Creatives

Our Creative and organisational team are all under 30 years old

 
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Sebastian Freeburn
Director & Costume Designer

Sebastian is a graduate of Central Saint Martins. He assisted Martin Lloyd Evans and Tom Rand on a performance of Gianni Schicchi (The Barbican), and has directed a musical production of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood (King’s Place), The Impresario (Edinburgh Fringe) and Laki in Love (Drayton Arms). He regularly collaborates with Constella OperaBallet, working on pieces for Arcola Theatre, Kings Place, Sadler’s Wells and most recently the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His design work has been featured by Wallpaper*, The Independent and Vogue Italia.

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Matthew O’Keeffe
Music Director & Exec Producer

Matthew is a conductor and singer based in South London. He founded Scherzo Ensemble whilst still a student at King’s College, London, where he graduated with a 1st in Music in 2016. He founded Lunchbreak Opera the following year, which stages 1-act operas in the city at 1pm. They are now a charity with two productions planned this season. He has recently attracted national attention with the Brixton Chamber Orchestra; a bold and innovative ensemble committed to pushing musical and cultural boundaries. A keen composer & arranger, his work has been premiered in Westminster Cathedral and on BBC1.

Christopher Holman
Set & Lighting Design

Christopher is the Head of performing Arts at a large comprehensive school in West London, where he is also carrying out PhD research. He is also a freelance director and set designer. He has directred designed  the Bulgarian preimier of Cesar Cui's classics - Puss in Boots & little Red Ridding hood, for the Stara Zagora State opera. Christopher wrote and led the production team on a musical farce "Mozart in 90 Minutes", for the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg.

The Cast

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Ross Wilson
Count Almaviva

The charming Almaviva will be sung by Ross Wilson. Recent operatic triumphs include a year of Britten opera in Malta, Kurt Weill's Street Scene and Mozart's The Magic Flute. In November 2018 Ross made his London stage debut in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage with Hampstead Garden Opera under the direction of Sinead O Neill and the baton of Chris Hopkins. Ross studied for a Masters Degree in performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was the recipient of the Harlequin Agency award and the Manning Singing Prize for Tenors. He has recently completed the Advanced Opera Course at the Associated Studios. Ross sings is looking forward to a busy 2019 which consists of working with the The Merry Opera Company and English National Opera. 

 
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Giles Davies
Don Bartolo

The goatish old Dr Bartolo is played by Giles Davies. Giles won a scholarship to RCM and studied with Norman Bailey where he also won the Lieder Competition. Since then, his concert and opera engagements have taken him across the globe. He has enjoyed a career as an actor as well as in opera, and has also contributed to academic projects, collaborating with the Mediaeval Baebes, creating audiobooks of rare archival sound recordings and releasing a CD of French and German Songs to accompany the book The Years of Grace (Volume 2) by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (for whom he has also contributed prefaces for both two volumes). 2018 appearances have included Maximillian in Leonard Bernstein's Candide with Surrey Opera, and Don Bartolo and Antonio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. He also returned to Surrey Opera as the Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury. In 2019 he perform at the Guard's Chapel, London, in songs by Peter Warlock accompanied by the Countess of Wessex's Orchestra.

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Michael Temporal-Darell
Fiorello & The Officer

Michael is an 18-year-old Baritone from Henley. He grew up singing and composing at the Purcell School and Junior RAM, studying voice by John Lattimore. This year, he has been in a short-term music programme at the Guildhall but will start an undergrad course at the Royal Academy of Music in September on scholarship. Michael has sung in masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray, Sarah Walker CBE, Richard Jackson and Jennifer Hamilton. Thus far in 2019 he has performed a solo recital as part of the Tilford Bach Society’s first ever Bach Day and has taken part in the Music on Mondays charity recital series at St Michael's Church in Oxford. He is the youngest ever recipient of the Most Promising Young Singer award at the Somerset Song Prize where he performed with Francesca Lauri. Upcoming engagements include a baroque recital in Munich with Harpsichordist Alexander Wiegmann and a supporting role in Leoncavallo’s ‘Pagliacci’ later this year. This production is Michael's role debut!

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Margo Arsane
Rosina

The beguiling Rosina is played by Margot Arsane, currently a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London. She has won several prizes including 1st at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie Wettbewerb 2013 & Special Prize at the International Voice Competition 2014. She has sung in public masterclasses for world-renowned singers including Renée Fleming, Gerald Finley and Teresa Berganza. She trained at CNSMD Lyon, the Hochschule für Musik Munich and the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Having began her career as a soprano, Margo has now developed into a lyric Mezzo. Last year she made her debut in the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at Dartington Festival and toured French opera houses with Le Concert Spirituel as Climene in Lullys Les Amants Magnifiques.

Benedict Nelson
Figaro

The lovable Figaro will be sung by Benedict Nelson, previously a Harewood Artist at English National Opera where he performed roles including Valentin Faust, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Belcore L'elisir d'amore and the title role in Billy Budd, he is now an established presence on the continent with roles at Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio in Turin, Opéra Nantes. Other engagements include The Importance of Being Earnest at Royal Opera House, the Barbican Centre and Lincoln Center, At Sixes and Sevens by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Donnacha Dennehy’s Fedora prize-winning opera The Second Violinist, which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival and was recently performed at the Barbican Centre. His long-established relationship with Scottish Opera continues this season with recent performances of The Burning Fiery Furnace for the Lammermuir Festival and the upcoming Athropocene, a new work from the critically-acclaimed collaboration of composer Stuart McRae and librettist Louise Welsh. Recent highlights include performances of Britten’s Gloriana at Teatro Real de Madrid and Carmina Burana by Orff with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and Southbank Centre, London.

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William Kwiatkowski
Basilio

William Kwiatkowski was born in California and grew up in Scotland. After completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Trinity College of Music, he moved to Germany where he made his debut in 2013 as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni for the Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim. Since then his roles have included the Sorceress/Spirit (Dido & Aeneas) for the Schlossfestspiele Marburg, Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for the Choriner Opernsommer, the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) on tour with the Festspieloper Prag, and the bass soloist in Mediterraneo, a baroque pastiche opera devised and directed by Kobie van Rensburg. He continues his studies with Cathy Pope.  

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Olivia Lewis
Berta

Olivia began singing as a chorister with Bath Abbey Girls’ Choir. She now focuses on operatic repertoire having completed a year with Morley Opera and an MA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Olivia was a Rossini Young Artist as part of the Rossini 2016 Opera Festival, during which she performed various roles throughout the year and covered the Berta in the festival’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Cadogan Hall. She has toured with Opera Anywhere, singing Papagana in an adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute directed by Sue Moore, and with World on Stage, performing A Viennese Strauss Gala with contemporaries from WNO and Opéra National Maria Biesu. Last summer, Olivia sang Despina in St Paul’s Opera’s Così Fan Tutte and joined Opera Brava as Barbarina in their Marriage of Figaro. This summer, she will be Despina again at the Fringe for a Così Fan Tutte inspired by the summer reality TV show, Love Island.