The late David and Philippa Seligman took great joy in sharing their love of the performing arts and in supporting young talent. David’s extraordinary commitment and philanthropy, expressed through his involvement with many arts organisations across Cardiff, has left an indelible mark on the cultural life of Wales, not just at the Royal Welsh College and WNO, but at St David’s Hall, Chapter Arts Centre, the Wales Millennium Centre and the Sherman Theatre, to name but a few. In 2010, he and Philippa were jointly awarded The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy to celebrate individuals who support the arts, and to recognise the contribution of ‘the most inspiring cultural philanthropists in the UK’.
Welsh soprano Carys Davies is in her third year of undergraduate vocal studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, studying under Suzanne Murphy. Carys has been a member of WNO Youth Opera from 2014-2022, where she performed in the children’s chorus for Hansel and Gretel, Cat in Brundibár, and in the chorus of Cherry Town, Moscow. More recently, Carys has sung with BBC National Chorus of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall and as Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas.
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama attracts the best creative talent from across the globe. As Wales’ national conservatoire, we fire imagination and drive innovation, offering training to more than 800 actors, musicians, designers, technicians and arts managers from more than 40 countries. Our students’ extraordinary talent and potential is fused with exceptional teaching and unrivalled industry links, to bring dreams to life. A space for everyone, creative ambition and collaboration are central to our excellence.
Our students are immersed in a live industry environment from the moment they arrive. With some of Wales’ most prestigious venues, we operate a dynamic arts centre, and our performance programme of world class professionals is integral to students’ training.
Welsh National Opera
We believe in the power of opera to transform lives. Our mission is to bring the power, drama and raw emotion of opera to as wide an audience as possible in performances, marked by an uncompromising quest for artistic quality. As a national company with international status, we sit at the heart of music-making in Wales and play a valuable role in the communities we serve in England. We work with our partners to discover and nurture young operatic talent and provide the springboard for international careers.
Touring is our lifeblood and we strive to present the highest quality work across our artistic programme, entertaining and inspiring audiences at our operas and concerts and providing transformative experiences through our youth and community work. Building on our 70-year history and our roots in the communities of South Wales, we aim to demonstrate to future generations that opera is a rewarding, relevant and universal art form. More than any other company, WNO opens up the world of opera to everyone.