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. Would you like to join us? Send us a message at info@theoperastory.com!

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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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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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“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