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 Todd, Paul 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.
See below for further information about how to apply.
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.