David Edwards - Stage Director
DAVID EDWARDS is a freelance director, writer and presenter. He was born
in London and graduated in Classics from Cambridge University. David has
directed opera around the world in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles,
Portland, Houston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, London
(including ten revivals for The Royal Opera), Milan, Vienna, Singapore
and regularly in Tokyo at the New National Theatre where he has taught
on the Young Artists' programme for over a decade.
His original scripts
have been performed in London and Aldeburgh (Wagner & Berlioz, Verdi in
Venice, Wagner, Britten & the Sea, From Bayreuth to Busseto, Verdi's Singers
on record, Wagner in Exile) and at the Chicago Humanities Festival (Opera
at the Movies, Exiled In America).
He is Production Director for The Mastersingers,
staging excerpts from DER RING and DIE MEISTERSINGER with emerging Wagner
singers, and for many years was a regular tutor at the Motley Theatre
Design Course in London. Future projects include BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE with
the Philharmonia, FIDELIO in Singapore, and CURLEW RIVER in Japan and
Mary Hill - Music Director, Conductor
Birmingham, Mary studied piano, organ and viola, gained both
ARCM and LRAM piano diplomas and played with the CBSO before going to Oxford University.
A founder member of Schola Cantorum there, she also sang with the
Elizabethan Singers, Schutz and Monteverdi Choirs in
and studied at the London Opera Centre, where she became a member of
staff. As an accompanist she gave concerts in all the major London venues, played for the BBC and toured
with Intimate Opera.
Mary has also worked as a coach for Glyndebourne , Welsh National Opera,
Kent Opera, Opera Rara, Northern Ireland Opera Trust, the Royal Opera (Stockholm),
and Virginia Opera (USA). She was Director of Opera Studies at the Royal
College of Music when the Britten Theatre was opened, coached regularly for
the National Opera Studio, and ran the postgraduate opera courses at Trinity
College of Music. She has recently retired after 27 years at the Royal
Academy of Music as Opera Co-ordinator and Chief Coach, and has been awarded
an Hon.ARAM for outstanding contribution to the opera department.
founded her own company, Abbey Opera, as an ILEA education class. Over a
period of 40 years it acquired its own orchestra under Antony Shelley, and
became a major force for young professional and amateur singers wishing to
showcase their work. It staged a wide variety of known and lesser-known
repertoire in and around London and for the Camden
festivals. It visited Rennes in
France, and gave major concerts at
St. John’s Smith Square, the Bloomsbury Theatre, British Museum, and collaborated three times in
the Barbican with Chelsea Opera. It gave British premiers of operas by
Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson and Robert Ward, and also Pfitzner’s
“Palestrina.” Many performances were broadcast on Radio London, and in its
final ten years Abbey Opera became an accredited Diploma Course for the University of London.
Jennifer Carter -
Jennifer Carter was born in Bristol in 1985. She studied first at
Colston's Girls' School, where she was awarded the Merchant Venturer's
Vocational Scholarship. She then won a full scholarship to the Junior
Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music, where Jennifer received
the Elgar Recital Prize, concurrently receiving a scholarship to study at
the Guildhall School
of Music and Drama.
At the age of 17,
Jennifer was asked to accompany Robin Bowman's classes at the Académie
Internationale d'Eté de Nice, and has now played for his teaching both in
and outside Guildhall. Jennifer was then awarded a further
postgraduate scholarship to specialise her studies in accompaniment with
Robin Bowman, Paul Roberts, Caroline Palmer, and Eugene Asti at the
Guildhall, gaining a
Jennifer has played in
masterclasses with Chris Elton, Andrew Ball, Michael Dussek, Martin
Roscoe, and Ruth Harte and appeared on BBC Wales aged 16 playing in a
masterclass with Richard MacMahon.
Jennifer has enjoyed playing in the
Edinburgh Festival, LSO St Luke's as part of the LSO
the Colston Hall in Bristol, the Barbican Centre
as part of the
Barbican Lates series, St James Piccadilly, St John's Smith Square, St
Martin-in-the-Fields, the Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place and has also
toured Norway and Germany with her piano trios.
She won the Queen
Mary II accompanist prize at the Guildhall, and has now been made an
accompanist for the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal College of Music
and the Junior and Senior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She
was awarded scholarships for her postgraduate study from the Stationers'
Company, and the Lawrence Atwell Trust.
She has also performed Britten
in LSO St Luke's with the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, and premiered the
Carter piece at the Barbican
Pit Theatre devised for her by the
composer Michael Picknett in 2012, with a repeat performance in 2013.
Jennifer was a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College
of Music, and was the first person to be awarded a further extension of
this fellowship for an unprecedented third year. She has now been made a
Jennifer was also awarded the Leonard Hancock Bursary
for her work at the RCM, and was also selected to perform in Iain
Burnside's new work 'Journeying Boys' at the Britten Theatre. Jennifer
performed recently at the Fidenza Opera House, the Royal Opera House, the
Oriental Club, the National Gallery and Lady Solti's house.
Upcoming concerts include performing in Lyon and touring the UK with
cellist Mikhail Lezdkan.