Swansea City Opera & The Opera School Wales

Swansea City Opera & The Opera School Wales

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Swansea City Opera & The Opera School Wales

Swansea City Opera (SCO) is the City of Swansea’s flag-ship opera company, touring high quality opera to venues throughout the UK. SCO is essentially a mid-scale touring company comprising up to 50 musicians and singers. The company tours complete operas, mainly sung in English, and makes the product affordable and accessible to new audiences by taking subsidised opera into smaller venues in under-resourced areas.
The Opera School Wales (TOSW) is SCO's training arm. It provides residential opera training courses for talented post graduate singers. TOSW is primarily a pre-professional training school for talented young Artists from Wales, the UK and abroad. It also provides expertise and support to SCO in the planning and delivery of its community and outreach opera education initiatives. In return SCO provides real career development opportunities to promising young Artists of the School, the most gifted of whom are offered Chorus and understudy work with SCO, leading to solo work. The school is fortunate to have the support of David Syrus - Head of Music at Covent Garden - who comes annually to work with the school.
To assist talented young professional singers to develop and hone their skills and experience towards future fulfilling careers.

To provide intensive courses delivered by high profile opera professionals in a focussed environment appropriate for learning, personal development and team-building.

To provide students with a qualified assessment of their current abilities and advice as to further training and career opportunities.

To offer advice and mentoring for the singers alongside intensive, expert tuition.

To assist young singers with audition techniques and other aspects of obtaining work or gaining admission to further training opportunities.

To provide professional performing experience for young singers and offer real employment opportunities for particularly gifted students.

Founded 1996

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