Edward Harper - King Philip
Edward Harper (King Philip) was born in London and gained a degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature at Lancaster University and a postgraduate diploma in acting from the London Academy of Performing Arts. After initially following a career in acting he subsequently concentrated on his singing after first studying with Angela Hickey and currently with Mark Shanahan. As well as spells appearing in the chorus with the D'Oyly Carte Opera and Grange Park Opera he has increasingly been performing principal roles such as Eugene Onegin, The Count and Figaro (Figaro), Marcello (La Boheme), Coppelius (Tales of Hoffman), Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Peter (Hansel and Gretel) with Opera South-East, Midsummer Opera, Aquarian Opera and Opera Del Mar. He has also appeared as Dromio di Efeso in Storace's Gli Equivoci at the Batignano Festival in Tuscany and presented a solo recital at the Edinburgh Festival 2000. Roles in 2002 include Giorgio Germont for Windsor and Eton Operatic Society, Guglielmo for London Opera Players.
Paul Potts - Don Carlos
Paul Potts (Don Carlos) is a relative new comer to Grand Opera after an apprenticeship in Gilbert and Sullivan in Bristol. His claim to fame is his 1999 appearance on Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music. This was followed by singing for Bath Opera in Turandot as Prince of Persia and Herald. He has since performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and spent three months touring Northern Italy as a soloist, training under top teachers Mario Melani and Svetlana Sidrova. He has been invited back for a concert to be recorded and also for a masterclass with Luciano Pavarotti. Future plans include a summer tour with the RPO.
Niall Hoskin - Rodrigo
Niall Hoskin (Rodrigo) sang in Force of Destiny, Macbeth and Peter Grimes with Bath Opera; elsewhere the title role in Monteverdi's Orfeo and Falstaff in operas by Verdi, Nicolai and Holst. Concerts include: Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Caractacus, Mendelssohn St Paul, Elijah, Bach St Matthew Passion, Schubert Schone Miillerin, Winterreise; Finzi and Vaughan Williams with Bridge Quartet. Ellington's Sacred Concerts with Stan Tracey Orchestra- Queen Elizabeth Hall, Three Choirs Festival, Radio Three and CD. Next opera: Walton The Bear, with Operaletta (Rondo, Larkhall, July)
Peter Redfern - Grand Inquisitor
Peter Redfern (Grand Inquisitor) joined Bath Opera in 1983. He periodically emerges from his natural habitat, the back row of the chorus, to assume supporting roles, most recently Baron Puck (The Grand Duchess), The Surgeon (The Force of Destiny), Zuniga (Carmen) and Dr Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro) . He has also sung with Opera Mozart, White Horse Opera and at Shawford. He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.
Neil Kirkman - Monk
Neil Kirkman (Monk) has sung a variety of roles with Dorset Opera, Bristol Opera and Frome Opera, and he created the role of Simon in the premiere of David Selwyn's opera Islanders. For Bath Opera he has sung Prince Paul in The Grand Duchess, Mandarin in Turandot and the Count in Marriage of Figaro.
Judith Davis - Elisabeth de Valois
Judith Davis (Elisabeth de Valois) studied at Trinity College of Music, London and then later in Germany. She now trains with Ian Comboy. She has a wide concert repertoire and has sung in many parts of the UK and Europe. Her recent operatic roles have included the title role in Aida for both Bristol Opera and White Horse Opera, Musetta in La Boheme and Micaela in Carmen. Judith is delighted to be singing the part of Elisabeth in her debut with Bath Opera.
Gill Clark - Princess Eboli
Gill Clark (Princess Eboli) is well known throughout the South West for her many concert and oratorio performances ranging from Britten to Verdi. She is a founder member of the Bath-based chamber opera group 'Operaletta' and a regular principal with Bath Opera. Forthcoming appearances include Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief by Menotti for Operaletta in July. She also finds time, between working as a Learning Support Assistant in a Bath primary school and looking after her family, to sing in the adult evening choir in Bath Abbey.
Emma Brennan - Thibault
Emma Brennan (Thibault) began singing at the tender age of 11 when under the tuition of Geraldine Aylmer-Kelly, she joined White Horse Opera, with whom she has performed in 10 operas. Her principal roles, though still only 20, include 2nd Lady - Magic Flute; Lady Bertilak - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; and shortly Adele - Die Fledermaus, as well as many chorus and solo concert performances. In a mad moment of jetlag, the morning after returning from Australia, Emma decided to audition for Don Carlos, and much to her delight was offered the role of Thibault.
Susan Coates - Voice
Susan Coates (Voice) graduated from Bath Spa University College with a BA (Hons) in music, and currently studies with Penelope Price Jones, under whose guidance she was awarded LRSM. Recent operatic roles include Micaela (Carmen), Pamina (Magic Flute), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), First Lady (Magic Flute) and Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas). Susan recently appeared with Susan Milan at the Wiltshire Music Centre and is well known locally as a soprano soloist.
John Palmer - Director
Whilst a student at Bath University, John trained under Pat Bishop and the Bath Arts Workshop. During that time he wrote, directed and acted in many productions and in his early career as a teacher he lectured in improvised drama and wrote, directed and performed Amo, Amas A Marriage. Since then John has taken part in many productions with various companies. These have ranged from pantomime to the Classics. In association with the National Trust, he inaugurated the tradition of open-air productions of Shakespeare in his home village of Holt. He has directed many other productions including The Killing of Sister George, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Mixed Doubles and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves and has played a wide range of roles in others. He is particularly proud of his Puss in Boots! John's most recent appearance was as Stephen in the One Eyed Jacks' production of Dealer's Choice, at The Rondo, Bath in April 2000. John has produced and directed with The White Horse Opera Company of Devizes, including productions of Carmen, Aida and Cosi Fan Tutti. He also directed the innovative opera Seven Stars by Jolyon Lacock - a production which sadly did not come to its intended fruition at the Colston Hall, Bristol. This is the first time that John has worked with Bath Opera.
Peter Blackwood - Musical Director
Peter Blackwood (Musical Director) comes from Belfast and has been responsible for over one hundred and fifty theatrical productions. In the last twelve months these have included Oklahoma!, The Marriage of Figaro, Merrie England, Robinson Crusoe, The King and I and Carmen. In preparation are The Canterbury Tales, Don Giovanni, The Italian Girl in Algiers and Godspell.