About us

We believe that opera is an an immensely rich art form that remains relevant to today’s world, and are committed to maintaining its vitality by contributing to the renewal and expansion of the repertory.

To do this, we commission new and exciting work from up-and-coming composers, that we produce and perform with a new generation of opera talent in site-specific productions in intimate and unusual venues around Peckham.

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Our first production, Snow, presented the work of three composers using the three floors of The Bussey Building, a former cricket bat factory. For the second one, we took over the Copeland Gallery to present a new production that combined the stories of Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs and showed them under new light.

For our third year, we return to the Bussey Building with an immersive production that retells the story of Robin Hood.

We invite you to follow us on this journey, and re-discover these stories that thought you knew well, re-told through the language of opera!

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Our Team

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Artistic Director Hamish comes from the performance side of opera. His main goal in co-founding TheOperaStory is to contribute to ensuring the future of opera, by commissioning new works to be written and performed.

Hamish Mackay

Artistic Director

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Executive Director and co-founder Manuel has a professional career in the financial services industry, and is now applying his expertise to the administration of the company and to securing resources for its stable funding.

Manuel Fajardo

Executive Director

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Vahan’s work includes commissions for the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Stage 84, the BBC, as well as a new score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Milton Court Theatre.

Most recently, he completed a commission for the Worshipful Company of Skinner’s 700th Anniversary, staged in collaboration with the celebrated director Annabel Arden and workshOPERA. His “truly genre-breaking”, British New Music Theatre Award-nominated work, Boys of Paradise, received its third revival at EGG London last October in collaboration with Tete a Tete, after winning an Arts Council England grant award. This year has seen commissions for works from Settle Orchestra, for their 70th Anniversary concert and a pop-up opera for the Tête à Tête opera festival.

Vahan Salorian

Composer

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Playwright and librettist currently based in Edinburgh. He completed his MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews in 2016. His most recent work includes the libretto for Boys of Paradise which was produced by WorkshOPERA in association with Tête à Tête.

Dominic Kimberlin

Librettist

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Pedro holds degrees in Stage Direction and Acting from the School of Music and Performing Arts of the University of Porto (ESMAE) with honours. He has also completed the Harp Course at Porto Music Conservatory with honours and the Opera Stage Directing Course of the CalousteGulbenkian Foundation.

He joined the Royal Opera House young artists programme and made his Royal Opera House directing début with Berlioz’s Les Nuitsd’été, followed by Mozart & Salieri in the Linbury Theatre. After finishing his contract with the ROH he was invited to come back to direct Montsalvagte’s El Gato con Botas in the Linbury Theatre.

Future engagements include: a new opera Lab “Orpheo” for CalousteGulbenkian Foundation & ENOA, the residency “Landscape of new music theatre and opera” for LOD muziektheater (Ghent) and La Monnaie (Brussels), Belgium; the new Thomas Guthrie production of “Die Zauberflöte” for the Longborough Festival Opera, Movement & Acting coach for the North Sea Vocal Academy in Denmark, working on the revivals of “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto” at the ROH, Covent Garden and “A Caminho” a new musical in Lisbon.

Pedro Ribeiro

Director and Designer

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Clancy Flynn is a theatre designer and production electrician based in London. A New York native, she studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin before coming to the UK. Her work often blurs the lines between production, video and lighting design, reflecting a passion for technology as art.  Recent work for theatre includes the UK and Australian tour of Trainspotting Live.

Clancy Flynn

Lighting Designer

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Paulis a graduate of theJette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House (ROH), where he was contracted from 2012-14.At ROH, he conducted Mozart and Salieri(Rimsky-Korsakov) and El gato con botas(Montsalvatge) in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Paul read Music at Oxford University, and trained as a conductor and repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Conducting engagements include work with The Royal Opera House, The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Mahogany Opera Group, Birmingham Opera Company, Iford Arts, Opera Holland Park and Clonter Opera. He has also worked as a repetiteur for English National Opera.

Paul considers coaching and education to be an important part of his output and works as Head of Vocal & Operatic Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also a frequent guest speaker at pre-performance talks for ROH.

Paul Wingfield

Conductor

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Alice studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2014. She is a keen recitalist and has been featured on the BBC Radio 3 proms as well as performing at venues such as Leighton House, Kings Place and St Johns Smith Square. Her operatic performances include roles at Opera Holland Park, Garsington Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival and Longborough Festival Opera. She is generously supported by Opera Prelude.

Alice Privett

Soprano - Goldilocks

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Northern Irish mezzo-soprano and Samling Scholar, Carolyn began her career as a teacher of Art and Design before commencing the Opera course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Carolyn was Associate Artist at WelshNationalOpera in 2010 and spent two years at luzern opera house in Switzerland in 2012-2014.
She has performed extensively in opera, oratorio and in solo recitals, including appearances at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), and the Royal Albert Hall.
She’ll be recording a newly discovered opera with Richard Bonynge this year and releasing a CD with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside on songs by composers from Northern Ireland at the Ludlow song festival and again in Belfast. She will also tour the UK with the role of Madam Popova in The Bear and sing the role of Mary in Der Fliegender Hollander for Longborough Festival.

Carolyn Dobbin

Mezzo-soprano - Mummy

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Daniel studied music and opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning awards from the Countess of Muster and The Foyle Foundation, and the Guildhall Aria Prize. He then became the first counter-tenor accepted onto the ENO Operaworks programme.
Daniel has performed across Europe, including the title role in the opera premiere of ‘Franzinskus’, performed at The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, the title role in the world premiere of Richard Ayres ‘Peter Pan’, at Oper Stuttgart, and several premieres for Scottish Opera. Alongside his passion for Baroque and early repertoire, uncovering hidden gems of this rich epoch, Daniel continues to break new ground, creating and performing new work across the globe.

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Counter-tenor - Baby

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Australian baritone Nic studied at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, was a State Opera of South Australia Young Artist and studied at the National Opera Studio in London. His studies were sponsored by Glyndebourne Festival Opera as the recipient of the Anne Woods/Johanna Peters Award. In 2014 Nicholas was voted ’Best Male in a Leading Role’ by the Opera Holland Park audience for his performance as Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Recent and future plans include Marcello La Bohème New Zealand Opera‚ title role Eugene Onegin and Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia (Welsh National Opera)‚ Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte‚ Dandini La Cenerentola Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia and Frédéric Lakmé (Opera Holland Park)‚ Valentin Faust (Dorset Opera Festival)‚ Josef K in Philip Glass’s The Trial (Scottish Opera)‚ Marcello La Bohème (English Touring Opera).
He created the role of Edward Lear in Ode to nonsense – a co-production between Slingsby Theatre Company and State Opera of South Australia in Adelaide‚ and performed Marcello for the State Opera of South Australia.

Nicholas Lester

Baritone - Daddy

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Berrak studied at GSMD and the National Opera Studio. She has worked with Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, UCOpera and is the Musical Director for Pop Up Opera.

Berrak Dyer

Repetiteur and Assistant Conductor

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Alice trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Most recently she has been DSM at the Watermill for their tour of Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet. She has also been ASM on Imperium at the RSC.
Alice Barber

Company Stage Manager

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AK Lie has a BA honours degree in Theatre Arts: Design and Technical Theatre from Middlesex University London, and is currently studying MA Costume Design at University of the Arts London. Her recent work includes the costume-design for Man-Up by Temperamental TC, an Eddie Nominated Performance at Edinburgh Fringe 2017, and she was the ASM for TheOperaStory’s first production Snow.

AK Lie

Assistant Stage Manager

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Marco has over 6 years of experience running multimedia​ productions for theatres, art galleries, music clubs and cultural venues. His versatile experience includes Branding Communications, Online Marketing and Stage Management. ​He is the founder of Audiovisual City​, a worldwide magazine of Audiovisual Culture that is nowadays the most important online magazine of AV artists and events.

Restless, passionate and creatively committed, he considers Art as the more powerful form of communication, and his whole career has been devoted to support artistic expression and to deliver it to as many people as possible.
Marco Savo

Production Manager

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Pierre is a Trustee of The Opera Story, and is the founder and owner of Re-Up , a Marketing & Advertising Company.

Pierre Humeau

Trustee

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Antony is a Trustee of The Opera Story. An economist and consultant, his career has been in management consulting in the UK and Asia and he is currently doing a PhD in Musicology.

Antony Feeny

Trustee

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Leigh, “the emergent specialist of 20th-century opera” (Financial Times), has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works and dramatic 20th century repertoire.

Leigh Melrose

Trustee

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Opera is costly to produce and depends on the love and generosity of the many people that feel passionate about it and want to share it with others and keep it as an important part of our lives. We are very thankful for our past and current supporters, without whom this work would not be possible.

 

Many thanks to…

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The Boltini Trust

Fidelio Charitable Trust

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