Mid Wales Opera announces Fairy Tale season

26th July 2022

Mid Wales Opera are inviting audiences to join them in a Fairy Tale world of magic and myth with their new season launched at Gregynog Hall on Sunday. Launching their Fairy Tales season at the annual Friends of MWO Gala, Executive Director Lydia Bassett said, “Lots of people are struggling at the moment, and there’s […]

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Michael McCarthy’s 40 years of new opera at Music Theatre Wales

6th June 2022

Michael McCarthy is Director of Music Theatre Wales and has staged over 30 productions for the company. Productions include Richard the Lionheart by Telemann and Handel in Germany, large-scale outdoor staging’s of Tosca and Nabucco in Norway, and productions of La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Il Re Pastore, Fidelio and Don Giovanni. Also, Cinderella for […]

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Tom Coults first opera, Violet opens at Aldeburgh Festival

2nd June 2022

Composer Tom Coult, 33, is one of the most distinctive and admired composers of his generation. In 2021, he was made Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and he has enjoyed further associations with ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta. Violet is Tom’s first opera, which he created with acclaimed writer Alice Birch. […]

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Longborough Festival Opera announces cast for Spell Book and La liberazione di Ruggiero

25th May 2022

Longborough Festival Opera has announced the cast for Spell Book and La liberazione di Ruggiero, its 2022 emerging artist double bill. The Costwolds company’s Emerging Artist programme gives a vital opportunity to singers at the beginning of their careers. In 2022 audiences are treated to a double bill of love, freedom and magic. Members of […]

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Director Polly Graham on Longborough and further afield

25th May 2022

Award-winning opera and theatre director Polly Graham is Artistic Director of Longborough Opera and is bringing the Cotswolds company out of Covid lockdown with ambitious plays for the both the festival and work with associated artists. A recipient of the Independent Opera Director Fellowship 2016, Graham’s productions have won Best Opera Production in the Wales […]

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An innovative take on Butterfly from WNO

17th March 2022

There is plenty of tricky ground to tread when bringing Madam Butterfly to the stage. One of Puccini’s masterwork, the opera is so well-known, even within the broader boundaries of pop culture, that it is a challenge in itself to approach it from a new angle, without repeating something that has already been done to exhaustion while […]

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Jenůfa, Welsh National Opera

7th March 2022

The WNO continues in its exploration of the works of Czech composer Leoš Janáček, this time going back to the early stages of his career to offer a new production of this 1904 work, known originally under the title of Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter) before being most commonly titled after the name of its protagonist. […]

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Natalya Romaniw can tell Houston that having survived Covid and lockdown there really isn’t a problem

30th December 2021

It is a very long way between lockdown in Cardiff and rehearsing in Texas for the opening of Houston Grand Opera Dialogue of the Carmelites in Texas. For soprano Natalya Romaniw that journey, from the cancellation mid run of Madam Butterfly at English National Opera in 2020 to February 2022’s opening of the Poulenc opera, […]

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David Collins appointed Opera North Executive Director / Deputy CEO

21st October 2021

Opera North has appointed David Collins to the new role of Executive Director / Deputy CEO.  The Company said its artistic, education and community work has grown exponentially over the last five years, and continues to develop in scope, ambition and diversity. The new role of Executive Director/ Deputy CEO reflects and supports this expansion, and […]

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