April 27, 2017
Director Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé will be available to view free of charge on The Opera Platform from 19:00 CET (18:00 BST) on April 28. The spare yet compelling take on the Tristan and Iseult tale for Welsh National Opera has won critical acclaim: “a staging that held one captive and captivated throughout” Opera; “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian. Graham is nominated for an International Opera Award with the winners to be announced on May 7.
April’s Opera magazine cover feature adds to the glowing reviews for director Polly Graham’s production of Le Vin herbé. “Polly Graham’s stark but brilliant new staging of the work” 5* The Guardian, 5* The Independent. 4* The Telegraph. See the trailer and performance details here.
February 14, 2017
Director Polly Graham has been nominated in the Newcomer category of the 2017 International Opera Awards. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 7 at The London Coliseum. Polly Graham’s production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera opens at the Wales Millennium Centre on February 16.
February 3, 2017
Director Polly Graham makes her main stage Welsh National Opera début with a rare production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé . Opening at the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff on February 16 there are further performances on March 21 – Milton Keynes; March 28 – Bristol; April 4 – Llandudno; April 18 – Plymouth and April 25 – Southampton. More about the production
January 11, 2017
Director Polly Graham is featured as one of The Guardian’s Top 20 Talents set to take 2017 by storm in Unmissable Culture 2017. Her production of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé marks her main stage début for Welsh National Opera and opens in Cardiff on February 16.
November 24, 2016
Polly Graham directs Iain Bell’s A Christmas Carol at the Teatro Sociale, Trento for the Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento on December 2 & 4. A reprise of the production staged last season for Welsh National Opera, the one man show sets Simon Callow’s libretto. Polly enjoyed great critical success with the recent UK première of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus:“100 minutes of thrilling and sometimes shocking physical theatre” 5* The Times. “Polly Graham’s terrific staging – a thrilling physical tour de force “ 5* Bachtrack.
November 18, 2016
Director Harry Fehr will stage La Finta Giardinera with students at the Royal College of Music on November 28, 30, December 2 & 3. The 2013 Buxton Festival production, on which it is based, was much praised: “Harry Fehr’s Buxton staging makes a surprisingly strong case for this disregarded piece.” 5 stars The Guardian; “… in this dazzling, bold and inventive production we have a novel modern setting under Harry Fehr’s direction … ” The Arts Desk. Michael Rosewell, Direcor of Opera at the RCM, conducts.
November 7, 2016
Director Polly Graham, the 2016 Independent Opera Fellow stages the UK premiere of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus which opens at the Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells on November 11 with further performances on November 15, 17 & 19. Timothy Redmond conducts. You can hear Polly interviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters and watch the Simplicius trailer.
September 12, 2016
Harry Fehr directs Falstaff for the Shanghai Opera House opening on September 15 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The production is double-cast with further performances on September 16 & 17. Conducting honours are shared between Lin Yongsheng and Antonio Pirolli with Pietro Spagoli and Zhang Feng as the eponymous Knight. More. The production was made possible at short notice by Caroline Phillips Management undertaking complex negotiations to provide the entire creative team.
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.