Unlike Butterfly, no yellow face concerns for WNO at Expo Dubai 2020

15th October 2021

A troupe of mainly British singers are off to the desert sunshine for Welsh National Opera’s collaboration with the United Arab Emirates on Al Wasl Opera, part of Expo 2020 Dubai. While in the UK and other countries producing theatres continue to be careful about ethnic casting, there are no such concerns with this production. The […]

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How should we ensure companies actually perform?

6th September 2021

In 1959 the House of Commons endorsed the principle of public subsidy and the independence of the arts. This largely began state subsidy of the arts. By 1962 the Royal Opera was told its subsidy would be pegged at 87.5 per cent of the previous year’s income. The more shows they put on the more […]

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Un Nos Ola Leuad – Leading Welsh singers record a new Welsh language Opera

2nd September 2021

I’ve been composing to commission for over 40 years now, in about as many genres as you could shake a baton at, but had never written an opera.  Not, that is, until 2014 or thereabouts, the time when the BBC finally dispensed with my services as the presenter (since the late 70s) of the daily […]

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Longborough’s Die Walkure available on demand

26th August 2021

Longborough Festival Opera is streaming its 2021 concert performance of Die Walkure. Watch here(Available on demand until Friday 25 February 2022) This concert production of Die Walküre was filmed live at Longborough Festival Opera on 8 June as part of the festival’s new Ring cycle. Wotan is sung by Cardiff singer Paul Carey Jones. The cycle began in June 2019, […]

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Welsh National Opera finds way through Madam Butterfly minefield

25th August 2021

Welsh National Opera is scheduling a series of events around its performances of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly on the type of subjects that have been used to attack arts organisations under the banner of inclusivity, for their choice of work and for non-race matched casting. A new production has been commissioned. It follows a similar approach […]

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Mid Wales Opera to tour Puccini’s Il tabarro

18th August 2021

Wales’ touring company, Mid Wales Opera, is taking a small stage tour of Puccini’s Il tabarro on the road in October. The one-act opera will bring soprano Elin Pritchard (main image) to the role of Giorgetta, fresh from her success with Grange Opera singing Manon Lescaut, with Philip Smith singing her husband Michele who suspects […]

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Opera Park 2022 season announced

17th August 2021

Opera Holland Park’s 2022 Season will open on 31 May 2022, with new productions of Eugene Onegin and Carmen. The second half of the 2022 Season will feature the UK premiere of Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera, Little Women, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel. Postponed from 2020, Delius’s verismo opera Margot la Rouge […]

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WNO announces more details of autumn 2021 season

11th August 2021

Welsh National Opera has announced more details of its Autumn 2021 Season which includes a new production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. It follows the announcement that Wales Millennium Centre, its home base, is opening the main auditorium, the Donald Gordon Theatre, on September 9, in time for the WNO season. The Company has confirmed it […]

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Academy of Ancient Music’s season opens with Haydn’s The Creation

10th August 2021

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) opens its first season under new Music Director Laurence Cummings on Tuesday, September 28 with Haydn’s The Creation. Co-produced by the Barbican, the performance will include a visual narrative from projection designer Nina Dunn. The AAM choir and orchestra are joined by a solo cast including Mary Bevan, Stuart Jackson, […]

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Iford Arts New Generation Artists to perform Pagliacci

8th August 2021

Iford Arts New Generation Artists will be performing Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at Belcombe Court. Alongside two returning young artists, Fiona Finsbury (Elixir of Love 2019) and Dan de Souza (Fairy Queen 2016) as the lovers Nedda and Silvio, the three new IANGA artists Welsh lyric tenor Thomas Kinch will sing Canio, Ryan Vaughan Davies will sing […]

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