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

Die Fledermaus

The full production of Die Fledermaus

The next performance I am involved in is the Die Fledermaus with White Horse Opera.  But unlike the touring production, this time we will have a full orchestra, fixed venue, sets and costumes!  It should be a lot of fun for all, so please considering joining the party!

Die Fledermaus

Performing as the part of the Gabriel von Eisenstein, in Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat), as part of White Horse Opera’s 2015-16 production. Photo by Chrissie Higgs.

The music is very well known and tuneful and there is humour throughout. As with most of things I do, it was translated into English by the legendary Graham Billing (back row in yellow waistcoat). As for the character Eisenstein, he is a rich playboy whose friend, Falke, wishes to see him atone for his crimes. Chaos and fun ensue. The part itself has no actual solo, but lots of duets and trios.

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.