Oliver Gibbs - Mustafa
Oliver 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 thte 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.
Susan Coates - Elvira
Susan combines a busy schedule of singing teaching with her own performances. As a pupil of Penelope Price-Jones, she was awarded CRSM and is a music graduate. Susan recently worked with Glyndebourne coach Jonathan Hinden, and sings throughout the South West. Her operatic roles include:Sourceress (Dido and Aeneas), Michaela (Carmen), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Pamina and First Lady (Magic Flute), Angelic Voice (Don Carlos) and Zenzi (Winter Nights). Susan has also an extensive oratorio repertoire and is soprano soloist with both the Maesteg and Inys Owen Male Voice Choirs. This is Susan's first major role in a Rossini opera.
Dilwen Miller - Zulma
Dilwen was born in Aberystwyth in Wales and started singing at the age of four. She has competed at the Llangollen International Eisteddford and at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. After a gap of twenty years she has been studying with Judith Davis. Dilwen has been singing with Bath Opera for eighteen months and sang the role of the May Queen in their concert production of Merry England. This is her debut as a principal in an opera.
Peter Redfern - Ali
Peter joined Bath Opera in 1983. Roles include: Masetto (Don Giovanni), Zuniga (Carmen), Micha (The Bartered Bride), Wagner (Faust), The High Priest (Nabucco), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Calchas (La Belle Helene), Surgeon (The Force of Destiny), Baron Puck (The Grand Duchess), Dr. Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro) and Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos). He has also sung with Opera Mozart, White Horse Opera and at Shawford Mill. He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.
Andrew Morris - Lindoro
Andrew was born in Clun, Shropshire on the Welsh border. He graduated with a degree in Archaeology and Environmental Studies from St. David's University College, Lampeter. He then spent two years in the Choir at Lincoln Cathedral before continuing his studies as a Post-Graduate at the Royal Northern College of Music with Ryland Davies.
He has sung in Italy (Batignano Opera Festival), France (Aix-en-Provence and Vezere Festivals), Ireland (Wexford Festival and Dublin Grand Opera) and at various venues throughout the country and in Europe.
He is much in demand as an Oratorio and Concert artist and has sung at the Barbican, St.John's Smith Square, Worth Abbey and with numerous choirs throughout the country.
His operatic roles include Nemorino (L'Elisir d Amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Signor Pirelli (Sweeny Todd) and Tonio (Daughter of the Regiment)which he recently sang for English Touring Opera.
Gillian Clark - Isabella
Gill is well known throughout the South West for her many concert, operatic and oratorio performances in a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Verdi.
She is a founder member of the Bath-based chamber opera group 'Operaletta' and a regular principle singer with Bath Opera, last appearing as Princess Eboli in the group's 2001 production of Don Carlos.
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.
Niall Hoskin - Taddeo
Niall sang small roles in Carmen and Bartered Bride with Dorset Opera before going to Cambridge to read Modern Languages and sing in Clare College Choir. Since moving to the South West fourteen years ago, he has sung title roles in Orfeo and Don Giovanni, three different Falstaffs (Hoist, Nicolai and Verdi), and pieces from Pergolesi to Walton. With Bath Opera he was in Peter Grimes, Macbeth, Force of Destiny and Don Carlos. This year's plans include Verdi Requiem, a Wesley discovery and the premiere of Eric Wetherell's Brother Sun, Sister Moon with New Bristol Sinfonia.
Sťamus Synge - Director
This is Seamus' first production for Bath Opera as Director. He has previously worked with Bristol Opera as director in their productions of Turandot, Aida, Nabucco, the Magic Flute and most recently Don Giovanni.
Seamus has studied singing with the Canadian Baritone John Boyden, John Carol Case and is currently working with Margaret Thomas.
Peter Blackwood - Musical Director
Peter comes from Belfast and has been responsible for nearly two hundred theatrical productions. In the last twelve months these have included The King and I, Don Carlos, Godspell, The Marriage of Figaro and Alladin. In preparation are Don Giovanni, Fiddler on the Roof and Cinderella.