Saturday 26th October 2013
Opera Forge – The Wagner Project presents extracts from the Ring in a semi-staged, full-length concert, accompanied by two pianos at St John’s Smith Square.
Kelvin Lim (musical director)
William Relton (director)
The concert celebrates the start of the Wagner Project. Over the next three years Opera Forge will build a complete Ring cycle, starring the next generation of Wagner singers, designed for both national and international touring. The cast for this exciting project includes:
Michael Bracegirdle, Siegmund who won the Emmy Destinn Award and sings frequently at English National Opera, the Royal Opera and Scottish Opera.
Rhonda Browne, Erda is a recent recipient of the Wagner Society’s Bayreuth Bursary and Audience Prize, and has already sung the role of Erda at Longborough.
Paul Carey-Jones, Wotan recently made his Welsh National Opera debut as Dr Schön in Lulu and sang the title role in Noye’s Fludde at the Beijing Music Festival. He has sung many roles for Scottish Opera and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music this May.
Neal Cooper, Siegfried studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the National Opera Studio. He has sung regularly at English National Opera and is currently in rehearsals for Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House.
Anna Gregory, Sieglinde started her career at Scottish Opera and subsequently has sung Violetta, Judith, Fiordiligi and the Strauss Four Last Songs both in the UK and abroad.
Meta Powell, Brünnhilde made her debut at Drottningholm as a mezzo. While living in New York she re-trained as a soprano and made a sensational debut there as Pamina. In the Ring at Longborough she covered Sieglinde and Brünnhilde (Siegfried) and sang Third Norn.