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Volante Opera Productions was founded by Julian Boyce in 1999, originally bringing opera gala performances to Wales and England.   We fulfil a valuable role by staging performances in historic buildings and churches, as well as in concert halls and theatres. One of our main aims is to take live music into the community and enable a wider audience to hear varied and exciting repertoire.

Volante Opera Productions functions as a profit free organisation with all of our funds raised going directly to our contributors or to charities. In the lockdowns of 2020 our remotely recorded Musical Advent Calendar helped to raise thousands of pounds for Shelter Cymru.

We also provide entertainment for corporate functions at highly competitive rates. Also, we have supplied soloists and ensembles for a wide range of music performances and events.

Since 2018 we expanded our work into the world of recording with an aim to release new or previously unrecorded pieces, either commercially in collaboration with Prima Facie or via our online videos on YouTube and Facebook. 

Julian Boyce
Julian Boyce

Julian joined Welsh National Opera in 2003.  Prior to this he was a teacher of Music and Drama.

He is in demand as a concert and oratorio soloist and since 2022 is Musical Director of Pontypridd Choral Society.

Julian also plays, among other things, accordion, piano, guitar, flute and tenor horn.

He is the founder and creator of Volante Opera Productions.

Philip Lloyd-Evans
Project Development & Research
Philip Lloyd Evans

Philip joined Welsh National Opera in 1989 where he has sung over 30 roles.

He is currently an Associate Lecturer at UWTSD and has taught at RWCMD, Swansea & Cardiff Universities. He is also a Wales Committee member for Live Music Now.

In 2018 he joined Volante Opera Productions for their first recording and since 2022 has been an integral part in the organising of our recording projects and their supporting concerts. 

Simon Crosby Buttle 
Head of Recording
Simon Crosby Buttle

Simon has been a full time Tenor in the Chorus of Welsh National Opera since 2009.  He has been performing as part of Volante Opera Productions since 2010 and he created the recording arm of the company in 2018.

In 2023 he joined Prima Facie Records as Product Design and Administration Coordinator.


Since 2021 he has been a trustee at Zarathustra: The Paul Corfield Godfrey Music Trust.

Helen Greenaway
Project Coordinator
Helen Greenaway

Helen is from the Midlands but it was her work for the Welsh National Opera Chorus that brought her to Wales where she met her husband, fellow WNO chorister and Volante performer, Jasey Hall.

Helen has been involved in the recordings of Volante Opera Productions since they began in 2018: as a singer of both solo roles and chorus, as an audio consultant and more recently as Project Coordinator.

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