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WNYOWelsh National Youth Opera (UK)
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Since WNYO I graduated from RWCMD and went straight into the Company of The Phantom of the Opera.
Only Boys Aloud's Tim Rhys-Evans was Musical Director of WNYO for more than 10 years.
You can only applaud the aims and ambition of the WNYO and hope that this applause stretches to standing ovations at the end of their keenly-anticipated performances.
Now they will get an insight in how a professional opera company is run as they collaborate with WNYO.
The chance to perform on the Donald Gordon Stage has always been an ambition for WNYO as it is the perfect place to showcase the exceptional young talent the company produces," says WNYO's Paula Scott.
The fact that we are WNYO means we will be singing it to the best of our ability but we also want to keep the darkness of the story.
Given that the com-pany'last major production was claret-soaked vampire opera The Calling of Daisy May, is there someone at WNYO with a bloodlust?
WNYO also has a high-profile fan in renowned director John Caird.
WNYO is currently looking for new recruits to audition for this year's production, which offers a rare opportunity to work on the premiere of a brand new show.
Performed by singers aged 14 to 25, WNYO gives young people an opportunity to work with professional directors, vocal coaches and musicians.
WNYO is an amazing stepping stone for young artists and offers them the possibility to learn from professionals in opera.
The director whose career has crossed opera, theatre and musical theatre also says that this production from the WNYO is a perfect introduction for younger people into opera.