We are delighted to welcome tenor Andrew Irwin to CPM. Originally from Northern Ireland, Andrew is completing his training at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Leipzig. He makes his Welsh National Opera début as Amelia’s Servant in David Pountney’s new production of Un Ballo in Maschera on February 9 with Carlo Rizzi conducting. He is also covering the role of Cecil Roberto Devereux for the company.
For the second year running a production by Polly Graham has won Best Opera Production in the Wales Theatre Awards. Her staging of Frank Martin Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera received great critical acclaim and as Zaubertrank is about to open at Lokremise, St Gallen on February with performances on February 2, 6, 7, 11, 14 & 18.
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.
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.
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
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.
Director Harry Fehr’s production of Orlando for Welsh National Opera has been nominated for a Wales Theatre Award in the ‘Best Opera Production’ category. The winner will be announced on January 30. The production, which originated with Scottish Opera, has received much critical acclaim – “Harry Fehr’s recent Orlando for Welsh National Opera picks up where David Alden and David McVicar left off at ENO, recasting Handel’s sorcery story as one of psychological trauma and war. This is Handel with a modern audience in mind: emotional, direct, confronting.” The Spectator.
Director Harry Fehr makes his Welsh National Opera début with Handel Orlando under the baton of Rinaldo Alessandrini. There are performances on September 27 (m), October 3 & 7 (Cardiff), October 14 (Southampton), 21 (Bristol), 28 (Llandudno), November 4 (Oxford), 18 (Birmingham). The cast includes Larry Zazzo, Rebecca Evans and Robin Blaze and the production is designed by Yannis Thavoris with lighting design by Anna Watson. A co-production with Scottish Opera, you can view Harry’s preview here.