Bradley Smith at the Cheltenham Festival

Bradley Smith, tenor

Tenor Bradley Smith appears at the Cheltenham Festival on July 4 in Awakening Shadow, a chamber opera fusing original scenes by operatic composer Luke Styles with a complete performance of Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles. The work is staged by Richard Williams and George Vass conducts his Nova Music Ensemble who are co-producers with the Presteigne Festival where the work will be performed on August 26.

“Bradley Smith sheer perfection as Albert Herring”

Albert Herring - Bradley Smith as Albert. Credit Robert Workman“… Bradley Smith sheer perfection as Albert Herring … “ Mark Ronan

“Bradley Smith’s interpretation is a masterly vocal and acted portrayal.”  Seen & Heard International

“At its heart is Bradley Smith — warmly believable as the timid Albert … he gilds a character comedy with some really excellent singing, giving Britten’s satire the weight of something real and human.” The Spectator

“Smith’s clear, conversational tenor projected an integrity that made his confusion touching and his final transformation wholly life affirming.” The Arts Desk

 

Bradley Smith & Nicholas Merryweather at Buxton Festival

Benjamin_Britten_in a boatBoth making their festival debuts Bradley Smith sings the title role of Albert Herring and Nicholas Merryweather, Mr Gedge. Francis Matthews’ production is conducted by Justin Doyle with performances on July 8, 12, 15, 19 & 22 at the Buxton International Festival.

 

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn joins CPM

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.

Critical praise for Samuel Evans’ Britten

Samuel Evans

Great reviews for Samuel Evans’ performances in Mahogany Opera’s productions of the Britten Church Parables at Aldeburgh:

“My money, vocally and dramatically, was on baritone Samuel Evans, who nary put a foot wrong”‘The Arts Desk

Samuel Evans was a bold and eloquent Traveller” The Times

“A noble voiced Traveller (Samuel Evans)” Seen and Heard International

Further performances in which Sam sings The Traveller in Curlew River and Ananias/Shadrach in The Burning Fiery Furnace take place at the City of London Festival (July 3-6) and Buxton Festival (July 14 & 15).

Samuel Evans sings Britten

Samuel Evans baritoneBaritone Samuel Evans joins the cast of Mahogany Opera’s Britten Church Parables singing the roles of The Traveller in Curlew River and Ananias in The Burning Fiery Furnace. The productions by Frederic Wake-Walker, with Roger Vignoles conducting the Aurora Orchestra, open in St Petersburg on June 6 and tour to the Aldeburgh Festival (June 16-19) the City of London Festival (July 3-6) and the Buxton Festival (July 14-15)