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We are delighted that tenor Thomas Kinch has joined our artist roster for general management. Thomas is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is an Associate Artist for Welsh National Opera in the 2022/23 season. He is rapidly establishing himself as an exciting young performer.

He has participated in the Emerging Artists Programme at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, in Reno, where he has been mentored by Dolora Zajick and worked with coaches, directors, and teachers from the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Plans to work with Salvatore Fisichella in Sicily were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the current season his roles for Welsh National opera include First Armed Man in The Magic Flute and Vitek (cover) The Makropulos Affair, with more roles to be announced.

Ailish Tynan will perform in a cultural event marking the centenary of the Civil War in Ireland. The event will be attended by the President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

In a programme including traditional Irish and classical music, poetry and song, Ailish will perform the Lento e largo—Tranquillissimo from Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Finucane.

The event can be watched on the RTÉ website.

 

Birmingham Opera’s production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, or RhineGold will be available to watch on Opera Vision for 6 months from 9 September 2023.

The acclaimed production, directed by Richard Willacy and conducted by Alpesh Chauhan, features Felicity Buckland as Wellgunde, Gweneth Ann Rand as Erda and Keel Watson as Fasolt.

 

Llio Evans sings Y Fon Hon on this recording of 2117 / Hedd Wyn by Stephen McNeff and Gruff Rhys, commissioned by Welsh National Opera.

This Welsh-language opera is set in 2117, 200 years after the death, in the First World War trenches, of iconic Welsh bard Hedd Wyn. Following a nuclear disaster the drama instils a dystopian future with Welsh mythology and Hedd Wyn’s own verse.

McNeff: 2117 / Hedd Wyn
Label: Tŷ Cerdd
Code: TCR037
Release date: 5 August 2022

AbracadOpera! produced by English National Opera and Somethin’ Else TV Studio is designed to introduce young viewers to opera for the first time, this comedy-musical-drama unfolds as an epic adventure and features Nazan Fikret as Mozart’s Queen of the Night.

The show has been created as part of the nationwide learning programme Access All Arts Week, which provides free resources for teachers to take their classes on a week-long creative adventure.

Available from 10 June on Sky Kids and on the Sky Arts channel at 10am on 11 June.

Nazan Fikret will make her debut with Welsh National Opera next season as First Lady in a new production of The Magic Flute, directed by Daisy Evans.

After opening in Cardiff the production will tour through to the end of May for a total of 25 performances.

Nazan was to have performed Fiordiligi for WNO in the summer of 2020, but the production was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil Balfour will make his US debut next season with Portland Opera as Father/Judge/Reporter/Mastoi in Kamala Sankaram’s Opera Thumbprint, in a production directed by Omer Ben Seadia.

Commissioned for the PROTOTYPE Festival, Thumbprint was inspired by the true story of Mukhtar Mai, a young illiterate peasant who was gang-raped as retribution for an alleged ‘honor’ crime by her little brother and who became the first woman in Pakistan to bring her rapists to justice.

English National Opera has today announced its 2022/23 season featuring our artists in new productions and revivals at the London Coliseum.

It’s a Wonderful Life
Gweneth Ann Rand
and Ronald Samm perform Mother Bailey and Uncle Billy Bailey in the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of the genre-defining Frank Capra film of the same name – directed by Aletta Collins and conducted by Nicole Paiement.

Carmen
Keel Watson
performs Zuniga in Calixto Bieito’s classical production. This revival is directed by Jamie Manton and conducted by Kerem Hasan.

Akhnaten
Felicity Buckland and Keel Watson perform Daughter 4 and Aye in Phellim McDermott’s acclaimed production, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

Blue
Ronald Samm performs The Reverend in the UK premiere of Blue, by the acclaimed Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori – directed by Tinuke Craig and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren.

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has today announced its 2022/23 season featuring our artists.

La bohème
Wyn Pencarreg
performs Alcindoro in Richard Jones’ production, with performances conducted by Kevin John Edusei and Evelino Pidò.

Die Zauberflöte
Ailish Tynan
performs First Lady and Harry Nicoll performs First Priest in this revival of Sir David McVicar’s classic production, conducted by  Maxim Emelyanychev.

Il barbiere di Siviglia
Ailish Tynan performs Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a revival of the 2005 production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, conducted by Rafael Payere.

We are delighted that South African tenor Monwabisi Lindi has joined our artist roster for general management. Monwabisi was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he studied with Pierre du Toit at the Tshwane University of Technology.  He is currently studying at the National Opera Studio and is supported by donors to the NOS, the Drake Calleja Trust and the Hampstead Garden Opera singers bursary.

He made his UK debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème for Hampstead Garden Opera, in a fully staged new production by award winning director Daisy Evans. It was these acclaimed performances that brought him to the attention of to several UK opera companies, and his application to the National Opera Studio was supported by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 

We are delighted that the soprano Susanna Fairbairn has joined our artist roster for general management. Susanna is a former Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient and Park Lane Group Young Artist, and prizewinner of the Handel Singing Competition and Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards. At Trinity College of Music in London she won the English Song Competition, Wilfred Greenhouse Allt Prize and Paul Simm Opera Prize. She also studied voice at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, and flute at Magdalen College, Oxford – as the first female Instrumental Scholar in the college’s c.550-year history.

Future engagements include the role of Elvida in the world première of Handel’s Fernando, re di Castiglia with Opera Settecento at the London Handel Festival and Händel-Festspiele, Halle.

Anthony Flaum performs the Soldier in Stravinsky’s darkly witty The Solider’s Tale, in a live performance recording from the 2021 Edinburgh International Festival. The release is part of the EIF’s highlights series with Nicola Benedetti’s final performance as resident artist, also featuring Sir Thomas Allen as the Narrator and Siobhan Redmond as the Devil.

The recording, for Linn Records, is only available on Apple Music.

 

We are delighted that the tenor Ronald Samm has joined our artist roster for general management. Ronald was born and grew up in Trinidad, West Indies. He studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is also a graduate of the National Opera Studio in London.

In the current season engagements include a Mendelssohn concert and Mozart Requiem with Crouch End Festival Chorus; a concert version of Porgy and Bess at the Theater St. Gallen; and an open-air production of The Morrigan, a new opera by John O’Brien.

Gweneth Ann Rand performs Judith (sharing the role with Susan Bullock) alongside Gerald Finley and Michael Mayes as Bluebeard in a radical retelling of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, through the lense of a family living with dementia.

Under the direction of Daisy Evans and Stephen Higgins, this new immersive production for Theatre of Sound is accompanied in a new chamber orchestration with players from the London Sinfonietta.

Performances: 4 – 14 November 2021 at the Stone Nest

We are delighted that the mezzo soprano Joanna Harries has joined our artist roster for general management. Joanna was a choral scholar at the University of Cambridge and went on to train at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In the current season she is a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio.

In the current season engagements include Diana in Scott Stroman’s The Weekend at the Bloomsbury Theatre; The Moon Hares a schools project performance for the OAE; Karolka Jenůfa for Fulham Opera; a series of performances with Opera Prelude; a Britten Pears masterclass and recital with Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton; and SongPath at the Oxford Botanic Gardens as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival.