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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.

We are delighted that mezzo soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson has joined our artist roster for general management. Wendy studied at the University of Wellington, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music. She is a former Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist at New Zealand Opera, winner of the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier Award and in 2005 was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, representing New Zealand.

Her engaging performances in a wide-ranging repertoire have made her a favourite with both audiences and critics, whether she’s playing the role of Teresa Salieri in Amadeus at the National Theatre of Great Britain; Charlotte in Werther at Vilnius City Opera; or Magdalena in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Edinburgh International Festival.


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

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.