Berwick Festival Opera- Die Walküre

Posted on 26, Jun, 2015 in Uncategorized

BERWICK FESTIVAL OPERA – Wagner programme confirmed

BFO presents – in association with the Maltings Theatre
Productions, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Camerata, and the Hebrides
Ensemble –


Berwick Guildhall       Friday 4 September 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall      Sunday 6 September 3.00pm


Berwick Festival
Opera presents a must-see concert performance of Wagner’s Die Walküre
with Peter Selwyn conducting Jonathan Dove’s 18 piece
re-orchestration, originally commissioned by the City of Birmingham Touring

We are delighted to have gathered together a fantastically
high calibre cast of experienced Wagnerians

§  Internationally
acclaimed soprano Janice Watson heads our all-star line up as Sieglinde.   After winning the Kathleen Ferrier Award at
23, she has gone on to perform at many of the world’s major opera houses with
many leading conductors, and has been a regular guest artist with both English
National Opera and Welsh National Opera. She has sung regularly at both the
Royal Albert Hall Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.

§  The Irish dramatic
soprano Miriam Murphy (Brunnhilde) won the
Bayreuth bursary, was a prizewinner at the Seattle Wagner competition, and has
appeared in the Opera North Ring Cycle  and sung for the Royal Opera, Welsh Natioanal Opera
and Glyndebourne.

§  American mezzo Andrea Baker has sung Fricka nearly 100
times and has sung various Wagner roles all over the world, including Germany,
China, Salzburg and Aix en Provence with Sir Simon Rattle.

§  Trinadad-born tenor Ronald Samm sang Siegmund in the Graham
Vick Ring Cycle in Lisbon and has sung major roles, including Otello,
at WNO, Opera North, Birmingham Opera Company and for numerous other opera companies
outside the UK.

§  This is Welsh
baritone Paul Carey Jones
first Wotan, and he has sung major roles for WNO, Scottish Opera and in
Ireland, Italy and China.

§  British conductor Peter Selwyn was assistant conductor on the Ring
in Bayreuth and Nuremberg, having first worked as repetiteur on the Ring
at Covent Garden under Bernard Haitink. He has conducted for WNO, Opera North,
and extensively abroad in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Singapore.

“…classical music
performed in Berwick Guildhall (under the aegis of The Maltings) to the highest
international standards…”

Dr Richard Hillier,
Headmaster of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Berwick Festival Opera 2014

Tickets from The Maltings box office :
or 01289 330999


The Maltings,
is England’s most northerly venue, delivering a diverse year-round
programme of theatre, music, film, visual arts and community events to the
population of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

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Berwick Festival

is in its second year, producing major operas re-orchestrated for intimate
performance in Berwick’s exquisite georgian Guildhall, and on tour. The
creative team unites internationally acclaimed artists, orchestral ensembles
and producers in a unique creative partnership with The Maltings.

Full 2015 programme
includes Rossini’s La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder) on  1 & 2 August, Mozart’s Le Nozze di
Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
on 8 August.


NYOS Camerata is the showcase
pre-professional chamber ensemble of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland,
successfully bridging the gap between youth orchestra and professional ensemble
for its hugely talented young players.

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The Hebrides Ensemble is a Scottish-based collective of
world-class musicians from across the UK and Europe, renowned for the quality
of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire. More information at


Further information and all queries to Ros Lamont, Head of
External Affairs, The Maltings, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed : 01289