We're delighted to be able to announce the Iford Arts New Generation Artists for 2021.
Thomas Kinch – CANIO
Louis Hurst – TONIO
Ryan Vaughan Davies - BEPPE
Do join us for our inaugural New Generation Artists performance of Leoncavallo’s masterpiece, Pagliacci, performed in the enchanting gardens of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court. Written in one act and lasting only 90 minutes, you’ll hear some of the most promising emerging talent in the UK, all in a Covid-safe, socially distanced environment. Alongside two popular returning young artists, Fiona Finsbury (Elixir of Love 2019) and Dan de Souza (Fairy Queen 2016) as the lovers Nedda and Silvio, we are delighted to introduce you to three more exciting artists: Welsh lyric tenor Thomas Kinch as the spurned husband Canio, Ryan Vaughan Davies as the troupe harlequin, and Louis Hurst as the ‘hunchback with a heart’ Tonio. They will all be put through their paces by renowned director, Christopher Luscombe, in this perfect introduction to opera. Accompanied by a small chamber ensemble and conducted by our Artistic Director, Oliver Gooch, this is a unique opportunity to hear the talent of the future on your doorstep as well as enjoy an evening of passion and intrigue in a spectacular setting.
Thomas Kinch - CANIO
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, tenor Thomas made his international debut in 2019 as Turiddu in Cavallaria Rusticana with Sri Lanka Opera. Recent engagements include; Opera Up Close as Pinkerton in their production of Madame Butterfly, Turiddu with Edinburgh Grand Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles with Opera Bohemia. In 2016 at 23 years old, Thomas reached the semi-finals of the “Debut” competition in Schloss Weikersheim, where despite being the youngest competitor by at least four years, he progressed to the Top 16 out of 500 other seasoned professionals.
Mancunian-born Louis gained his MMus at RNCM, where his studies were made possible by the generous support of Michael Oglesby, the Drapers Guild, and the Musician's Benevolent Fund. Louis has worked with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Britten Sinfonia, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Grange Park Opera, Grimeborn, Zurcher Sing Akademie, Longborough Festival Opera, St. Endellion Summer Festival, and Saffron Opera Group. Read more about Louis here.
Welsh tenor Ryan Vaughan Davies made his professional Operatic debut as Second Priest in Longborough Festival Opera's production of Die Zauberflöte. During the last year, Ryan has worked at Buxton Festival and mopre recently the Grange Festival on their production of Precipice, an outdoors promenade production by Sinéad O'Neill as well as performances in 'Opera under the stars' at the Minnack theatre, Penzance. This year Ryan will work for Garsington Opera on their productions of Le Comte Ory and Eugene Onegin. Ryan will be studying at the Royal Academy of Music from September having accepted a place at their Opera school. Read more about Ryan here.
In our production of Pagliacci our New Generation Artists will be joined by previous IANGA alumni, Fiona Finsbury, covering Nedda, and Dan D’souza, covering Silvio. Fiona and Dan will receive additional mentorship/training/experience and we are delighted to be working with them again.
For tickets and details of our other performances visit our events pages here.