Excited about singing in the supermarket? We ask our Cosi cast….

Cosi Fan Tutte Rehearsal

James, our Stage Manager, interviewed our singers and instrumentalists of the Cosi Fan Tutte Street opera in rehearsals this week…

What is your favourite opera or composer?

Tom Stoddart (Guglielmo):  “Favourite composer, Mahler, who never wrote any operas or Tchaikovsky. And my favourite opera is Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.”

Simon Gfeller (Ferrando): “Favourite composer I think Mozart. But it’s generally the opera I’m doing at the moment as I fall in love really quickly with what I’m doing.”

Philip Smith (Don Alfonso): “La Bohème by Puccini would be my favourite opera quickly followed by quite a lot of Britten”

Claire Wild (Fiordiligi): “One of my favourite operas is Don Giovanni actually, Mozart. But I love La Bohème as well.”

Felicity Buckland (Dorabella): “My favourite opera is L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel. Favourite composer depends on my mood, maybe possibly Sondheim”

Olivia Jarvis – Violin: “I guess my favourite would be Der Rosenkavalier” 

Leo Geyer – Arranger/MD/Bassoon: “If I had to choose I’d probably go for Stravinsky because he kind of kick started so many different styles of music but then the character of his music is always crystal clear through all of it”

Bartosz Glowacki – Accordion: “I would say Górecki is my favourite composer and opera wise, Carmen”

 

Cosi Fan Tutte Rehearsal

How are you feeling about performing opera on the high street?

Olivia: “Excited, it’s different and it’s nice as it’s not so formal, there’s more interaction. Also the audience feel that they’re part of it rather than an us and them.”

Simon: “I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to come with a whole bunch of challenges but it will allow us as singers to really test out boundaries and allow us to be more flexible, adaptable and adjustable but will also help give us a greater sense of immediacy with the audience.”

Tom: “I’ve done things like it before, actually, but it’s always exciting to do stuff where anything can happen.”

Philip: “I’m intrigued to see how it’s all going to work and the reactions of the public, certainly in areas where people may have never heard opera before and how they’ll respond.”

Claire: “Excited! It’s quite terrifying as well about how people will react.”

Felicity: “I did it last year and I think it will be even more fun.”

 

Cosi Fan Tutte Rehearsals

What do you think your character would drink at the pub?

Tom (Guglielmo): “European beers probably, lagers probably.”

Simon (Ferrando): “He’s a bit of a high end banker so he’d probably drink some sort of a fancy scotch or a special gin.”

Philip (Don Alfonso): “Pints of whatever the best beer is but he’d probably also order champagne if he was trying to impress!”

Claire (Fiordiligi): “Fiordiligi would drink dry white wine.”

Felicity (Dorabella): “Either a G&T or a cocktail, whatever she thought was trendy!”

 

Cosi Fan Tutte Rehearsal

If we met you in the supermarket what would you have in your shopping basket?

Claire: “Anything that involved prosecco and lamb shanks. Booze is always in my shopping basket!”

Tom: “Crisps and dips is basically what I just eat and maybe chicken. Crisps, dips and chicken – terrible diet!”

Bartosz: “Hummus and probably some strawberries.”

Philip: “I buy so much I usually have a trolley…”

 

Cosi Fan Tutte Cast Announced

We are delighted to announce our cast for the 2017 promenade performance of Cosi Fan Tutte:

The Cast

Claire Wild

Claire Wild – Fiordiligi

Claire Wild attended the Royal Northern College of Music‚ sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. She won the Webster Booth Award‚ the James Oncken Song Prize and the Frost Brownson Award.      

Highlights in recent seasons include Lilli Vanessi / Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate and Elle La voix humaine for Welsh National Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Regents Opera and Petra in A Little Night Music for Opera Project at West Green House. Read more

Announcing our Cosi Fan Tutte R&D Cast

We are proud to announce our singers for the Cosi Fan Tutte street opera R&D. 

The Cast

Felicity Buckland – Dorabella

Felicity Buckland

Felicity trained at the RNCM, and on ENO’s Opera Works programme. She studies privately with Mary Plazas.

Her operatic appearances include Angelina La Cenerentola (High Time Opera); Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Up Close); Cupid Orpheus in the Underworld and Ida/cover Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (Opera Danube); Una, Kiss Me, Figaro! (Merry Opera) and Mercedes Carmen (Co-Opera Co). She has also spent seasons in the chorus at Opera Holland Park, as a chorus mentor for Birmingham Opera, and at English Touring Opera, where she also sang the role of Mama in Dust Child, a specially-written opera for children with special educational needs.

Felicity is in demand for solo oratorio, and performs and records extensively as a professional consort singer, including appearing on Eric Whitacre’s Grammy Award-winning choral disc, Light and Gold. She is also a singing tutor and experienced choral animateur, leading workshops for a variety of groups of people.

Felicity is currently preparing the role of Rossweisse in Die Walküre for Grange Park Opera, in their brand new theatre at West Horsley Place. Read more

Cast announced for ‘A Secret Life’

We are delighted to announce the cast for our upcoming production of ‘A Secret Life‘ at Theatre 503, 10th – 15th May 2016.

Phoebe McIntosh

Phoebe McIntosh

Phoebe McIntosh

Phoebe McIntosh is a London-based actress. Since graduating from the MA Acting course at London’s Arts Educational, Phoebe has gained many diverse and exciting credits.
Her first short, Still Born, was nominated for Best Film at the Black Filmmakers International Festival 2009 when it was screened at the BFI. She has gone on to star in the debut music video for acclaimed artist Emeli Sandé’s single, Heaven, directed by Jake Nava (Beyoncé -Single Ladies) as well as a slate of varied and well-received short films ranging from sci-fi to comedy.
In 2012, she worked under Creative Director, Danny Boyle, as a member of the ensemble cast of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, where she performed in front of a live audience of 80,000.
This year sees the release of her debut feature film, The Long Road, in which she plays lead female love interest, Rosie.
Phoebe is also a writer and in 2013 she penned, produced and performed in a sell-out run of her first play, The Tea Diaries, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before it made its London fringe debut at The Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall.
As a voiceover artist she narrates audiobooks, corporate films and video games.
Phoebe is represented by Michael Keane at Elaine Murphy Associates. Read more

Cast announced for ‘Drifting Dragons’ the new Merton Opera Project

Baseless Fabric Theatre is proud to announce the cast for its new Merton Opera Project.

OSKAR MCCARTHY – Jason
AYAKA TANIMOTO – Sadie
ROSEMARY HINTON – Violin
GREG HARRADINE – Guitar / Composer

OSKAR MCCARTHY

Oskar McCarthy

Oskar McCarthy

Oskar studied English and Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. His operatic roles include Uberto (La serva padrona), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri) for Pop-Up Opera, Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Binnacle/Garibdis (Ulla’s Odyssey) for OperaUpClose, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) for Barefoot Opera, Dottorre/Marchese (La traviata), Escamillo (CarMen) and Orest (Elektra) for Secret Opera, Angelotti (Tosca) and Bello (La fanciulla del west) for Midsummer Opera, Trinity Moses (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for King’s Opera, and Arsamenes (Serse) and Edmund Bertram (Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park) for Hampstead Garden Opera. He will perform Leporello for Midsummer Opera in April 2016. Recital work includes the UK premiere of Schoeck’s Lebendig Begraben and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder for the London Month of the Dead and the world premiere of John Whittaker’s Shakespeare Songs for Opera Anywhere. Oskar is a core company member of ERRATICA, an ensemble with whom he trains and devises innovative cross-genre work, and he is actively involved in actor-musician projects, both as a horn player and singer. Oskar’s ongoing interest in broadening his skillset as a performer has led him to taking masterclasses in clowning at The Comedy School, and attending Jonathan Kay’s Nomadic Academy for Fools.  www.oskarmccarthy.com

AYAKA TANIMOTO

Ayaka Tanimoto

Ayaka Tanimoto

Ayaka Tanimoto graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) in 2009 and a Masters in Vocal Performance (MPerf) in 2011. Having trained extensively under Margaret Cable and Patricia Rozario OBE, Ayaka’s studies were supported in by the Okada Cultural Foundation Scholarship as well as the Mie International Exchange Foundation Scholarship (Japan). She then continued her training as a Scholar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera School where she sang the main role of Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.

Ayaka has won numerous awards in Japan and the UK including the 1st prize at the 3rd International Ernest Bloch Competition in London. To date, Ayaka has taken to the opera stage many times, singing 2nd boy and 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Longborough Festival Opera & LFO Tour), Iolanthe in G&S’s Iolanthe (Brent Opera), covering Darabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Opera de Baugé), Poppet in Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), Flora Bervoix in Verdi’s La Traviata (Opera Lyrica), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Bury Court Opera/Grimeborn Festival), and Chorus for Opera Holland Park.

Ayaka’s future engagements include, singing Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Bury Court Opera and Secret Opera) and Chorus for Opera Holland Park. ayakatanimoto.com Read more

Introducing our fantastic ‘A First Class Death’ cast

A First Class Death Rehearsal Wall

Rehearsals for A First Class Death are in full swing! So far, we’ve been discussing our own memories of funerals, researching about the history of the Lower Marsh area, and creating the characters to populate our play.

It’s been a busy couple of days, but we thought we should tell you a bit about our acting company who will be guiding you through your journey with the London Necropolis Railway. By way of introduction, we asked them to share with you the song that they would like played at their funerals.

So what song would you like people to remember you by?

Julian Pindar
Hope There’s Someone
(Antony and the Johnsons) Listen on Spotify

Marie Blount

Marie Blount
Here, There and Everywhere
(The Beatles)
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Sui-See Hung

Sui-See Hung
We’ll Meet Again
(Johnny Cash)
Listen on Spotify

 

Barry McStay

Barry McStay
I’m Going To Go Back There Some Day
(The Muppets)
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Chandni Mistry

Chandni Mistry
Out of the Blue
(Electric Light Orchestra)
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Rajneet Sidhu

Rajneet Sidhu
Walking on the Moon
(The Dream)
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