June 6, 2016

Congratulations to multiple award winner Julien van Mellearts

We are delighted to announce that Julien Van Mellaerts has won a 2016 Kiwi Music Scholarship towards his Artist Diploma in Opera at London’s Royal College of Music.

Julien also recently won first prizes in both the 2016 Brooks/van der Pump English Song Competition and the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Competition at the Royal College of Music, as well as winning a Countess Of Munster award for 2016.

May 11, 2016

Alwyn Mellor withdraws from Opera North Ring Cycle

We are sad to announce that Alwyn Mellor will withdraw from scheduled performances in Opera North's Ring Cycle for personal reasons. See here for more details.

April 24, 2016

Opera North’s world premiere of ‘Pleasure’ featuring Timothy Nelson

Timothy Nelson will sing the role of Nathan in Opera North's world premiere of Mark Simpson's new opera Pleasure, directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Nicolas Kok. 

Pleaure is an exciting collaborative project between Opera North, Aldeburgh Music and the Royal Opera House. With a cast of just four singers, including Lesley Garrett, the opera tells the story of a toilet attendant in a hedonistic gay club in the north of England, presided over by a bacchanialian drag queen. 

The opera premieres at Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds on 28th April and will also be performed at Liverpool Playhouse, the Britten Studio (Aldebugh) and the Lyric Hammersmith. See here for complete dates and details.



April 12, 2016

‘Dialogues des Carmelites’ featuring Rosalind Plowright wins Best DVD at BBC Music Magazine Awards

The Warner Erato recording of Dialogues des Carmelites (directed by Olivier Py) has won Best DVD at the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. Rosalind Plowright, who sang Mme de Croissy, accepted the award on behalf of the team at King’s Place.

This highly acclaimed production - with a cast including Sandrine Piau, Veronique Gens and Patricia Petibon - was stylishly filmed at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

March 15, 2016

Jennifer France nominated for the 2016 South Bank / The Times Breakthrough Award

Congratulations to Jennifer France who has been nominated in the Opera Category for the 2016 South Bank / The Times Breakthrough Award.

The winner, chosen in an online vote by Times readers and fans, will follow such young stars as the actor Luke Pasqualino and Tom Hiddleston, the dancer Aaron Sills, the soprano Sophie Bevan and the rock band Everything Everything.

March 1, 2016

“If you want to hear world class singing, that’s what you’ll get from Catherine Carby…”

The Independent's glowing revew of Catherine Carby's performance in English Touring Opera's production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. Full review here.

Click here for ETO's trailer, featuring Catherine.

January 15, 2016

Angela Simkin joins the Royal Opera House Jette Parker scheme

Congratulations to Angela Simkin who will join the Jette Parker young artists scheme at the Royal Opera House, London, starting in the Autumn season this September 2016.

January 1, 2016

Toby Purser appointed ENO Mackerras Fellowship

Toby Purser has been appointed an ENO Mackerras Fellowship. The award is a joint initiative between ENO and the Philip Loubser Foundation, and celebrates the legacy of Sir Charles Mackerras. The ENO Mackerras Fellowship offers exceptionally talented young conductors the opportunity to work and develop at ENO, mentored by ENO Music Director Mark Wigglesworth.

November 29, 2015

Julien Van Mellaerts wins 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Award

Congratulations to Juilen Van Mellaerts who has one first prize at the prestigious 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall.

The panel of judges this year included the singers Mary Plazas and Adrian Thompson, and previous winners include the tenor Andrew Kennedy and baritone Christopher Maltman.

November 17, 2015

Carol Garcia wins Opera Actual magazine’s 2015 Young Artist award.

Congratulations mezzo-soprano Carol Garcia who has won the 2015 Young Artist Prize from Opera Actual magazine. A graduate of the Atelie Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris and a Finalist at Operalia 2014, her engagements last season included Doña Damiana / La Clementina at the Teatro de la Zaruela, Madrid, Carmen at the Palau de Congressos de Santa Eulàlia de Ibiza, Mme Dangeville / Adriana Lecouvreur at the Opéra national de Paris and  Rosina / Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Opéra national de Montréal.

Carol Garcia makes her Italian debut as Charlotte / Werther at the Teatro Verdi Trieste later this month.