Niall Hoskin - The Dutchman
Niall sang small roles in Carmen and The 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 14 years ago, he has sung title roles in Orfeo and Don Giovanni, three different Falstaffs (Holst, Nicolai, Verdi), and pieces from Pergolesi to Walton. Oratorio has included Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul, major works by Haydn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams. He has also collaborated with pianist Clare Wilding in the major Lieder cycles as well as songs by composers as diverse as Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, Gerald Finzi and Raymond Warren.
With Bath Opera he was in Peter Grimes, Macbeth, Force of Destiny, Don Carlos, Italian Girl in Algiers and La Giaconda. This year's plans include Orff's Carmina Burana in Huddersfield Town Hall, Bach's St. John Passion in Malvern and his first full marathon.
Judith Davis - Senta
Judy was born in Shropshire. She studied at Trinity College of Music, London, with Eric Vietheer and whilst there was a soloist in most of London's famous concert venues. Judy continued her studies in Germany with Ingeborg Muller gaining much professional experience on the oratorio platform and regularly appearing as a guest soloist with the RAF Band of Germany. She moved back to the UK to later study with Ian Comboy.
Judy has an extensive repertoire and has sung all over the UK and in Europe.
In opera, 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 singing in this production in the Bath Opera Chorus.
For Bath Opera, Judy has sung the roles of Elizabeth (Don Carlos), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and the title roles of Aida and La Giaconda. She is delighted to be singing her first Wagner under the baton of the best MD in the business!
Tom Magnone - Erik
This is Tom's third role with Bath Opera, following Enzo in last February's production of La Giaconda and Hoffman in the concert performances of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman in summer 2004.
Before coming to live in the South West, he had previously sung in the North West of England and in East Anglia, in opera and for choral groups. He has studied with Nicholas Powell and Karenna Kaun, in Manchester and more recently with Margaret Thomas in Bristol.
His opera roles have included Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alfredo (La Traviata), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Don Jose (Carmen), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Nemorino (L'Elisir D'Amore), Tacmas (Les Indes Galantes), Faust (Faust) and Fenton (Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor), and he has sung in choral music by Handel, Carissimi, Schubert, Rossini, Haydn, Puccini and others. In April he will sing in the Bristol Opera production of Lakme.
Edward Harper - Daland
Edward has appeared in more than 70 opera productions, many of them for Bath Opera, of which he is a founder member. He has sung most of the major bass/baritone roles including Zaccariah (Nabucco), King Philip of Spain (Don Carlos), Ramfis (Aida), Mefistophele (Faust), Dulcamara (L'Elisir d Amore), Scarpia (Tosca) an Escamillo (Carmen), regularly singing with Bristol Opera, White Horse Opera, Devizes, Bel Canto Opera, Cheltenham, Windsor and Eton Opera Company and Holland Park Opera in London. The part of Daland is only his second Wagnerian role, previously having sung the role of Wolfram (Tannhauser) in the distant days of his youth!!
In April, he will sing the role of Nilakantha in Bristol Opera's production of Lakme.
Also in demand on the concert platform, Edward will sing Mozart Requiem and Faure Requiem in Bristol this spring. He has recently taken part in a concert in London 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 currently studies with Ian Comboy in Bath.
Peter Redfern - Daland
Peter Redfern 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), Zaretsk (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), Commentadore (Don Giovanni) and Dancairo (Carmen). He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.
Hamish Brown - Steersman
Brought up in Glasgow, Hamish studied maths at Edinburgh University before turning to singing. He took is Masters in Advanced Opera at RSAMD and now studies with Ian Baar. Roles have included Albert (Albert Herring), Flute (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Basilio and Curzio (Le Nozze de Figaro) and Remendado (Carmen), all at RSAMD, Bardolfo (Falstaff) with British Youth Opera and at Dartington Festival, Quint (The Turn of the Screw) with New Cambridge Opera and Alfredo (La Traviata) with West London Opera. Since arriving in Bristol, Hamish has sung Valere and Damon (Les Indes Galantes) and the title role in Samson with Bristol Opera and Frederick (The Pirates of Penzance) with Bath G & S Society. His next project is Gerald in Lakme with Bristol Opera. He now teaches at John Cabot CTC in Kingswood.
Gillian Clark - Mary
Gillian Clark has been a principal in Bath Opera for many years and was last seen as Hansel in the group's highly successful chamber production of Hansel and Gretel in December 2004. Bath Opera's last Wagner production was Tannhauser in 1983 where Gillian played Venus, the goddess of earthly love, however she feels that the intervening years have left her well qualified to play the shrewish fishwife Mary in the this production! Future plans include a Shakespeare concert in the Holborne, a 50th birthday concert at St. Mary's Bathwick, both in April, and Dr. Miracle with Operaletta at the Rondo in July.
Alexandra Denman - Director
Alex's singing career began as Giovanni 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 played the Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Bath Opera last year, She has also directed Turandot for Bath Opera, and the British premiere of Robert Moran's Desert of Roses at Bath Spa University College.
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. He continues as 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 Angelica, 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 and Aida.