Opera

2018 sees the launch of HERA, a new company making and touring opera and music theatre by diverse women. I’m really excited to be jointly leading the company with Linda Hirst (mezzo soprano and former Head of Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban), and Simone Ibbett-Brown (mezzo soprano, director and administrator).

In May we ran a two day workshop with students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, exploring arias by female opera composers from Francesca Caccini to Errollyn Wallen. This is the beginning of the journey to our first show, which will include a range of existing music, alongside a new commission from composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and writer Sabrina Mahfouz. Find out more by following us on twitter @wearehera or visiting www.wearehera.co.uk.

I continue to teach and direct students at Trinity Laban, where I’ve been resident director since 2009.

 

2016The Magic Flute Director
By W.A.Mozart
HGO
Jackson's Lane
2015Pélleas et Mélisande Staff Director, directed by James Conway, conducted by Jonathan Berman
By Claude Debussy, arranged by Annelies Van Parys
ETO
2015Werther Staff Director, directed by Oliver Platt, conducted and arranged by Iain Farrington
By Jules Massenet
ETO
2015The Tales of Hoffmann Staff Director, directed by James Bonas, conducted by Philip Sunderland
By Jacques Offenbach
ETO
2015L'Ormindo Revival Director, directed by Kasper Holten
By Francesco Cavalli, libretto by Giovanni Faustini, translated by Christopher Cowell
ROH/Shakespeare's Globe
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
'A ravishing candlelit revival.' (The Guardian)
'One of the best productions I have ever seen...this year it is even better.' (The Daily Express)
2014L'Ormindo Assistant Director, directed by Kasper Holten
By Francesco Cavalli, libretto by Giovanni Faustini, translated by Christopher Cowell
ROH/Shakespeare's Globe
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
***** (The Independent)
'A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine.' (The Guardian)
2012The Empress’s Feet Co-directed with puppeteer Seonaid Goody
By Evelyn Ficcara, libretto by Valerie Whittington
The Puppet Centre
The Pit, Barbican
2012The Trial of Jean Rhys
By Elfyn Jones, libretto by Eleanor Knight
World’s End Opera
Tête à Tête Festival, Riverside Studios
'Compelling music theatre...direction and design were commendable.' (classical source.com)
2009Pig and The Telephone
By Jonathan Dove, libretto by April De Angelis, and Gian Carlo Menotti
St. Mary The Bolton’s
2009The Wonderful Thing About Lizards
By Lucy Smith
Grimeborn Festival,
Arcola Theatre

Workshops

2018Women's Opera
A two day workshop, co-lead with Linda Hirst for HERA.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2012Opera and Puppetry (with Seonaid Goody)
A half day workshop exploring the possible relationships between singer and puppet.
The Puppet Centre
Central School of Speech and Drama
2010Play
A half-day workshop I was invited to lead as an associate of John Wright.
Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme
Royal Opera House

Since September 2009, I have taught regular acting classes with BMus and MMus Vocal Studies students, designing a syllabus which allows students to develop their skills over time, and addresses the specific needs of singers. This includes work on ensemble movement; approaching a scene, and acting through song. I also deliver seminars on the history of opera performance practice.

Workshop productions at Trinity Laban include:

A Night at the Chinese OperaBy Judith Weir
La Finta GiardinieraBy W.A. Mozart, libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini, translated by Amanda Holden
What Price Confidence?By Ernst Krenek
EmmelineBy Tobias Picker, libretto by J.D. McClatchy, from the novel by Judith Rossner
Xerxes (Serse)By G.F.Handel, English version by Nicholas Hytner

[Watch a short video below]
FlightBy Jonathan Dove, libretto by April De Angelis
The Saint of Bleecker StreetBy Gian Carlo Menotti
The Tender LandBy Aaron Copland, libretto by Erik Johns
The Rape of LucretiaBy Benjamin Britten, libretto by Ronald Duncan
Cosi Fan TutteBy W.A. Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, translated by Jeremy Sams
Postgraduate Opera Scenes
Scenes directed for showcases, performed in the original language, and working with musical directors Robert Bottriel and Kelvin Lim include extracts from: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini);A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten); Orphée et Eurydice (Gluck); Rinaldo and Imeneo (Handel); Orfeo ed Euridice (Haydn); Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck); Cendrillon (Massenet); Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Nicholai); Gianni Schicchi (Puccini); L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel); and Falstaff (Verdi).

Watch a short video of the workshop performance of ‘Xerxes’ here:

Watch the full performance of ‘The Trial of Jean Rhys’ here: