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The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini
Comic Opera in 2 Acts – Sung in English


The scene is laid in 19th Century Seville.

Comic opera about a Count and his girlfriend trying to get married… assisted by a busybody “barber.”


Count Almaviva serenades Rosina… but Rosina’s guardian, Dr. Bartolo, wont let her see the Count. He wants to marry Rosina himself. The barber plots with the Count… who disguises himself as a drunk soldier, newly assigned to live in Bartolo’s house. Disruption ensues.


The Count revisits Bartolo’s house disguised as a“professor”… to substitute for Rosina’s supposedly-sick music teacher. The Count, with the barber’s help, marries Rosina. mannan-arts-festival-2015-profiles

*taken from Erin Arts Centre information

stuart-burrows-award-winner-pictureCongratulations to Welsh tenor Elgan Llŷr Thomas who won the coveted Stuart Burrows International Voice Award in Carmarthen on July 4th. He was also awarded a separate Audience Prize for his winning performance which featured Tom Rakewell’s aria ‘Here I Stand’ from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Schubert’s lied ‘Nacht und Träume’, Nemorino’s aria ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and R.S. Hughes’s beautiful and rousing Welsh song, Arafa Don.


In August Elgan will travel to Nice in the South of France for the Les Azuriales Young Artists Masterclass & Competition and he will then go on to perform the role of Almaviva in The Barber of Seville  at the Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts on the Isle of Man in September. He will then returning to London to commence his final year on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s prestigious Opera Course.


*taken from Harlequin Artist Agency website


Concert of Ten Welsh Tenors! Back by popular demand with this amazing new Concert for Valentine’s Day featuring 10 of the finest tenors from all over Wales, Wynne Evans, Rhys Meirion, Aled Hall, Alun Rhys Jenkins, Huw Llywelyn, Richard Allen, Joshua Owen Mills, Sam Furness, Trystan Llyr Griffiths and Elgan Llyr Thomas will be joining forces and aiming to raise the roof for this special Gala Concert which will consist of all well known Opera Arias and duets. Accompanists Caradog Williams and Jeff Howard. Compere Frank Lincoln. Joined by the amazing Choir Cor CF1 with their Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths.

Join our 10 tenors and guests including Sopranos Naomi Harvey, Nuccia Focile, Claire Hampton, Fiona Harrison for a sumptuous feast of popular operatic delights which will not cost you ten tenners but just two tenners. Tickets from £10 and available from The Box Office at St David’s Hall on 02920 878444.

taken from the website of St David’s Hall Cardiff

Liverpool Welsh Choral
A Family Christmas


Sunday 15 December 2013 2:30 pm
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Listen to sparkling tunes old and new from Liverpool Welsh Choral, in an afternoon concert with something for all the family. Watch the unique skills of the Liverpool Signing Choir, wonder at the dazzling sounds of the award-winning Northop Silver Band and sing some of your favourite carols. Smile at some festive surprises… A special afternoon for everyone!!

Click to visit Royal Liverpool Philharmonic website…


Tickets: £10, £15, £20, £22, £25
Children and NUS card half price available: please call Box Office on 0151 709 3789



One of the stars at the Vale of Glamorgan National Eisteddfod last year was Elgan Llŷr Thomas, who won a number of competitions on the Pavilion stage in Llandow. This year, Elgan will be returning to the Pavilion stage, but to perform rather than compete, as he takes part in one of this year’s concerts, sharing a stage with Gwawr Edwards, Da Capo and much more. We caught up with Elgan as he prepared for the concert.



read the full article here



john-fussell-award-2013 Elgan is one of four young Welsh musicians nominated for the 2013 John Fussell Award.   Among the many past winners of the award who have gone on to build successful careers in their field are pianist Llyr Williams, harpist Catrin Finch, and tenor Rhys Meirion.   The other three finalists for the John Fussell Award  are Bethan Langford, a mezzo-soprano who was brought up in North Wales and is also currently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Celine Forrest, a soprano from Swansea currently studying at the Royal Academy  of Music, London; and tenor Trystan Llyr Griffiths from Pembrokeshire who is a student at the  Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.   Article excerpt taken from Daily Post Online www.dailypost.co.uk. Please read the original article here.

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