Opera Da Camera
Making opera available to everyone
Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most foremost sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album ‘Eternal Light’ in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces, Elin is equally at home performing classical and contemporary works.
Opera da Camera
Autumn Workshop
 Elin has performed across Europe at major venues and festivals, including: the Edinburgh, Canterbury, Three Choirs, Llangollen, Mostly Mozart and Lufthansa festivals, St John's Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Casa de Musica in Porto, Zurich Tonhalle, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2008 Elin gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral (also recorded for EMI), and later premiered his Love Duet at the Manchester International Festival in 2013.

Her recordings range from the renaissance to Handel to Elgar and beyond, and 2016 saw the release of a CD of songs by Morfydd Llwyn Owen (previously unrecorded) for Ty Cerdd, and Karl Jenkins' Cantata Aberfan for Deutsche Gramophon, alongside Bryn Terfel. In April 2016 she was Classic FM's Artist of the Week.

In addition to her singing and presenting, Elin is a passionate advocate of music education, and has led choral workshops with Eric Whitacre, masterclasses at RWCMD, University of Oxford, children's concerts with LPO and OAE, and children's operas with Children's Music Workshop. She is an Honorary Fellow at RWCMD, and at the Universities of Swansea and Bangor, and is currently Artist in Residence at Bangor Music Festival.

​​About the day...

We encourage the participation of singer/accompanist pairs, who will get the most out of this day. However, if you are a singer who does not have an accompanist, Karen Smith is the official accompanist. If you wish her to accompany you, it is very helpful if you contact her in advance (email: knjsmusic@hotmail.com) to let her know the title, composer and key of your song. 

Participants will have the opportunity to perform two songs, each within a twenty minute slot. 

Please bring a copy of your song for Elin and one for Karen Smith if she is accompanying you.

There is plenty of space for observers who are guaranteed an interesting and absorbing day. 


For more details contact Karen Allen on diva13516@btinternet.com, or book now using either the Microsoft Word or PDF form below: