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A Minute with Gwyn Hughes Jones

29th January, 2015

This month Gwyn Hughes Jones will star as Walther Von Stolzing in Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg for English National Opera. It will be Gwyn's debut in this challenging role and his first important role in the German repertoire, signifying a milestone in his career. 

Carys Davies, newsletter editor interviews Gwyn about his forthcoming appearance at the Coliseum, London.

Harlequin welcomes composer and arranger, Patrick Rimes

28th January, 2015

Patrick was Music Director for S4C's Nadolig Bryn Terfel in December and arranged the tracks for Bryn and his guests for the one-off TV Christmas Special. Guests included ground breaking folk five-piece group Calan, of which Patrick is also a member, playing the fiddle and pipes and contributing to the vocals. At 22, this was Patrick's first solo project as arranger and Musical Director for TV. With so many strings to his bow, Patrick Rimes is a name to look out for.

Coming to a Theatre Near You..

27th January, 2015

 

Angharad Morgan will be making her role debut as Marguerite in Swansea City Opera's touring production of Gounod's Faust. Scottish Opera's Highlights Tour returns and this year their former Emerging Artist Sioned Gwen Davies joins the cast. Gareth Brynmor John and Jan Capinski join ETO for their Spring tour, which includes: The Siege of Calais, Il furioso all'isola di San DomingoLa Boheme and their new commission for primary schools and families, Shackleton's Cat.

Noson Lawen!

26th January, 2015

Three of Harlequin’s artists will be recording for S4C’s flagship entertainment series, Noson Lawen, in Caernarfon this February. Mezzo Caryl Hughes, baritone Meilir Jones and Royal Harpist Hannah Stone’s performances will be broadcast on S4C from the end of November this year.

New Role in 2015!

11th December, 2014

Tenor, Gwyn Hughes Jones won’t have much time for festive celebrations this year as he will be rehearsing Walther Von Stolzing  in Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. It will be Gwyn’s debut in this challenging role and his first significant role in the German repertoire.

HSBC Laureate 2014!

3rd December, 2014

Congratulations to Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson, who has been named one of the HSBC Laureates of the Académie du Festival d’Aix for 2014!

Accompanist David Doidge joins Welsh National Opera!

1st September, 2014

Pianist & accompanist David Doidge joins the Music Staff at Welsh National Opera this season! Having recently completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama here in Cardiff specialising as a répétiteur in opera and vocal coaching, his feet have barely touched the ground as he’s already launched into rehearsals for Bizet’s Carmen,  his first opera with the company, which stars Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones as Don José.

Caryl in Olivier Award winning ETO productions

1st May, 2014

Congratulations to Caryl Hughes and cast and production of English Touring Opera on winning the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.The award was given for ETO’s ‘brave and challenging’ productions of Tippett’s King Priam and Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which are currently touring nationwide. Mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes performs the roles of Young Paris in King Priam and Tiny in Paul Bunyan.

RAN'S STAR IS RISING

20th February, 2014

Ran Arthur Braun's "Cyberiada" for the Poznan Opera, was chosen in the Critics Top 10 Theatrical Productions of the year. This leads towards his Nomination as Best Director for the Jan Kiepura Music Theatre Awards. (The Polish Theatre Award - to be announced in the spring). 

Catrin's Wagnerian Success

1st December, 2013

Soprano Catrin Aur competed in the finals of the Wagner Society Singing Competition on December 1st at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Singing to a judging panel of Sir John Tomlinson, Elaine Padmore and Keith Warner, in what was a close-fought final, Catrin was joint winner of the competition. As the Wagner Society's press release explains . . . .

Menna is the Voice of the Future

23rd July, 2013

Song may be woven into the very fabric of the Welsh Valleys but the Voice of the Future officially belongs to Pontypridd. Soprano Menna Cazel Davies, 24, landed the title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod collecting the International Trophy, £2,000 in prize money and an invitation to perform at one of Llangollen 2014’s evening concerts.

Bryn Terfel Unveils New Portrait

7th June, 2013

Shortly after giving a performance at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Friday 07 June, Bryn Terfel unveiled a new portrait of him, painted by Norman Perryman.

Mary-Jean O'Doherty wins First Prize in the Paris Opera Awards

15th January, 2013

Our congratulations go to Mary-Jean O’Doherty (pictured in red, above) who has won first prize in the Paris Opera Awards.

The Young Ones

3rd January, 2013

Harlequin’s newly created Young Artists Division is headed by Sioned Jones and the seven young singers are already making the news.

GWYN AT THE MET

31st December, 2012

Tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones has just enjoyed his debut in a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Manrico in Il Trovatore.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE

31st October, 2012

This is our newly re-designed and revamped website with a clean, crisp look and a number of extra features.

JOHN OWEN-JONES NEW CD

12th April, 2012

Unmasked – John Owen-Jones’ second album reveals why his devoted fanbase keep growing – his remarkable voice. A collection of popular tracks which include ‘Music Of The Night’ from The Phantom Of The Opera and a stunning version of the Bond classic ‘Thunderball’.

DANCING TO SUCCESS

14th March, 2012

Movement Director Ran Arthur Braun's Royal Opera debut has won immediate praise as this review from Opera Today illustrates