Jul
3
Sat
2021
Notar: Der Rosenkavalier @ Garsington Opera
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm

Kieran is delighted to return to Garsington for 2021, to play the role of Der Notar in Der Rosenkavalier.

The Marschallin and her young lover Octavian enjoy a glorious morning together. The sudden arrival of her cousin, the lecherous Baron Ochs, intent on securing the hand of Sophie, ignites a comic and bittersweet chain of events. With honour at risk, social status bartered and happiness illusive, the Marschallin accepts time cannot be stopped and she must set young love free.

Exquisite music captures perfectly the poignant comedy and fairy tale romance of the story, reaching its emotional climax in one of opera’s greatest moments, the beautiful final trio.

We are delighted to bring you Strauss’s most famous opera for the first time, with Miah Persson (Countess, Capriccio, 2018) making her role debut as the Marschallin alongside Hanna Hipp (title role, Fantasio, 2019) as Octavian and Derrick Ballard making his Garsington Opera debut as Ochs. Bruno Ravella (Falstaff, 2018) directs and the Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Jordan de Souza, who appears at Garsington for the first time.

Jul
29
Thu
2021
Forester: Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm

A vixen cub strays across a forester’s path, and is captured and taken to his home. She makes her escape, and begins her adventures in the wild. With its juxtaposition of humans and animals, The Cunning Little Vixen shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of nature. Conducted by Justin Brown, the current Music Director of Karlsruhe State Theatre, and directed by Olivia Fuchs.

Longborough Festival Opera is proud to present this production, postponed from 2020. This will be Kieran’s fourth time performing the Forester in his career so far. He is greatly looking forward to diving back into one of his all-time favourite roles.

Vixen Sharp-Ears: Julieth Lozano
Forester: Kieran Rayner
Fox Gold-Spur / Dog: Frances Gregory
Harašta: Aaron Holmes
Priest / Badger: David Howes

 

 

Jul
31
Sat
2021
Forester: Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm

A vixen cub strays across a forester’s path, and is captured and taken to his home. She makes her escape, and begins her adventures in the wild. With its juxtaposition of humans and animals, The Cunning Little Vixen shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of nature. Conducted by Justin Brown, the current Music Director of Karlsruhe State Theatre, and directed by Olivia Fuchs.

Longborough Festival Opera is proud to present this production, postponed from 2020. This will be Kieran’s fourth time performing the Forester in his career so far. He is greatly looking forward to diving back into one of his all-time favourite roles.

Vixen Sharp-Ears: Julieth Lozano
Forester: Kieran Rayner
Fox Gold-Spur / Dog: Frances Gregory
Harašta: Aaron Holmes
Priest / Badger: David Howes

 

 

Aug
1
Sun
2021
Forester: Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm

A vixen cub strays across a forester’s path, and is captured and taken to his home. She makes her escape, and begins her adventures in the wild. With its juxtaposition of humans and animals, The Cunning Little Vixen shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of nature. Conducted by Justin Brown, the current Music Director of Karlsruhe State Theatre, and directed by Olivia Fuchs.

Longborough Festival Opera is proud to present this production, postponed from 2020. This will be Kieran’s fourth time performing the Forester in his career so far. He is greatly looking forward to diving back into one of his all-time favourite roles.

Vixen Sharp-Ears: Julieth Lozano
Forester: Kieran Rayner
Fox Gold-Spur / Dog: Frances Gregory
Harašta: Aaron Holmes
Priest / Badger: David Howes

 

 

Aug
3
Tue
2021
Forester: Cunning Little Vixen @ Longborough Festival Opera
Aug 3 @ 5:00 pm

A vixen cub strays across a forester’s path, and is captured and taken to his home. She makes her escape, and begins her adventures in the wild. With its juxtaposition of humans and animals, The Cunning Little Vixen shifts from the comic world of everyday village life into the mystical cycle of nature. Conducted by Justin Brown, the current Music Director of Karlsruhe State Theatre, and directed by Olivia Fuchs.

Longborough Festival Opera is proud to present this production, postponed from 2020. This will be Kieran’s fourth time performing the Forester in his career so far. He is greatly looking forward to diving back into one of his all-time favourite roles.

Vixen Sharp-Ears: Julieth Lozano
Forester: Kieran Rayner
Fox Gold-Spur / Dog: Frances Gregory
Harašta: Aaron Holmes
Priest / Badger: David Howes

 

 

Sep
7
Tue
2021
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall
Sep 7 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall

High summer in New Orleans: a battlefield tour group has waded through swamps and hurricane damage to see where notorious pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, one tourist imagines the story of Lafitte’s escape. Could it be that love was his key to freedom? Or is that just wishful thinking from Mary, whose honeymoon is turning out to be less romantic than she’d hoped…?

Incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach, written in 1932 and not performed until after her death. Beach’s repertoire and article ‘To the Girl Who Wants to Compose’ have inspired women in music for over a century.

In this production from director Emma Jude Harris, Cabildo is thrillingly re-conceived for the present to uncover the dark underside of the American Dream. It asks, can we ever memorialise the past without bringing back the things we would rather not remember?

Cabildo arrives at Wilton’s Music Hall after an acclaimed run at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

Pierre Lafitte: Kieran Rayner
Lady Valerie: Julieth Lozano

Music: Amy Beach
Libretto: Nan Bagby Stephens
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Musical director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Set and costume designer: Zoë Hurwitz
Producer: Jessie Anand
Associate producer: Tanya Truman
Featuring the Del Mar Piano Trio
Piano – Yshani Perinpanayagam
Violin – Francesca Barritt
Cello – Morwenna Del Mar

Running time: 55 minutes, no interval

Sep
8
Wed
2021
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall
Sep 8 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall

High summer in New Orleans: a battlefield tour group has waded through swamps and hurricane damage to see where notorious pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, one tourist imagines the story of Lafitte’s escape. Could it be that love was his key to freedom? Or is that just wishful thinking from Mary, whose honeymoon is turning out to be less romantic than she’d hoped…?

Incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach, written in 1932 and not performed until after her death. Beach’s repertoire and article ‘To the Girl Who Wants to Compose’ have inspired women in music for over a century.

In this production from director Emma Jude Harris, Cabildo is thrillingly re-conceived for the present to uncover the dark underside of the American Dream. It asks, can we ever memorialise the past without bringing back the things we would rather not remember?

Cabildo arrives at Wilton’s Music Hall after an acclaimed run at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

Pierre Lafitte: Kieran Rayner
Lady Valerie: Julieth Lozano

Music: Amy Beach
Libretto: Nan Bagby Stephens
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Musical director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Set and costume designer: Zoë Hurwitz
Producer: Jessie Anand
Associate producer: Tanya Truman
Featuring the Del Mar Piano Trio
Piano – Yshani Perinpanayagam
Violin – Francesca Barritt
Cello – Morwenna Del Mar

Running time: 55 minutes, no interval

Sep
9
Thu
2021
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall
Sep 9 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall

High summer in New Orleans: a battlefield tour group has waded through swamps and hurricane damage to see where notorious pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, one tourist imagines the story of Lafitte’s escape. Could it be that love was his key to freedom? Or is that just wishful thinking from Mary, whose honeymoon is turning out to be less romantic than she’d hoped…?

Incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach, written in 1932 and not performed until after her death. Beach’s repertoire and article ‘To the Girl Who Wants to Compose’ have inspired women in music for over a century.

In this production from director Emma Jude Harris, Cabildo is thrillingly re-conceived for the present to uncover the dark underside of the American Dream. It asks, can we ever memorialise the past without bringing back the things we would rather not remember?

Cabildo arrives at Wilton’s Music Hall after an acclaimed run at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

Pierre Lafitte: Kieran Rayner
Lady Valerie: Julieth Lozano

Music: Amy Beach
Libretto: Nan Bagby Stephens
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Musical director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Set and costume designer: Zoë Hurwitz
Producer: Jessie Anand
Associate producer: Tanya Truman
Featuring the Del Mar Piano Trio
Piano – Yshani Perinpanayagam
Violin – Francesca Barritt
Cello – Morwenna Del Mar

Running time: 55 minutes, no interval

Sep
10
Fri
2021
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall
Sep 10 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall

High summer in New Orleans: a battlefield tour group has waded through swamps and hurricane damage to see where notorious pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, one tourist imagines the story of Lafitte’s escape. Could it be that love was his key to freedom? Or is that just wishful thinking from Mary, whose honeymoon is turning out to be less romantic than she’d hoped…?

Incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach, written in 1932 and not performed until after her death. Beach’s repertoire and article ‘To the Girl Who Wants to Compose’ have inspired women in music for over a century.

In this production from director Emma Jude Harris, Cabildo is thrillingly re-conceived for the present to uncover the dark underside of the American Dream. It asks, can we ever memorialise the past without bringing back the things we would rather not remember?

Cabildo arrives at Wilton’s Music Hall after an acclaimed run at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

Pierre Lafitte: Kieran Rayner
Lady Valerie: Julieth Lozano

Music: Amy Beach
Libretto: Nan Bagby Stephens
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Musical director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Set and costume designer: Zoë Hurwitz
Producer: Jessie Anand
Associate producer: Tanya Truman
Featuring the Del Mar Piano Trio
Piano – Yshani Perinpanayagam
Violin – Francesca Barritt
Cello – Morwenna Del Mar

Running time: 55 minutes, no interval

Sep
11
Sat
2021
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall
Sep 11 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Pierre Lafitte: Cabildo @ Wilton's Music Hall

High summer in New Orleans: a battlefield tour group has waded through swamps and hurricane damage to see where notorious pirate Pierre Lafitte was imprisoned in 1814. Captivated, one tourist imagines the story of Lafitte’s escape. Could it be that love was his key to freedom? Or is that just wishful thinking from Mary, whose honeymoon is turning out to be less romantic than she’d hoped…?

Incorporating folk and Creole influences, Cabildo is the only opera from pioneering composer Amy Beach, written in 1932 and not performed until after her death. Beach’s repertoire and article ‘To the Girl Who Wants to Compose’ have inspired women in music for over a century.

In this production from director Emma Jude Harris, Cabildo is thrillingly re-conceived for the present to uncover the dark underside of the American Dream. It asks, can we ever memorialise the past without bringing back the things we would rather not remember?

Cabildo arrives at Wilton’s Music Hall after an acclaimed run at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival.

Pierre Lafitte: Kieran Rayner
Lady Valerie: Julieth Lozano

Music: Amy Beach
Libretto: Nan Bagby Stephens
Director: Emma Jude Harris
Musical director: Yshani Perinpanayagam
Set and costume designer: Zoë Hurwitz
Producer: Jessie Anand
Associate producer: Tanya Truman
Featuring the Del Mar Piano Trio
Piano – Yshani Perinpanayagam
Violin – Francesca Barritt
Cello – Morwenna Del Mar

Running time: 55 minutes, no interval

Oct
2
Sat
2021
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol
Oct 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol

City of Bristol Choir
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Black leader

Esther Mallett soprano
Annie Gill mezzo soprano
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

Conducted by David Ogden

W.A. Mozart Requiem
W.A. Mozart Ave Verum
Elgar Sospiri

In a poignant return to the concert platform, City of Bristol Choir marks its 30th anniversary season with a programme that includes the first piece that the choir ever performed – Mozart’s Requiem. The work is full of drama and exquisitely crafted music for soloists, choir and orchestra. Each hour-long performance also includes Mozart’s bite-sized masterpiece, his setting of the Ave Verum, and Elgar’s atmospheric and reflective orchestral work, Sospiri.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s, available from City of Bristol Choir’s online box office

Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol

City of Bristol Choir
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Black leader

Esther Mallett soprano
Annie Gill mezzo soprano
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

Conducted by David Ogden

W.A. Mozart Requiem
W.A. Mozart Ave Verum
Elgar Sospiri

In a poignant return to the concert platform, City of Bristol Choir marks its 30th anniversary season with a programme that includes the first piece that the choir ever performed – Mozart’s Requiem. The work is full of drama and exquisitely crafted music for soloists, choir and orchestra. Each hour-long performance also includes Mozart’s bite-sized masterpiece, his setting of the Ave Verum, and Elgar’s atmospheric and reflective orchestral work, Sospiri.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s, available from City of Bristol Choir’s online box office

Nov
19
Fri
2021
VIARDOT200: Preview Concert @ 1901 Arts Club
Nov 19 all-day

Claire Lees – soprano

Katy Thomson – soprano

Kieran Rayner – baritone

Susanna Stranders – piano

A preview concert to celebrate the launch of VIARDOT200, a festival in Dorset next year celebrating the composer Pauline Viardot.

Dec
3
Fri
2021
London Song Festival: An Obsessive Relationship @ Hinde Street Church
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
London Song Festival: An Obsessive Relationship @ Hinde Street Church

Lotte Betts-Dean: Mezzo-Soprano
Kieran Rayner: Baritone
Nigel Foster: Piano

A concert exploring the 40-year long relationship between Pauline Viardot, composer and celebrity opera singer whose bicentenary falls in 2021, and the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, telling their story through her songs. The programme touches on Viardot’s friendships with Chopin, Liszt, Gounod, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky and shines a light on her extraordinary life at the centre of the international musical world of the 19th century, moving from St Petersburg to Paris, their château at Courtavenel, Baden-Baden and back to France.

Dec
9
Thu
2021
BambinO at Home @ Online
Dec 9 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

BambinO at Home

An operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds. 5 Performances: 9 December 14:00, 10 – 11 December 11:00 & 14:00

BambinO at Home is produced by Improbable. Originally co-produced with Scottish Opera and Manchester International Festival. Made possible with support from Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination. BambinO reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences.

Following sell out runs in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Improbable bring you a made-for-screen adaptation so you can access the magic of BambinO wherever you are!

BambinO at Home will be streamed live and combine performance from the show with puppetry and live illustration from children’s illustrator Viviane Schwarz. We’ll also send you specially made activities and ideas to do at home as you watch with your bambini.

Soprano: Charlotte Hoather
Baritone: Kieran Rayner
Cello: Semay Wu
Percussion: Michael D Clark

Composer: Lliam Paterson
Director: Phelim McDermott
Designers: Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
Filming: Chocolate Films

https://www.improbable.co.uk/current-projects/bambino-at-home

Dec
10
Fri
2021
BambinO at Home @ Online
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

BambinO at Home

An operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds. 5 Performances: 9 December 14:00, 10 – 11 December 11:00 & 14:00

BambinO at Home is produced by Improbable. Originally co-produced with Scottish Opera and Manchester International Festival. Made possible with support from Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination. BambinO reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences.

Following sell out runs in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Improbable bring you a made-for-screen adaptation so you can access the magic of BambinO wherever you are!

BambinO at Home will be streamed live and combine performance from the show with puppetry and live illustration from children’s illustrator Viviane Schwarz. We’ll also send you specially made activities and ideas to do at home as you watch with your bambini.

Soprano: Charlotte Hoather
Baritone: Kieran Rayner
Cello: Semay Wu
Percussion: Michael D Clark

Composer: Lliam Paterson
Director: Phelim McDermott
Designers: Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
Filming: Chocolate Films

https://www.improbable.co.uk/current-projects/bambino-at-home

BambinO at Home @ Online
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

BambinO at Home

An operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds. 5 Performances: 9 December 14:00, 10 – 11 December 11:00 & 14:00

BambinO at Home is produced by Improbable. Originally co-produced with Scottish Opera and Manchester International Festival. Made possible with support from Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination. BambinO reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences.

Following sell out runs in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Improbable bring you a made-for-screen adaptation so you can access the magic of BambinO wherever you are!

BambinO at Home will be streamed live and combine performance from the show with puppetry and live illustration from children’s illustrator Viviane Schwarz. We’ll also send you specially made activities and ideas to do at home as you watch with your bambini.

Soprano: Charlotte Hoather
Baritone: Kieran Rayner
Cello: Semay Wu
Percussion: Michael D Clark

Composer: Lliam Paterson
Director: Phelim McDermott
Designers: Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
Filming: Chocolate Films

https://www.improbable.co.uk/current-projects/bambino-at-home

Dec
11
Sat
2021
BambinO at Home @ Online
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

BambinO at Home

An operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds. 5 Performances: 9 December 14:00, 10 – 11 December 11:00 & 14:00

BambinO at Home is produced by Improbable. Originally co-produced with Scottish Opera and Manchester International Festival. Made possible with support from Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination. BambinO reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences.

Following sell out runs in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Improbable bring you a made-for-screen adaptation so you can access the magic of BambinO wherever you are!

BambinO at Home will be streamed live and combine performance from the show with puppetry and live illustration from children’s illustrator Viviane Schwarz. We’ll also send you specially made activities and ideas to do at home as you watch with your bambini.

Soprano: Charlotte Hoather
Baritone: Kieran Rayner
Cello: Semay Wu
Percussion: Michael D Clark

Composer: Lliam Paterson
Director: Phelim McDermott
Designers: Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
Filming: Chocolate Films

https://www.improbable.co.uk/current-projects/bambino-at-home

BambinO at Home @ Online
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

BambinO at Home

An operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds. 5 Performances: 9 December 14:00, 10 – 11 December 11:00 & 14:00

BambinO at Home is produced by Improbable. Originally co-produced with Scottish Opera and Manchester International Festival. Made possible with support from Arts Council England and Garfield Weston Foundation.

This unique and colourful work for infants aged 6 to 18 months is a twin celebration of the possibilities of music and the power of the infant imagination. BambinO reinvents operatic language and traditions for children at an age when their minds are wide open to new sounds, images and experiences.

Following sell out runs in Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet), New York (Metropolitan Opera), Manchester International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Improbable bring you a made-for-screen adaptation so you can access the magic of BambinO wherever you are!

BambinO at Home will be streamed live and combine performance from the show with puppetry and live illustration from children’s illustrator Viviane Schwarz. We’ll also send you specially made activities and ideas to do at home as you watch with your bambini.

Soprano: Charlotte Hoather
Baritone: Kieran Rayner
Cello: Semay Wu
Percussion: Michael D Clark

Composer: Lliam Paterson
Director: Phelim McDermott
Designers: Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli
Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
Filming: Chocolate Films

https://www.improbable.co.uk/current-projects/bambino-at-home

Dec
18
Sat
2021
A Platinum Christmas @ The Concert Hall, King's College Wimbledon
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday 18th December, 19:30
The Concert Hall, King’s College School
Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TT
Following their sell-out performance of Messiah at St John’s Smith Square in November, in which Kieran sang baritone solos, Platinum Consort and Choristers come to the exquisite Concert Hall of King’s College, Wimbledon, for a special Christmas concert. In this glorious white oak lined hall on Wimbledon Common, Platinum will present Renaissance polyphony, popular carols in exciting arrangements, and Christmas hymns for the audience to sing. Join us as we celebrate a Platinum Christmas.
Tallis Missa Puer natus est (Gloria & Sanctus)
Byrd Lullaby, my sweet little baby
Palestrina Magnificat primi toni
Pärt Magnificat
Scheidt Puer natus in Bethlehem
Flecha Ríu ríu chíu
Arr. Wall Gaudete
Pearsall In dulci jubilo
Joubert Torches
Gjeilo The Coventry Carol
Arr. Wilberg Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
Plus congregational carols for all to join in!
Apr
1
Fri
2022
Baron Duphol: Viardot’s Cendrillon @ Dorset
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Kieran will perform the role of Baron Duphol in Viardot’s Cendrillon, as part of VIARDOT200, a celebration of the composer Pauline Viardot. The weekend festival will also feature an art song concert, which Kieran will sing in. Full cast and other details to follow.