Royal Welsh College & Welsh National Opera Extend Collaboration | Welsh National Opera

Royal Welsh College & Welsh National Opera Extend Collaboration

28 March 2013

PRESS RELEASE: February 2013

Royal Welsh College & Welsh National Opera Extend Collaboration

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Welsh National Opera are extending their collaboration, strengthening the links between the two organizations. The partnership will enable the Royal Welsh College to offer advanced students further access to, and professional experience within one of the UK’s leading arts companies and to deliver a training experience modeled closely on professional industry practice.

The College’s Masters programme in Opera Performance is founded on an active association with WNO developed over many years. In 2011 the two organisations formalised their working relationship to enable an enhanced level of co-operation and exchange. Following the opening of the College’s new performance facilities, the relationship was extended further through the establishment of a series of WNO residencies at the College.

This exciting relationship between the two organisations will allow more students to benefit from WNO’s direct input into training, and also cement WNO’s role in helping to identify and nurture new talent, and in doing so make its own unique contribution to the future health of opera in Wales and beyond. The relationship will also extend across a wide range of disciplines, including professional experience in repetiteurship and theatre design.

“Guidance and advice from WNO and a wide range of active opera professionals is crucial for such an advanced and specific course,” explains Head of Opera, Vocal Studies and Choral Conducting, Angela Livingstone. “It means that the MA students will be better prepared for the industry as well as being more alert to the demands and expectations of professional opera companies. By working even more closely with Welsh National Opera, we can ensure that singers learn about the demands of the profession whilst in their final two years of training, and benefit from the insight and artistry of top industry professionals in helping them to plan for and shape their move into the profession”

David Pountney WNO Chief Executive and Artistic Director said:
“The immense value to WNO of working closely with the Welsh College is a no-brainer really: as a world class opera company with a somewhat less than world class budget, we need the best possible access to emerging talent, and there is no better way to gain that than by working directly with the growers! The benefits flow both ways: the close involvement of a professional opera company gives added weight to their courses too”

Hilary Boulding, Principal of The Royal Welsh College added:
“The collaboration with WNO is a great endorsement for the College , which is in the fortunate position of delivering arts performance training in a city that is home to an internationally renowned opera company . This partnership maximises all the potential of such a relationship to benefit the most talented singers, theatre designers and musicians of the rising generation. “

For further information contact:

Helen Dunning
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
029 2039 1422


Daryl Jenner
Welsh National Opera
029 2063 5038