Playing Strephon

This week, I have the pleasure of performing with White Horse Opera in Market Lavington School, outside of Devizes in Wiltshire.  The group are performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri. First performed in 1882, the story is of a fairy who married a mortal and what then happens when fairy … Read More

Playing Doctor Bartolo

A post-production review:  Opera with a pinch of improvisation! Photo courtesy of Dajana Kovac. It is said that the best way to move on from one project is to start another and that was certainly the case after performing in TITCo’s production of Into the Woods. With Tessitoura’s production of Barber of Seville I had … Read More

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 the Baker

A post-production review Performing the Baker with Teresa Bray as Baker’s Wife and Jemma Brown as the Witch. The Invitation Theatre Company has completed the show run of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.  So, how did it go? From an overall perspective I have to congratulate everyone involved on what has been a tremendous undertaking and … Read More

Playing the Baker

I first came across Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods when my girlfriend at that time (now my wife) was a student at the University of Bristol.  The University’s musical society was putting it on in the student union building.  The whole experience was new to me, from the venue to the musical to the composer. … Read More