Another two opera graduates have accepted places at the prestigious National Opera Studio in September.
2016 graduates, Andrew Henley and Emyr Wyn Jones (pictured) were among seven MA opera students from the current cohort and last year’s graduates who reached the final round of auditions for the National Opera Studio this Spring.
Andrew and Emyr faced fierce competition, and were among 237 other applicants for a mere 12 places on the training programme, which works in partnership with the UK’s leading Opera Companies to provide further training for singers and repetiteurs.
The pair are the latest in a string of RWCMD opera graduates joining the National Opera Studio. Since 2013, a total of eight RWCMD singers have progressed to the studio, and Andrew and Emyr follow in the footsteps of graduates Sophie Levi, Trystan Griffiths and Justina Gringyte.
“Since its launch in 2011, the Opera course at RWCMD has gained strength and presence through the high quality of its trainees. This has allowed us to put on increasingly ambitious productions and develop more strategic training in partnership with Welsh National Opera. Their input and support has enabled us to be even more innovative and creative in providing our emerging artists with industry-relevant training.
The number of students who have progressed on to the National Opera Studio are testimony to the quality of our training and our ability to prepare and develop young singers for the profession of Opera.”
Angela Livingstone, Head of Opera, Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting