A Masked Ball, 2006
 

Biographies

Judy Davis

Judith Davis - Gianetta

Judy was born in Shropshire. She studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and later in Germany.

She has an extensive repertoire and has performed on the concert platform and in Opera all over the UK and Europe.

Her roles include Micaela (Carmen), Musetta (La Boheme), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Siebel (Faust), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and the title roles in Carmen and Tosca.

Judy combines bringing up two boys and a busy singing schedule with teaching voice at Bath Spa University. She is very proud that several of her students are taking part in this production and especially so of Hannah singing the leading role of Maria.

For Bath Opera, Judy has sung the roles of Elizabeth (Don Carlos), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Senta (Flying Dutchman) and the title roles of Aida and La Giaconda. She will shortly sing 2nd Lady in the touring production of The Magic Flute.

Her love and thanks to Peter Blackwood and Susan McCulloch.

 
Alexandra Denman

Alexandra Denman - Carmina

Alex has sung professionally with Kent Opera and English National Opera, and now sings for love with Bath Opera and Bristol Opera. For Bath Opera she has appeared as Carmen, Amneris in Aida, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and an Israelite woman in Esther, as well as directing Turandot, Carmen and The Flying Dutchman. For Bristol Opera she has directed Doctor Miracle, La Traviata, Macbeth, Carmen and Les Indes Galantes, and played Siebel in Faust, Eboli in Don Carlos, Mercedes in Carmen, Ulrica in A Masked Ball, Sinaide in Moses, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Antonia in Viola and Micah in Samson. In May she will be appearing as Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Olympus Theatre, Filton.

 
Edward Harper

Edward Harper - Paulo

Edward's love of singing began at the age of seven as a boy chorister in Tavistock, Devon. As a young bass/baritone he discovered a passion for opera and over the last 30 years has appeared in more than 80 productions. He has sung most of the major bass/baritone roles, and in the last year has taken the role of Daland in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman for Bath Opera, Nilakantha in Delibes' Lakme and Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro) both for Bristol Opera, and the villain Coppelius in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman for White Horse Opera, Devizes. In March he will be singing the role of Ramfis (Aida) for Bel Canto Opera in Cheltenham.

Also in demand on the concert platform, Edward this year has sung Mozart Requiem and Faure Requiem in Bristol, and has taken part in concerts in London and Wiltshire in aid of the Mathieson Music School, Calcutta, a charity he continues to support since visiting the school in 1998.

He studied with the Czech baritone Otakar Kraus in London, and with Ian Comboy in Bath.

 
Niall Hoskin

Niall Hoskin - Giovanni

Choral Scholar in Clare College Cambridge. Teaches languages at Bristol Cathedral School.

Concerts: Passions, solo cantatas (Bach), Italienisches Liederbuch (Wolf), Lieutenant Kije, Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev), Acis and Galatea (Handel), Sacred Concerts (Ellington), Nelson Mass, Creation (Haydn).

Opera: with Bath Opera Macbeth, Force of Destiny, Don Carlos, Peter Grimes, Italien Girls in Algiers, Aida, Flying Dutchman; elsewhere Orfeo, Don Giovanni, Pilgrim's Progress, Falstaff and operas by Nicolai, Holst, Menotti, Bizet, Humperdinck and Britten. Long-serving character bass in Operaletta.

Recitals: Schubert and Schumann cycles and works from Mussorgsky to Lizst to Moeran and Raymond Warren, with pianist Claire Wilding.

Plans: German Requiem (Brahms) at Durham Cathedral; This Worlde's Joie (Mathias) at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol; Petite Messe Solemne (Rossini); St. Matthew Passion (Bach) at St. George's, Bristol; Lebyadkin Songs (Shostakovich), Bibical Songs (Dvorak); Sacred Concerts (Ellington) at St. Paul's Cathedral, 4th July.

Hopes for a place in the London Marathon before he's too old...

 

Hannah Lockwood - Maria

Hannah is currently in her final year of a BA Degree in Music at Bath Spa University. She joined Bath Opera in 2004 but Maria is her first lead with the company, although she has sung many roles in both University productions and local companies. University roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute and Fiona in Blondel, under the direction of Peter Blackwood. Roles outside University include Peep Bo in the Mikado and Erma in Anything Goes. Hannah also sings and plays the trumpet in an all-female jazz trio called the Blues Floozies and teaches singing for Stagecoach Theatre School.

Hannah's forthcoming engagements include singing Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte and Papagena in The Magic Flute.

She is honoured to sing once again under Peter's direction and feels proud and overwhelmed to be singing in Masked Ball with her singing teacher Judy Davis and wishes to thank her for everything!!!

 

Tom Magnone - The Don

Tom was born and brought up in the Midlands, and has since sung in East Anglia and the North of England before moving to the South West. Last year he performed the role of Erik in the Bath Opera production of The Flying Dutchman, and in 2004 was Enzo in La Giaconda.

He has studied in Manchester with Nicholas Powell and Karenna Caun, and more recently Margaret Thomas in Bristol. He is delighted to return to a Verdi opera after a few years singing other roles, including Cavaradossi (Tosca), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Tacmas (Les Indes Galantes) and Hoffman (Tales of Hoffman). His other roles include Don Jose (Carmen), Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Alfredo (La Traviata), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Macduff (Macbeth), Nemorino (L'Elisir D'Amore), Ishmaele (Nabucco), and Nadir (Pearl Fishers). He has also sung solo in choral music by Handel, Haydn, Carissimi, Puccini, Schubert, Rossini and others.

 

Jonathan Paget - Silvano

Jon, who is originally from the Bath area, acquired a taste for opera when he performed in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore (in which he played the Boatswain) at the University of Plymouth, and he was delighted to join Bath Opera when he returned to the area. Since then he has performed in the chorus for the productions of La Giaconda and The Flying Dutchman as well as a concert performance of Tales of Hoffman. Jon is also a member of White Horse Opera, Devizes, for whom he has performed in Carmena and Tales of Hoffman (again!). He also sings with the Meridian Singers, Chippenham, and for a local rock band. Other musical performances include Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma. He took part in last year's Messiah From Scratch concert at the Albert Hall with 5000 other singers and thoroughly recommends it to anyone!

 
Peter Redfern

Peter Redfern - Filippo

Peter Redfern joined Bath Opera in 1983. He has also sung with Opera Mozart, White Horse Opera and at Shawford Mill. Recent roles for Bath Opera include Dr Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro), Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos), Ali (Italian Girl in Algiers), Commentadore (Don Giovanni) and Daland (Flying Dutchman). He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.

 

Gwynne Evans - Producer

In 1991, Gwynne vowed that Camelot would be the last show that he would direct. However, that resolution came to nothing and since then he has written and directed a children's musical based on Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, directed Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Jack the Ripper, The Music Man, Princess Ida and La Giaconda.

Since his first production in 1961, Gwynne has produced all but two of the G & S operattas and a variety of others including Fiddler on the Roof, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, The Beggar's Opera, Oklahoma and Carousel.

He has also appeared in several roles during the years with various opera groups, including the British Opera Company in the 1960s.

Since directing La Giaconda for Bath Opera in 2004, Gwynne has directed Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society in a production of Princess Ida and taken a leading role in Trowbidge Opera Society's production of The Mikado.

Gwynne is a traditionalist by nature, so it was with some excitement, but a little trepidation that he accepted the offer to direct a new production of 'A Masked Ball'.

 
Peter Blackwood

Peter Blackwood - Musical Director

Peter, who is from Belfast, has directed the music for over two hundred theatre productions. Although his early training was as a classical pianist, he entered the world of orchestral and choral conducting after studying with George Hurst. For over thirty years he was a pianist and teacher at Bath Spa University and it gives him much pleasure to see so many of the university's students, whom he helped introduce to the theatre, now working themselves as musical directors.

Sadly but inevitably he has appeared in Casualty - that is to say his hands have appeared, doubling for actors, a role he has been required to fulfil from time to time, stemming back to Ken Russell's The Music Lovers.

In film, he has worked as a coach with Jane Seymour and Richard Chamberlain. Choral works include Judas Maccabaeus, The Creation, The Chichester Psalms and Saint Nicholas. Operas include Paul Bunyan, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angilica, The Threepenny Opera, Turandot, Carmen, Don Carlos, The Force of Destiny, La Giaconda, The Tales of Hoffman, Hansel and Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Aida and The Flying Dutchman.

Forthcoming engagements include Iolanthe at the Theatre Royal next month, and the touring production of The Magic Flute with Bath Opera.

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