TBradley Smith, tenorenor 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.

 

Glowing reviews for Polly Graham‘s production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and David PountneWNYO Kommilitonen c. Kirsten McTernany’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.

Polly Graham director c. Jorge LizaldePolly Graham directs Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! for Welsh National Youth Opera with Alice Farnham conducting. The performances at the Memo Arts Centre in Barry, South Wales take place on July 27, 28, 29 & 30, pm & eve.

“… I CapStephanie Marshall as Romeo and Sarah-Jane Brandon as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Buxton Festival. Photo (c) Robert Workmanuleti 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

The Arts Desk 4* – Bachtrack 4* – Planet Hughill 5*

Harry FehrDirector Harry Fehr realises I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Buxton Festival with sets and costumes by Yannis Thavoris. Justin Doyle conducts the performances at Buxton Opera House on July 9, 13, 16, 20 and 23. Read Harry’s take on the piece I Capuleti – why now? 

Samuel Boden
Photo: Marco Borggreve

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/.

Rosalind Coad - soprano c. Raphaelle Photography w6AWe 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. 

Sarah Fahie, choreographerSarah Fahie provides the movement for the world premiere of Philip Venables’ 4:48 Psyschosis based on Sarah Kane’s play. She works with director Ted Huffman for the first time whose production for the Royal Opera at the Lyric Hammersmith opens on May 24 with further performances on May 26, 27 & 28.

Polly Graham, directorRecently-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.

Rhiannon Llewellyn, sopranoSoprano Rhiannon Llewellyn will make her début appearance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski singing the Eva Turner part in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. The performance will be part of the LPO’s Shakespeare 400 Gala at the Royal Festival Hall on April 23.

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