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Following acclaimed performances in Madama Butterfly, Linda Richardson returns to Welsh National Opera this autumn as Violetta in their classic production of La traviata. The original production is directed by Sir David McVicar (revived by Sarah Crisp) and conducted by James Southall.

Performances take place from 21 September until the end of November, opening in Cardiff before touring.

Keel Watson performs at the BBC Proms as the Usher in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury at the newly-restored Alexandra Palace TheatreThe semi-staged performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers is conducted by Jane Glover, and directed by Jack Furness.

The performance on is sold but will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 3pm on 1 September and will be available afterwards to listen again on the BBC website.

We are delighted to announce that bass Trevor Eliot Bowes has joined our roster. Trevor was born in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is currently one of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists.

In recent seasons appearances include house debuts as José Castro La fanciulla del West and Policeman Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for English National Opera, Silvano Un ballo in maschera for Grange Park Opera, and Der Lakai Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Holland Park, and Boots and Footman Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne.

Future plans include Ben Benny Paul Bunyan and A Cappadocian Salome for English National Opera, and Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress with the Münchner Philharmoniker, conducted by Barbara Hannigan.

Philip Sheffield makes his debut at the Teatro La Fenice as Edward IV in Giorgio Battistelli’s Richard III. The production originates from Opera Vlaanderen where Philip created the role in 2005 and was subsequently performed in Strasbourg. Robert Carsen returns to direct and Tito Ceccherini conducts.

Next season Philip makes his debut at the Opera Koln as Rev. Adams in Peter Grimes.

Performances take place on 29 June, 1, 3, 5, 7 July. The performance on 3 July will be broadcast live on World Concert Hall.

We are delighted to announce that soprano Camilla Roberts has joined our roster for general management. Born in Wrexham, North Wales, Camilla studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio sponsored by Welsh National Opera, with whom she subsequently she became an associate artist. In 2005 she represented Wales at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Recent highlights include Santuzza Cavalleria rusticana and First Lady The Magic Flute for Welsh National Opera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Andromache King Priam for English Touring Opera. She has also recently understudied Meni The Exterminating Angel (The Royal Opera) and Isolde La Vin herbé (Welsh National Opera).

In the current season she performs Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Welsh National Opera and understudies the title role in Vanessa for Glyndebourne.

Wyn Pencarreg steps in at short notice to perform Roc in The Exterminating Angel for the premiere at the Royal Danish Opera. The production is directed by Tom Cairns and conducted by Robert Hossart.

Wyn performed the role of Padre Sansón in this production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2017. He is also currently performing Alcade in La forza del destino for Welsh National Opera.