Performance

Welsh National Opera’s In Parenthesis to be Broadcast this Summer

THIS summer the Welsh National Opera’s new opera In Parenthesis will be screened across Wales and broadcast online for free via The Opera Platform. The company aims to reach a wider audience for the show by broadcasting and screening the opera internationally and across Wales. It will be the first time that the Welsh National Opera will be screening a main scale opera in cinemas.

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,LancWNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

 

Composed by Iain Bell, In Parenthesis is an operatic adaptation of poet, writer and artist David Jones’ epic poem. In Parenthesis reflects on Jones’ personal experience as a soldier at the Battle of Mametz Wood where he served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. The opera is an artistic response in commemoration of Wales’ role in the First World War and its losses during The Battle of the Somme.

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,Lanc
WNO In Parenthesis. Photograph: Bill Cooper

 

The online broadcasting falls on the date of the centenary of The Battle of the Somme on 1 July and coincides with its performance at the Royal Opera House. The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales.

 

In Parenthesis_ WNO,COMPOSER; Iain Bell, Private John Ball; Andrew Bidlack,Bard of Brittannia_HQ Officer; Peter Coleman_Wright,Bard of Germania_Alice the Barmaid_The Queen of the Woods; Alexandra Deshorties,Lieutenant Jenkins; George Humphreys,Lanc

WNO In Parenthesis, Credit: Bill Cooper ©

by Rebecca Acres

The opera will also be screened in cinemas across Wales From July 3. Its live performances are running in Cardiff, Birmingham and London until July 1. For further details please visit: here

Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, awarded a CBE

Tamara Rojo performing in English National Ballet's Swan Lake Credit: Arnaud StephensonTamara Rojo performing in English National Ballet’s Swan Lake. Photograph: Arnaud Stephenson

ARTISTIC Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo has been awarded a CBE for her services to ballet in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours. Ms Rojo says, “I believe that art and culture improve and enrich the lives of those who experience them. And so I have dedicated myself to making dance, as well as the arts in general, as open and accessible to as many people as possible. I am so happy and thankful to receive this honour, and it further inspires to me continue to work passionately for ballet and the arts.”

Spanish national Ms Rojo is an accomplished dancer and creative director.  She started her adventure with ballet in UK in 1996 when she joined the Scottish Ballet and where she performed a number of principal roles. Upon invitation by Derek Deane, she joined English National Ballet in 1997. In 2000, she joined the Royal Ballet where she was principal for 12 years. She left the company in 2012 to take up the position of Artistic Director of English National Ballet, which she still holds.

Untitled design-3Tamara Rojo. Photograph: Arnaud Stephenso

Upon joining she declared her ambition to transform the company into the country’s most loved and most creative ballet company, introducing innovative new works to the repertoire while continuing to honour the classics. As well as leading the company, she has continued to dance as lead principal, and is currently performing in the winter season at the London Coliseum as Clara in Nutcracker and Medora in Le Corsaire.

Executive Director of the ENB, Caroline Thomson adds: “Tamara is a passionate voice for dance and the arts, and she has worked tirelessly throughout her career to inspire audiences through dance, as a performer, as an advocate and as a leader. On behalf of everyone at English National Ballet, we congratulate her on this honour.”

by Magda Pirowska