Dragon Opera'r Ddraig
|current production | past productions|
|e-mail address | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|web site | wefan||www.operarddraig.co.uk|
|Deborah Cohen - Director and co-founder|
|Annie Sheen – Producer|
|Winners of the Welsh Future Entrepreneur Awards ‘Dragon Opera’r Ddraig’ is a non-profit organisation committed to providing a professional platform for young opera enthusiasts. It is a company run for young people by young people. Since its creation in 2009 the company has flourished. Based at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and sponsored kindly by REPCo, the company has attracted cast members from all over, with singers from Gloucester and London travelling down to take part. In February 2010 we staged a sell-out production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at The Gate Theatre in Cardiff to high critical acclaim.
‘Dragon Opera’r Ddraig’ currently provides opportunities for young singers, directors, conductors, stagemanagers, costume and lighting designers, musicians and arts administrators to gain valuable experience in the world of staging a professional opera. The company provides valuable collaboration with professional companies and individuals and our performances act as a ‘shop window’ for the performers to present their talent and potential to influential people. The skills that these young people learn are invaluable to their later careers. ‘Dragon Opera’r Ddraig’ has a current policy of double casting our productions so as to provide as many performing opportunities as possible for our singers.
We recognise the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in the arts and continue to encourage and nurture individual and group initiative. We are the only company in Wales that gives its members complete artistic and production freedom in this way. We are also the only company in Wales to provide a completely free training platform for young artists.
We recognise we have a responsibility to regenerate opera and encourage new audiences. Our aim is to break down the stereotypical image of opera by having low ticket prices, performing in intimate venues, and making sure the performances are coherent and accessible.
‘Dragon Opera’r Ddraig’ relies solely on funding, sponsorship and generous support from private patrons. If