A panel discussion between artists and producers followed Parker's talk: Daniel Dooner (revival director), Paolo Gavanelli (baritone, Rigoletto) and Ekaterina Siurina (soprano, Gilda) expressed their ideas concerning this production and their roles. Finally, Paul Wynne Griffiths, Monika Evelin Liiv, Chaghan Lim and Vuyani Mlinde presented a practical session introducing the audience to arias and scenes from Verdi's opera.
Richard Jones (director) Elaine Kidd (revival director) John Macfarlane (set designs) Nicky Gillibrand (costumes) Mimi Jordan Sherin (lighting) Lucy Burge (choreography) Paul Kieve (illusionist) Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Paul Wynne Griffiths (conductor)
Filmed at London’s Royal Opera House, the lead role of Cio-Cio-San is taken by soprano Liping Zhang, tenor James Valenti sings Pinkerton and Paul Wynne Griffiths conducts. It’s the second collaboration between the Royal Opera House and film-makers RealD - the first was Carmen – and this time it’s a production by directing duo Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier that viewers get to immerse themselves in.
Gardar Thor Cortes studies began at an early age at the Reykjavik School of Singing. Furthering his career, he attended the Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst and Musik in Vienna, had private lessons in New York and Copenhagen and took the two year opera course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers have included David Maxwell Anderson, Stuart Burrows, Paul Farrington, Paul Wynne Griffiths, David Jones, Kiri Te Kanawa, Andre Orlowitz, Robin Stapleton and Michael Rhodes and his versatile voice has enabled him to sing and have success in a wide variety of music – opera, oratorio, lieder, musicals, contemporary music and jazz.