ROYAL OPERA STAR'S PRAISE FOR SHEPHERD BOY EDWARD

ROYAL OPERA STAR'S PRAISE FOR SHEPHERD BOY EDWARD

King’s Rochester pupil Edward Hyde received gracious compliments from the cast of Tosca as the Royal Opera House’s revival of the Puccini classic continues to wow audiences.

Cast as Shepherd Boy, Edward shares the stage with acclaimed opera stars Angela Georgiou, Gerald Finley, Joseph Calleja, Aled Hall and Daniel Ettinger in Johnathan Kent’s passionate thriller, a cast Edward was eager to meet and work with.

Edward’s mother, Sophie Hyde commented “throughout the performances the cast were incredibly gracious and complimentary about Edward” with Georgiou saying his “singing had been exquisite”, Calleja that “it was an honour to listen to”' and Findlay and Ettinger both telling him that “this was just the beginning!

This is Edward’s second production at the Royal Opera House in the last six months and he has fitted rehearsals in with his school work and performances at Mansion House, The Royal Albert Hall and Rochester Cathedral.

Seen and Heard International noted Edward’s performance in their official review of the production saying “the cowbells accompanying Edward Hyde’s plaintive utterances as the shepherd boy were positively Mahlerian”.

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 the performance was broadcast live to 1,040 cinemas across 28 countries and trended no 1 on Twitter, a truly spectacular audience to perform in front of. Edward’s teachers, classmates and members of the King’s school community were in attendance at their local cinemas.

All performances at the 2,500 capacity Royal Opera House, including standing areas have now sold out.