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Gweneth Ann Rand will perform 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 will be 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 Ailish Tynan, Gweneth Ann Rand and Neil Balfour all feature in the 20th Anniversary Oxford Lieder Festival, Nature’s Songbook.

16 October
Neil Balfour joins Kitty Whately, Nicky Spence and Anna Tilbrook for a recital celebrating the works of Stephen Sondheim.

19 October
Ailish Tynan and Libby Burgess perform a programme based on birdsong, including works by Schubert, Grieg, Handel, Judith Weir – indispersed with birdsong quotes by renowned recorder player Ian Wilson.

20 October
Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper perform a programme including Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and works by Schoenberg, George Crumb and Florence Price.

In the Footsteps of… is the title of a ground-breaking recital programme from Wigmore Hall Associate Artist Gweneth Ann Rand. Realised with violinist Sarah Daramy-Williams, pianist Allyson Devenish and with actor Adjoa Andoh as narrator, the programme ranges from traditional spirituals through standard recital favourites to world premières by Errollyn Wallen and Clement Ishmael.

The concert on 14 October 2021 will trace the footsteps of pioneering black artists who performed at Wigmore Hall during the twentieth century, including Marian Anderson, Grace Bumbry and Jessye Norman.

We are delighted that the mezzo soprano Felicity Buckland has joined our artist roster for worldwide representation. Felicity is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the ENO Opera Works programme and studies with Mary Plazas. She most recently performed the role of Lily Porgy and Bess at the Theater an der Wien and has covered roles in The Mask of Orpheus, Orpheus in the Underworld and Carmen for English National Opera.

Future highlights include Wellgunde RhineGold for Birmingham Opera and in the autumn she returns to ENO for her mainstage debut as Kasturbai in Phelim McDermott’s acclaimed production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, she covers Siegrune in  Richard Jones’ new produciton of The Valkyrie.

We are delighted to have four artists performnig in Welsh National Opera’s recently announced 2021/22 season.

Neil Balfour and Keel Watson make their company debuts in Lindy Hume’s new production of Madam Butterfly as Prince Yamadori and The Bonze. Inspired by Puccini’s fantasy landscape of exotic pleasures, this new production interprets Butterfly’s famous story through a dystopian prism. Keel will also perform Don Basilio in a revival of Giles Havergal’s classic prodution of The Barber of Seville.
#WNOButterfly #WNOBarber

Following acclaimed performances as Cio-cio san and  Violetta, Linda Richardson returns to WNO as Donna Anna in a revival of John Caird’s classic production of Don Giovanni, last seen in the 2017/18 season.
#WNOGiovanni

Njabulo Madlala makes his WNO debut in summer 2022 in Will Todd’s much anticipated new commission – Migrations.  This new community opera explores the highs and lows of migration: from the migration of birds to the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago; from the story of an Afro-Caribbean slave in Bristol to the experience of Indian doctors working in the NHS.

The production is directed by David Pountney and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren with an expanded WNO Orchestra joined by a cast of 100 performers, including a gospel choir, Bollywood dancers and a children’s chorus.
#WNOMigrations

We are delighted that the bass baritone Neil Balfour has joined our artist roster for worldwide representation. Neil is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the National Opera Studio. A former Britten-Pears and Concordia artist, he is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival and the first to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera.

Future highlights include Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera and Texy in the premiere of Alex Groves’ Back into the World for English Touring Opera.

Nazan Fikret is the soprano soloist in Our Dark Side and the Moon: a night time duet, part of 8bit for the Royal Opera.

Reflecting on our relationship to the moon, with text by Elayce Ismail and music by John Barber, take your device to a window or outside space and watch the moon as you listen.

8bit is a digital series of eight newly-commissioned experimental pieces, bringing together contemporary artists in five short films, two audio performances and an online experiment, all of which can be enjoyed from your own home. It includes well-loved repertory in ways you have never experienced before and world premieres of new short works.

The 8bit experience is available to watch from 30 April on the Royal Opera House’s social media channels: YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

John Gilhooly has today announced Gweneth Ann Rand as an Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall. As an Associate Artist Gweneth Ann will feature regularly in Wigmore Hall  programming, with at least one concert each season over a five year term.

Her recent Wigmore Hall appearances include Messiaen’s Harawi and a programme of Barber, Messiaen and Wagner, both with collaborator pianist Simon Lepper, with whom she will perform An Imperfect Tapestry, on 3 June 2021 as part of Wigmore Hall’s 120th Anniversary celebrations.

“Rand’s sumptuous voice, technically brilliant, verbally agile and expressive…”
(Fiona Maddocks)

“This was an authoritative, polished performance, piano and voice capturing the music’s quicksilver changes
of mood and colour together.”
(Erica Jeal)

This afternoon Nazan Fikret and pianist Rebecca Cohen will perform a world premiere, commissiond by the BBC on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ drivetime show, hosted by Sean Rafferty.

The new work Plango: A Cure Lament, written by film composer, vocalist and educator Ella Jarman-Pinto to a text by the poet Jo Brandon, explores the emotional impact of the pandemic on women and looks at finding comfort and empowerment in expression.

Gweneth Ann Rand and Ailish Tynan will perform as part of Wigmore Halls recently ammounced concert series in the run up to Easter.

2 March
Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper will perform a programme of Barber, Messiaen and Wagner.

12 March
Ailish Tynan will perform Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with Steven Osborne and Jean Johnson as part of Steven Osborne’s 50th Birthday Concert.

17 March
Ailish Tynan, Robin Tritschler and James Baillieu will perform in a special concert for St Patrick’s Day, including some of the most beloved traditional folksongs which reflect the cultural ties between the two nations. Adrian O’Neill, the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, will introduce the concert with a message of friendship from the Irish government.

All concerts are available to watch online on the Wigmore Hall website and YouTube channel on the day of performance and for 30 days.

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.

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 traviataLa forza del destinoAnna BolenaLa 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.’

Italian Opera Arias
Label: Chandos
Code: CHAN20155
Release date: 8 January 2021

Nazan Fikret is delighted to be returning to Glyndebourne this autumn for semi-staged performances as The 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.

Following their performance of Harawi for the Oxford Lieder Festival last year with a glowing review in The Guardian by Fiona Maddocks, Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper made it into the Observer critics’ review of 2019 for the best classical music of the year.

They are delighted to be bringing Harawi  to Wigmore Hall on 18 October to a socially distanced audience. The performance will also be streamed on the Wigmore Hall website and YouTube channel on the day of performance and for 30 days.

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.