40 Voices Challenge #8

Musical #1 – $30,000 Bequest Characters: Saladin (Sally) and Electra (Aleck) from Mark Twain‘s short story, The $30,000 Bequest. The story is part of a collection called $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories published in 1906.  According to Buffalo Library, the title story was written in 1904.  In it the author is not only playing with … Read More

The Night Bell

Performing as Enrico in Donizetti’s Il Campanello di Notte (The Night Bell) as part of a 2016 Bristol Opera double bill production with Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

In complete contrast to the passionate and tragic Cavalleria, Campanello di Notte is a complete farce. This part was a lot of fun to play as my character, Enrico, is a hyper-active rogue in the same mould as Bugs Bunny or Jim Carey’s Mask. The interaction between Enrico and the characters Don Annibale Pistacchio (played by John DesLauriers, above) and his cousin Serafina are terrific and very action-packed. Enrico has four costume changes during the show, which is a record for me!


Performing the part of Sergeant Standish of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary (Police) in Shaffer’s play, Whodunnit? as part of Holt Dramatic Society’s production in 2015.

There is much humour in this classic country manor murder mystery, and not everything is as it seems regarding the eccentric guests. The Sgt I play, only appears in the second half called in with the Inspector (played in the Holt production by Francis Holmes) to investigate the murder. He is a simple but keen student of the law who only comes into his own when the Inspector dithers. This is very much a parody of an Agatha Christie murder mystery.

Orpheus in the Underworld

Performing as the part of the Pluto, God of the Underworld in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, as part of White Horse Opera’s 2011 production. Photo by Simon Stockley.

I don’t think I’ve had as much fun on stage as in this production. Pluto is God of the Underworld, and unlike the Gods on Mount Olympus, he just wants to cut loose and have a good time. The music is also terrific fun including the Galop Infernal (best known as the music of the Can-Can)

Pirates of Penzance

Performing as the part of the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, as part of White Horse Opera’s touring 2010-11 production. Photo by Toni Webster Johnstone.

I had first performed in this operetta in University but I was delighted to take on the rogue-ish Pirate King. He is lots of fun and not at all fierce behind his swashbuckling exterior. His music and dialogue is sung with pomp and ceremony. After all, these pirates are all noblemen who have gone wrong.

40 Voices Challenge #7

Animal #1 – The Raven From classic writing, I thought I’d go with The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe. So why this poem for the first animal challenge?  Because it is another classic piece (written in 1845) and combines an audiobook style with the chance to enhance it with the sounds of a raven. The … Read More