News & Reviews
On 29 January 2019 we will be joined by British baritone James Newby, who will perform alongside soprano Chiara Skerath in ‘1769: A Year in Music’. He replaces the previously advertised Jacques Imbrailo, who has had to withdraw from this performance. Recently announced as a BBC New Generation Artist, James was joint 1st Prize winner at the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and this will be his début with Classical Opera and The Mozartists. The role of Piramo in Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe (Cadogan Hall, 28 March 2019) will be sung by Swedish mezzo-soprano Ida Ränzlöv. An Independent Opera Scholar and a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, Ida is currently a member of the Opera Studio at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. She joins a fantastic young cast alongside Chiara Skerath and the rapidly emerging tenor Gwilym Bowen (in the role of Il padre), who has now also been cast as Giove in Gluck’s Bauci e Filemone (Southbank Centre, 29 & 31 May 2019). Gwilym has already earned a reputation for his specialism in early repertoire, and we are thrilled that he will be working with us twice before the end of the season. The role of Filemone in Bauci e Filemone will be sung by Rachel Kelly (mezzo-soprano). Rachel is a former member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and her previous appearances with Classical Opera include the title role in Jommelli’s Il Vologeso and Apollonia in Haydn’s La canterina. We are delighted to welcome her back for this double-bill of rare Gluck operas, and look forward to working with all these wonderful young artists over the coming months.