The Elixir Of Love, 2007

Biographies

Hannah Lockwood - Adina

Hannah recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Music from Bath Spa University. Whilst there, she took lead roles in many productions such as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Fiona in Blondel, and the title role in Handel's Semele. Outside University she has sung for a number of companies - her roles have included Peep Bo in The Mikado and Erma in Anything Goes. Having joined Bath Opera in 2004, Hannah made her lead role debut last year playing Maria in A Masked Ball, closely followed by Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Demonstrating her wide musical tastes, Hannah also sings and plays the trumpet (not at the same time) in an all-female jazz trio called The Blues Floozies and has recently started her own performing arts club called Explore, Imagine, Dream.

 

Rupert Drury - Nemorino

Rupert has been a singer and viola player since the age of eight. He progressed from head chorister at Ripon Cathedral to a major music scholarship at Marlborough College followed by a choral scholarship to Durham University where he gained a BA in Music and his PGCE. Whilst there he took part in his first opera, singing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Having got the opera bug, Rupert won a place on the two year postgraduate performance course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During this period he had a wide opera experience ranging from Handel to Britten as well as oratorio and other styles. He took part in many masterclasses and courses for both singing and chamber music. For Bath Opera, he has sung Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute and will be singing Count Almaviva in our forthcoming production of The Barber of Seville.

He currently performs regular solo recitals around the country and his oratorio roles include all the greats of Handel and Bach. Future plans include Handel's Dixit Dominus for the Jackdaws Music Education Trust and Beethoven's Mass in C for Corsham Choral Society.

 

Neil Kirkman - Belcore

Neil has been singing his way around the area for many years. His repertoire has covered nearly all the Gilbert and Sullivan leading bass roles, as well as oratorio and Victorian songs - he was a member of the group Aspidistra. In opera he has appeared with Dorset Opera, Bristol Opera, Frome Opera Group and for the last six years with Bath Opera. Roles have included Kecal in The Bartered Bride, Morales in Carmen, The Holy Roman Emperor in Don Carlos and The Mandarin in Turandot. His favourite roles which he has been privileged to learn and perform several times have been the three great bass baritone roles written by Mozart - Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva and Papageno.

Having performed in a number of rarely heard Donizetti operas such as Gabriella di Vergy and Maria Madilla with Dorset Opera he has enjoyed getting to grips with the better-known Sergeant Belcore.

 
Peter Redfern

Peter Redfern - Dr. Dulcamara

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), Daland (Flying Dutchman) and Tom (A Masked Ball). He studied for many years with Jill Fowles and is now a pupil of Ian Comboy.

 
Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark - Gianetta

Gill began singing whilst still at school and began training with Jantina Noorman at the age of sixteen. She joined the Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society and for the next ten years performed in many shows at the Theatre Royal Bath including Camelot and The Merry Widow as well as several Gilbert and Sullivan operattas. At the same time she became a prolific and successful competitor in the Midsomerset Festival in the senior vocal classes, winning the Outstanding Adult Vocalist award no less than three times. By then the world of opera was beckoning and she began her long and fruitful association with Bath Opera, playing principal roles as diverse as Luisa Miller, Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutti) and Hansel (Hansel and Gretel). Future plans include Schubert Mass in C, Shakespeare Birthday Concert, Rosina in the Barber of Seville for Bath Opera and Lady Dunmow in The Dinner Engagement for Operaletta.

 
Alexandra Denman

Alexandra Denman - Director

This is Alex's fourth production for Bath Opera as director, following Turandot, Carmen and The Flying Dutchman. She has also appeared with us as Amneris in Aida, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Ulrica in A Masked Ball. She has also directed various productions for Bristol Opera, including La Traviata, Macbeth, Carmen and Les Indes Galantes, and is currently working on a new production of The Bartered Bride.

 
Peter Blackwood

Peter Blackwood - Musical Director

Peter, who is from Belfast, has directed the music for over two hundred theatre productions. After training as a classical pianist he studied conducting with George Hurst and entered the world of orchestral and choral conducting. However his pianist hands are still much in demand - constantly for real playing and from time to time for screen doubles. His hands have appeared in firm and TV although they were apparently attached to the bodies of actors such as Richard Chamberlain and Jane Seymour.

Peter's work for Bath Opera has included 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 Italian Girl in Algiers, Aida, The Flying Dutchman and A Masked Ball.

He is already hard at work on our next two productions - The Barber of Seville and Candide.

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