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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.

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.

We are delighted that American mezzo-soprano Tichina Vaughn has joined our artist roster with exclusive representation in the UK and Eire. Ms. Vaughn is celebrated for her luxuriously rich voice as well as her electrifying stagecraft. She began her career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and made her European debut as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff at the Oper Stuttgart.

Highlights in recent seasons include First Maid Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera; Begonia Der Junge Lord at the Staatstheater Hannover; Filipyevna Eugene Onegin at the Spoleto Festival; and Maria Porgy and Bess  at the Teatro alla Scala. She also performed many roles at the Semperoper Dresden including Klytämnestra Elektra, Die Knuperhexe Hänsel und Gretel, Herodias Salome, Mother Il prigioniero and Brigitta Die tote Stadt, where until the recently she was a principal artist.

In the current season she debuts with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera as Maria in Porgy and Bess, also performing in Caruso a Cuba for the Dutch National Opera, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Mère Jeanne Dialogues des Carmélites, and reprises the role of Begonia Der Junge Lord at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz.

Ailish Tynan returns to Wigmore Hall for a programme of January red letter days – the birthdays of ten composers, five poets, and two great songs, and the deaths of two composers and nine poets. In this programme, devised by Graham Johnson, Ailish performs works by Britten, Wolf and Delibes and others.

Ailish is joined by mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley, baritone Benjamin Appl, bass William Thomas, pianist Graham Johnson, and actor Shalisha James-Davis.

The recital takes place on 24 January.

Jeni Bern makes a long awaited return to Scottish Opera, as Professor Prentice in the world premiere of Anthropocene by Stuart MacRae. The production is directed by Matthew Richardson and conducted by Stuart Stratford.

Performances take place from 24 January in Glasgow, with further performances in Edinburgh and London, at the Hackney Empire.

Jeni returns to Scottish Opera later this season as First Lady in Sir Thomas Allen’s production of The Magic Flute.