Ormond Opera was formed in 2015 by Justin Bindley and Rosalind O’Dowd with a view to presenting staged, costumed opera concerts and full operas with piano accompaniment. The aim is to mix emerging and experienced artists in a diverse repertoire. In their first season, they presented scenes from five popular operas by Puccini, followed by a concert of Gilbert & Sullivan. In 2016, they performed The Pirates of Penzance, and Madama Butterfly is happening in November.
Founder & Creative Director – Rosalind O’Dowd
Rosalind spent 10 years working in marketing before embarking on a professional singing career. After graduating from Trinity Laban in 2012, she has worked for a variety of opera companies which has given her an insight into the type of company she would like to run. She brings a wealth of marketing and dramatic experience to Ormond Opera.
Conductor – Michael Thrift
Michael Thrift has worked extensively in both symphonic and operatic spheres. He has conducted in the UK, Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria as well as his native Australia. After stepping in to take on Madama Butterfly at short notice in 2016, Michael returns this year to bring Bizet’s Carmen to life.
Director – Mark Burns
Mark Richard Burns has already established himself as a director to watch. A regular collaborator with the Royal Opera House, he founded his own company – The Opera Box – reinventing the medium to maximise creativity. He is a regular guest director at the Buxton Festival and has directed shows for Fulham Opera, Elemental Opera. After directing Pirates of Penzance for Ormond Opera, Mark solidified his position within the company with a heart-rending Madama Butterfly and will return this year for Carmen.