UWTSD’s Wales International Academy Of Voice (WIAV) concert in Carmarthen culminates in a standing ovation


STUDENTS from UWTSD’s Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) made sure all eyes and ears were on them during a stunning concert in Carmarthen.

The students performed a varied programme of popular operatic arias and ensembles by Mozart, Bellini, Massenet, Puccini, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov, Donizetti, Bizet and Verdi during the performance in the chapel at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus.

The event culminated in a standing ovation from the audience, which included Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD and Jane Davidson,  Associate  Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement at UWTSD.

Wales International Academy of Voice director Euros Rhys Evans said: “It is always a privilege for WIAV students to travel to Carmarthen and to perform at the beautiful University Chapel. The singers always appreciate the wonderful acoustics, the setting and the warm reception by the Carmarthen audience.

“Llyr Simon and Cheuky Chan, WIAV repetiteur students accompanied all of the performances. The concert was a resounding success and following the final item, the performers received a standing ovation. It was, for the performers and the audience a memorable and moving event.”

Students from WIAV will perform next at Tabernacl Church, the Hayes Cardiff on June 7at 7pm and at St. Pauls’ Church, Covent Garden, London on June 10at 1pm.

For further details, contact the WIAV office on 029 20 493 139 or email: wiav@uwtsd.ac.uk

WIAV is a world-class institution that selects a limited number of aspiring professional opera students from all over the world to come and study at its base in Cardiff each year.  The small number of exceptional singers at the early-professional stage are selected and recruited globally and come to WIAV to further their talent in order to reach the highest professional standards.  All those studying voice at the Academy are following a MA course in Advanced Vocal Studies.

Students studying at WIAV are given the opportunity to progress with their studies and to develop their voices under the guidance of Dennis O’Neill and his high-calibre coaching staff.  Distinguished visiting vocal consultants also visit regularly, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (WIAV’s President), Susan Bullock, Ryland Davies, Della Jones, Richard Bonynge and Joyce Fieldsend.

The young singers have the opportunity to concentrate on stylistic issues and advanced vocal technique. WIAV is a centre of excellence and gives students the opportunity to prepare for the challenge of life on an extremely exacting and exciting world stage.  The Academy’s underlying ethos is the provision of a solid technique with linguistic and stylistic understanding.

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