Edward Hyde has just finished his fourth professional production for The Royal Opera in June in the world premiere of Mamzer Bastard, an opera written by Na’ama Zisser and directed by the award winning Jay Sheib.
Edward played the role of Yeol, a young Jewish boy in New York in the 1970’s. He was awarded the part which he describes as “without doubt, the most musically and emotionally taxing role I have undertaken” after weeks of auditions.
The opera had its world premiere in June following a month of intensive rehearsals during which Edward received focused tuition on working on camera from Jay Sheib (director of the Meatloaf inspired musical “Bat Out of Hell”) and acting coaching from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. All principal soloists were projected on a video wall during the performances allowing the audience to see facial expressions and experience the emotions of the characters throughout the opera.
Edward, a music scholar at King’s Rochester was one of the principal soloists in the opera and both the Director Jay Scheib and the Conductor Jessica Cottis were not only impressed by Edwards musicality and his ability to take direction, but his professionalism at such a young age. Jay said “His natural awareness on stage of everything and everyone was instinctive” with the composer Na’ama Zizzer adding “He just brought Yeol to life for me. He was everything I wanted and more”.
Edward will shortly be entering the studio accompanied by the Royal Opera House Orchestra and his fellow soloists for a cast recording, a wonderful way to remember such a stunning performance.
Principal of King’s Rochester Mr Jeremy Walker said “This is clearly a big step forward for Edward in terms of musical style and acting along with the singing. He just keeps continuing to do amazing things and I very much look forward to hearing all he does over the coming years”