Summer Opera-Madama Butterfly 15th & 16th July
Friday, July 15
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Puccini
Directed by Henry Ward
Featuring a full evening of wonderful songs and arias from a reduced version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and a second half opera gala of duets, solos and choral compositions.
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.
Book supper or bring your own picnic to eat during the extended interval!
Please note that the performance starts at 6.00pm
Rannveig Káradóttir (Soprano) – Cio-Cio-San
Rannveig studied classical singing at the Reykjavik College of Music with Alina Dubik and in Italy with Kristján Jóhannsson. Rannveig also studied jazz-singing in Iceland and with the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen from where she graduated with a one-year singer’s diploma. As she studied piano and flute from the age of six, along with her classical singing studies at the Reykjaviks College of Music she pursued advanced flute studies. Rannveig was one of the first prize winners in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in January 2008 and subsequently sang at a Winners Recital in Carnegie Hall, New York.
Rannveig has performed the roles of Lauretta from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini with the Opera Studio of the Icelandic Opera, Die Gräfin from Die Verschworenen by Schubert at the Reykjavík College of Music, Annina from La traviata by Verdi with the Icelandic Opera, Zerlina from Don Giovanni by Mozart with the Icelandic Youth Orchestra, Nerone from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at the Royal College of Music in co-operation with the English Touring Opera, and the title role of Poppea at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Britten Pears Young Artist Program, Violetta in La traviata by Verdi at the Rye Arts Festival 2014 and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni by Mozart at the Rye Arts Festival 2015. She returned as Violetta in La traviata at the Drayton Arms Theatre in London with Euphonia Opera Company in April this year.
Rannveig will be playing Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at a new Opera Festival in a small town in Iceland in the beginning of June, before coming to play Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly in Rhosygilwen in July.
Simon Buttle (Tenor) – Pinkerton
Simon is from West Yorkshire and studied at the RNCM for seven years with Jeffrey Lawton. He has performed the roles of Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti) at the RNCM, Lieutenant Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly, Puccini) for the Mananan International Festival Opera, Ruggero (La Rondine, Puccini) and Lensky (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky) for the RNCM and also Ismael (Nabucco, Verdi) for Hull Choral Union. He covered the roles of Juan (Arms and the Cow, Weill) at Opera North, and also Camille and St. Brioche (Merry Widow, Lehar) for Scottish Opera. He was also in the premiere of Exit (Ni Riain), a contemporary multi-media music-theatre piece at the RNCM. Simon is a winner of the Anne Ziegler Award (2005) and was also supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust during his time at the RNCM.
Siân Cameron – Suzuki
Siân is a graduate of Dennis O’Neill’s highly acclaimed Wales International Academy of Voice where her studies were supported by the Fidelio Trust and the Drapers Charitable Fund. A music graduate of Bristol University, Sian was awarded a HRH Prince of Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales to further her vocal training at the Royal Academy of Music with Anne Howells and Audrey Hyland. At the Academy Sian was a recipient of the John Lewis Award and the Warne Award. She is also a Britten-Pears scholar, having studied English Song with Sir Thomas Allen at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Gwyn Morris – Sharpless
Gwyn Morris was born and brought up in Cardigan. After graduating from UCW Aberystwyth with a Joint Honours degree in German and European Studies, he returned home to work in the family business. He enjoys choral singing and has been a member of Cantorion Teifi, Cywair and Ar ôl Tri. His solo oratorio work includes Samson, Messiah (Handel), The Creation, Imperial Nelson Mass, Mass in the Time of War (Haydn), Requiem (Fauré), Requiem Mass (Mozart), Olivet to Calvary(Maunder) and The Crucifixion (Stainer). Gwyn has been a member of Opera Teifi since its inception and has taken principal roles in Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, White Horse Inn, Anything Goes, The Merry Widow, Guys and Dolls and Kismet, as well as most of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. He has been successful in many eisteddfodau, culminating in winning the Bass Solo at Bro Ogwr National Eisteddfod and the Baritone Solo at Swansea.
Edmond Choo – Goro
Edmond Choo is an Australian-born lyric coloratura tenor currently based in London. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, Edmond went on to join Opera Australia’s full-time chorus, covering and performing minor principal roles.
Edmond moved to London in late 2011 to continue vocal studies with Raymond Connell and has since worked with a number of companies including The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park and Swansea City Opera. He has been a semi-finalist for the Kathleen Ferrier Award (2013) and a finalist for the National Opera Studio programme (2012/13). In 2014, Edmond performed the role of Naked Youth with Welsh National Opera (WNO) in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron in Cardiff, Birmingham and London at the Royal Opera House. He later returned to WNO to cover the role of Arnold in Guillaume Tell.
Stephen Welch – Commissioner/Registrar
Stephen moved to West Wales in 1979 and has sung in various local groups including Cantorion Teifi and more latterly Scaramella of Newport, and he appears regularly in the local Opera Teifi productions in Cardigan. He has for the past two years been a pupil with Mrs Eirian James and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this performance at Rhos-y-Gilwen.
With Côr Aberteifi and the Haverfordwest Ladies Choir, director Nancy Mann.
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Friday, July 15 at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location : Neuadd y Dderwen
Bookings are closed for this event.