Thursday, 20 January 2011

Opera - TNG

Next Friday (28th of January) BBC Hoddinott Hall, hidden Tardis-like at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), will play host to the National Opera Studio (NOS) and some of its current trainees. Acting as a link between music colleges and the six main opera companies in the UK the NOS plays an important, if unheralded role, in the development of young singers and repetiteurs. Graduates include the likes of Gerald Finley, Kate Royal and Ivor Bolton.

Among the singers scheduled to appear are John Pierce, this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Welsh representative and, recent RWCMD graduate, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė. Lending orchestral support will be the Orchestra of WNO under the direction of Jeremy Silver.

But this is no belt an aria evening, if the dry run of this Tuesday’s (25th of January) upcoming recital is to be believed, with the emphasis placed on ensemble singing with, among others, the Act 1 duet and trio from L’elisir d’amore (Adina, Nemorino and Belcore) and the sextet from Così fan tutte.

Tickets are £10 and are on sale from WMC. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Hoddinott Hall might like to take a gander at the BBC NOW introductory video to the hall and its inner workings. And don’t be afraid, but you will run into some Welsh, which isn’t the pebble-dashing language you’ve been led to believe it is.

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