Our Team

We have very exciting plans to develop The Opera Story in the years ahead, and to make this a reality we are looking to expand our Board of Trustees and assemble a team of enthusiastic individuals who share our vision and can help us work towards these objectives. Applications are now closed, but watch this space to meet our new Trustees in the near future!

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Artistic Director Hamish comes from the performance side of opera. His main goal in co-founding The Opera Story 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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Antony chairs the Board of Trustees of The Opera Story. An economist and consultant, his career has been in management consulting in the UK and Asia. He recently completed a PhD in Musicology and periodically writes about the economics of opera.

Antony Feeny

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

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Saima is Managing Partner of a renewable-energy and plant-based solutions investment outfit, an MBA & ACMA and a huge proponent of Circular Economy. She has over twenty years of strategy and financial leadership experience at global corporates, and is now applying her career skills to help strategy, business planning, and growth for the The Opera Story. Her passion project is an urban organic flower farming business supporting the environment and community.

Saima Habib


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As a lifelong singer and musician, Victoria is passionate about the impact that the arts can have on health, wellbeing and education, and about the importance of reaching out to new audiences and communities, especially those who may not have had the sufficient opportunities or access to the arts in the past.

She is Company Secretary for a multi-venue arts and culture charity in Hampshire, having joined shortly after its inception, and leads on governance and compliance for the charity and its trading subsidiary. She is also a self-employed yoga teacher and frequent hiker.

Victoria Donkin


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“Many more people today deserve to discover the satisfying and truly accessible riches that opera can offer.”

Andrew enjoyed a 30-year career in investment and development banking culminating in board-level responsibilities, afterwards joining the boards of other major international banks and companies. This was followed by a second, 11-year stint as a senior Oxford University fund-raiser. He has since retired but remains an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College. He is a keen amateur pianist.

Andrew Seton