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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.

25 July 2019

Ailish Tynan and Olivia Ray to perform at Grange Park Opera in 2020

Ailish Tynan returns to Grange Park Opera next season, for the first time since 2009, in her role debut as Mimì in La bohème. In preparation for these performances, early next year, she will understudy the role for The Royal Opera.

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.

9 May 2019

Ailish Tynan joins the Royal Ballet for the World Premiere of Medusa

Ailish Tynan joins the the Royal Ballet for the world premiere of Medusa, a new ballet from choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Cherkaoui is the Artistic Director of Royal Ballet of Flanders and of his own company, Eastman, and is Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. Medusa is set to a mix of electronic music and songs by Purcell, sung by Ailish and countertenor Tim Mead, with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Medusa is part of a triple bill featuring works also featuring Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour and Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern.

Performances from 8 May, with a live cinema broadcast on 16 May.

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27 April 2019

New Artist - Samuel Pantcheff

We are delighted to announce that baritone Samuel Pantcheff has joined our roster. Samuel is a graduate of the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland, and won the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize. He is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and currently studies with Gary Coward. 

In the current season Samuel makes his debut with Diva Opera as Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly and Haly L’italiana in Algeri and returns to Scottish Opera as Pulcino BambinO on tour to Oman. Concerts include Handel’s Solomon at St John’s Smith Square and a programme of Scarlatti and Purcell on tour to South America with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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10 April 2019

Katie Grosset and Trevor Eliot Bowes perform in Scottish Opera's 2019/20 season

Former Scottish Opera Emmerging Artist, Katie Grosset, returns to Scottish Opera as Mother Vixen in Fox-tot!, a new commission by Lliam Paterson, directed by Roxana Haines. Performances take place as part of the Edinburgh FRinge Festival and at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. 

Trevor Eliot Bowes makes his debut at Scottish Opera in their 2019/20 season as Theseus in a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Dominic Hill and conducted by Stuart Stratford. Performances take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

4 April 2019

Keel Watson and Njabulo Madlala feature in ENO's 2019/20 season

Keel Watson and Njabulo Madlala return to English National Opera for their 2019/20 season. Keel will perform Mars in Emma Rice's new production of Orpheus in the Underworld, Zuniga in Calixto Bieito's production of Carmen, and The Bonze in Anthony Minghella's acclaimed production of Madam Butterfly, where he is joined by Njabulo Madlala as Prince Yamadori.

Njabulo is currently preparing the role of Aeneas for ENO's production of Dido, a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre, with performances in May and June.

31 March 2019

Ailish Tynan performs in Handel's Semele with The English Concert

Ailish Tynan performs in Iris Handel's Semele with The English Concert on a European and US tour, conducted by Harry Bicket. 

Performances take place from 3 to 16 April at the following venues:

3 April - Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris
5 April - Barbican, London
7 April - Sage, Gateshead
10 April - Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth
12 April - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
14 April - Carnegie Hall, New York
16 April - Annenburg Center, Philadelphia

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20 February 2019

Claire Wild makes her role debut as Mimì

Claire Wild makes her role debut as Mimì in OperaUpClose's Olivier Award-winning production of La bohème, directed by Robin Norton-Hale, with musical director Elspeth Wilkes. 

The tour opens on 5 March, at the Theatre Royal, Wakefield with further performances until June.

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20 February 2019

Tichina Vaughn performs in world premiere at the Dutch National Opera

Following her debut with the Dutch National Opera in Porgy and Bess, Tichina Vaughn returns to Amsterdam as Mother of Aida / Ritual Singer in the world premiere of Micha Hamel's Caruso a Cuba. The production is directed by Johannes Erath and conducted by Otto Tausk.

Performances take place at the International Theatre, Amsterdam from 3 - 9 March 2019.

Later this season Tichina returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Mère Jeanne in the Dialogues des Carmélites and performs in Martinů's Julietta at Carnegie Hall.

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20 February 2019

A trio of artists perform in WNO's Roberto Devereux

Robyn Lyn Evans, Wyn Pencarreg and Philip Smith perform in Welsh National Opera's production of Roberto Devereux, directed by Alessandro Talevi and conducted by Carlo Rizzi and James Southall.

Robyn performs Lord Cecil, while understudying the title role, Wyn performs Sir Gualtiero Raleigh, and Philip makes his WNO debut as Nottingham's Confidant, while understudying Raleigh.

Performances take place from 28 February at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, before touring until 10 May.

16 February 2019

Ailish Tynan makes her debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic

Ailish Tynan makes her debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as Una poenitentium in Mahler's Eighth Symphony and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. 

The performances on 23 and 24 February are a highlight of the orchestras 2018/19 season, and are conducted by their Chief Conductor, Marc Albrecht.

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16 February 2019

Joseph Padfield makes his debut with Mid Wales Opera

Joseph Padfield makes his debut with Mid Wales Opera as Angelotti in Tosca, in a new production from Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness. 

There are 9 performances on tour, between 23 February and 27 March 2019, opening at the The Hafren, Newtown.

Later this season Joseph returns to Garsington Opera for their production of Fantasio.

11 February 2019

Home Sweet Home at Wigmore Hall

Ailish Tynan returns to Wigmore Hall for tthier Learning Gala Concert: Home Sweet Home ashe central celebration of this year’s Wigmore Hall Learning festival, Sense of Home. The programme is multi-themed and includes a selection of songs from Germany, the UK and the USA.

Ailish is joined for this concert,on Monday 18 February, by baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Iain Burnside.

The Sense of Home Festival celebrates the diverse and multicultural melting pot that is London and the borough of Westminster, reflecting on Wigmore Hall as a place many call home and invites audiences to explore what ‘home’ means to them.

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4 February 2019

Keel Watson performs in ENO's acclaimed production of Akhnaten

Keel Watson returns to English National Opera next week as Aye in the first revival of Phelim McDermott's acclaimed production of Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek. 

Performances take place from 11 February until 7 March 2019.

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