Award winning counter-tenor set to bring new life to the mythical character who never ages
Peter Pan, the timeless story by J.M. Barrie which has entered into folklore through countless iterations and adaptations, is finally set for the UK operatic stage thanks to the Welsh National Opera. Starring the award winning vocals of Iestyn Morris in the title role, the innovative staging and production of the traditional tale by Olivier Award winning director Kieth Warner, who has worked closely with British composer Richard Ayres and librettist Lavinia Greenlaw, represents a faithful but original adaptation of the classic story.
Positioned as a genuine route for youngsters into Opera, the star of a show of this magnitude has to be a perfect fit – one found in the inimitable talents of Iestyn Morris.
A former winner of the Tracey Chadwell Award for contemporary song and also winner of the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, Morris has performed at the top level from a young age. His reputation within the industry is such that he was specially invited to return to the latter for its centenary, as a member of the prestigious judging panel.
Enjoying a career that has seen him perform throughout Europe at some of the most revered venues in the world, Iestyn Morris, who created the role giving its world premiere in Stuttgart, is hugely excited to be recreating such a well-loved character, this time in a new co-production between WNO and Komische Oper Berlin, in what will be the UK English language premiere. In London alone Morris has appeared at Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as in recital at various locations across the capital, including concerts with The King’s Consort. Now, with ‘Peter Pan’ set to take flight once more in Morris’ capable hands, it marks the latest chapter in a stellar career.
This journey has seen Iestyn Morris perform with some of the most exciting and challenging roles in the Opera world (see below for credited highlights), and will now see him step into the magical world of J.M. Barrie’s Neverland as the iconic Peter Pan. It’s a spectacle not to be missed.
Iestyn Morris career highlights:
In opera, Iestyn Morris performed Pisandro and Human Frailty IL RITORNO D’ULISSE and Ferdinand DUCHESS OF MALFI for English National Opera, Pleasure in Gerald Barry’s THE TRIUMPH OF BEAUTY AND DECEIT for Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Ferdinand in the new production of Torsten Rasch’s DUCHESS OF MALFI at the Städtische Theater, Chemnitz, Medoro ORLANDO FURIOSO for Theater Basel, title role in the world premiere of Richard Ayres’ PETER PAN and the world première of Jennifer Walshe’s DIE TAKTIK for Staatstheater Stuttgart, HERCULES for De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the world premières of HOTEL DE PEKIN (the role of Anzi) and WAKE (Tom Boxer) for Nationale Reisopera, Anzi HOTEL DE PEKIN at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Alessandro TOLOMEO, Spirit DIDO AND AENEAS, Shepherd ORFEO and Historicus in Carissimi’s JEPHTE for English Touring Opera, Troll Princess East o’the Moon & West o’the Sun for Tete-a-tete, THE DEATH BY FIRE OF GIORDANO BRUNO for Heresy Records on tour in Ireland, the title role in the English language premiere of Jonathan Dove’s THE LITTLE GREEN SWALLOW for the GSM&D and Max Labouchère in Roger Scruton’s VIOLET for Guildhall Theatre Opera,
Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff – Saturday 16 & Saturday 23 May 6.30pm; Sunday 31 May 4pm
Birmingham Hippodrome – Thursday 11 June 7.15pm
Royal Opera House London – Friday 24 & Saturday 25 July 2015 7.30pm
And now, with new single ‘Sunlight’ release on QW-KEYMUSIC it’s set to show the world exactly how it sounds when pop, rap, reggae and EDM are drawn together, his star will continue to rise:
Gritty and raw while still having a polished sheen, ‘Sunlight’ is a single which could well see 2Nice break through from cult status to the mainstream. It’s truly impressive work from a brave and innovative artist not afraid to try new things.
Since winning the 2008 award for ’UK Unsigned Best Reggae/Dancehall Act’, 2Nice’s momentum and reputation has been growing thanks to his innate talent for bringing together and blending styles. His buzz is such that urban music royalty are sitting up and taking notice, with fans and collaborators including Congo Natty, Luciano, Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal, Wiley, Mark Morrison and more.
ll the more impressive, 2Nice does all this while suffering the debilitating effects of epilepsy. Using music in his everyday battle to overcome the condition, 2Nice finds the creative process soothing – allowing him to turn his thoughts away from an illness he has found it hard to come to terms with.
With his genuinely unique blend of genres, ‘Sunlight’ is just the first assault 2Nice is readying for the mainstream UK music industry this year. Hold on to your hats for 2015.
So last night, a mundane Wednesday night was transformed into a lively mid-week party as a capacity crowd at The Troubadour were treated to a night to remember from one of the most talked about Aussie bands of the moment, ‘Belle Roscoe’. (Granted it was a late one for a school night, but totally worth it!) Brother-Sister duo, Matty and Jules radiate a unique and mesmerising chemistry, clearly the product of a lifetimes worth of shared experiences. Both siblings’ possess extraordinary vocals and sure know how to work a crowd. Multi-talented musicians, with a wealth of great material they’re one of the most captivating acts I’ve seen in 2015. As we all know, The Troubadour is one of the most iconic London venues and the legends of its past haunt the small space, you can really feel the musical energy of its history and guys certainly did the space justice and Belle Roscoe feel like they could be just on their way to emulating some of the past legends. The Aussie fans were out in force as the venue was jam-packed and totally buzzing. ‘Gun To My Head’ was one of the stand out numbers from the night and the room lapped up every note. To see these guys in action is an opportunity not to be missed, I can assure they do not disappoint.
Keep up to date with what the guys are up to next hear:
ASIWYFA kick off an extensive UK & EU tour with label mate Mylets tomorrow. Please see complete tour dates below.
And So I Watch You From Afar have applied to their fourth album the same rigorous work ethic that has seen them touring nearly non-stop all over the world in recent years — including less common tour stops like China, Russia, India and Africa. Heirs is both the band’s most painstakingly created album as well as its most personal and meaningful. “Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas,” the band says. “In that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves.”
The feature-length documentary chronicling the band’s three-decade history with MTV is coming to select cinemas nationwide on May 19 for a one-night event as part of Fathom Events’ “Classic Music Series.” Theatre and ticket details are available at Fathom Events
Check out the trailer for R.E.M. BY MTV:
Currently building a buzz with their live shows in and around London, Cherry White have now taken to the studio to record a brand new EP, ‘Staring at the Sun’. Inspired by life in London during this austerity era, surrounded by the greed of the wealthy, the tracks circle around an aspiration to reach higher and achieve their goals in the music industry and beyond.
The EP is led out of the gate by single ‘Drifter’, which will be released on June 1st, one week prior to the full EP: </em>https://soundcloud.com/cherrywhitemusic/drifter
‘Drifter’ to be released 1st June, followed by EP on 8th June
Engineered at Bark Studios by the excellent Brian O’Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, The Firm, My Bloody Valentine), the EP does a fantastic job of capturing the frenetic energy of a band who thrive on a live environment.
Folding the old school songwriting smarts of Fleetwood Mac into the contemporary edge of the Raconteurs, London based four piece Cherry White are an immediately impressive proposition. Their in your face indie-blues sound is highlighted by great hooks and high energy, blending genres in a way that sets them apart from more pigeonholed bands.
Afour piece from the UK, Go Primitive are a band who specialise in contemporary rock with a unique twist, following in the footsteps of groups like Foo Fighters and Twin Atlantic while forging their very own sound. It’s an approach which is paying dividends, with previous tracks being fast-tracked onto BBC Introducing shows within a week of uploading.
Always working hard on new material, their next release sees them on rollicking form with new EP ‘100 Ways’, a five song collection inspired by the many obstacles placed in front of independent musicians. Lead single ‘Breathe in, Bleed out’ sees them on typical top form, showing Go Primitive’s rock credentials in all their glory and going all out to bust through those obstacles…
Produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Twin Atlantic, Motorhead, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon), the EP is unsurprisingly dazzling in its depth of quality. The attention to detail that has gone into infusing these studio tracks with the energy of a live show is what will set them apart. That same attention to detail has also been extended to the excellent artwork, produced by Kids in Glass Houses front man Aled Phillips.
It’s that confidence which has given rise in large part to the ‘100 Ways’ EP. In the band’s own words:
“The E.P is a show of our strength to overcome the struggles and constant roadblocks put in front of many bands at our stage. We hope that after countless efforts, this will be the E.P that makes our name stand up to the bigger acts out there and pushes us further in our musical journey.”
The ‘100 Ways’ EP is released July 13th.