Imogen is a featured writer for Living Language, a project by the New Zealand Goethe Institut exploring how learning a new language opens up a world of possibilities. TUNING IN  is a monthly blog from a Kiwi singer in Berlin (Imogen Thirlwall) and a rhythm researcher from Germany in the New Zealand capital (Katie Rochow). Visit:  https://www.goethe.de/ins/nz/en/kul/sup/lla/tin.html


Imogen was awarded a language scholarship from the Goethe-Institut New Zealand to study in Berlin and relocated to Germany in late 2017. "Imogen & Friends" raised funds in support of the vital tuition needed, such as singing lessons and vocal coaching, to pursue a career as a professional musician in Europe. To share more about her career pathway, Imogen spoke on Upbeat for Radio New Zealand Concert:


In a recent journal publication for the New Zealand Opera Society, an article showcasing this concert included the following editors note: "Imogen is a very fine young soprano, versatile, bubbly and enthusiastic who always gives 100+% in everything that she does and supports all her colleagues. She is a true natural stage performer, who has the ability to charm an audience, as many of you who have seen her in performance will know. With her natural demeanour there have been so many times that Imogen is the standout performer" (Opera News, 2017).

The concert programme included solos, duets, quartets and ensembles across art song, opera and musical theatre, featuring excerpts from Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel, Bernstein's Candide and Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. Each performer was showcased for their unique qualities as a soloist and for their exceptional ability to perform in a tight knit ensemble. We were delighted to share and celebrate the music that has brought us together in friendship, 

Imogen gratefully acknowledges each performer for their involvement in this fundraising concert: Catherine Norton, Barbara Graham, Cameron Barclay, Daniel O'Connor, Declan Cudd, Elisabeth Harris, Jess Segal and Stuart Coats.  


Photo credit Mary Sylvia Photography

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