An afternoon of picnics and opera favourites by a quartet of splendid singers. Between 2 pm and 5 pm there will be three sessions of 30 minutes each with a 30-minute break following each session. Entry is free and no booking is required. Just turn up with your refreshments and a rug or chair and hope for fine weather!
Melanie Sanders, mezzo soprano
Melanie read Philosophy and English at Sussex University before training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and on ENO: Opera Works. She now studies with Ann de Renais.
Melanie’s opera roles include Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Minack, Mercédès Carmen with OperaUpClose at the Soho Theatre and on tour in the UK, Lucy The Blank Canvas (Winner of the 2015 Offie Award for Best Opera Production), Dorabella, Annio, Ino, Megabise Artaserse, Drummer Girl The Emperor of Atlantis, Mrs Nolan The Medium, Dido, Second Lady The Magic Flute, Mère Marie and Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress.
Melanie has sung with Scottish Opera The Magic Flute; Birmingham Opera Company Michaelion - Mittwoch aus Licht; London Voices Peter Grimes in London, Shanghai and Beijing, Fidelio and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels; and ENO/Metropolitan Opera Two Boys workshops and ENO/Chandos recording Macbeth.
Caroline Foulkes, soprano
Caroline graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Music and continued her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the Postgraduate Diploma course. She currently studies with Neil Baker.
Operatic experience includes: Elle La Voix Humaine, dir. Stuart Barker / MD Kelvin Lim at the Rosemary Branch Theatre; Fiordiligi (excerpts) dir. Elaine Tyler-Hall at Associated Opera Studio; Juliette Romeo et Juliette and Meg Page extracts, dir. Mario Redondo, Zezere Arts Festival Portugal; Jean Armour A Nicht at the Opera, Theatre Royal Dumfries (Commissioned by Creative Scotland); Governess The Turn of the Screw extract and Marzelline Fidelio extract, dir. Janis Kelly cond. Mark Packwood at Oxenfoord Summer School.
Concerts and 0ratorio solos include Messiah, Nelson Mass, The Creation, Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria. Caroline has performed in public masterclasses with Sarah Walker and Nigel Foster (London Song Festival), Amanda Echalaz and Ludmilla Andrew.
Daniel Joy, tenor
Daniel studied music at Durham University and then at the Royal College of Music before undertaking the opera course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson. He currently studies with David Pollard.
Daniel made his professional stage debut as Kozak in Statkowski's Maria for Wexford Festival Opera. He covered various roles in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne Festival; has sung The Duke Rigoletto for Opera Loki, Peter Quint The Turn of The Screw for Artwork Opera, Fabrizio (cover) in Martinu's Mirandolina for Garsington, the title role in Britten's The Prodigal Son and Hermann in the UK premiere of Mendelssohn's Heimkehr aus der Fremde for the Ryedale and Grimeborn Festivals; cover Cassio Otello for Opera North, the title role in Renard (Stravinsky) with the Helios Collective, cover Tchapalitsky Queen of Spades, Prince Rusalka and Melot Tristan und Isolde all for Grange Park Opera; and Remendado (cover) Carmen for Scottish Opera.
Tom Stoddart, baritone
Tom studied voice at Trinity College of Music, where he represented the college in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Award. He now studies with Robert Dean.
In 2016 Tom participated in English National Opera's 'Operaworks' course, where he worked with Mark Wigglesworth, Jane Robinson, Mike Alfreds, Martin Constantine and Peter Robinson.
Tom’s stage work includes 3rd Brother in Kurt Weill's 7 Deadly Sins for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov and a 49-date tour as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Pop-up Opera.
Additional operatic work includes Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale (ENO 'Operaworks'), Billy Jackrabbit La fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), Captain (cover) Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Morales Carmen, Count Danilo The Merry Widow, Marcello La bohème and Paul Les Enfants Terribles (UK premiere).
In autumn 2017 Tom appeared as Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Soho Theatre.