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Opera Students, Latest Successes

25 May 2016

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Vocal & Opera Studies

As rehearsals get underway for the College’s new production of Falstaff at the end of June, we thought it was a good time to sing out about what some of our opera and voice students are up to:

Current MA Opera students Chanae Curtis , Christine Byrne, Andrew Henley and Andrii Ganchuk will all feature as soloists in a performance at Hoddinott Hall as part of  The Festival of Voice   on 4th June.

Chanae Curtis meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at the College's Gala at Buckingham Palace in January

Chanae Curtis meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at the College’s Gala at Buckingham Palace in January

Conducted by RWCMD International Chair in Conducting Carlo Rizzi, who is also conducting Falstaff,  the performance celebrates 70 years of Welsh National Opera, and includes the WNO community chorus, WNO Orchestra and the Forget-Me-Not Chorus.

This new international arts festival takes place in venues around Cardiff throughout May and June, and features Charlotte Church, John Cale and Rufus Wainwright among others.

Andrew Henley, with fellow MA Opera student Emyr Jones in RWCMD's production of 'Albert Herring'

Andrew Henley, with fellow MA Opera student Emyr Jones in RWCMD’s production of ‘Albert Herring’

First year MA Opera student Tom Smith is playing the role of Fenton in Falstaff. He is also currently appearing as one of the Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. on stage with his RWCMD tutor Adrian Thompson at Glyndebourne.

Andrii Ganchuk is spending July with the Berlin Opera summer programme, singing Escamillo in Carmen.

Sophie Levi, also an MA opera student and currently singing in WNO Chorus of Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci, has accepted a place at the prestigious National Opera Studio  in September.

She follows in the footsteps of many other RWCMD opera graduates who have gone on to study here including Trystan Griffiths and Justina Gringyte.

Falstaff celebrates the College’s collaboration with leading international artists: conducted by International Chair Carlo Rizzi, (also currently conducting In Parenthesis, and Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci at WNO), it will be directed by International Chair in Directing, Martin Constantine, and International Chair in Opera John Fisher will be coaching the students.

Falstaff will be performed at the Sherman Theatre from Sunday 26th June until Tues 28 June.

For more information & tickets see RWCMD What’s On.

The College’s International Chairs programme is supported by The Jane Hodge Foundation