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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.

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.

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. She also performed these two song cycles on a concert tour with the Hebrides Ensemble earlier this year.

Weir: Airs from another planet
Label: Hyperion Records
Code: DCD34228
Release date: 25 November 2019

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 MarieDialogues des Carmélites with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Zapopan in Mexico.

We are delighted that Samuel Pantcheff will join the Internationales Opernstudio Gerard Mortier at the Salzburger Landestheater for the 2019/20 season.

He will perform and cover numerous roles in Weber’s OberonLohengrin, the Austrian premiere of Stuart Macae’s AnthropoceneViva La Diva (Donizetti’s Le convenienze e le inconvenienze teatrali) and Haydn’s Creation.

Congratulations Samuel!

With rehearsals for Welsh National Opera’s season 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.

Richard Roberts will make his WNO debut as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro.

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.

Ailish Tynan joins 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Robyn Lyn EvansWyn 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.

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.