Mid Wales Opera has an enviably long record for working with young artists in the early stages of their careers. We are very proud that many of the singers and musicians from our first 25 years have gone on to perform in the great opera houses and national companies of the world.
This year we’ve really gone to town on this aspect of our work, offering opportunities for young artists to perform and develop throughout the year.
Following the concert in May in St Davids Cathedral Festival which showcased two young artists alongside the fabulous, and more established talent of Helen Sherman, soprano Sara Lian Owen commented:
“Joining Mid Wales Opera at the St David’s Cathedral Festival this May was a great honour. It gave me the opportunity to perform some of my favourite arias and ensembles accompanied by the glorious MWO orchestra under Nicholas Cleobury. This was a particular highlight of the evening, as singing with an orchestra and accomplished soloists is an invaluable experience as a young artist. Whilst speaking to members of the audience after the concert it became very clear that MWO’s performances are a highly anticipated occasion on the festival calendar. It was a very memorable evening of music making, heightened by the ever-warm Welsh welcome.”
Baritone Timothy Connor agreed:
“Working with the Mid Wales Opera Chamber Orchestra was such a useful experience for me as a young singer. I was blown away by the luxurious sound they made and getting to sing with them was a real ‘pinch me’ moment. The conductor Nicholas Cleobury was so clear and led us in such a way that we felt musically looked after whilst still having enough space to create music in the moment. Having the opportunity to perform with such a great orchestra is a rare opportunity for a young artist in the early stages of my career and really gave me a flavour of what’s to come for me in my professional life.”
We are delighted that both Sara and Tim are joining Mid Wales Opera again next week with four other singers and a pianist for a week-long Young Artists Programme, involving detailed coaching, masterclasses, orchestral rehearsal, opportunities to perform in a variety of settings and to a range of audiences, all culminating in a public concert entitled “Figaro and Friends“, which will feature highlights from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.