August 19, 2016
Tenor Bradley Smith sings Lelio in Cesti’s Le Nozze in Sogno at the Innsbruck Festival on August 19, 21 & 22 and in Salzburg on August 25 & 26. The production by Alessio Pizzech is conducted by Enrico Onofri.
August 4, 2016
Glowing reviews for Polly Graham‘s production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and David Pountney’s Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera. ***** The Guardian, ***** The Arts Desk, **** The Times. “Polly Graham’s brilliant, explosive new production…This has got to be one of the operatic events of the year” Wales Arts Review. ” … this production, by Polly Graham, is a dazzlingly impressive affair” The Arts Desk. “the work emerged incredibly stongly here in director Polly Graham’s inclusive, immersive, promenade-style staging, almost cinematic in its boldness.” The Guardian.
July 25, 2016
July 19, 2016
“… I Capuleti is a model of directorial discipline.” 4* The Times
“Harry Fehr’s modern-dress I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Bellini’s first big hit, worked especially well” The Sunday Times
“ The festival’s second offering, Harry Fehr’s staging of Bellini’s Romeo and Juliet opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, is more consistently assured.” The Guardian
July 7, 2016
June 22, 2016
Tenor Samuel Boden will take part in the event to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepvel Memorial in Northern France. He will perform alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Band of the Welsh Guards amongst others with the event being broadcast live on BBC One. 10,000 people are expected to attend including the Prince of Wales, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, David Cameron and European and Commonwealth heads of state. Sam will also be performing Butterworth The Lads in their Hundreds at the Military Vigil the evening before which will be broadcast live on BBC Two. http://somme2016.org/.
May 25, 2016
We are delighted that soprano Rosalind Coad has joined us for General Management. A former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist, Rosalind’s repertoire includes Ginevra Ariodante, Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Fiorldiligi Così fan tutte.
May 24, 2016
May 18, 2016
Recently-signed director Polly Graham has been announced the winner of the 2016 Independent Opera Director Fellowship. As part of the award she will direct the UK premiere of Karl Amadeus Hartman’s Simplicius Simplicissimus in a new English translation by David Pountney. The performances will take place at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells on November 11, 15, 17 & 19 and the cast includes tenor Bradley Smith.