Gillian Clark - High Priestess
Since joining Bath Opera in 1982, Gill has sung over 15 principal roles for the group including Luisa Miller, Princess Eboli and most recently, Isabella in the 2002 production of The Italian Girl in Algiers. She has also sung for Shawford Mill Theatre, Witney Music Box and many choral societies in the South West. Future plans include an appearance with Operaletta (of which she is a founder member) at the Rondo in July and a concert in St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol also in July. Gill currently studies with Mollie Petrie in Bristol.
Judith Davis - Aida
Judy studied singing at Trinity College of Music with Eric Vietheer, in Germany with Ingeborg Muller, and later in Bath with Ian Comboy. She has a wide concert repertoire and has sung both in Europe and the UK. In Opera her roles include Michaela (Carmen), Musetta (La Boheme), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Siebel (Faust) , and most recently the role of Lady Macbeth for Opera South West. For Bath Opera, she has sung Elizabeth de Valois (Don Carlos) and Donna Anna in a recent touring production of Don Giovanni. Judy has sung the role of Aida both with White Horse Opera and Bristol Opera and is delighted to be singing it again, especially with Bath Opera.
Alexandra Denman - Amneris
Alex's singing career began as Giovanna in Jonathan Miller's production of Rigoletto. She has appeared in many operas, plays and musicals, including Martinu's Julietta for ENO, and played Gigi's mother in the West End. Alex last appeared with Bath Opera when she appeared as Carmen on the last night of her own production. She has also directed Turandot for Bath Opera, and the British premiere of Robert Moran's Desert of Roses at Bath Spa University College.
David Edwards - Messenger
David, with his wife, Jill, was a founder member of Bath Opera which was formed in 1976. As well as singing many major tenor roles over the years, he also held the position of chairman for some twelve years and continues to play an active role in the group. David also has a wide oratorio and concert repertoire.
Peter Redfern - The King of Egypt
Peter joined Bath Opera in 1983. He has also sung with Opera Mozart, White Horse Opera and at Shawford Mill. 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) , Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos), Ali (Italian Girl in Algiers) and Commendatore (Don Giovanni) . He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.
Niall Hoskin - Amonasro
Niall was a Choral Scholar of Clare College Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages. He now lives in Bristol, combining a teaching job at the Cathedral School with family life and a busy solo schedule. Recent concerts include Brahms German Requiem, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Schubert's Schone Mullerin and Winterreise cycles, Finzi's Footpath and Stile at St George's Bristol with the Bridge Quartet. With Bath Opera he has sung roles in Macbeth, Force of Destiny, Don Carlos, Peter Grimes, Italian Girl in Algiers and elsewhere Monteverdi's Orfeo, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Falstaff in operas by Nicolai, Holst and Verdi, as well as works by Menotti, Bizet,Humperdinck and Britten. Niall also sang with the Stan Tracey Orchestra in Ellington's Sacred Concerts - South Bank, Three Choirs Festival, Radio 3 and on CD. Last year he sang the title role in a concert version of Vaughan Williams Pilgrim's Progress; plans include Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Bristol's Colston Hall, and Orff's Carmina Burana in Malvern.
Edward Harper - Ramfis
Edward began singing at the age of seven as a boy treble chorister in Tavistock, Devon. In later years, as a Bass/Baritone, he studied with the late Czech Baritone, Otakar Kraus, in London, and currently with Ian Comboy in Bath. Discovering a passion for opera, he has sung, over the last 30 years, all the major Bass roles, including Zaccariah (Nabucco), Toreador (Carmen), Bartolo (Barber of Seville), Dulcamara (L'Elisir d Amore), Banquo (Macbeth) and King Philip (Don Carlos). In the past year he has sung the roles of Scarpia (Tosca), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Mephistophele (Faust). Having previously taken the role of Ramphis in London, Bristol and Devizes, he is delighted to be singing it for a fourth time 'at home' in Bath. Edward is also in demand for concerts and Oratorio throughout the South and West of England, having recently performed Verdi's Requiem for North Devon Choral Society.
Paul Potts - Radames
A student of Ian Comboy, Paul has appeared on national and local television and radio. He has spent two summers touring Northern Italy training with one of the major opera schools, and has taken part in masterclasses with Vilma Vernocchi, Katia Ricciarelli and Luciano Pavarotti. He has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With Bath Opera he has sung the roles of Don Basilio (Marriage of Figaro), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and the title role in Verdi's Don Carlos. Future plans include the role of Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) for Southgate Opera, London, and another concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the summer. Oh yes! He also plans to get married in May this year!!!
Graham Billing - Director
Graham joined Bath opera in 1978, shortly after its formation, to sing in the chorus of Eugene Onegin. Since then he has been involved in over thirty productions as chorus singer, soloist, translator, director, props co-ordinator and concert presenter. The works he has directed include The Magic Flute, Tannhauser, Down in the Valley and The Force of Destiny, which he staged nineteen years after he made his first solo appearance with the group asthe Military Surgeon in that opera. Other solo roles he has enjoyed singing are Monsieur Triquet in Bath Opera's second production of Eugene Onegin, the Rector in Peter Grimes, the Circus Manager in the Bartered Bride and the Emperor in Turandot. The most exciting challenges he has faced have been to provide English singing versions of three operas from Eastern Europe: Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla, The Kiss and The Brandenburgers in Bohemia by Smetana. He also wrote new versions of the spoken dialogue for Carmen and several semi-staged operettas.
Peter Blackwood - Musical Director
Peter, who is from Belfast, has directed the music for over two hundred theatre productions. In the last twelve months these have included 'The Italian Girl in Algiers', 'Cinderella', 'Fiddler on the Roof', and 'Houdini'. In preparation are 'La Gioconda' and 'The Mikado'. Although his early training was as a classical pianist, he entered the world of orchestral and choral conducting after studying with George Hurst. He continues as a pianist and teacher at Bath Spa University College, and indeed, it gives him much pleasure to see so many of that college's students, whom he helped to introduce to the theatre, now working themselves as musical directors. Sadly, but inevitably, he has appeared on '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 lane Seymour and Richard Chamberlain. Choral works include 'Judas Maccabaeus', 'The Creation'.