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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.

Trevor Eliot Bowes sings Benoît in English National Opera’s Drive & Live La bohème, opening at Alexandra Palace on 19 September. This stunning socially distanced production with the ENO Orchestra and Chorus is directed by PJ Harris and conducted by Martyn Brabbins and Chris Hopkins.

If you can’t get to Alexandra Palace, tune in and watch on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, 23rd September at 8pm!

We are delighted that Samuel Pantcheff will return to the Salzburger Landestheater for the 2020/21 season, this follows the abrupt end to last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His roles will include Kaluna in Paul Abraham’s Die Blume von Hawaii, Valentin in Faust, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Miles in the Austrian premiere of Stuart Macae’s Anthropocene.

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 Judith 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.