Our Stories - Adrien Mastrosimone

"Don't be afraid to try new things"

Adrien comes from the South of France. His performing career started as a dancer in the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland, age 17. He then went on to be part of other companies in Europe such as Les Ballets du Nord in France, to then spend five years in the USA dancing in various shows to finally move to London in 2006. Since being in England, he has played the part of the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof at the Savoy Theatre in London and has regularly been appearing in numerous productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden including Die Tote Stadt, La Traviata, Cendrillon and many others.

In 2012, Dancers' Career Development awarded Adrien a Financial Retraining Grant towards his course fees to train as an opera singer.

"I have been working as a professional dancer for almost 15 years. A few years ago the unavoidable question of what is to happen once I am finished dancing started to come up. After long reflections I decided to start training as an Opera singer. Opera has always been my other passion beside my current career and this is what I really want to do when I stop dancing.

I met my current teacher, Andrew Watts (Countertenor), in July 2009 and we have been working really hard. As a result, I have been accepted in very good Opera courses such as Morley Opera School and City Lit Opera course which have helped me grow as a singer tremendously. This is where the DCD has helped me so I could afford to be part of these courses. Thanks to this development, I have now been accepted to do a postgraduate diploma at Trinity Laban conservatoire of Music from September 2014. It is an amazing opportunity which will surely be taking much further down my path as an Opera singer. And this year, I am singing my first two roles (Endymion in La Calisto with Hampstead Garden Opera and Carmen in carMen with Secret Opera).

Learning something new can be very scary and exciting at the same time. I find that it is very important to really persevere and not get distracted. Staying focused is the main element. It is also important to choose something we really love doing. Not being afraid to try new things is also essential."

To find out more about how we can help you, contact Ellen Chambers, Grants and Careers Officer, on ellen@thedcd.org.uk or 020 7831 1449.

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