Continuing its ambitious plan for the development of its international opera training provision, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is delighted to announce the appointment of John Fisher as the first Artistic Director of the David Seligman Opera School.

John Fisher has been the Hodge International Chair in Opera at the College, and this new post is also generously funded by the Hodge Foundation.

A hugely respected and experienced figure across the opera world, John is Assistant General Manager at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He will take up the post of Artistic Director of the David Seligman Opera School at the College in August 2019.

“I have had a long association with the College and, as International Chair of Opera over the last few years, in particular with the opera/vocal department under the excellent and expert leadership of Angela Livingstone,” said John. “Over these last years, the profile and reputation of the College in general, and the vocal/opera department in particular, have soared, making it without doubt, now one of the foremost “go to” places for advanced training in voice and opera in the world. I am very much looking forward to having a more consistent role in continuing this growth, and to help shape and hone the extraordinary resources available at RWCMD.”

Maestro Carlo Rizzi, Conductor Laureate of WNO and a President of the Opera School who regularly conducts and mentors its students, said, “John is one of the leading figures in the world of vocal coaching and vocal expertise. He has collaborated at the highest level with singers and conductors, and is greatly respected throughout the world. During his tenure at WNO, and at The Metropolitan Opera, it’s been an honour to collaborate with John across many productions and recordings. He brings unparalleled knowledge and artistry as well as a heart-felt commitment to developing young singers.”

Recently appointed Principal at the Royal Welsh College Helena Gaunt, and Angela Livingstone, Head of Opera welcome this appointment as a further advancement to the College’s opera offer, “John’s appointment will provide a learning environment where our singers and repetiteurs can work with one of the foremost figures in the opera world,” Said Angela. We’re delighted that this continues the extraordinary advances made at the College over the last few years, thanks in no small part to the relationships we have with our professional colleagues, our friends at WNO, and in particular our own vocal studies staff. We are all so grateful to the Hodge Foundation and to David Seligman who continues to support the work of the Opera School which bears his name.”

Also, as announced last week, together with Opera Rara, the College’s has acquired The Foyle Opera Rara Collection, a major collection of historical research material relating to 19th-century Italian opera and a unique resource of international significance for scholars and performers.

The College was able to make this acquisition as a result of a generous gift from The Foyle Foundation. This Collection will be available for public and academic access later next year.

 

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