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World-renowned conductor helps opera students shine

17 February 2010

One of the foremost conductors of his generation, Carlo Rizzi is to share his immense knowledge and talent with young opera stars from the International Academy of Voice at Cardiff University.

Maestro Rizzi will be working with the students at the Academy in Cardiff and then selecting singers to participate in a public Masterclass with him, taking place on Tuesday 23 February 2010.

In a rare opportunity, members of the public will be able to witness the level of detailed work that goes into presenting opera - the students will be put through their paces by the maestro as they work in detail together on arias from the Italian operatic repertoire.

Maestro Rizzi is considered to be one of the operatic world’s most prominent figures. He is in great demand in the finest opera houses of the world and is a frequent conductor at, amongst others, La Scala Milano, the Metropolitan Opera New York and London’s Royal Opera Covent Garden. He is also a regular guest at Houston Grand Opera.

Director of the Academy, internationally-renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill said: "We are very grateful that Carlo is finding time in between conducting Don Carlosat the Opéra National de Paris to work with our students in Cardiff. Having personally worked closely with Carlo many times in the past I am certain that the evening will be both entertaining and insightful and a rare opportunity for our young singers to work with an artist of the highest calibre who continues to inspire audiences the world over with his unique musicianship."

Tickets for the event can be booked through the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 03700 101051 or online at costing £12 full price, £10 concessions and £3 students and under 16’s. Tickets are also available at the door, subject to availability.

The Masterclass starts at 7.30pm at the University’s Concert Hall, Corbett Road, Cardiff.


Notes to editors

1. International Academy of Voice at Cardiff University
The International Academy of Voice at Cardiff University 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.For further information
Victoria Dando
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 879074