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16 January 2021

Gweneth Ann Rand performs in the Turn of the Screw

Gweneth Ann Rand performs Mrs Grose in a film version of The Turn of the Screw for OperaGlass Works. Performances were due to have taken place early in 2020 at Wilton's Music Hall, but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson have adapted their stage production for this filmed version, which is conducted by John Wilson with the Sinfonia of London.

The spine-chilling film will be available exclusively on Marquee TV from 30 January 2021.

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4 January 2021

Debut solo CD release for Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson's debut solo recording, ITALIAN OPERA ARIAS, is released on 8 January by Chandos Records. 

The recording with the Sinfonia of London, conducted by John Wilson, features arias from operas including La traviata, La forza del destino, Anna Bolena, La bohème and Madama Butterfly.

Linda Richardson writes: ‘I have had the privilege of performing many of the great leading soprano roles in the operatic repertoire, but as my career progressed, I found a special love and affinity for the roles that stood as pillars in Italian opera. The beautiful melodic lines, dramatic language, and the overall musical craftsmanship of these Italian composers make their characters especially thrilling. I chose these particular arias because they show the huge variety of heroines that can be found in the greatest Italian operas. Although most of the arias are expressions of love and loss it is the individual emotional journey of each character which I find so compelling.’

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20 October 2020

Nazan Fikret returns to Glyndebourne as Queen of the Night

Nazan Fikret is delighted to be returning to Glyndebourne this autumn for semi-staged performances as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. This new socially distanced production is directed by Donna Stirrup and conducted by Leo McFall, with the Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra and Chorus.

A limited number of tickets are available for a socially distanced audience, with performances taking place from 1 to 21 November 2020.

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8 October 2020

Gweneth Ann Rand and Keel Watson to perform with Birmingham Opera Company

Gweneth Ann Rand and Keel Watson join an international cast to perform in Birmingham Opera Company's immersive new community production of Wagner's Das Rheingold, or RhineGold. Gwen, as Erda, and Keel, Fasolt.

The performances in summer 2021, directed by Graham Vick, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, will take place canal-side in the 100,000 sq ft The Tubeworks on Icknield Port Loop.

22 September 2020

Philip Sheffield performs at the Janáček Brno Festival

In his Czech debut Philip Sheffield performs Živný in Robert Carsen's production of Osud at the Janáček Brno Festival, conducted by Marko Ivanović. The premiere takes place on 28 September with further performances in October and November.

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14 September 2020

Trevor Eliot Bowes performs in ENO Drive & Live

Trevor Eliot Bowes sings Benoît in English National Opera's Drive & Live La bohème, opening at Alexandra Palace on 19 September. This stunning socially distanced production with the ENO Orchestra and Chorus is directed by PJ Harris and conducted by Martyn Brabbins and Chris Hopkins. 

If you can't get to Alexandra Palace, tune in and watch on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, 23rd September at 8pm!

1 September 2020

Samuel Pantcheff returns to the Salzburger Landestheater

We are delighted that Samuel Pantcheff will return to the Salzburger Landestheater for the 2020/21 season, this follows the abrupt end to last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His roles will include Kaluna in Paul Abraham's Die Blume von Hawaii, Valentin in FaustPapageno in Die Zauberflöte and Miles in the Austrian premiere of Stuart Macae's Anthropocene.

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1 August 2020

Ailish Tynan and Olivia Ray to perform at Grange Park Opera in 2021

Ailish Tynan makes her long anticipated to Grange Park Opera next season, for the first time since 2009, in her role debut as Mimì in La bohème.

A regular at Grange Park Opera, Olivia Ray returns as Anna Polikovskaya in the world premiere of Anthony Bolton's The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko.

20 May 2020

Ailish Tynan to perform at Wigmore Hall

Ailish Tynan returns to Wigmore Hall on 17 June for a lunchtime concert with pianist Iain Burnside. Their wide-ranging programme includes arrangements of Irish songs by Herbert Hughes and Grieg’s stormy Six Songs. Their finale is a song that has recently become popular as an anthem to staff of the NHS working on the front line against the Coronavirus pandemic.

This concert at Wigmore Hall forms part of a series of lunchtime concerts every weekday in June, in collaboration with BBC Radio 3. Performed to a empty auditiorium, audience members can listen live on radio, or watch a live stream on the Wigmore Hall website. 

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10 February 2020

Jeni Bern makes her debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo

Jeni Bern makes her debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Greta Fiorentino in Kurt Weill's Street Scene

The production, directed by John Fulljames and conducted by Lee Reynolds, premieres on 21 February for a limited run of three performances.

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10 January 2020

Original Cast Recording of Ravi Shankar's Sukanya

Keel Watson and Njabulo Madlala perform King Sharyaati and Aswini Twin on the original cast recording of Ravi Shankar's Sukanya. It was recorded live by the BBC at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2017. 

The recording, on the LPO label, is released on 10 January.

28 October 2019

Tichina Vaughn to be artist-in-residence at UNCSA

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNSCA) have announced Tichina Vaughn as artist-in-residence. Tichina graduated in voice from UNSCA and will be in residence in the music school.

During her residency at UNCSA, she will teach masterclasses for the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute as well as undergraduate and high school vocal students, and will provide individual coaching and career counselling for Fletcher fellows. She also will attend dress rehearsals and performances of Fletcher’s production of La clemenza di Tito, providing feedback to the students.

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24 October 2019

New Recording Release for Ailish Tynan

Ailish Tynan features on Airs from another planet, a new recording of chamber music and song by Judih Weir, with the Hebrides Ensemble. On this recording Ailish performs Weir's song cycles Nuits d'Afrique and Really?

Nuits d’Afrique was conceived as a companion piece to Maurice Ravel’s Chansons madécasses, and was dedicated to Ailish when it was written in 2015, with the premiere at Wigmore Hall in 2017. Ailish also performed these two song cycles on a concert tour with the Hebrides Ensemble earlier this year.

The recording (DCD34228) on the Delphian Records label is released on 25 October.

Artist(s):
8 August 2019

New Artist - Hanna-Liisa Kirchin

We are delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin has joined our roster. Hanna-Liisa is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio and studies with soprano Nelly Miricioiu.

In recent seasons appearances include Flora in a new production of La traviata for the Nederlandse Reisopera; Mayor's Wife Jenůfa and Wowkle La fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera; Ruggiero Alcina and Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera; Kate Pinkerton for Iford Arts; and her international debut as Fidalma Il matrimonio segreto in a co-production between the Dutch National Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid.

Future plans include Woodpecker in David Pountney’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, Siébel Faust and Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Zapopan in Mexico.

25 July 2019

Looking forward to Welsh National Opera's 2019/20 season

With rehearsals for Welsh National Opera's only a few weeks away we are delighted to have several artists working on these productions.

Robyn Lyn Evans and Wyn Pencarreg appear in the third opera in David Pountney's Verdi trilogy, Les vêpres siciliennes, Robyn performs Daniéli and Mainfroid, whilst covering Henri, and Wyn performs Le Sire de Béthune.

Additionally, covers include Robyn as Il Duca and Claire Wild as Gilda in Rigoletto, with Wyn covering Escamillo in Carmen and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen.