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Update from Polly Ott

Christchurch Arts Excellence Award recipient Polly Ott, coloratura soprano

Christchurch Arts Excellence Award recipient coloratura soprano Polly Ott writes from Germany.

I would like to thank The Dame Malvina Major Foundation for your support towards my Master of Arts in Opera at the University of The Arts in Berlin!

During July I performed in an opera and I gave my final recital which were both being examined. I am thrilled to say that I received marks of 1,0 for both exams which is the highest you can get.

During the three years of intensive study I have learnt so much and have really grown as an artist. I feel so fortunate to have had such great teachers who have helped me through this stage of my development.

Over the last two weeks I have taken a much needed break and have been thinking about how I want to approach this next phase of my career. I plan to base myself in Berlin at least for the next year whilst I do auditions throughout Germany and Europe.

It’s an exciting time for me and I’m really looking-forward to this new challenge!

For your information and enjoyment here are two pieces which I performed during my Master’s Recital a few weeks ago:

Bernstein – Candide – Glitter and Be Gay

Darius Milhaud – A Cup


DMMF artists in Don Pasquale in San Francisco


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