Patrick Keefe - Drunk Poet Patrick is an undergraduate of the University of Oxford, reading Music at Lincoln College. His early education was at The London Oratory School in Fulham, London, where he sung in the Schola Cantorum under Charles Cole, with Andrew Kidd as a vocal coach. Recent performances have included singing the role of Pilate in Bach’s St. John Passion, Polypheme in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, the Baritone soloist in Vaughan William’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and as Cantor at St Peter’s, Vatican City. He currently receives vocal training with Giles Underwood in Oxford, and with Glenville Hargreaves at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He sings regularly as a baritone in Merton College choir.
Johanna Harrison - Secrecy Johanna graduated from Regent’s Park College in 2014. Her numerous operatic roles include Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (St Peter’s College), Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules (SJE Arts), Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto and Juno in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (New Chamber Opera), as well as the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (St Peter’s College). She has taken masterclasses with Renée Fleming and Donald Maxwell (the latter for the Friends of Welsh National Opera) and she has performed as a soloist live on BBC Radio 3, as well as for the 2016 Easter Day episode of Songs of Praise. She has performed for Buckingham Palace, the British High Commission (Sierra Leone) and the European Parliament (Strasbourg). Future performances include concerts at the World Shakespeare Congress in London and Stratford, and a professional tour as Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. She currently studies with Welsh tenor Tim Evans-Jones (Royal College of Music).
Raphaël Millière – Coridon A DPhil student in Philosophy, Raphaël was trained as a bass-baritone in the Paris conservatory of music. He has sung roles in several operas over the years, including Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Hubert Robert in Pierné’s Fragonard in Paris, the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Æneas in Poitiers, the sailor in Bernstein’s Candide with the Cambridge University Opera Society, the bullfighter Escamillo in Carmen at the International Music Academy of Flaine in France, and most recently the emperor Charinus in Purcell’s The Prophetess in Oxford. Aside from staged operatic productions, he has sung in many concerts and recitals, focusing on the French and Italian repertoire. He also enjoys acting in theatre plays, such as Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro in which he portrayed the Count Almaviva last year in Cambridge
Amschel de Rothschild– Sleep Amschel is a first year psychologist at New College. Amschel was a chorister in King’s College Choir, Cambridge, and while at Oxford he has played the Waiter in a Cuppers’ performance of Celebration (Burton Taylor Studio), for which he was nominated for best supporting actor.
Sofia Kirwan-Baez – Juno Sofia is a first year Music student in St John’s. She received most of her musical education in France where her family has been living for the past eight years. There she discovered and developed her passion for piano, but most particularly for voice. She has performed many times around the Dordogne area, winning the Rotary Club’s prize for Young Talents on a multi-regional scale. In her first production in Oxford, she participated as Patience in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. Sofia hopes to pursue singing to a professional level, and she is looking forward to performing in The Fairy Queen.
Frances Bell-Davies Frances is a first year medic at Lincoln College. In the past few years, she has performed with Glyndebourne Youth Opera in three operas including the premiere of Tycho’s Dream by Luke Styles, Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence, which was performed on the Glyndebourne main stage. She has also performed in musicals and an opera at her secondary school and sixth form college. Frances is a member of Lincoln College Chapel Choir, singing evensong every Sunday in Lincoln chapel. The Fairy Queen is her first production in Oxford.
Patrick Bolton Patrick is a first year undergraduate reading Music at Christ Church. His musical studies began with piano lessons at the age of four, and later he started playing the bassoon, which he now studies privately with Robin O’Neill. Taking part in various vocal ensembles has formed a central part of Patrick’s musical development. A renewed excitement for singing coincided with his discovery of the repertoire of Henry Purcell when Patrick began singing Countertenor at his sixth form, Peter Symonds College, Winchester. Here he was given the opportunity to sing vocal consort repertoire as a well as a concert performance of King Arthur, and evensong in Winchester Cathedral. Patrick’s previous stage experience has been in plays and musicals in and around Hampshire, with The FairyQueen marking his first appearance on the Oxford stage.
Gabriella Noble Gabriella is a second year Music student at St Peter’s College. She studies singing with Bronwen Mills, and also takes an active interest in conducting, directing the Oxford University Chorus this year. Gabriella is a choral scholar at St Peter’s and sings with Schola Cantorum of Oxford. Along with performing, Gabriella is interested in making clothes and violins.
Isobel Rose Izzy is a choral scholar at University College Choir alongside her participation with Schola Cantorum of Oxford and the Magdalen Consort of Voices. She is this year’s winner of the University College Mendl-Schrama prize for Solo Singing and she is hoping to use this prize to follow keen interests in early music performance and the study of songs written by women composers. She is also a cellist and enjoys performing with the Oxford University Philharmonia alongside various other chamber ensembles
Harriet Aspin Harriet is a first year studying History of Art at St John’s College, where she is a member of the chapel choir. Prior to arriving in Oxford, Harriet enjoyed singing as a soprano in National Youth Choir, and as a Head Chorister of the Girls’ Chamber Choir at Great St. Mary’s University Church, Cambridge. Whilst this is her first production in Oxford, Harriet previously enjoyed performing in a variety of ballet shows and school plays.
Patrick Braga Patrick is a visiting student at St Anne’s College, and is in his fourth at Cornell University studying Music and Urban and Regional Studies. In Oxford, he has joined the Arcadian Singers, St Peter’s College Chapel Choir, the Philharmonia choir for Mahler’s second symphony, and The Fairy Queen. Patrick sings with the Cornell University Glee Club, and has performed with the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Ensemble, the Cornell Chorale, and the Harvard Summer Chorus collaborating with the Handel and Haydn Society. Patrick was president of Contrapunkt, the organisation for undergraduate composers at Cornell, and premiered his first opera, La Tricotea (Opus 25), in December 2015. His forthcoming opera explores themes in the history of modern architecture. Patrick has composed for chamber groups and choirs, theatre, and liturgical services, and his music has been performed in Los Angeles and Monterey (California), Ithaca (New York), and Sarasota (Florida).
John Leung John is a postgraduate law student reading the BCL at Magdalen. While at Oxford, he has sung regularly with the Hertford and Christ Church College choirs in evensongs and concerts, the Oxford University Chorus in Handel’s Messiah and the OUPhil in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony (Auferstehung). During his undergraduate years at UCL, he sang in JC Bach’s opera Amadis de Gaule (UCOpera), and performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the All Souls Orchestra. He is an avid lover of sacred choral music, German lieder and opera productions at the Royal Opera House.
Michelle Sokol Michelle is a postgraduate student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reading for an MPhil in Medical Anthropology at Green Templeton College. Formerly a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Michelle studied anthropology (archaeology), economics, and public health. Outside of these subjects Michelle studied 16-18th c. Italian voice under the direction of Claudia Pinza. A lifelong pianist and trumpeter, Michelle also played third and second trumpet in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band and has performed in many regional musical theatre productions. The Fairy Queen is Michelle’s first opera and she is excited to put her classical training to use on stage.
Ella McCarthy – Mystery Ella is a first year English student at Magdalen College. She is a choral scholar at Keble and also sings in the Magdalen Consort of Voices. She recently played in the band for The Marriage of Kim K (Keble O’Reilly), and as part of the Drama Cuppers festival (Burton Taylor Studio). Before coming to Oxford, Ella attended the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, performed in Dido and Aeneas at the Edinburgh Fringe, and held leading roles in productions of Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and Sunset Boulevard. Ella is really excited to be making her Playhouse debut among such a talented cast, and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Amelia Gabriel – Night Amelia is a first year soprano, studying English at Lincoln. She gave her Oxford debut last term as Beth in The Marriage of Kim K (Keble O’Reilly) and will be performing the roles of Chloe in Arcadia and Kylie in Queueue later this term. Before coming to university, Amelia sang as a chorister, during which time she was fortunate enough to perform as a soloist at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and St Peter’s Basilica, Rome. She has now swapped the choir robes for a capella bopping and sass, singing with the Oxford Belles.
Danny Scarponi – Mopsa Danny is a PhD student in Mathematics in France and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College. He started studying gospel/jazz singing, being part of his city choir, The Young Rainbow Choir, as a chorister and a soloist, and he also performed the role of Sky in Mamma Mia. In recent years, his interests gradually turned towards Renaissance and Baroque music, particularly countertenors’ repertoire. In Toulouse, he started studying as a countertenor with M. Arnaud Raffarin and joined the vocal ensemble Petit Echo. In October 2015 he took part in the Theatron Novum production of The Prophetess, performing the role of Dioclesian.
Indyana Schneider – The Plaint Indyana is a second year undergraduate reading Music at Madgalen as a music scholar. She has studied classical singing for over 12 years. While at Oxford, Indyana has performed in various concerts and recitals, as Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera (Keble O’Reilly), and as part of the RENT ensemble (Oxford Playhouse). This term, along with The Fairy Queen, Indyana will perform as Feste in Twelfth Night (Worcester College Gardens), and is the producing Carmen in a Pub, a stripped back, immersive adaptation of the opera.
Jake Gill – Hymen Jake is a postgraduate student in Music at Trinity. Previously he studied at Royal Holloway and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During this time, opera roles included Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Figaro in TheMarriage of Figaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. Subsequently he has covered Figaro, Silvio in Pagliacci and sung Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly (Opera de Baugé). Chorus work includes Peter Grimes, The Queen of Spades (Grange Park Opera), Peter Grimes (Aldeburgh Festival/ Opera North), Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette (LSO, Barbican Hall / Salle Pleyel) and Offenbach’s Fantasio (OAE, Opera Rara CD / Royal Festival Hall). In recital he has sung Schubert part-songs with Graham Johnson (Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Lukes), Winterreise (Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway) and a mixed programme at the City of London Festival
Timothy Coleman Timothy is a freelance tenor living in Oxford. He grew up in Aberdeen and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College from 2009-2012. He then spent three years singing as a lay-clerk with the Choir of New College, Oxford, and is now a member of the National Youth Choir Fellowship scheme. Previous opera roles include Dr S in The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, and Linfea in La Calisto (New Chamber Opera). He has also performed in a number of musicals and plays in Oxford, including Guys and Dolls (Pembroke Auditorium), Krapp’s Last Tape (Brasenose Annexe), Titus Andronicus (Oxford Castle) and Posh (Oxford Union). Timothy is also a theatre and opera director; his most recent project was Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (SJE Arts) with Faded Ink Productions.
Ann-Kathrin Kirschbaum Ann-Kathrin is a postgraduate student at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, where she is reading for a Master of Studies in English. Whilst Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is her first opera, she has been singing as a soprano since her early teens. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Switzerland, Scotland and England, where she was involved in a variety of choirs, musicals and plays, and gained valuable experience as a soloist. While at the University of Kent, she was taught by Kate Lewis and held a Music Scholarship, and performed regularly both as a soloist and with ensembles. At Oxford, Ann-Kathrin is having lessons with Kari Moffatt and is part of Oriel College Choir, where she is recipient of a choral bursary.
Amy Perkis Amy is in her second year studying History at St Peter’s College. Since coming to Oxford she has appeared in several productions, including His Dark Materials Part II (Keble O’Reilly), Playhouse Creatures (Burton Taylor Studio) and Thark (Michael Pilch Studio). Last term she helped write, rehearse and perform a play within 24 hours to raise money for Helen and Douglas House. This summer she will also be playing Wagner in Doctor Faustus (Keble O’Reilly). She is a choral scholar in St Peter’s Chapel Choir and last year appeared in the chorus of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at St Peter’s Chapel.
.Alec Badenoch Alec is a third year classicist at St Benet’s Hall. Between 2013 and 2014, Alec was a member of Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, with whom he performed in Oxford’s New Theatre. He has also sung in an acoustic band and acted in an original piece at the Burton Taylor studio
Andrew Doll Andrew is a masters student in History at Jesus College. While at UCL as an undergraduate, he performed as a student soloist in three UCOpera productions in the Bloomsbury Theatre, Rameau’s Acante et Cephise, Verdi’s I Lombardi, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden. He sings in various church and chapel choirs across Oxford.
Camilla Dunhill Camilla is currently studying French and Italian as an undergraduate at New College. She began acting at a young age, taking Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama exams, and performing in local festivals. Since starting at Oxford, Camilla has been in two productions, including an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s Celebration, and an Italian production of short stories by Italo Calvino. Before this, she performed in plays at school such as Guys and Dolls, and The Trial by Kafka. She is a classically trained singer, and sung alto in her school choir. However, she thoroughly enjoys writing and performing her own music.
Anja Rekeszus Anja is a graduate visiting student at Oriel College studying German Literature; her home university is Heidelberg University, Germany. She has been singing in various choirs since 2010 and has continued singing in Oxford, where she joined Wadham Chapel Choir. The first opera production she participated in was Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2012.
Rory Turnbull Rory is a second year undergraduate reading Theology at Oriel College. He began his musical education at the age of eight, as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, but it was appearing as the First Boy in Welsh National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute (Autumn Season, 2010) that irreversibly ignited a passion for opera. Elsewhere in the Oxford drama scene, he has appeared in Oriel College’s original Greek production of Euripides’s Hippolytus, and as Malvolio in Twelfth Night. His other interests include debating, languages, and valiantly attempting to write Shakespearean sonnets in his spare time.