Soprano Cyndia Sieden gives the World Premiere of Sunlief Rasmussen Symphony No. 2 ‘The Earth Anew’ with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgårds on September 9 and 10. A recording of the work will be released on the Da Capo label. View the live web stream on September 10 at 19:00 (EEST, BST + 1) at www.helsinkikanava.fi
We 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.
Soprano 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 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.
Soprano 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.
Soprano Cyndia Sieden will take the role of Ariel in Keith Warner’s new production of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest for Oper Frankfurt conducted by Johannes Debus. The production opens on January 10 with further performances on January 15, 17, 23, 29 and February 6. More details…
Ms Sieden received great acclaim for her interpretation of the role in the first production of the opera at The Royal Opera House under the composer. EMI have recently released a recording featuring the original cast:
Cyndia Sieden is phenomenal as a stratospherically high coloratura soprano Ariel
The Financial Times June 2009
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