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University welcomes Sir Jonathan Miller

04 December 2007

Internationally renowned theatre and opera director Sir Jonathan Miller will visit Cardiff University this week to give a master class in operatic performance to students.

Sir Jonathan, who is known as one of the world’s leading opera directors, will give a talk about his life and work to singers at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice on Friday 7 December.

Following the talk, Sir Jonathan will give the Academy students a master class in operatic direction and ensembles, offering them advice and feedback on their performances.

The Academy provides specialist training for exceptional opera singers from around the world. Through a series of master classes and workshops given by established names in the operatic world, the students are able to perfect their vocal techniques and fulfil their world performance potential.

Academy Director Dennis O’Neill said: "We’re honoured to have someone as influential and talented as Sir Jonathan visiting the University. The students will undoubtedly benefit enormously from his vast experience, and we look forward to welcoming looking forward to welcoming him to the Academy."

Sir Jonathan Miller has a career which spans almost five decades during which time he has directed Sir Laurence Olivier in the Merchant of Venice, produced and directed opera for, amongst others, Glyndebourne, and has also produced several plays and documentaries for television. Sir Jonathan has also worked as a satirist, medical consultant, sculptor and writer.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm on Friday 7 December, will be held at the University Concert Hall, Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB, and is open to the public with tickets costing £9 (concessions £7). For further information or to book tickets please call 02920 481853 or log on to Cardiff University events pages at



Notes to Editors:

1. Cardiff International Academy of Voice

The Cardiff International Academy of Voice was formed to perfect the voices and musicianship of a new elite in world Opera. It is a joint initiative by Cardiff University and the Academy’s director, the renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill CBE. Students are selected from among the world’s most promising opera singers and each is given an individually-tailored programme of coaching. The programme includes daily one-to-one tuition, regular public performances in Wales and internationally, and a unique series of masterclasses from some of the world’s most eminent singers, conductors, accompanists and coaches. The Academy is ideally sited at Birchwood House, in the Cyncoed district of Cardiff, with specialised practice facilities and student accommodation in secluded, landscaped grounds.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Gwawr Owen

Cardiff International Academy of Voice


Tel: 02920 481753