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 the harlequin, and Louis Hurst will sing Tonio. They are directed by Christopher Luscombe and will be accompanied by a small chamber ensemble and conducted by Artistic Director, Oliver Gooch.
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, tenor Thomas made his international debut in 2019 as Turiddu in Cavallaria Rusticana with Sri Lanka Opera. Recent engagements include; Opera Up Close as Pinkerton in their production of Madame Butterfly, Turiddu with Edinburgh Grand Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Opera Bohemia. In 2016 at 23 years old, Thomas reached the semi-finals of the “Debut” competition in Schloss Weikersheim, where despite being the youngest competitor by at least four years, he progressed to the Top 16 out of 500 other seasoned professionals.
Mancunian-born Louis gained his MMus at RNCM, where his studies were made possible by the generous support of Michael Oglesby, the Drapers Guild, and the Musician’s Benevolent Fund. Louis has worked with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Britten Sinfonia, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Grange Park Opera, Grimeborn, Zurcher Sing Akademie, Longborough Festival Opera, St. Endellion Summer Festival, and Saffron Opera Group.
Welsh tenor Ryan Vaughan Davies made his professional Operatic debut as Second Priest in Longborough Festival Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte. During the last year, Ryan has worked at Buxton Festival and mopre recently the Grange Festival on their production of Precipice, an outdoors promenade production by Sinéad O’Neill as well as performances in ‘Opera under the stars’ at the Minnack theatre, Penzance. This year Ryan will work for Garsington Opera on their productions of Le Comte Ory and Eugene Onegin. Ryan will be studying at the Royal Academy of Music from September having accepted a place at their Opera school.