Youth Opera 16-25

WNYO have continued to build upon the reputation of the group by delivering professional productions and consistently performing to sold-out audiences. The productions have been a mixture of existing repertoire and new commissions. Previous WNYO productions have included Candide, The Rakes Progress, The Beggars Opera, Dido and Aeneas, Sweeney ToddPaul Bunyan and new commissions; The Tailor’s Daughter, The Calling of Maisy Day & site specific opera, The Sleeper, which was adapted into a play and was broadcast on BBC radio 4. 

WNO Youth Opera continues to be ambitious and build upon its success. It provides professional training and unique performance opportunities for young singers, musicians and technicians, providing a public platform to highlight young talent. 

In July 2015 WNO Youth Opera will be offering an exciting opportunity for young singers to participate in a Residency Workshop Week to develop vocal and performance skills, working alongside top industry professionals, including Director Annabel Arden, Vocal Specialist Mary King, Conductor Fergus Sheil (Cardiff week) and Director Rhian Hutchings and Vocal Specialist Kate Woolveridge (Dartington College of Arts week)– Don’t miss out!

If you are aged between 16 and 25 and would like to get involved, please email Paula Scott or ring 029 2063 5085.

Click on the links below for further information about how to apply.

 

Residency Workshop Week, Cardiff

Monday 6 – Friday 10 July

WNO Youth Opera is offering a unique opportunity for young singers, aged 16-25, who are passionate about opera and performance. Our week-long Residency, based at Wales Millennium Centre gives you the opportunity to work with leading industry experts – Director Annabel Arden, Music Director/Conductor Fergus Sheil and Vocal Specialist Mary King.

To ensure a high quality learning experience, place numbers are limited and to make sure it’s accessible the residency costs just £50 for the week. We also have a number of bursaries available.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 31 May in Cardiff.

Click on the links below to download an audition application form or call Paula Scott on 02920 635085.

The Tutors Annabel ArdenFergus ShellMary King

 

Taster Workshop Week Dartington College of Arts

Monday 20 – Friday 24 July

WNO Youth Opera is offering young singers aged 16-25 a unique opportunity to work with two industry professionals. Previous opera experience is not necessary, just a passion for singing and performance. During the week, director Rhian Hutchings and vocal leader Kate Woolveridge will guide you through drama and vocal exercises, devising work, and dramatic staging of chorus scenes from different musicals and operas, including Sweeney Todd.

To ensure a high quality learning experience, place numbers are limited and to make sure it’s accessible the week-long workshop costs just £50. We also have a number of bursaries available. Accommodation is available at an extra cost (over 18s only).

There are no audition requirements for this workshop week, with places being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – don’t miss out, book now.

Click the links below to download an application form or call Paula Scott on 029 2063 5085.

The tutors Rhian HutchingsKate Woolveridge

 

In 2014, for their production of Paul Bunyan, WNO Youth opera were the first ever youth opera company to be nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award in the Opera Category and the first youth company to win a prestigious RPS award alongside WNO’s productions of Lulu and Lohengrin.

WNO Youth Opera uses the expertise and skills of an international opera company to support the professional development of young performers and technical placements.  Every two years a new Youth Opera ensemble is formed, they spend the next year preparing for a fully staged production. Over the last decade WNO Youth Opera has developed a reputation as an exceptional music theatre ensemble.

Many former WNYO members have gone onto successful careers within the industry including; Celine Forrest selected to represent Wales in The Cardiff Singer of the World, David Thaxton Olivier Award recipient for Best Actor in a Musical, Katie Treharne played the role of Christine in Phantom of The Opera and most recently Lauren Morris, performed the role of Joanna alongside Bryn Terfyls’ Sweeney Todd.

Following on from the success of Paul Bunyan WNO Youth Opera will shortly announce the next production to be performed in summer, 2016.

National auditions will be held in autumn 2015.

More details to follow shortly.