morales’ in Carmen, ‘Masetto‘ in Don Giovanni, ‘Mattieu‘ in Andre Chenier and ‘Christian’ in Un Ballo in Maschera.

For Opera North he sang ‘Tchelio‘ in Love for Three Oranges and for Scottish Opera the title role in Candide and ‘Belcore‘ in L’ElisirD’Amore‘.

Roles for English National Opera include ‘Ortel‘ in Der Meistersingers, ‘Sailing Master Flint’ in Billly Budd, which was televised and released on video, ‘Leporello‘ in Don Giovanni, ‘Levis‘ in Dr Faustus and ‘Fafarello‘ in Love for Three Oranges.

Television & film credits include the leading role in Stuart Copeland’s ‘Horse Opera’ which was commissioned for Channel 4 Television and filmed in Arizona. Also a BBC 2 master-class with Sir Geraint Evans.

Roles for various touring companies include ‘Don Alphonso’ in Cosi Fan Tutti, the title role in Don Pasquale, ‘Dr Bartolo‘ in The Barber of Seville, ‘Mustafa’ in The Italian Girl in Algiers, ‘Sacristan’ in Tosca and the title role in Rigoletto. More recently Phillip has directed and sung the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff for the Black Cat Opera.

For the past twenty three years Phillip has been the Head of Vocal Studies at Bedales School in Hampshire.

Ambrose Connolly-Baritone








Ambrose Connolly is a lyric baritone. He graduated from University College London with a BA in Russian and French before moving to Russia to study Opera at the Kazan State Conservatoire under the tutelage of Ekaterina Aleksandrovna Laider. He was the winner of the 2020 Serebranie Rosi International Opera Singing Competition. Ambrose has recently completed a Masters in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, under the direction of Dennis O’Neill OBE. He was one of eight young singers selected for the Glyndebourne Academy in 2021. In 2022 Ambrose will sing the title role of Eugene Onegin with Bath Opera as well as Germont in North Wales Opera Studio’s production of La Traviata. He will be engaged to sing as a soloist in La Misa Del Valle with Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, and as baritone soloist in Handel’s







Iúnó Connolly – Soprano

Soprano Iúnó Connolly has performed at various venues in the UK & abroad including the The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Ensemble – A New Dark Age – 2020), English National Opera (Chorus – 2020), Festival dAix-en-Provence; Heidelberger Frühling Festival; ENO / Lillian Baylis House; Opera Holland Park; Iford Opera; Royal Academy Opera; Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings; Chipping Camden International Music Festival; St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Symphony Hall Birmingham.

She was a finalist in the International Haydn Singing Competition and the Nico Dostal International Singing Competition, both in Austria and was also a winner of the Elena Gehardt Lieder Prize.

Iúnó is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (MA DipRAM) and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons).

Further information and future performance dates can be found at

Jacobo Ochoa

Colombian Baritone Jacobo Ochoa, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class Honours degree. He was a member of the Tenerife Opera Studio (19/20) where he performed the role of Belcore at Opera de Tenerife, NaJonal State Theatre of Tbilisi, and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
He made his debut at the FesJval Verdi in Parma in 2020, in the concert version of Macbeth conducted by Roberto Abbado, a CD of this event was released in December 2021.
He has sung the role of MaseQo with UK company Clonter Opera and appeared with BriJsh Youth Opera (Caliban – The Enchanted Island)
Future engagements include, a return to Opera de Tenerife in 2022 for a producJon of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Tosca at the Teatro Mayor de Bogota, Figaro for West Green Opera and a return to the FesJval Verdi in Parma.
Jacobo is the winner of the Colombian NaJonal Singing compeJJon, 2nd prize at the Logroño internaJonal singing compeJJon in Spain and during his Jme at the Guildhall he was awarded 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers.
Jacobo is a Drake Calleja Trust and Guildhall school of Music trust scholar






Tickets include an interval drink and parking.

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This concert is generously sponsored By NFU Mutual Wessex.

NFU Mutual Wessex is delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Nicholas Walker Presents Opera Night’ concert on Saturday 2nd July. Linda Young, our High Net Worth Specialist, is looking forward to meeting you at the concert and would be delighted to offer you an insurance review. If this is of interest, please speak to Linda at the event, or contact her directly: 07973



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