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Buddug Verona James / Opera Cocktail

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Buddug Verona James
artistic policy
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Buddug's Diary
Lady Capulet in Romeo a Juliet for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
6/7/8/9 October Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor
14/15/16 October Theatr y Werin, Aberystwyth
19/20 October Thear Stiwt, Rhosllanerchrugog
28/29 October Taliesin, Abertawe
3/4/5 November Sherman, Caerdydd
9/10/11 November Theatr Mwldan, Aberteifi
23 October Gainsborough in Bath at the Sligo Early Music Festival
Castradiva Dates
25 October @ 1pm Sligo Early Music Festival
7 November @ 11.30am Castradiva in the Cardiff Coffee Concerts at the National Museum of Wales
Box Office: Tel (029) 2057 3466 (8-22 yr olds free if in full time education)
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brief history
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Opera Cocktail’s History

The name Opera Cocktail was created for a concert held on the 27th January 1990 to raise funds for Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest, West Wales. The hospital staff had saved my father’s life and as a token of my gratitude I offered to organise a concert to raise funds. The concert consisted of five performers, Carol Smith, Huw Rhys Evans, Richard Morris, Wyn Davies and I, in which we performed an expanse of music from Bizet to Bernstein. Further performances ensued including the birth of my first one-woman show Castradiva, which was also the beginning of co-produced work with Theatr Mwldan.

Performance histories

Western Telegraph 3rd February 1990

An ‘Opera Cocktail’ beats the storms

Despite the gales and inclement weather, the Withybush Hospital League of Friends benefited by over £1000 from the Opera Cocktail organised with the help of Buddug Verona James, on of the three widely acclaimed singing sisters, and held at Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest, on January 27th.

An audience of several hundred thoroughly enjoyed a superb concert. The performers, sponsors, and all those who helped make the evening such UN unqualified success were warmly thanked by Mr Tom Lamb, secretary of the Friends, and by chairman, Rev. Tom Owen, who introduced the proceedings.

Buddug Verona James had gathered a remarkable array of talent, who chose firm favourites for their programme, which included solo, duet, trio and quartet performances. It was little wonder that the audience was held spellbound from first to last.

A night at the Opera performances

Theatr Mwldan
Fishguard High School (Charity fundraiser for the Urdd and the Peter Gould Music Trust)
Buxton Festival
Classical Music Society, Derry, Northern Ireland
St Mary’s College Hall, Trinidad (2 performances)
Adelina Patti’s Opera House in Craig y Nos
Rhosygilwen Mansion, West Wales

The following artists have also performed with Opera Cocktail

Miriam Bowen, Jonathan Dove, Stephen Ellis, Mark Luther, Julie Unwin and Andrew Wilson-Dickson

Les Miserables in Miniature (adaptation by BVJ)
With Andrew Wilson-Dickson

Guernsey (10 performances)
Pontardawe Arts Centre
Lampeter Music Society

A Celebration of Cultures
Folk songs arranged by Classical Composers
With accompanists Ben Bayl, Dearbhla Collins and Andrew Wilson-Dickson

Fairfield Hall, Croydon
Gower Festival
Ballytobin, Kilkenny
Rathfarnham Castle
Lampeter Music Society

Opera Cocktail/Theatr Mwldan Productions

Castradiva by Mark Ryan (Premiere 2000)
(Click here for Castradiva page or Buddug’s Diary)
A one-woman show based on the fictional life of a castrato featuring arias by Handel and Gluck accompanied by a baroque ensemble led from the harpsichord by Andrew Wilson-Dickson (Welsh Arts Council funded)

1.Theatr Mwldan (Cardigan)
2.Theatr Mwldan
3.Theatr Mwldan
4.Bute Theatre (Cardiff)
5.The unFringed Festival (Limerick)
6.The unFringed Festival
7.The unFringed Festival
8.Garterlane Theatre (Waterford)
9.Town Hall (Galway)
10.Civic Theatre (Tallaght)
11.An Grianan Theatre (Letterkenny),
12.Sligo Early Music Festival,
13.Pontardawe Arts Centre
14.Buxton Festival (2001)
15. Buxton Festival (2004)
16. Buxton Festival (2004)
17.Theatre Ardudwy (Harlech)
18.Theatr Hafren (Newtown)
19.Gower Festival
20.Tudeley Festival
21.Beaumaris Festival
22.Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Presented by Guy Masterson)
23. Edinburgh Fringe Festival
24. Edinburgh Fringe Festival
25.Carlow Music Society
26.Purcell Room (London)
27.Aberystwyth Arts Centre
28.Lampeter Music Society
29.Theatr Brycheiniog (Brecon)
30.Cholmondley Castle (Cheshire)
31.Town Hall Theatre (Hemel Hempstead)
32.Theatr Clwyd,
33.Ustinov Studio (Bath) (2)
34. Ustinov Studio
35.Darlington Arts Centre
36.Taliesin Arts Centre (Swansea)
37.Gaiety Theatre (Isle of Man)
38.Swaledale Festival
39.Opera Fringe Festival (Northern Ireland) (2)
40.Opera Fringe Festival
41.Paisley Arts Centre (Scotland)
42.St Mark Festival, (Croatia)
43.Cardiff Coffee Concerts (Cardiff)
44.Clonmel Junction Festival (2)
45.Clonmel Junction Festival
46.Bewdley Festival
The Family by Mark Ryan (2001)
(co-production between Opera Cocktail/Theatr Mwldan and Pavilion Dun Laoghaire)– a musical romp into ancient Greece with Buddug and her siblings Eirian, Elin and Dilwyn accompanied by Andrew Wilson-Dickson (Interreg Funded)

Theatr Mwldan (2)
Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire
(The second performance in Theatr Mwldan was a Charity performance and raised £2400 for the theatre).

Side by Side by Sondheim (2005)
With Elin Davies, Richard Morris and Wyn Davies
(AOC Funded)

Theatr Mwldan
Galeri, Caernarfon
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
The Torch, Milford Haven

A Knife at the Opera by Chris Harris (2006)
(Click here for A Knife at the Opera page or Buddug’s Diary)
With Andrew Wilson-Dickson at the keyboard
(AOC Funded)

Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Excel Theatre, Tipperary, Ireland
Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Ireland
Theatre Royal, Waterford, Ireland
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland
St Donat’s Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan,
selected past productions
rhai cynhyrchiadau'r gorffenol
The Family,
Thomas Jones Memoirs and Music,
Celtic Sights and Sounds,
Sisters in Harlem,

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