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Joanna Harries sings Finocchini in Offenbach’s La Princesse de Trébizonde, conducted by Paul Daniel with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

A travelling circus, an innocent prince in love with a waxwork and a lottery ticket to win a magnificent castle… What could possibly go wrong?

Offenbach: La Princesse de Trébizonde
Label: Opera Rara
Code: ORC63
Release date: 22 September 2023

Following English Touring Opera’s announcement for autumn 2023…

Trevor Eliot Bowes performs Seneca in a new production of The Coronation of Poppea, directed by Robin Norton-Hale and conducted by Yshani Perinpanayagam. Trevor’s ETO debut was in spring 2022 in La bohème.

Following acclaimed performances in Handel’s Ottone, Nazan Fikret returns to ETO as Clorinda in a new production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, directed by Jenny Ogilvie Furness and conducted by Naomie Woo.

Both Nazan and Trevor will perform in ETO’s spring 2024 production of The Rake’s Progress.

Neil Balfour and Joanna Harries feature on Wonderland: The Alice Sound a new recording from LSO Live of Paul Rissmann’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, conducted by Lee Reynolds with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll books and by early musical adaptations of them, composer Paul Rissmann wrote two musical suites which were premiered by the LSO in 2015 (Alice in Wonderland) and 2022 (Through the Looking Glass). Both Neil and Joanna performed these works in a family concert at the Barbican which included the premiere of Through the Looking Glass.

A range of cross-curricular learning resources and other materials are available on The Alice Sound website.

Wonderland: The Alice Sound is available on all digital streaming platforms form 30 June 2023

Following English National Opera’s season announcement for 2023/24…

Ronald Samm returns as Reverend Horace Adams in David Alden’s acclaimed production of Peter Grimes, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

Llio Evans returns in the role of Celia in this first revival of Cal McCrystal’s sell-out production of Iolanthe, she is joined by Keel Watson as Private Willis and Timothy Nelson understudies the the role of Strephon. These performances are conducted by Chris Hopkins.

Gweneth Ann Rand returns to ENO as the Mayor’s Wife in David Alden’s Olivier Award-winning staging of Jenůfa, she is joined by Keel Watson as the Mayor, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.

Following the Royal Opera House season announcement for 2023/24…

Claire Wild returns to revive her role as Mother / Baba Yaga in the Olivier-award winning Wolf Witch Giant Fairy, with Little Bulb Theatre.

Wyn Pencarreg revives the role of Alcindoro in Richard Jones’ production of La bohème, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.

Rhonda Browne understudies the role of Erda in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Das Rheingold.

Ailish Tynan returns to the Royal Opera House in January and February 2023 in two much loved productions.

Firstly she will perform Erste Dame in Sir David McVicar’s classic production of Die Zauberflöte where she is joined by Harry Nicoll as Erster Priester. Ailish previously performed Papagena in this production in 2003 while she was a Vilar Young Artist.

She will then perform Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a revival of the 2005 production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

We are delighted that baritone Mark Nathan has joined our artist roster for general management. Mark is a graduate Royal College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a recent alumnus of the Emerging Artist Programme at Scottish Opera.

Recent highlights include his mainstage debut with Scottish Opera as Giuseppe The Gondoliers and Mr Goldbury Utopia Ltd; Hunter Rusalka, Guglielmo (OperaFirst) Così fan tutte and Herr von Faninal (cover) Der Rosenkavalier (Garsington Opera).

In the current season Mark made his debut with Welsh National Opera and Schaunard La bohème and later this season returns as Maximillian in a new production of Candide. Other appearances this season include Notary Der Rosenkavalier for Irish National Opera; and Le Dancaïre Carmen for Waterperry Opera Festival.

 

Ailish Tynan features on a new recording of Stephen Dodgson songs. The recording, Volume 1, The Peasant Poet, is released by SOMM Recordings on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Stephen Dodgson’s death in 2013. It is the first in a three-volume series devoted his rich and varied songs.

Dodgson: Volume 1, The Peasant Poet
Label: SOMM Recordings
Code: SOMMCD 0659
Release date: 18 November 2022

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.