Rosalind (soprano) is a post graduate of Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, London. Roles include Michaela/Frasquita Carmen and Alfredo(a) La Traviata (Secret Opera), Countess Ceprano Rigoletto (Opera Loki), 2nd Witch in Macbeth (English Pocket Opera), Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen (Winterbourne Opera), Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (AODS) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Opera Anywhere). In Baroque opera she has performed, Diana in Boyce’s A Secular Masque and Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Isleworth Baroque). Recently, she has sung chorus in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with Fulham Opera. She is cover for Alice in their revival of Falstaff at Wilton’s Music Hall in May.
Oratorio includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass , Rossini’s Petite Messes Sollennelle, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons. She created the lead role of Tanya in the première of Are There Llamas? (Mayhem Opera) and Morag in The Fisherman’s Brides for the Tête à Tête Opera Festival. Rosalind is a regular singer with Richmond Choral Society, performing as a soloist in Alexander’s Feast by Handel on 23rd March. She also teaches singing and drama. http://www.rosalindodowd.co.uk
Caroline Carragher – Mezzo Soprano
Mezzo soprano Caroline Carragher studies with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile, having received her MA with distinction from Wales International Academy of Voice. She appears on several recordings for Chandos, Sain, EMI Classics and Priory Records as both ensemble and solo performer, and numerous BBC broadcasts conducted by Richard Hickox CBE.
Her operatic roles include Marthe Faust Swansea City Opera, which toured the U.K. this year, Fenena Nabucco Kennet Opera, The Sorceress Dido and Aeneas Surrey Opera, Polina The Queen of Spades Park Opera, Carmen Carmen Opera at Bearwood, Suzuki Madama Butterfly Park Opera, and Olga Eugene Onegin OAB.
Caroline’s recent engagements include alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah (Wales Millennium Centre, conducted by David Lawrence), alto soloist for Messiah and Mozart Requiem with Côr Penclawdd, and also in Bach G Minor Mass & Vivaldi Magnificat in St David’s Cathedral for the John S. Davies Singers. Caroline also provided mezzo soprano solos in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit for Charlton Kings Choral Society in November.
Caroline returns to Charlton Kings for Duruflé’s Requiem in May, and is delighted to be making her debut with Ormond Opera. For further information and details of forthcoming engagements, please visit carolinecarragher.com.
Tony Baker – Bass
Born in Lancashire, Tony originally trained as a stage designer at the Central school of Art and Design, and since he started his career in 1989 has worked for many of the world’s leading opera companies. In 2005 he moved to directing as well as designing and his most recent work as a Director includes productions for New Sussex Opera, Surrey Opera and Opera Brava. He made his professional debut as a singer with New Sussex Opera as the Judge in a site specific production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, “Trial by Jury” ( Lewes Crown Court ) and followed this with the role of the Sacristan in “Tosca” for Opera Brava. In 2015 he sang the role of Falstaff in Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for Brent Opera, performed in an opera gala for Aylesbury opera and reprised the role of Sacristan for Opera Brava. Projects in 2016 include the roles of Dr Bartolo and Antonio “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Don Alfonso (cover) “Cosi fan Tutte” for Dulwich Opera. And the role of Lionel King in a new musical play “Dress Rehearsal” by Alison Evans. He studies singing privately with Grant Doyle.
Samuel Pantcheff – Baritone
Operatic experience includes The King Eight Songs for a Mad King (Russian premiere), Papageno for Pavilion Opera, Baron Zeta for Ryedale Festival Opera, Guglielmo for Pop-Up Opera, The Younger Gentleman in Exposition of a Picture, Aeneas (RAO), Masino in La vera costanza (RAO), L’horloge comtoise/Le chat in L’enfant et les sortileges at the Barbican with Stéphane Denève and the BBCSO, Alexander Goehr’s music theatre Tryptich (Russian premiere, Mariinsky Theatre), and Ligeti’s Nouvelles Aventures and Aventures (Russian premiere, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia). Other operatic experience includes covering Nardo in La finta giardiniera, Storm Wind in Rimksy-Korsakov’s Kaschei the Deathless, and Commercial/Legal Councillors in Intermezzo all for Buxton Festival Opera.
Samuel is an experienced oratorio soloist and recitalist. Oratorio highlights include bass solos in Purcell’s Ode to Saint Cecilia with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Bach’s Cantata BWV74 and BWV106 (‘Actus Tragicus’) for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and Handel’s Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra. Samuel was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata and Avner Biron, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Roles include, Colonel Fairfax – Yeomen of the Guard, Flute – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British Youth Opera), Goro, Dr Caius, (Wexford Festival), Satyavan – Savitri (Minotaur Music Theatre), Remendado – Carmen (Longborough Festival and Opera Project), Peter Quint/Prologue – Turn of the Screw (Opera Up Close), Don Ottavio & Goro (Co-Opera Co), Jaquino – Fidelio (Opera Minima), Pierre–The Wandering Scholar (Opera les Fauves), Ferrando, Mozart – Mozart & Salieri, Mr Box, Nanki-Poo, Earl Tololler, Richard Dauntless, Ralph Rackstraw, Frederic, Carboy,
The Defendant, & The Duke of Dunstable (Charles Court Opera), and most recently, Count Almaviva – the Barber of Seville, Don Basilio / Don Curzio – the Marriage of Figaro, & Goro Heritage Opera.
On stage, Beth has performed the roles of Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (OperaintheCity), Nancy Albert Herring, (Hampstead Garden Opera), 3rd Boy Die Zauberflöte, (Woodhouse Opera) & Juno/Public Opinion Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera’r Ddraig/Leeds Youth Opera). She recently covered Stewardess Flight (Opera Holland Park) and has appeared as chorus in Boris Godunov & La Bohème (St. Endellion Festival) The Rake’s Progress (Royal Academy Opera), Cavalleria Rusticana/i Pagliacci (Woodhouse Opera) & Faust (Leeds Youth Opera). Oratorio engagements include: Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem & Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Future engagements: Woman & Maurya (cover) Riders to the Sea, Chorus Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal Academy Opera) & Mezzo Soprano soloist in Mozart Requiem & Handel Messiah.
Beth is generously supported by the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, Josephine Baker Trust, Robert Tebb Trust and Commander and the late Mrs Vigrass.
Sarah Denbee – Mezzo Soprano
Having studied Music & Italian at the Universities of Bristol and Bologna, Sarah subsequently went on to gain a Masters with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She was a Director’s Prizewinner at the Gold Medal competition, representing the Vocal Faculty, won the Roy Pleasance Competition for soloist and orchestra and was awarded the Oratorio and Cantata Prize. She now enjoys a varied career of opera, oratorio, recital and choral singing, and studies with Glenville Hargreaves (Royal Academy of Music).
Sarah was an Iford Opera Young Artist this summer, and has recently perfomed in the chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in a production of Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice. She sings regularly with
the Monteverdi Choir (conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner), touring extensively, and is a freelance chorus member for Scottish Opera and Opera North. She has performed many diverse opera roles, most recently working with Iford Opera, Fulham Opera and Opera Lyrica. She was a semi-finalist in the Handel Singing Competition (London Handel Festival) this year, and on the concert platform, she has been a soloist at prestigious venues such as the Cadogan Hall, St. John Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall.
Joanna Gamble – mezzo-soprano
Joanna followed a career in music administration before deciding to become a singer. She studied privately and made her solo début at the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival with L’Orchestre des Champs Elysees under Philippe Herreweghe. She has performed as a soloist in most of the major concert halls in Britain, and worked as a principal with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North, covering the roles of Dame Quickly (Falstaff), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin) and Auntie (Peter Grimes). She has performed Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro) for Grange Park Opera; Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel) for Beauforthuis Opera Festival, Holland; Berta (The Barber of Seville) for Opera à la Carte at the ROH Linbury Studio and in Ireland, and Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas) for the Aestas Musica festival in Croatia.
Dario Dugandzic – Baritone
Since graduating from Trinity Laban, stage credits include Alidoro, Papageno, Schaunard, Leporello, Erster Schäfer (Daphne), Barone Douphol, Mozart’s serfs Simone and Nardo, Death (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Poeta (Prima la Musica…), Low Tim (Kiss Me Figaro, J. Ramster), Luka (The Bear), Titone (Bononcini’s Cefalo e Procride), Betto, Fiorello, Dancaïro, Yakuside, Albert (Werther, cover), Peachum, Carl Magnus, Keeper (Rake’s Progress), Commissaire (Dialogues des Carmélites). Chorus work includes Fidelio, Giustino, Die Zauberflöte (Aix-en-Provence) and Coram Boy at the National Theatre.
Contemporary works include Anatomy of Melancholy (B. Tassie), Without Warning (Old Vic Tunnels), Fight Music (P. Venables, LSO), In The Dark – an improvised opera (Bonnie Byrd Theatre), Edward Harris (When a Man Knows, R. Hugill), Craig/DC Tubbs (The Face, C. Bowers-Broadbent), Merlin (Child Roland, W. Godfrey) and In Meadows (J. Brown, St. John Smith’s Hall). Concert highlights include Messiah, Petit Messe Solennelle, Israel in Egypt, The First Nowell and Ein Deutsches Requiem. Plans include further frolics in La Bohème, Queen of Spades and various galas and concerts. www.dariodugandzic.com.
Fred Broom – Baritone
Fred was born in Somerset, was a chorister at Exeter Cathedral School, and then a Music Scholar at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol. He studied Performing Arts at Middlesex University before teaching Drama in Bedfordshire for 8 years. He then trained at Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire, where he won the Post-Graduate Prize for Musical Theatre.
Recent credits include Mr Toad in The Wind In The Willows for The Brewhouse, Taunton, the Signalman and other roles in No Sleep For The Haunted at The Lowry, where he was nominated for Best Studio Performance, a season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, where he played Lcpl. Charles Bishop in Privates On Parade, Lupus in Henceforward, and Rev Arthur Humphrey in See How They Run, for which he won the coveted Leon Sinden award, and most recently, three seasons at The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch playing Tito Merelli in Lend Me A Tenor, Bernard in Boeing Boeing, Fredrick Treves in The Elephant Man, the drag lead, Lucy Fur, in Hot Stuff, The Ghost in Roll Over Beethoven, and his first ever dame, Widow Twankey in Aladdin.
Other credits include cover Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall, Major General Stanley in the award-winning all-male Pirates Of Penzance at The Union Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall, and three seasons at Thursford Christmas Spectacular, as well as countless Mozart baritone roles for Opera Loki.
Alex Carlisle – Soprano
Alex works part time as a clinical psychologist. She sings whenever she can, and her solo experience includes:- Dew Fairy and Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel with Hoxton Opera Studio (St Anne’s, Hoxton); Pamina in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Secret Opera (St Bartholomew’s, Sydenham Arts Festival); Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice with Secret Opera; Daydreamer with Streetwise Opera in People Watch (The Place, Kings Cross, Tete-a-Tete festival); Soloist in Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia (St George’s, Hanover Square); and Soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (Guildford Cathedral).
Alex also enjoys singing in choirs and as a chorus member and her recent experience includes:- Der Fliegende Höllander with Fulham Opera (St John’s Church, Fulham); Night Under the Stars with Streetwise Opera (Royal Festival Hall); Verity Standen’s a cappella project Hug (Royal Festival Hall); Bach St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio (Morley Chamber Choir); Beethoven 9 (Orchestra Vitae); Stephen Montague Requiem & Mozart Requiem (St John’s Smith Square); and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts (Guildford Cathedral). Alex is looking forward to singing as a soloist with Richmond Choral Society on 23rd March when they perform Handel’s Alexander’s Feast.
Hannah Bennett – Mezzo Soprano
Hannah Bennett is a Mezzo Soprano at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Kathleen Livingstone and Audrey Hyland. Originally from Luton, Bedfordshire, she now lives in London studying in her third year on the BMus course. Previously, Hannah studied voice with Sara Reynolds at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music.
Recent projects include: Kohn foundation/Bach Cantata series conducted by Iain Ledingham, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Haydn Nelson Mass in Arundel Cathedral, and chorus for British Youth Opera’s 2015 Season of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Vaughan Williams’ Rider’s to the Sea and Holst’s Savitri at the Peacock Theatre in London. Future engagements include: Liebeslieder Waltzer and Romantic Song Recital as part of the Amersham Festival of Music, Weber’s Messe in Es-dur with West Forest Sinfonia in High Wycombe and as part of the Bedford Park Festival, Hannah will be playing the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the London Young Sinfonia in June, conducted by Ben Glassberg and directed by Mark Burns. She is also on the Student Scheme with Philharmonia Chorus.
Hannah is fortunate to be supported by the Verdun Davies Award at the Academy and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Justin was born in Lancashire and studied singing with John Cameron. His debut was Masetto (Don Giovanni) for British Youth Opera and he subsequently sang in the chorus for English National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera. For New D’Oyly Carte Opera he sang Sir Richard Cholmondley (Yeomen of The Guard) and for Carl Rosa Opera Pish-Tush (The Mikado – in Australia and New Zealand), Frosch (Die Fledemaus), Samuel (Pirates of Penzance) and Wilfred Shadbolt (Yeomen of the Guard). Other opera roles include Eugene Onegin (Glasgow Grand Opera), Marullo (Hastings Opera), Count Almaviva (Oxford Opera Festival), Papageno (Opera Viva), Mr Bluff (The Impressario – The New Savoyards & Voices2Go) , Junius (The Rape of Lucretia – Opera Viva) and The Pirate King (Maldon Music Festival). He has also sung with The London Savoyards at the Barbican and the English Bach Festival (Royal Opera House) . He has made several recordings and dvds, including the Spanish Officer in the world premiere recording of Sullivan’s The Contrabandista for Hyperion. Recent engagements include for the New London Opera Players – Angelotti and Sacristan (Tosca), Baron Douphol (La Traviata) , Don Fernando (Fidelio) , for Midsummer Opera Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West), Le Medicin (Pelleas & Melisande – Grimebourne Festival Opera) and most recently Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe) for Richmond Choral Society.