British baritone Mark Stone stars as Papageno in Welsh National Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, alongside Jennifer Davis making her company debut as First Lady, and James Platt singing his first Sarastro. Performances open on Friday 15 February in Cardiff before embarking on a UK tour.
Papageno is a role Mark has sung on many occasions, most recently for the Palau de les Arts in Valencia earlier this season. The 2018/19 season is extraordinarily busy for Mark, who is simultaneously appearing as Papageno for Welsh National Opera, and as Gunther in Götterdämmerung for Grand Théâtre de Genève. Continuing the Wagnerian theme, Mark will sing Alberich in Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival Opera as part of their Ring Cycle project.
Jennifer Davis will make her company debut as First Lady, a role she has sung previously at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Future engagements include returns to the Royal Opera House, and a series of exciting house and role debuts across Europe and America. She will make her US debut in the 2019/20 season as Countess Almaviva in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at San Francisco Opera.
James’ role debut as Sarastro continues his strong relationship with Welsh National Opera, where this season he has already performed as Count Rostov in David Pountney’s new production of War and Peace. He will also sing Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and reprise the role of Count Rostov in performances of War and Peace at Royal Opera House, London.