Rhiannon Llewellyn, sopranoWe are delighted to welcome soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn to CPM. Just finishing her studies, Rhiannon garnered critical acclaim for her recent interpretation of Anne Trulove in The Rakes Progress at the Royal Academy of Music “Rhiannon Llewellyn had all you could want – clear, accurate high notes especially – as a tender but spirited Anne Trulove” The Observer.

This summer she joins Garsington Opera singing the role of The Lace Seller and English Lady in Death in Venice and covers Anna in Intermezzo.

John Metcalfe’s Under Milk Wood – in which soprano Helen-Jane Howells created the roles of Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls and Mrs Pugh –  was chosen as one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Operas of 2014. In addition, the work is a finalist in the World Premiere category of The Opera Awards 2015.

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.

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resPurcell specialist Helen-Jane Howells sings The Fairy Queen in a new production by Julia Burbach in the charming rural setting of Bury Court Opera. Simon Over conducts The South Bank Sinfonia. Performances February 22, 26 & March 1.

Cyndia Sieden as Ariel The Tempest at Oper Frankfurt c. Monika RittershausCyndia Sieden will reprise her interpretation of Ariel in Keith Warner’s production of The Tempest for Oper Frankfurt.  Ms Sieden has become closely associated with the stratospherically virtuosic role since the première of Thomas Adès work at Covent Garden in 2004. Performances take place on January 11, 18, 24, February 1 & 7. Sian Edwards conducts.

Helen-Jane Howells at OdeGand

September 13, 2013

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resSoprano Helen-Jane Howells appears with Ensemble La Fenice directed by Jean Tubéry at OdeGand on September 14 as part of the Flanders Festival. Their programme entitled Natura Amorosa (Canti d’Ucelli) comprises works by Monteverdi, Kapsberger, Janequin, Merula.

Nicholas Kraemer conducts and Harry Fehr directs a new production of La Finta Giardiniera at The Buxton Festival. Performances take place on July 6, 9, 12, 18 & 21 (m). As part of the Young Artists Programme, Buxton also showcases the talents of soprano Keri Fuge who will be performing in recitals and concerts throughout the festival.

” The instruction “strip to your undies” is nowhere mentioned in Virgil’s epic, but Helen-Jane Howells abandoned her tea dress and was fearless, even as temperatures and rain fell, singing with purity and honesty and no sign of shivering. Her “Remember me” in the famous Lament was heart-rending.” Guardian review of Dido & Aeneas at the Bath International Festival

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 043 - Hi resHelen-Jane Howells will be Sean Rafferty’s guest live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘ In Tune’ tomorrow evening previewing her performance or Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music on Saturday, March 30.

Helen-Jane Howells - soprano - c. P Foster Williams 011 - Hi resSoprano Helen-Jane Howells sings the first UK performance of Vasco Mendonça’s Ping with Music Theatre Wales. Described by the composer as “a multi-media fantasy for voice, video and performers” the work is a setting of the Samuel Beckett monologue Ping. Partnered by Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, the production opens on March 26 in Cardiff and tours to Aberystwyth and Mold.