Meet the Cast
Matthew Sprange - Don Giovanni
Matthew’s recent operatic engagements have included covering several roles in the Royal Opera House’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, Ford (Falstaff) for Opera Project, Macbeth (Macbeth) for Kentish Opera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni) both for Diva Opera and Iago (Ernani) for the Chelsea Opera Group. He has worked extensively for English Touring Opera, performing the role of Cross Crosshaulsen in their Olivier Award Winning production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan and also Armando (Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais) and Pietro (Simon Boccanegra). Other engagements have included Sid (Albert Herring) for Mid Wales Opera, Marcello (La bohème) for Vignette Productions, Lyric Opera Ireland and Charles Court Opera, and Man in Scottish Opera’s new work Last one out.
Matthew completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, studying with John Evans and began his vocal training with Wynford Evans at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he specialised in composition. Whilst training, he performed Schaunard (La bohème) for British Youth Opera (2010) and at GSMD roles included Sid, Eustachio (L’assedio di Calais), and Mill (Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio).
Concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Creation in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Winchester, Worcester, St. Albans and Norwich Cathedrals.
Future plans include the role of Blasio in Salieri’s The School of Jealousy for Bampton Classical Opera, Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem in Bath and a return to Scottish Opera.
(BIOG - May 2017)
Caroline Modiba - Donna Anna
Caroline is a South African soprano who has recently completed her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (professional performance) at the Birmingham Conservatoire, taking voice lessons with Helen Field. She completed a three year opera course for young artists with the Black Tie Ensemble opera company in South Africa and later got accepted to their studio. She is currently a young artist at the National Opera Studio for the 2016/2017 season.
Roles with the Black Tie Ensemble include Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Violetta (La Traviata), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
For the Cape Town Opera company roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Clara (Porgy and Bess) - performed in Barcelona and Bordeaux - as well as understudying the role of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro).
Prizes include the first prize at the ATKV Musiqanto national competition, second prize at South Africa’s annual Voices of the Nation’s competition, and a Royal Overseas League (South African) Prize in March 2016. She is the first prize winner of both the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Prize 2016 and in 2015 she was a finalist in the Belvedere International Competition held in Amsterdam.
Roles at the National Opera Studio include Elvira (Bellini, I Puritani) and Micaela (Carmen), and Caroline has performed scenes with Opera North and Scottish Opera.
Upcoming roles include Violetta (La Traviata) for Duchy Opera and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for HeadFirst Productions. She is currently taking voice lessons with Nelly Miricioiu.
(BIOG - 2017)
Elizabeth Roberts - Donna Elvira
Elizabeth Roberts studied at Newcastle University, winning the David Barlow Memorial Award for music. Extensive oratorio performances keep her busy throughout the UK and have recently taken her to Rome (works by Bach, Mozart and Brahms), Spoleto (Vaughan Williams with the Berkshire (USA) Festival Choir), and Darmstadt (Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen under Wolfgang Seeliger). In 2012 she performed Carmina Burana in Beijing with the Peking Sinfonietta for the International Festival Chorus’s 10th Anniversary Concert.
She made her debut on BBC Radio 3 and at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Terror/First Woman) under Martyn Brabbins, directed by Kenneth Richardson.
Elizabeth also appears on two recordings with the BBC Symphony Orchestra: Chausson’s Le roi Arthus under Leon Botstein; and Josef Marx’s Herbstchor an Pan under Jiří Bĕlohlávek.
She made her Italian stage debut in 2006 as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) (Vernon Mound director, Nicoletta Conti conductor) in Monteleone di Spoleto and touring Umbria. Other roles include: Salome (Hérodiade) in Valladolid, Spain; Tosca (Tosca); Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly); Mimì, Musetta (La bohème); Contessa, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte); Adina (L’Elisir d’amore); Countess of Dunmow (A Dinner Engagement); The Plaintiff (Trial by Jury) and Mabel (Pirates of Penzance).
Elizabeth is also an accomplished recitalist and was one of seven singers selected for a week of intensive study with Malcolm Martineau at Crear, Scotland. In November 2012 she premiered Keith Burstein’s cycle Songs of Love & Solitude with Julian Gallant at Pushkin House, London. In December 2012 she gave a recital of songs by Strauss, Debussy and Weill with Kelvin Lim in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
She was honoured to be chosen as soprano soloist at the entry of the Olympic Flame and lighting of the cauldron in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
(BIOG - 2014)
Samuel Pantcheff - Leporello
Samuel Pantcheff studied at Royal Academy Opera, after graduating with Distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance. In his first year of study, he was awarded the Blythe-Buesst Opera Prize.
Recent operatic experience includes Sharpless (King’s Head Theatre), The King Eight Songs for a Mad King (Grimeborn Festival; Russian premiere - Saint Petersburg Philharmonia), Papageno (Pavilion Opera), Baron Zeta (The Merry Widow; Ryedale Festival Opera), Guglielmo (Pop-Up Opera), The Younger Gentleman Exposition of a Picture (Buxton Festival), Aeneas (RAO), Fiorello Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Cadogan Hall), The Telephone for The Opera Box, Sharpless for Ormond Opera, and L'horloge comtoise/Le chat in L'enfant et les sortileges (BBCSO; Barbican).
Oratorio experience include bass solos in Purcell's Ode to Saint Cecilia with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, bass solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers under John Elliot Gardiner, Bach’s Cantata BWV74 and BWV106 (‘Actus Tragicus’) for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and Handel's Messiah at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Concert Orchestra. Samuel was a soloist on a tour of Israel with the Israel Camerata and Avner Biron, performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Current and upcoming projects include Lumaca La scuola de gelosi, Salieri for Bampton Classical Opera, Leporello at the Pleasance Theatre for HeadFirst Productions, The Telephone for The Opera Box, and Father Hansel and Gretel for Fulham Opera.
(BIOG - July 2017)
Ian Beadle - Masetto
Born in Hertfordshire, Ian Beadle is a graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he obtained a BMus (Hons) degree in July 2010. He then continued onto the Guildhall Artist Masters, as a scholar, under the tutelage of Professor John Evans. During 2012/13, he completed a year on the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. One of the highlights of this year was having the chance to perform as part of The Big Barber Bash in the London Coliseum.
During his time at GSMD he was part of a dramatised song project directed by Iain Burnside, LADS IN THEIR HUNDREDS, which was performed in the Theatro Technis, London and the Ludlow English song festival in May/June 2010. This led to him singing live on BBC Radio 3’s n Tune programme. Ian also got to perform with Graham Johnson in an evening Lecture Recital of WINTERREISE as part of his Series 'Cycles in Tandem' at the Guildhall School.
Operatic experience includes Des Grieux LE PORTRAIT DE MANON, Belcore ELISIR D’AMORE and William Dale SILENT NIGHT for Wexford Festival Opera, Marco GIANNI SCHICCHI, Quinault ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, Jake Wallace LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, for Opera Holland Park as well as Imperial Commissioner MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Guccio GIANNI SCHICCHI on the Christine Collin’s Young Artist Programme at Opera Holland Park; Valentin FAUST for Winterbourne Opera, Crébillon LA RONDINE for Go Opera, Leporello DON GIOVANNI for Sinfonia D’amici, Morales CARMEN for Co-Opera Co, including a tour of the UK; Pish-Tush THE MIKADO for Charles Court Opera and cover Aminta EURIDICE for British Youth Opera. He performed the roles of Budd BILLY BUDD, Publio LA CLAMENZA DI TITO and Monsieur de Brétigny in Massenet’s MANON in the GSMD opera associate scenes in July 2011.
Last year, he sang Bass soloist in Messiah at the Iturbi Hall, Palau de la Música, Valencia, with the Orquesta de Valencia conducted by Stefan Bevier. Concert experience also includes, Baritone/Bass soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Verdi’s Requiem as part of the GSMD chorus under Maestro Paolo Uomi and Belshazzar’s Feast under Martyn Brabbins, both at the Barbican Centre
Engagements in 2017 include Dark Fiddler A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET for New Sussex Opera, Masetto DON GIOVANNI for Opera Holland Park and Headfirst Opera, title role LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Opera Brava and Bridegroom/Husband/Father in Judith Weir’s THE VANISHING BRIDEGROOM for British Youth Opera.
(BIOG - 2017)
Siân Cameron - Zerina
Siân is a graduate of Dennis O’Neill’s highly acclaimed Wales International Academy of Voice where her studies were supported by the Fidelio Trust and the Draper’s Charitable Fund. Previously she was awarded a HRH Prince of Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales to further her training at the Royal Academy of Music with Anne Howells and Audrey Hyland. At the Academy Sian was a recipient of the John Lewis award and the Warne award. Siân was an artist for Live Music Now for six years and is a Britten-Pears scholar.
Operatic roles include, Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in Orleans for la Fabrique Opera, France, Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) at Rhosygilwen, Wales, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Kristiansand, Norway for Pop Up Opera/Kilden Theatre, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito for Teatru Manoel, Malta, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte for Dubrovnik Summer Opera, directed by Sally Burgess, the title role in Giulio Cesare for The Cor (Bloomsbury Festival, London) opposite Ailish Tynan as Cleopatra, conducted by Richard Hetherington (Head of Music ROH), Carmen for Riverside Opera, Jenny/The Creator in My Perfect World (Welsh National Opera), Olympia in workshops for The Sandman by Laura Bowler (ROH2 and Tete a tete), Tisbe in Cenerentola and Zerlina in Don Giovanni (OperaUpClose), Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Siân was the soloist with the Estonian ensemble, Resonabilis at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Tallinn and Helsinki. In 2012 she was a semi-finalist in the International Baroque Opera Competition in Innsbruck.
Jorge Navarro Colorado - Don Ottavio
Stephen Holloway - Il Commendatore
Stephen Holloway studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Britten-Pears School. His operatic work has included roles and covers for Scottish Opera, English National Opera. English Touring Opera, Covent Garden Festival, Royal Opera House, European Chamber Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, New Sussex Opera and many others.
Recent roles include Alvise La Gioconda and Scarpia Tosca for Midsummer Opera, Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Basilio Barber of Seville for Focus Opera, Il Marinaio AZAIO for International Opera Theater in Citta della Pieve, Italy, Wotan Die Walküre and Wotan Das Rheingold for Secret Opera, Nourabad Pȇcheurs de Perles for Ahmadi Music Group, Kuwait, Bonze Madama Butterfly, Commendatore Don Giovanni and Sarastro The Magic Flute for Heritage Opera, Il Podesta The Thieving Magpie for Midland Opera, and Pandolfe Cendrillon (Massenet) and Tonio Pagliacci for Festival Valois, Provence. At English National Opera, he has covered roles in Don Giovanni, The Force of Destiny, The Mikado & The Magic Flute.
He is equally experienced on the concert platform and recent concert highlights include Petite Messe Solennelle Rossini and Requiem Verdi in in Lincoln Cathedral.
(BIOG - 2017)
Winner of a 2017 Audition Oracle Scholarship, a 2016 Gil – Rodriguez Scholarship from Opéra de Baugé and of the tenor prize at BecaBach 2015 in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro Colorado, who graduated from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music, is a Britten-Pears Alumnus and a Samling Artist.
He has worked with conductors included David Angus, Renato Balsadonna, Stephen Barlow, Avner Biron, Timothy Brown, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Gianluca Marcianò and Philip Pickett, and has sung and understudied principal roles with British Youth Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Grange Park Opera, New Chamber Opera, the New London Consort and Wexford Festival Opera. With Scottish Opera On Tour, he sang Gaston La traviata.
Jorge Navarro Colorado made his debut at the 2017 Göttingen Festival as Berengario Lotario. His current engagements include Damon Acis and Galatea at the 2018 London Handel Festival, Settimio in Porpora’s L’Agrippina for Barber Opera, J. S. Bach Easter Oratorio with the Israel Camerata, Mozart Missa Brevis in G and Vesperae Solemnes de Dominica with the Polski Chór Kameralny and a recital to commemorate the death of Benjamin Britten at the Ciclo de Lied de Santiago.
Jorge Navarro Colorado continues his studies with David Pollard.