Playing Doctor Bartolo

This week, I will perform with Tessitoura, a Bristol-based opera company that performs in unique spaces with a small but very talented group of singers and musicians.  This project is Rossini’s masterpiece, The Barber of Seville (1816). It follows the fortunes of The Count Almaviva, Rosina, Doctor Bartolo, Don Basilio to name but a few. … Read More

Playing Escamillo

There is something both scary and liberating about preparing to play a showman like the celebrated Toreador or bull fighter.  He is a character in Bizet’s opera masterpiece, Carmen.  It’s based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Merimee.  The characters of Carmen and Don Jose are already very fleshed out but Bizet … 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!