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Review in Gramophone for Joseph Phibbs’ Juliana

…The performance is as sharp as the updated libretto. Zoe Drummond is suitably flighty and capricious in the first half as Juliana, but more fragile later. Her love duet with Juan, strongly sung by Felix Kemp, is beautifully achieved and something of that glow remains ‘after the event’ in scene 9, while the lovers plan their escape. Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is convincing as the jilted Kerstin, even though robbed of the more critical part Strindberg had allotted her. The Nova Music Opera Ensemble – all eight players – accompany flawlessly, directed by his customary exemplary sensitivity by George Vass. Resonus’ sound is beautifully clear.

Guy Rickards for Gramophone, April


2022

4* Review in March 2022 BBC Music Magazine

 

Review for Joseph Phibbs’ & Laurie Slade’s JULIANA written by Steph Power for March 2022 BBC Music Magazine:

“The score is brilliantly written, with a spaciousness and sure sense of timing that encourages Zoe Drummond (Juliana) and Felix Kemp (Juan) to fully vocally and dramatically inhabit their characters; at the same time allowing the equally excellent Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (Kerstin) to rise above the limitations of her witness role, and Nova Music Opera Ensemble to shine under conductor George Vass.”

Listen to an excerpt of A Kind Man before the June 2022 premiere

Ahead of the world premiere of Jonathan Finney’s A Kind Man in June 2022, you can listen to an excerpt here:
Check on Rebecca’s Diary page for the link to ticket sales and information

Juliana: New Release Today – Joseph Phibbs’ new opera

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During lockdown in March 2021, Rebecca was delighted to join her esteemed colleagues at Nova Music Opera to record Juliana with Resonus Classics at SJE Arts, Oxford. Despite the many hurdles, the team had a wonderful time creating a great record of Joseph Phibbs’ and Laurie Slade’s amazing reinterpretation of  the much performed Miss Julie by August Strindberg. Since the project began in 2017, Rebecca has been on board and is delighted to appear in this release today, her third disc with Resonus Classics. Warmest thanks to everyone involved, but particularly to Conductor George Vass and Adam Binks at Resonus.

Details on how to purchase Juliana may be found here

 

 

World Premiere News for 2022

From today, you can hear all about the mounting excitement surrounding Jonathan Finney’s new opera A Kind Man. Dame Susan Hill’s novella has been used as its source material, in which Rebecca will be playing the role of Eve.

Do follow this link www.akindman.co.uk to hear a brand new excerpt and to join the mailing list so you can be a part of our unfolding story prior to the world premiere in London in June 2022.

Further details coming soon…

Opera Magazine review for ETO Amadigi

Reviewing English Touring Opera’s AMADIGI for this month’s Opera Magazine Hugh Canning writes,

“Rebecca Afonwy-Jones sang a lush account of ‘Pena tiranna;” her fruity mezzo is the kind of voice that would have been preferred for the alto lead at the beginning of the English Händel renaissance.

Below : Rebecca as Dardano in Act 3 of Handel’s Amadigi for English Touring Opera

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Rebecca will join English Touring Opera for Handel’s Amadigi this Autumn

Rebecca is delighted to be joining the cast of Handel’s Amadigi in the role of Dardano, to open the Autumn season of English Touring Opera at The Hackney Empire on Friday 1st October.

Watch this space for further dates and information…

More details can be found by following this link