Kelvin Lim, Music Director
Kelvin trained at the Royal College of Music and English National Opera, studied under Philip Thomas, and has worked as repetiteur for English National Opera, ROH2, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Longborough, Mid-Wales Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Aldeburgh, Tete-a-Tete, Opera Project, and at Royal Academy of Music. Kelvin is Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera at Trinity College of Music. He has coached for Jette Parker Young Artists ROH, was chorus master for Opera Holland Park, and was a Senior Coach at Morley College Opera. Kelvin is musical director for his own company, Opera Forge, which performed semi staged scenes from Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom as part of the Wagner 200 Festival and at St John’s Smith Square. He has regularly broadcast on Radio 3, and accompanied Sir John Tomlinson both on In Tune, and in recital. Kelvin is a CREAR Scholar, Bayreuth Bursary Prize winner, and the official accompanist for the Wagner Society.
Caspar James, Figaro
Caspar Lloyd James studies with Alison Wells at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire.
Highlights of his time at Trinity include the title roles in Handel's Imeneo and Mozart's Don Giovanni as well as ‘Starveling’ in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Last year he performed the role of the ‘Sergeant’ and chorus in La boheme for Dulwich Opera Company and in Salisbury for the Celebrate Voice festival. With Opera Dinamica he took the role of ‘Lord Dunmow’ in Lennox Berkley’s A Dinner Engagement.
In addition Caspar has over 10 years of eclectic performing experience: from European to African folk traditions, including a year studying and performing in the Caribbean. He has also performed in front of large audiences at Glastonbury Festival.
David Fletcher, Figaro
David read music at the University of York, where he enjoyed a busy performing schedule. David now studies with Gary Coward. Roles have included Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Schaunard La bohème, Yakusidé Madama Butterfly, Montano (cover) Otello and Moralès (cover) Carmen, Fiorello The Barber of Seville, Cox Cox and Box, The Page Amahl and the Night Visitors, Strephon Iolanthe, and Giuseppe The Gondoliers. David has recently sung in the chorus with Winlsow Hall Opera, the Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Holland Park. David is also a regular concert performer, having recently given recitals featuring Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.
Clare Treacey, Susanna
Clare is a young Irish soprano based in London. She graduated from a Masters in Vocal Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied with soprano Suzanne Murphy and coach Cameron Burns. Clare is a multiple prize winner in competitions throughout Ireland and has been awarded the Arklow Music Festival Overall Bursary.
Opera highlights include the roles of Despina, Così fan tutte (Black Cat Opera); Susan, A Dinner Engagement (Bute Park Opera); Frasquita, Carmen (Opera’r Ddraig); Poppet, Paul Bunyan (Welsh National Youth Opera); Eurydice, Orpheus in the Underworld (DIT Conservatory of Music); and Papagena, The Magic Flute (DIT).
Zoë Freedman, Susanna
Zoë received a Distinction in her MMus from Trinity Laban in 2014. Whilst at Trinity she was a finalist in the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition. She studies with Alison Wells.
Recent performances include Siébel (cover) in Faust (Winterbourne Opera), Alice in Rossini’s The Adventures of Count Ory (Blackheath Community Opera), Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera), opera scenes at Trinity: Nanetta (Verdi - Falstaff), Countess (Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro), and Sophie (Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier).
She has sung in masterclasses with, among others, Joan Rodgers, Ryland Davies and Matthew Rose.
Tony Baker, Bartolo/Antonio
Tony originally trained as a stage designer at the Central school of Art and Design, moving to directing as well as designing in 2005 and has worked for may of the world’s leading opera companies.
In 2013 he made a late debut as a singer with New Sussex Opera as the Judge in “Trial by Jury” and followed this with the role of the Sacristan “Tosca” for Opera Brava. In 2015 he sang Falstaff in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” for Brent Opera.
Future projects include the role of Lionel King in a new musical play “Dress Rehearsal “ by Alison Evans. He studies singing privately with Grant Doyle.
Tobias Odenwald, Bartolo/Antonio
Tobias initially trained at the opera class of the Conservatory of Music in Würzburg, Germany, and more recently at the Morley Opera School in London. Furthermore, he participated in master classes with Ian Page, Jonathan Miller, Judith Weir, Mark Shanahan and Della Jones.
His recent opera roles include ‘Luther’ and ‘Crespel’ in Offenbach’s The tales of Hoffmann, ‘Kecal’ in Smetana’s The bartered bride, ‘Friar Laurence’ in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and ‘Speaker of the Temple’ as well as ‘Armoured Man’ in The Magic Flute.
His next roles later this year will be ‘Caspar’ in Weber’s Freischütz and ‘Commendatore’ in Don Giovanni.
Cristina Pharo, Marcellina
Cristina is British born and currently based at Borgo della Rocca, Italy. She studies with Theresa Goble, Bruno Nicoli, Marinella Pennicchi and Nigel Foster. Cristina also studied Opera Performance at Birkbeck University of London. It was shortly after this that she sang her first lead role as 'Katya' in Katya Kabanova at The London Oratory Theatre, where she was complimented for portraying the role with the highest artistic integrity. Recent successes include her perfomance in the Salicedoro international singing competition in Godiasco, Italy. She is also regularly invited to perform at the prestigious festival 'Borghi e Valli'. Cristina frequently donates her performances to various international charities, the latest being an Opera Gala for Save the Children, raising much needed funds for the Nepal crisis.
Sophie Conlon, Cherubino
Since Graduating from UCL with a degree in Art History, Sophie has decided to take her singing more seriously! Having recently settled on becoming a mezzo soprano, Sophie now studies with Jacqueline Bremer. She has since completed a year at the Morley Opera School and has sung in a variety of small companies, most recently singing Romeo in 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' for Microscopera and Chorus for Celebrate Voice Festival's La Boheme under Phillip Thomas. Sophie is very much looking forward to working with Dulwich Opera Company again!
Anna McLachlan, Cherubino
Anna McLachlan recently completed a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tuition of Alison Wells and Robert Bottriell, and participated in the Trinity Laban Mentor Scheme with English National Opera.
Anna’s operatic experience includes Cherubino for Handmade Opera, Dorabella, Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo) at the Têtê à Têtê Opera Festival, La Conversation, and Elle (La Voix Humaine, Poulenc). Opera scenes include the roles of Idamante, Sosarme, Stewardess (Flight, Dove), Tirinto, Hermia, Cherubino, and Mistress of Novices.
Future engagements include Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten) with Harrow Opera and a recital at Claygate Music Festival.
Barnaby Beer, Count Almaviva
Barnaby Beer currently studies opera performance at the Associated Studios in London. Most recently he sang the title role in Don Giovanni for St. Paul’s Opera, Baritone Chorus/Touble in Tahiti at the Brunel Shaft Museum in London and Old Villager/Otohimé in its UK premiere at the Hastings International Composers' Festival. For Opera South East roles have included Marco/Gianni Schicchi, Captain Corcoran/HMS Pinafore and Ferrando/Il Trovatore. For Hampstead Garden Opera roles have included Showman/Sergeant in Hugh the Drover, for which his performance garnered great critical acclaim, and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, which won Best Opera Production in the 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards. On the concert platform repertoire includes Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion.
Laurence Panter, Basilio/Curzio
Laurence is in his final year of a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where he is taught by Neil Baker and Helen Yorke, and supported by the Kathleen Roberts vocal scholarship. Recent operatic roles include Don Ottavio (Trinity Laban Opera Scenes), Nemorino (Barefoot Opera), Parpignol (Celebrate Voice Celebrate) and Vasek (Trinity Laban Opera), as well as chorus for Longborough Festival Opera (Rinaldo, Xerxes, Don Pasquale). He has also sung most of the lead tenor roles in the G&S repertoire over the past few years, appearing in the Buxton and Harrogate festivals. He looks forward to working again with Dulwich Opera Company in April for their production of Così fan tutte.
Loretta Hopkins, Countess Almaviva
Loretta Hopkins studied music at The University of Edinburgh and Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a postgraduate diploma, generously supported by The South Square Trust, and continues to train with Mary Plazas. In competition, Loretta was a finalist in Birmingham Conservatoire’s Mario Lanza Prize and Vienna Conservatoire's Internationale Sommerakademie opera prize. Opera roles include Lisa The Queen of Spades (Park Opera); Adina, L’Elisir d’Amore (Midland Opera); Micaëla, Carmen (Opera at Bearwood); Kate Pinkerton, Madama Butterfly (Lambeth Orchestra); Greta Fiorentino, Street Scene and cover Fox, The Cunning Little Vixen, (Birmingham Conservatoire); a Sprite Fantastic Mr Fox and The Aunt Madama Butterfly (Opera Holland Park). For Dulwich Opera Company, Mimi La bohème and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte (2016).
Francesca Matta, Countess Almaviva
Francesca Matta grew up in Sardinia, Italy, where she graduated in opera singing from the Conservatoire G.P.L. da Palestrina. She continued her vocal studies with renowned international artists such as soprano Giusy Devinu and contralto Bernadette Manca di Nissa. Since moving to London, Francesca has continued her studies with Nuala Willis, David Harper and Kelvin Lim. Along the years she performed, both in Italy and UK, roles such as Elisabetta, Maria Stuarda; Susanna, Le Nozze di Figaro; Norina, Don Pasquale; Fanny, Adelson e Salvini; as well as numerous oratorio engagements including Mozart Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi Gloria, Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle.
Felicity Payen, Barbarina
Felicity recently graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music. She has worked with many singers, including Sir John Tomlinson, James Gilchrist, Mary Plazas, with whom she still studies and Katheryn Harries. Felicity has performed in prestigious venues, such as Black Heath Halls, where she sang with the Trinity Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and performed Strauss ‘Morgen’ and premiered a work collaboratively composed by Trinity Composers. During her time at the RNCM Felicity was a member of the chorus in their production of ‘Paradise Moscow’ Gluck Double Bill opera (two of Gluck’s Chamber Operas) and has performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ and Gabrielle in Offenbach’s ‘La Vie Parisienne’.
Rachel Farago, Barbarina
Soprano Rachel Farago is studying for her Mmus in Vocal Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire to further her training, aiming for a professional work. Rachel is taught by Mary Weigold and has been studying with her for 4 years.
In July 2015 she achieved a first class music degree with honours at the University of Sussex, receiving a prize for the highest scoring module in her recital.