2, 5, 6, 10, 18 July
DIRECTOR Richard Studer
with Helen Sherman (pictured left) as Rosina
Dr. Bartolo Adrian Powter
Fiorello Mark Saberton
Rosina Helen ShermanHelen Sherman Rosina
Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Following her success in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition she was awarded a scholarship to take up studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2011 she represented Australia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Of her recent performance as Aurelio for English Touring Opera’s L’Assedio di Calais, The Times wrote: “Donizetti’s fierce vocal demands are met fearlessly and thrillingly by the young Australian mezzo Helen Sherman, playing the volatile hero Aurelio. Her stridently masculine body language and formidable vocal power seem to epitomize the bloody-minded resistance of the besieged citizens.”
Recent engagements have included Dorabella for ETO, Donna Elvira for Mid Wales Opera, Suzuki and Governess for Grange Park Opera. Helen’s concert appearances include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and City of London Festival, Performances at Cheltenham Festival, the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks, a recital with Roger Vignoles, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and Peter Maxwell Davies’s Five Acts of Harry Patch with London Mozart Players at St John’s Smith Square.
Future engagements include Nicklausse The Tales of Hoffmann, Nero The Coronation of Poppea and a recital with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen at Wigmore Hall for the Samling Foundation.
Nick Sales Count Almaviva
Nick’s recent Opera performances have included his debut for Welsh National Opera where he sang the title role in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto, Journalist & Glazier in Philip Glass’s Orphée for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Teatro La Fenice, Venice.
Other recent roles have included Don José Carmen for Focus Opera, Camille The Merry Widow for CLASSIC Fest, Harrogate, Alfredo La Traviata for The Opera Project, Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville for Heritage Opera and cover, Danieli in Les Vèpres Sicliennes for the Royal Opera House.
Between 2005 and 2010, Nick worked extensively in Germany, where his roles included Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Theater Lübeck and Oper Halle), Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (Komische Oper, Berlin), Lurcanio Ariodante, Italian Singer Rosenkavalier, Froh in Wagner’s Rheingold and title role in Handel’s Belshazzar (Oper Halle).
Grant Doyle Figaro
Grant Doyle studied in Adelaide and at the RCM. He was a member of the Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera House 2001–3. Roles include Billy Wayne Smith Anna Nicole, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos, Bello La fanciulla del West, Moralès Carmen (ROH), Abraham Clemency (ROH/Scottish Opera), Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ROH/Teatro Real, Madrid), Schaunard La bohème, (ROH/Glyndebourne on Tour), title role Don Giovanni and Count Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington), Robin Oakapple Ruddigore, Albert Werther and Sacha Paradise Moscow (Opera North), Marcello La Boheme and Zurga Les pêcheurs de pearls (Opera Holland Park), Rossini’s Barber and Paolo Simon Boccanegra (English Touring Opera) and Ned Keene Peter Grimes (Teatro Perez Galdoz, Gran Canaria). In his native Adelaide he has sung Mozart’s Count, Zurga and Starbuck Moby-Dick. The current season includes 2nd Apprentice Wozzeck, Ping Turandot (ROH) Hector King Priam (ETO) and Forester The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington).
Adrian Powter Dr. Bartolo
Born in Cambridge, Adrian Powter studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and began his career at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, since when he has sung for companies including Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Opéra de Rouen, Carl Rosa Opera, Castleward Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, ETO, Opera North, Opera Project and Scottish Opera, his repertoire including Philip The Last Supper, The Abbot Curlew River, The Forester The Cunning Little Vixen, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Figaro Figaro’s Wedding, Schaunard La bohème, Frank Die Fledermaus, Dandini La cenerentola, Taddeo L’Italiana in Algeri and Pish-Tush The Mikado. In concert, he has appeared throughout the UK, in China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Singapore, with orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, the Darmstadt Hofkapelle, the Guildford Phlharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He sang Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem for Rambert Dance Company and his broadcasts have included Friday Night is Music Night. He is delighted to be returning to Longborough as Doctor Bartolo The Barber of Seville, a role he has previously sung for English National Opera.
Julian Close Don Basilio
Bass Julian Close has appeared with several esteemed opera houses throughout his career such as The Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Mid-Wales Opera, Lyric Opera Dublin, Stanley Hall Opera, English Pocket Opera, The Opera Project, Jubilee Opera and the Wexford, Buxton, Northampton, Longborough, Iford Arts and English Bach Festivals in a wide range of roles. Engagements in the 2013 season include Athlete in Lulu and Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Welsh National Opera; Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried as well as covering Hagen in Gotterdämmerung for Longborough Festival Opera; concert performances of Fafner in Das Rheingold and Hunding in Die Walküre, as well as Verdi’s Requiem. He will be returning to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the role of Prince Galitsky in Prince Igor.
Julian Close was born in Cheshire, in Northern England, UK. He gained a Doctorate in Applied Physics at the University of Leeds and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music
Jonathan Lyness conductor
Jonathan was born in London and read music at Bristol University where he won both university undergraduate and British Academy postgraduate arts scholarships. He studied conducting with George Hurst. For Longborough he has conducted A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Katya Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen, Falstaff, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin. He is co-founder and Music Director of Opera Project, performing at major venues and festivals across the UK including several productions at Longborough. With Opera Project he has conducted a wide repertoire, ranging from Lampe’s Pyramus and Thisbe, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona to such twentieth century works as Walton’s The Bear, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Britten’s three chamber operas The Turn of the Screw, The Beggar’s Opera and Albert Herring. In addition to conducting, Jonathan works regularly as a classical record producer and has created reduced orchestrations of fifteen operas for Opera Project that are now used widely in the UK and internationally.
Richard Studer director
Co-founder and artistic director of Opera Project since 1993, Richard started training in veterinary sciences before sidestepping into opera. He made his professional debut with Don Giovanni at the Bristol Old Vic 1994. Having directed and designed most of the core repertoire the last decade has seen an expansion into twentieth century works from composers including Britten , Janacek, Bernstein, Ravel, Walton, Stravinsky and Phillip Glass at festivals and theatres throughout the uk.
Translation credits include La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Il Seraglio and Don Pasquale. In addition he is an experienced workshop leader producing education projects for many schools and festivals including LFO. Outside of opera Richard is a trained printmaker and member of the Sydney Nolan Trust Printmakers group. He exhibits regularly thoughout the Welsh borders.
Productions for Longborough Festival Opera include, La traviata, Albert Herring, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, La Boheme, The Cunning Little Vixen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Falstaff and Katya Kabanova.