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Andrew Watts - Artistic Director

Andrew Watts was born in Middlesex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Geoffrey Mitchell, and currently with Russell Smythe.

Andrew Watts’ operatic engagements include appearances with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas, the Aldeburgh and Almeida Festivals and BBC Proms. Foreign engagements include Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin,Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater an der Wien,Teatro La Fenice, Opéra National du Rhin, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Grand Theatre de Genève, De Vlaamse Opera, Graz Opera, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Bielefeld, Australia, Canada and Mexico and the Vienna, Dresden, Bregenz, Batignano andMontepulciano Festivals. His repertoire includes Gluck’s ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE, ArsamenesXERXES, title role ORLANDO, Athamas SEMELE, Andronico TAMERLANO, title role in Leonardo Vinci’s ARTASERSE Sorceress and Second Witch DIDO AND AENEAS, Grace VENUS AND ADONIS, Ottone AGRIPPINA, Nero and Nutrice L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS, Edgar LEAR, Adschib in Henze’sL’UPUPA, Omar DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, Bishop Baldwin GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT,Prince Go-Go LE GRAND MACABRE, Vyasemskaya / Pleasant Voice / Proletarian A DOG’S HEARTand Pleasure in Gerald Barry’s TRIUMPH OF BEAUTY. He has taken part in many world premieresincluding Olga Neuwirth’s BÄHLAMMS FEST and LOST HIGHWAY, James in Birtwistle’s THE LASTSUPPER and Snake Priestess THE MINOTAUR, White Rabbit and March Hare in Unsuk Chin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Nuñez’ MÄRCHEN, Liza Lim’s THE NAVIGATOR, Ian McQueen’s LINE OF TERROR, Guarnieri’s MEDEA, LOST OBJECTS for Bang on a Can, Dimitri Smirnov’s THE LAMENTATIONS OF THEL, Raymond Yiu’s THE ORIGINAL CHINESE CONJUROR, Camille in Michael Finnissey’s THÉRÈSE RAQUIN, Judith Weir’s MISS FORTUNE and THE OUTCAST andFerdinand in Torsten Rasch’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI.

Andrew Watts’ concert engagements include appearances with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Los Angeles and Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestras, Niew Ensemble, Klangforum, at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Lausanne, Cernier and Edinburgh Festivals, Vienna, New York, Budapest, Seville, Paris, Cologne, Brussels, France, Australia and Italy. Repertoire includes JUDAS MACCABEUS, JEPHTHA, SOLOMON., MESSIAH,ST. JOHN PASSION, Bach MAGNIFICAT, THE INDIAN QUEEN, Charpentier TE DEUM the world premieres of Unsuk Chin’s CANTATRIX SOPRANICA, Birtwistle’s ORPHEUS ELEGIES and THE SHADOW OF NIGHT, Oscar Strasnoy’s L’INSTANT, works by Guarnieri and Manzoni and Olga Neuwirth’s, HOMMAGE A KLAUS NOMI, LA VIE…ULCERANT and FIVE DAILY MINIATURES. He features on recordings for ASV of Boyce’s ODE FOR ST CECILIA’S DAY and DAVID’S LAMENTATION with the Hanover Band and was heard in Sally Potter’s film ORLANDO. He broadcasts regularly and television appearances include a cameo as Kathleen Ferrier in WILLIAM AND MARY.

Engagements in 2013 include THE MINOTAUR for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, A DOG’S HEART at La Scala, Milan, LE GRAND MACABRE for the Komische Oper, Berlin, GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT at the Salzburg Festival and DER MEISTER UND MARGARITA in Hamburg.

 

Nicholas Broadhurst - Artistic Director

Born and brought up in Manchester, Nicholas studied Piano and French Horn at the Northern School of Music before going on to read Sociology at the LSE. After spending two years as a Staff Director at the National Theatre, he directed a number of plays in a variety of London theatres such the ICA, Gate and Lyric, two in the West End and two for the renowned new writing company Joint Stock.
In 1992 he set up Music Theatre London for whom he directed LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (which was televised by the BBC), DON GIOVANNI, LA CENERENTOLA, COSI FAN TUTTE, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE and LA TRAVIATA (nominated for the 1995 Olivier Award). The enormous success of MTL's work led to a number of invitations to direct on the continent.

With the exception of a new opera at the Almeida Opera Festival, THE CRICKET RECOVERS by Richard Ayres, and two theatre productions, THE MISER and THE MAGISTRATE (both with Ian Richardson) at Chichester and The Savoy Theatre, London, Nicholas has spent most of the last seven years working on the continent. He has directed five productions for the Wiener Festwochen including LA BELLE HÉLÈNE and the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth's first major opera BÄHLAMMS FEST. A wide variety of work includes the world premiere of Günter Steinke’s TILL EULENSPIEGEL, LOHENGRIN, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and CENDRILLON for the Staatstheater Darmstadt, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, GIULIO CESARE and THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for Theater Essen, LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbücken, DER ROSENKAVALIER and FALSTAFF for Wuppertal Bühnen, DEIDAMIA at the Händel Festival, Halle, ILL VIAGGIO Á REIMS for Theater Bielefeld and most recently the German premiere of Michaël Levinas’ LES NÈGRES for Theater Freiburg. and most recently CATONE IN UTICE at the Mannheim Nationaltheater. In 2006 Nicholas took up the position of of Oberspielleiter at the Theater Bielefeld for whom he has directed ILL VIAGGIO Á REIMS, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and Enescu's OEDIPE.

Future engagements include PAUL BUNYAN at the Bregenzer Festspiele, two productions for London Contemporary Opera, a revival of THE CRICKET RECOVERS and a modern version of ORFEO and productions of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and L’ARBORE DI DIANA for Theater Bielefeld.

 

Roy Luxford - Executive Producer

Roy is a freelance producer for theatre, opera and dance. He has produced and managed for Cheek by Jowl, Michael Clark Company, Sadler's Wells Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, Stomp!, Cardboard Citizens, and AandBC Productions.

 

The Board of Directors

Gerry Cornelius
Paul Hughes
William Relton
Linda Roberts


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Registered Address - 40 Arnold Road, Bow, London E3 4NU
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