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D'Arcy Bleiker

Range
Bass Baritone

Born
Yorkshire

Training
Royal Northern College of Music

Key roles
Company and Venue Opera Role
Glyndebourne Don Giovanni Masetto
Manon Lescaut Sergeant of the Archers
Glyndebourne on Tour Le Nozze di Figaro Count Almaviva
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Ariadne auf Naxos Hairdresser
Welsh National Opera Ariadne auf Naxos Harlequin
Scottish Opera Masetto Masetto
Diva Opera, English Touring Opera Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
Diva Opera, Garsington Opera Le Nozze di Figaro Figaro
Garsington Opera The Amazons Guglielmo
Seattle Opera, USA Cosi fan Tutte Alvero Florencia
Moscow and Stockholm Masetto Masetto
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland Fidelio Don Fernando
Edinburgh International Festival The Death of Klinghoffer Rambo
Tristan und Isolde Melot
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Candide Candide

Anna Burford

Range
Mezzo Soprano

Born
Cornwall

Training
Royal Northern College of Music where her studies were supported by the Peter Moores Foundation

Key roles
Company and Venue Opera Role
  Madama Butterfly Suzuki
Salome Page
Rigoletto Maddalena
Seattle Opera Giulio Cesare Cesare
Welsh National Opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Magdalena
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Die Walküre Schwertleite
Das Rheingold Erda
Longborough Festival Das Rheingold Siegfried
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny The Girl
Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra Die Walküre Schwertleite

David Pisaro

Range
Tenor

Training
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

David Pisaro has sung for many a high and low occasion – whether for royalty or as a vagabond.  In January 2004, David embarked on a coast-to-coast walking tour of Schubert’s ‘Die Winterreise’ performing at ten venues in thirteen days. The documentary, directed by Tom Pollock has been premiered by WNED TV. David starred in the premier of ‘Microsoft the Opera’ creating the role of Bill Gates at the opening of the Battersea Art Centre Opera Festival and Lord Byron in the premiere of ‘Byron’ with Spitalfields Opera. Solo engagements in Spain have included Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the Orquesta de Cámara Andaluza conducted by David Temple in Seville and with the Orquesta Ciudad de Almeria in Almeria.  With the Orquesta de Cámara Andaluza he toured Britten’s ‘Les Illuminations’ throughout Andalucia and performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for the CajaSol Concert Series with the OCA in Seville as well as Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe’ in Seville for the Los Lunes Festival.

Over the past few years, David has created a variety of new roles for the Swaledale and Ryedale Festival Operas, the Durham Mysteries, and for (Opera North DARE Fellow) Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new Opera ‘Amy’s Last Dive’ as a part of the Cultural Olympiad festivities for Yorkshire in Bridlington and Leeds. He was the wannabe Internet-multi-millionaire in the multi-media extravaganza that was Random Access Memory the Opera. He starred as the Soldier in the animated opera ‘Poets of Loss’ by Patrick Dineen for Collective Encounters in Liverpool. He is an experienced oratorio soloist of repertoire ancient to modern and has a range to include a few baritone parts when needed having performed Brahms’ Requiem with PraeClassica in Newcastle as well as having been a two-for-one-deal Baritone and Tenor Soloist for Carmina Burana at the Sage Gateshead.

He is also a versatile choir director and workshop leader working with choirs across the North of England, from hormonally challenged teenagers to nervous OAPs his lively and innovative teaching style brings confidence and a great sense of fun to all regardless of ability or background.

As well as maintaining solo engagements throughout the UK and Europe, David is currently working as a Tenor Lay Clerk at Ripon Cathedral, a Vocal Coach for the Andalucian Youth Choir and a workshop leader and performer for Streetwise Opera for which he played Peter Grimes, under the charming direction of Duncan Ward in their recent touring film production ‘The Answer To Everything’.

Emily Smith

Range
Soprano

Born
North East

Training
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

After finishing her studies, Emily began teaching singing to children and adults in many different educational establishments and community run projects in the North East. She is a keen advocate for taking classical music into unlikely settings. From teaching opera to homeless people to running GP referral choirs. 

Emily works for 'Sing Up' in Primary schools throughout North Yorkshire and the Northeast and is the Director of the Sage, Gateshead children’s choir. She works as a Vocal animateur and artist in residence for the education departments of Opera North and Scottish Opera, most recently performing the lead role in a newly commissioned opera ‘King John’ with Scottish Opera and 50 homeless people. Emily is the vocal coach for the Youth Choir and Children’s Choir of Andalucía in Spain and since April last year has been one of the vocal coaches for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

As well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Emily regularly performs recitals, oratorios and operas throughout the UK and Spain Past highlights in the UK have included a performance of Haydn’s Salve Regina and The Little Organ Mass performed with the Lindsay String quartet in the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor performed at St Giles, Cripplegate, London and St James Piccadilly with the London Soloists, Carmina Burana at the Sage, Gateshead, Poulenc’s Gloria at Newcastle Cathedral, Brahms Requiem at Newcastle University and Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Gounod’s St Cecilia’s Mass in York Minster. Emily has performed in concerts and recitals in Spain with the Orquesta de Cámara Andalucía and the orchestra of Almeria including a performance of Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde in Seville, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus and an outdoor opera gala in Almeria, broadcast live on Spanish television. In her spare time Emily loves climbing mountains, swimming in rivers and baking cakes and hopes to win the Great British Bake off in the next few years!

Greg Smith

Accompanist

Born
Kent

Training
Royal Northern College of Music

Greg Smith studied organ, piano accompaniment and conducting at RNCM.  He holds the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, in which he won the Sawyer and Durrant prizes, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

Born in Kent, his early musical training began with David Flood and Michael Harris at Canterbury Cathedral, and whilst a student at the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, Greg won many prizes as an organist and pianist throughout the country.  In 1990, one year after joining the RNCM, he was the Under-21 winner of the Paisley International Organ Festival, which led to recitals at Clare College, Cambridge; Coventry Cathedral; Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow; and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Since this success, Greg has given recitals as an organist and accompanist at many venues throughout the UK, including the cathedrals of Carlisle, Manchester, Newcastle, Ripon, Rochester, Sheffield, St. Giles Edinburgh, and Truro; as well as at Cartmel Priory, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and York Minster.

In 1996 Greg was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Northallerton Parish Church, a post he held until 2014.  During their 2006-7 season he acted as Accompanist to the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. Greg is currently on the music staff at Ashville College in Harrogate, Principal Conductor and Chorus Director to the  North Yorkshire Chorus, and Accompanist and Deputy Conductor for Ripon Choral Society.

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