Rhian Lois & Marta Fontanals-Simmons perform at the Royal Festival Hall with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Rhian Lois and Marta Fontanals-Simmons join the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, on 13 December 2018 to perform in a seasonal celebration concert at the Royal Festival Hall. Stephen Cleobury conducts the concert, whichis part of his last Christmas with King’s after being Director of Music for the past 37 years. Together with fellow soloists Roderick Williams and Joel Williams they perform Bach’s Magnificat in D followed by some festive classics.
This season, Lois makes some major role and house debuts, including Nanetta in Verdi Falstaff with the Grange Festival and Valencienne in Lehar The Merry Widow with English National opera. She also performs in concert at the International Enescu Festival.
Recent highlights include her house debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in the European premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce, and two role debuts at English National Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Governess in The Turn of the Screw.
Highlights this season for Marta Fontanals-Simmons include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Hel in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child at the Linbury Theatre, Amando Le Grand Macabre with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte.
Martyn Brabbins conducts Fiona Shaw's Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera with Rhian Lois as Susanna
Martyn Brabbins leads his second production as Music Director of English National Opera this month, conducting a revival of Fiona Shaw's production of The Marriage of Figaro from 29 March 2018. He conducts a cast that features Intermusica's Rhian Lois making her role debut as Susanna as well as Thomas Oliemans in the title role, Ashley Riches as Almaviva and Lucy Crowe as Countess Almaviva.
Brabbins began his tenure at English National Opera conducting the world premiere of Nico Muhly Marnie, for which he was highly praised:
"Sterling conducting from Martyn Brabbins"
Times, November 2017
"Martyn Brabbins conducts with great sensitivity"
Guardian, November 2017
"ENO’s new Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts with enthusiastic commitment"
Telegraph, November 2017
"In the pit, Martyn Brabbins imposes his authority as ENO’s new music director"
Financial Times, November 2017
Rhian Lois is one of ENO's Harewood Artists and returns to the company in June to make a second debut, this time as the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw.
The Marriage of Figaro runs at the Coliseum until 14 April.
Rhian Lois sings Adele in Die Fledermaus with Welsh National Opera
Rhian Lois returns to Welsh National Opera this month to reprise the role of Adele in John Copley's production of Die Fledermaus, opening on 14 October 2017 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Lois received critical praise for her Adele earlier this year:
"The pick of the singers was Rhian Lois in the soubrette role of the maid Adele, who truly threw her voice at the role, producing energy and excitement at every turn."
"Rhian Lois is a delightful discovery as a feisty, Welsh-accented Adele, and she sings the Laughing Song in a light, bright style."
Later this season Lois returns to the English National Opera, where she is currently a Harewood Artist, to sing Susanna in Fiona Shaw's production of The Marriage of Figaro alongside ENO music director Martyn Brabbins. She can also be seen in concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra later this year.
Rhian Lois makes debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in European premiere of Figaro Gets a Divorce
Rhian Lois opens a season of major debuts on 14 September 2017 as Angelika in the European premiere of Elena Langer's 2016 opera Figaro Gets a Divorce at Grand Théâtre de Genève. Lois sang the role in the world premiere performance of Figaro Gets a Divorce with Welsh National Opera:
"Rhian Lois's Angelika and Naomi O'Connell's Serafin - both played with conviction and sung with clear, clean tone."
Opera News, May 2016
Further highlights for Lois this season includes two important role debuts at English National Opera: as Susanna in Fiona Shaw's production of Le nozze di Figaro and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw.
Figaro Gets a Divorce runs until 26 September.
Rhian Lois stars as Adele in Die Fledermaus at Welsh National Opera
Rhian Lois returns to Welsh National Opera on 20 May 2017 to star as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Lois, currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, debuted the role there in 2013/14. Her performance was universally praised:
‘As Adele, Rhian Lois was glorious, giving a career-defining performance’
‘Rhian Lois was the other standout. She had the spunk, sparkle and comic timing to make a delightful Adele.’
Lois returns to Welsh National Opera after performing the roles of Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Angelica in the world premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce last season. She reprises the role of Angelica in her Grand Théâtre de Genève debut next season.
Performances of Die Fledermaus run until 28 June.
Rhian Lois makes US debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Santa Fe Opera
Rhian Lois makes her US debut as Zerlina in Santa Fe Opera’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni from 2 July 2016. Lois joins a cast that includes Leah Crocetto as Donna Anna, Keri Alkema as Donna Elvira and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch in the title role, with John Nelson conducting.
Lois, currently a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, made her Royal Opera House debut last season as Papagena Die Zauberflöte. At ENO she was heard as Adele Die Fledermaus, Musetta La bohème, Nerine in Cherpentier Medea and Atalanta Xerxes. Earlier this season she sang Barbarina and Susanna as well as Angelica in the world premiere of Figaro Gets a Divorce, all at Welsh National Opera. Next season she returns to Wales to sing Adele, a role which is becoming a calling card.
Lois can be heard at the Santa Fe Opera on 2, 8, 13 and 22 July and 1, 6, 10, 15, 20 and 26 August.
Mark Wigglesworth, Rhian Lois and Christopher Purves in Shakespeare anniversary celebrations
Mark Wigglesworth, Rhian Lois and Christopher Purves mark the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and 400 years since his death, on 23 April in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Lois, Purves and Wigglesworth join the Orchestra of English National Opera on the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare Live!, a collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and ENO.
Lois will sing the role of Héro in duet 'Vous soupirez, madame!' from Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, while Purves will sing extracts from Verdi’s Falstaff, all alongside performances from renowned actors and dancers celebrating Shakespeare’s influence on drama, music and dance. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct and David Tenant and Catherine Tate will present the evening. Simon Russell Beale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren are among the night’s other performers.
The show will be broadcast live on BBC Two from 8.30pm and will be screened live to Picturehouse cinemas in the UK and Europe, and around the rest of the world by BBC Worldwide.
Find out more about the Shakespeare celebrations taking place in 2016 on the Shakespeare400 website.
'Shakespeare Live! From the RSC' is available on BBC iPlayer until 21 May.
Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois star in La bohème at English National Opera
Corinne Winters and Rhian Lois return to the English National Opera on 16 October 2015 for Benedict Andrews' new production of Puccini La bohème, conducted by Xian Zhang. Winters sings the role of Mimi, while current Harewood Artist Lois stars alongside her as Musetta. The cast also features Zach Borichevsky as Rodolfo and Duncan Rock as Marcello.
Winters has previously made immensely successful appearances at ENO as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini and as Violetta in La traviata. This season she also makes her role debut as Desdemona in Verdi Otello at Opera Vlaanderen, and her house debut as Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande for Opernhaus Zurich.
Rhian Lois, who makes her Santa Fe debut this summer as Zerlina, has been an ENO Harewood Artist since 2012. Her roles for the company have included Adele, Papagena, Atalanta, Frasquita, First Niece and the world premiere of Between Worlds. Last season she made her debut with Royal Opera House as Papagena. Further highlights this season include Barbarina at Welsh National Opera in Le nozze di Figaro and the world premiere of the sequel Figaro gets a Divorce. Recent concert engagements include Messiah with the CBSO at Symphony Hall Birmingham, a concert of Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall as well as a performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edward Gardner and CBSO recorded by Chandos.
Intermusica signs Rhian Lois for worldwide management
We are delighted to announce the signing of 27-year-old Welsh soprano Rhian Lois for worldwide management. Currently a Harewood artist, she has performed to great acclaim on the English National Opera stage, singing roles such as Adele Die Fledermaus, Nerine in Charpentier’s Medea, Atalanta Xerxes, Frasquita Carmen, First Niece Peter Grimes, Papagena Magic Flute and Yvette The Passanger.
Earlier this year Lois made her Royal Opera House debut as Papagena and next summer she makes her North American debut as Zerlina in Santa Fe as well as starring as Musetta in a new production of La bohème for English National Opera.
Much sought-after on the concert platform, her appearances include Mozart Requiem with the CBSO and Simon Halsey, CBSO's Stravinsky retrospective 'Igor Fest', Brahms Requiem at Milton Court, Barbican, Handel's Messiah in Cambridge and Carmina Burana at the Brangwyn Hall, Messiah with the CBSO at Symphony Hall Birmingham, a concert of Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall.
Lois is currently performing in ENO’s acclaimed production of Carmen and next month she will perform with Edward Gardner and the CBSO Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be later released by British record label Chandos.