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The Duchess of Benin

April 25 @ 7:30 pm


April Koyejo-Audiger – Soprano
Ailsa Aitkenhead – Piano

“… April Koyejo-Audiger … a gloriously full-bodied soprano…” – The Guardian.

The Duchess of Benin is part Performance Art, part Recital. It is an experiment in collaboration and rediscovery, combining a variety of pieces by early music composers, such as Monteverdi, Purcell and Rameau; West African Art and Folk Songs.

April will also include songs by Copland, and arias by Verdi and Puccini in this compelling spring concert.

Tickets £16.5  /  Performance 7.30pm  (Doors 7pm)

April Koyejo-Audiger, soprano

April Koyejo-Audiger

British-Nigerian soprano April Koyejo-Audiger enjoys a diverse career including work as a Librettist and Opera Maker, as well as a singer.

She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal College of Music. April furthered her operatic training as a Link Artist (2019–20) and Jette Parker Anniversary Company Artist (21–22) for the Royal Opera House. In 2022 she received the Black British Theatre Award for Best Opera Production or Performance in the Olivier Award-winning production of Jenufa.

Roles performed at the ROH include Dama (Macbeth), Anna (Nabucco), Barnes (Jenufa), and Pamina (Magic Flute).
She has performed solos roles with English Touring Opera, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera, and as a concert artist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

April’s artistic voice extends beyond being onstage, with forays as an Opera-maker. Her upcoming projects include “Yum!” – A new mixed reality opera and dining experience (Studio M.A.R.S) and a staged song-cycle and ballet. She also serves as a Director/Trustee for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

For more details about April’s passions and projects:

Ailsa Aitkenhead

Ailsa Aitkenhead

Ailsa Aitkenhead is a professional pianist, accompanist and piano teacher. She studied piano accompaniment at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She graduated with distinction, achieved the Alex Menzies award for an outstanding accompanist and was highly commended in the Governor’s recital prize. Since then she has worked as a staff accompanist at Edinburgh University and is now the staff accompanist for St Andrews University. She is a regular performer with Fever Candlelight Concert Series; Principal Pianist at St Marks Unitarian church: Official Accompanist for the Edinburgh Competition Festival, and the Head Accompanist for Three Bridges Opera company.

Ailsa is a frequent performer across Scotland, she has performed concerts at St Giles Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral; Oran Mor, Greyfriars Kirk, St Stephens Church, Balerno Music Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more. She has a wide range of duos and collaborations in performance.


April 25
7:30 pm
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