Hard on the heels of his Shepherd Boy role in English National Opera’s Tosca at the Coliseum last summer, Harry Stanton, a former pupil at the Oratory Prep School, Woodcote, Berkshire, will shortly be moving down the road to Covent Garden.
Harry, 13, has been chosen to perform one of the boy roles in the Royal Opera House’s forthcoming Magic Flute. There can be very few boys in the world to have played solo roles in both of London’s leading opera houses before their 14th birthday.
Meanwhile, Harry’s fellow Year 9 pupil Philip Orchard has passed a rigorous audition process to win a place in the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain. It is a substantial achievement in its own right, and selection for the Training Choir will eventually give Philip access to the National Youth Choir itself. His first performance will be in the Easter holidays.
Harry attended the Oratory Prep School where he studied music. He lives in North Stoke Oxfordshire. Philip Orchard is an ex-Westminster Cathedral Choir School chorister and lives in Buckinghamshire.