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Cardiff Students demonstrate their vocal talent on a tour of Italy

04 April 2008

Students from Cardiff University’s academy to train opera stars will give a series of concerts and perform two operas on an upcoming tour of Italy.

Starting in Barga on 5 April 2008 students from the Cardiff International Academy of Voice will be joined by the choir Cor Caerdydd for a sacred concert of religious music at Barga’s cathedral, Il Duomo.

Following this the students will give an operatic gala at the Teatro dei Differenti in Barga on 12 April where their repertoire includes arias and ensembles.

During their time in Italy, the students will be working on the staging of two operas - Il Signor Bruschino by Rossini and Acts 3 and 4 of Puccini's La boheme - with Italian director Carlo da Prato and an Italian conductor, Massimiliano Murrali.

The tour will culminate with the performance of these opera’s in Barga on April 16 and in Florence on April 18.

Soprano Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen is one of the Academy’s students performing in Italy: "This is the first time many of us have performed in Italy - it's a huge privilege to be working in such beautiful surroundings and in the country where opera was born. We're all very excited indeed. "

In 2007 students from the Academy undertook a similar trip to Italy, but this year's programme is longer and more intensive. The Academy, which is directed by renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill provides vocal, musical and stylistic coaching to some of the most exciting talent in world opera.


Notes to Edtors:

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. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).

2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University 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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