Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans and Sir Brian McMaster, along with David Pountney, and Hodge International Chair in Conducting Carlo Rizzi, will form a Circle of Presidents for the new David Seligman Opera School at RWCMD.
The five international artists join Hodge International Chair and world renowned opera coach, John Fisher of New York’s Metropolitan Opera
As some of the most highly regarded figures in the opera world, the Circle of Presidents will act as ambassadors, enhancing the national and international profile of the school and drawing on a vast combined experience to inspire our future opera makers.
“The Royal Welsh College offers a level of training which is second to none.”
John Fisher, Hodge International Chair in Opera
The work of the David Seligman Opera School at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, in association with Welsh National Opera, will ensure that Wales continues to produce some of the world’s leading artistic operatic talent, enabling emerging artists to train alongside some of the leading figures in opera today.
It’s an absolute honour to be a part of this. Thank you for the warm welcome! Diolch yn fawr iawn.
— Rebecca Evans (@RebeccaEvansSop) November 28, 2017
The David Seligman Opera School will provide a unique training environment at the Royal Welsh College across all disciplines of opera performance and production – from singers and instrumentalists to conductors, directors, repetiteurs, stage managers and designers. It will also incorporate a new Masters programme for opera directors led by Hodge International Chair in Directing Martin Constantine.
Royal Welsh College opera singers joined forces with the full WNO Orchestra for a gala evening of operatic favourites this weekend, receiving accolades from Maestro Carlo Rizzi after he conducted the students at WNO’s Winter Opera Gala.
To the opera students @RWCMD that sung last night with @WNOtweet orchestra: you made me happy and proud with your professional and spirited performances. You embraced the week of work with passion and determination and the results were there to be seen. Bravi! Complimenti a tutti
— Carlo Rizzi (@CarloRizziMusic) November 26, 2017
— Matthew Downes (@MattDownes) November 25, 2017