Nicholas Merryweather, baritoneBaritone Nicholas Merryweather will make his début with the Royal Northern Sinfonia singing Christus in the St Matthew Passion under the baton of music director Thomas Zehemair. The performance takes place at Sage Gateshead on April 19

Samuel Boden - Tenor Tenor Samuel Boden’s interpretation of the title role of Cavalli’s L’Ormindo can be heard on BBC Radio 3 for a week from later today.  The Royal Opera/Globe Theatre co-production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has been a wild success: Samuel Boden’s dreamy Ormindo – The Guardian; …led by the vocally remarkable Sam Boden in the title role – New York Times; My laurels ulimately go to Boden’s seductive, cheeky Ormindo – The Times.

Plans for a revival next season are well advanced. Book early to avoid disappointment.

John Lattimore - countertenorWe are delighted to welcome countertenor John Lattimore for General Management. A former choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, John trained at the Royal Academy of Music. John is equally at home with contemporary as well as early repertoire and he has appeared with Bury Court Opera, Birmingham Opera and at the Tête-à-tête Festival.

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resSoprano Helen-Jane Howells takes the roles of Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls and Mrs Pugh in the world premier of John Metcalfe’s opera Under Milk Wood. A co-production between Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea), Le Chien qui Chante (Quebec) and Companion Star (New York) performances take place on April 3, 4, 5 – Swansea; 8 – Aberystwyth, 11 & 12 – Cardiff & 15 – Caernarfon. The tour is part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. Keith Turnbull directs and Wyn Davies conducts. Read Helen-Jane’s blog (complete with cute puppy pic) here.