Dutch National Opera & Ballet bids farewell to two beloved performers: soloist Jared Wright from Dutch National Ballet and bass Ian Spencer from the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Last Saturday, 25 February, Jared concluded his time with the company with a final performance in Messa da Requiem. Ian sang his last notes as a member of the Chorus during this special performance as well.
Jared started with Dutch National Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2010, but after only a year and a half he was promoted to coryphée. He went on to dance solo roles in works like Paquita, Cinderella, Ted Brandsen’s Carmen and William Forsythe’s The Second Detail. His performance of the role of Count Albrecht in Giselle led to his promotion to grand sujet in 2013. In 2014, Jared returned to his native country to perform as a guest dancer with The Dancers Company. After two years, he traded Australia for Amsterdam again, where he rejoined Dutch National Ballet as a soloist. Shortly after his return from Australia, he created the ballet Loud for the annual choreography workshop New Moves.
When Ian discovered he could sing a low C at the age of 13, he knew he had to become a singer. Years later, more than 35 years ago now, he managed to secure a place in the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Since then, he has been able to sing many beautiful and very diverse performances as a bass, and particularly enjoyed the various ways of staging and the exciting sets.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet thanks Jared Wright and Ian Spencer for a great time and their beautiful performances, and wishes them much happiness in the future.