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First chance to hear opera stars of the future

28 February 2007

A public concert offers the first chance to hear the progress made by international students at the University’s new academy to train opera stars.

The Cardiff International Academy of Voice (CIAV) opened in January, giving individual voice coaching to some of the most exciting talent in world opera under the directorship of renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill.

Now some of the students are to give the first of what will be a regular series of concerts to exhibit their new-found skills before an audience.

Singers from Romania, Australia, Ireland, Brazil and Korea, along with Welsh soprano Laura Parfitt, will be performing operatic solos, duets and ensemble pieces at the School of Music Concert Hall on March 10. The concert starts at 7.30pm at the Concert Hall, on Corbett Road. Ticket prices are £9 (concessions £7) and available on 029 2048 1853.

One of the performers, Australian bass Pelham Andrews, said: "CIAV is a melting pot of global operatic experience where we are benefiting week to week from exceptional coaching. It is a credit to Cardiff University and to the individuals who’ve worked hard to make it happen."

"These concerts should be a real treat for anyone interested in opera or singing because some of the students have already begun making quite a name for themselves around the world, and have taken this early career break in order to refine their technique. The concert series is really exciting and provides an ideal opportunity to display this amazing talent," said CIAV Director, Dennis O’Neill.