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Menna Cazel

Soprano

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Website: http://www.mennacazel.co.uk


Menna Cazel has a beautiful, warm, lyric soprano voice, a strong stage presence and natural performing ability. She made her professional operatic debut in 2014 singing Erste Blumenmädchen in Parsifal for Oper Leipzig and as a Young Artist with Dresden Semperoper, she has sung various roles ranging from her recent portrayal of Frasquita in a new production of Carmen and the comedic roles of Berta, Barbarina and Papagena to contemporary roles such as Prinzessin von Carignan in Goldmann’s R. Hot bzw. Die Hitze and  Die Amme in Toch’s Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse.

Menna is very popular concert artist, with highlights including a televised  St David’s Day Gala with Sir Bryn Terfel and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Gareth Jones at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the televised  ’Spirit of Unity’ concert  Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Menna is also a keen recitalist and will perform in recital with pianist Eugene Asti at Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor, later this year.  

Soprano Menna Cazel is from Pontypridd, South Wales and she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was taught by John Llewelyn Evans. She subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Operatic Studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, taught by Dr. Jeanette Favaro-Reuter. During 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, Menna was a member of the Young Artist Ensemble at the Dresden Semperoper.

Menna was recently a semi-finalist in 51st International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch and also in the Das Lied Competition 2015. She also won 2nd prize in the “Ton und Erklärung” des Kulturkreises der Deutschen Wirtschaft competition in 2014 and was invited to represent the Dresden Semperoper in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition. In 2013, Menna won the inaugural ‘Voice of the Future’ competition at the 2013 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. She was also the joint recipient of the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012. Other prizes include the Art Song Prize at the 2013 Thelma King Award, first prize at the 2009 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize at the 2008 National Eisteddfod. Menna is a recipient of awards from the Bryn Terfel Foundation and the Elizabeth Evans Trust.

As a young artist at Dresden Semperoper, Menna has performed numerous comedic roles including Berta in Il Barbiere di Sivilglia, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina in Le  nozze di Figaro. Other roles in Dresden include Prinzessin von Carignan in Friedrich Goldmann's R. Hot bzw. Die Hitze, Die Amme in Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse by Ernst Toch, Ännchen in Der Freischütz and A Slave in Salome. She made her professional operatic debut in 2014 as Erste Blumenmädchen in Parsifal at Oper Leipzig and had previously performed the Title Role in Lortzing's Undine at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig in 2012.

Concert highlights include a St David’s Day Gala with Sir Bryn Terfel and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Gareth Jones at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, the ’Spirit of Unity’ concert Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (both  televised for S4C), a St David’s day Concert with the Sydney Welsh Choir in Sydney Australia and a performance as a guest soloist again with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Bristol Proms. She has also appeared in concert with the Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir and the Melbourne Welsh Choir in Australia and she frequently performs as a guest soloist with choirs across Wales such as the London Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Pontypridd Male Choir.  Menna was a guest soloist with Sir Bryn Terfel for his Christmas television programme for S4C in 2013. 

Menna’s recent engagements include Frasquita in a new production of Carmen and her role début as Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte for Dresden Semperoper.  Forthcoming plans include Fauré Requiem with the Cardiff Philharmonic Choir, a recital with Eugene Asti at the Pontio Arts Centre in Bangor, North Wales and a Semper Soiree and further performances as Frasquita and Barbarina in Dresden. 


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DateDetails
02/12/2017

Concert
Fauré's Requiem
Soloists: Menna Cazel, Adam Gilbert
Choir: Cardiff Philharmonic Choir
St David's Church, St Andrew's Crescent, Cardiff, Wales. 19:30

16/03/2018

Le nozze di Figaro
Role: Barbarina
Conductor: Ido Arad
Semperoper Dresden, Germany. 19:00

21/03/2018

Le nozze di Figaro
Role: Barbarina
Conductor: Ido Arad
Semperoper Dresden, Germany. 19:00

Bach St Matthew Passion
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Bach
St Matthew Passion
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Creation
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Requiem
Pergolesi
Stabat Mater
Bizet CarmenFrasquita
Friedrich Goldmann R. Hot bzw. Die HitzePrinzessin von Carignan, Buhlerin
Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by JuryThe Plaintiff
Humperdinck Hänsel und GretelTaumännchen (Dew Fairy); Sandmännchen (Sandman)
Lortzing UndineUndine
Mozart Le nozze di FigaroBarbarina
Mozart Die Zauberföte Papagena, Erste Dame (First Lady)
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Königin der Nacht (studied)
Puccini Turandot Liu (studied)
Rossini Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
Strauss, Richard SalomeA Slave
Toch Die Prinzessin auf der ErbseDie Amme
Verdi Don CarloStimme von oben (A Voice from Heaven)
Wagner ParsifalFirst Flower Maiden
Weber Der FreischützÄnnchen
Bizet
Carmen
Frasquita
Friedrich Goldmann
R. Hot bzw. Die Hitze
Prinzessin von Carignan, Buhlerin
Gilbert & Sullivan
Trial by Jury
The Plaintiff
Humperdinck
Hänsel und Gretel
Taumännchen (Dew Fairy); Sandmännchen (Sandman)
Lortzing
Undine
Undine
Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Barbarina
Mozart
Die Zauberföte
Papagena, Erste Dame (First Lady)
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Königin der Nacht (studied)
Puccini
Turandot
Liu (studied)
Rossini
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Berta
Strauss, Richard
Salome
A Slave
Toch
Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse
Die Amme
Verdi
Don Carlo
Stimme von oben (A Voice from Heaven)
Wagner
Parsifal
First Flower Maiden
Weber
Der Freischütz
Ännchen

Opera

Le nozze di Figaro

Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Semperoper Dresden, April 2016
Opera Lounge
Ungewöhnlich ist die derb-dralle Barbarina von Menna Cazel, doch überrascht das Mitglied Junges Ensemble Semperoper mit feinem Sopran und trägt ihre “Nadel”- Arie mit reizenden Nuancen vor. (The tough boxum Barbarina, presented by Menna Cazel (a member of the Junges Ensemble) surprises with fine soprano and presents her “Nadel”- Arie with lovely nuances.)

R. Hot bzw die Hitze (The Hot)

Prinzessin von Carignan/Buhlerin in R. Hot bzw die Hitze with Semperoper Dresden, December 2015
NMZ online
Menna Cazel nimmt die Aufschwünge und Linien als Prinzessin mit konditionierten Linienbögen und legt in ihrem Kurzauftritt als Buhlerin absichtlich charakterisierende Schärfen.
Prinzessin von Carignan/Buhlerin in R. Hot bzw die Hitze with Semperoper Dresden, December 2015
Mehrlich. Musik Kultur
Die Britin Menna Cazel (Junges Ensemble der Semperoper) glänzt mit idealisiertem Mädchen-Pink, aber auch mit bezirzender Stimmkunst. (The Briton Menna Cazel (Junges Ensemble of Semperoper) shines with idealized girly pink but also with a lovely vocal performance.)
Prinzessin von Carignan/Buhlerin in R. Hot bzw die Hitze with Semperoper Dresden, December 2015
Die Tageszeitung Junge
Tenor Martin Koch meisterte die stimmlich geradezu waghalsigen Passagen seiner Rolle als Robert Hot auf bewundernswerte Weise. Auf Augenhöhe begegnete ihm als selbstsichere, zielstrebige Prinzessin die Britin Menna Cazel, die ihre Partie mit leuchtendem Sopran und wendigem Spiel differenziert gestaltete". (Self-confident, determined princess, Briton Menna Cazel counters him [Martin Kock] in an equivalent way and shaped her role with shiny soprano and agile play.
Prinzessin von Carignan/Buhlerin in R. Hot bzw die Hitze with Semperoper Dresden, December 2015
Musik in Dresden
Die aus einer Vision hervorwachsende Prinzessin aus dem Aus-Land (mit der Britin Menna Cazel vorzüglich besetzt). (Growing from a vision the princess from abroad (excellent manned with the Briton Menna Cazel)).

Competitions

Thelma King Award for Singers: Bath, March 2013
The Bath Chronicle
The winner of the £250 Art Song prize was soprano Menna Cazel Davies from South Wales with a sumptuous rendering of Schubert’s Heib mich nicht redden, legato and beautifully tender, in contrast to a lively extrovert Mendelssohn song and a dramatic Mozart aria, Come Scoglio from Cosi, bursting with dramatic intensity. Great singing.
Winner of Young Musician of the Year, November 2007
Wales Online
Musical Menna is right on song

Undine

Undine in Undine for Hochscule für Musik und Theater, Leipzig, 2012
Leipziger Volkszeitung
The two main artists, delivered a real surprise with their remarkable understanding of their vocal mastery. The aria " So wise, dass in allen Elementen" is sung with such ease, clarity and security in the high register, that you would never believe that she is still only a student. She quite rightly received full applause for this scene.

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