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Cast 

Anna Sideris – Soprano

Since graduating from the Opera Programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama last year, Anna has performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Mozart) for Opera Loki, and completed two MOC tours: Staged Messiah (Handel) and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart). While at Guildhall Anna created the role of May The Tale of Januarie (Philips), performed Polissena Radamisto (Handel) and Parasha Mavra (Stravinsky). Anna covered Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave (Britten) for British Youth Opera and has been an Alvarez Young Artist for Garsington Opera playing Resi Intermezzo (Strauss) and 1st Fairy A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn).  

Future plans include Juliette, cover in Romeo et Juliette (Gounod) for Grange Park Opera and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) for Dartington Opera.

Eleanor Sanderson-Nash – Soprano

Soprano Eleanor is from Wadhurst in East Sussex. A graduate of the Royal College of Music she was taught by Janis Kelly and was supported by numerous trusts and scholarships. She won First Prize in the RCM Lieder Competition in 2017 and was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2017 at Wigmore Hall and the MCL Young Musician of the Year 2017.

Role experience includes Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro (Merry Opera Company), Zerlina Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park Young Artist), First Woman The Vanishing Bridegroom (British Youth Opera), Helena A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal College of Music scenes), Despina Così fan tutte (Royal College of Music scenes), Childerico Faramondo (London Handel Festival) and Nadia Killer Graphics (RCM with Tête à Tête Opera).

Future engagements include covering the role of Oscar in In Ballo in Maschera at Grange Park Opera.

Teresa Pells – Soprano

Teresa has recently enjoyed performing a series of lunchtime recitals of Italian, French and English song with renowned pianist Karl Lutchmayer. 

She returns to Merry Opera’s “Messiah”, having also performed with the company in “Around the World in 32 Arias” and “Kiss me, Figaro!”.

Her operatic roles include the title role in La Calisto (Cavalli), Maria in Mansfield Park (Jonathan Dove), Messegiera in Orfeo (Monteverdi), Tilly in The Secret Garden (Stephen McNeff) and scenes from Arabella (title role), Anne (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte).

After her BA in Archaeology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, Teresa gained a distinction in her MMus from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Sophie Grimmer.

Elspeth Marrow – Mezzo-soprano

Elspeth Marrow is a mezzo soprano from London who recently graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music. In 2012 she graduated from Royal Holloway, where she was awarded the Driver Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary. Operatic roles include Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw (Euphonia Opera), Getrud Hansel and Gretel (RCMIOS), Polinesso Ariodante (LHF & RCMIOS), Florence Pike Albert Herring (RCMIOS) and Madame de la Haltière Cendrillon (Opera Holloway). Elspeth recently sang with the Grange Festival in the chorus of Carmen and reached the final of the Dean and Chadlington Competition in 2017. In 2018 Elspeth will be singing the role of Prudentia in Haydn’s Applausus with Classical Opera at Cadogan Hall.

Roderick Morris – Countertenor

Roderick Morris studied music at Cambridge University, then with Royal Academy Opera in London. He has recently worked at ENO and at the Aix-en-Provence opera festival. His opera roles include Guido, (Flavio), the title role in Cavalli’s Il Giasone with Jane Glover, and Cupid (Venus and Adonis) with La Nuova Musica. He has performed as a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Barbican, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square, and on BBC Radio 3. He has worked extensively throughout Europe and the wider world including America, Japan, Australia and South Korea. He also performed a duet recital with Michael Chance in the Holywell Music Room in Oxford. His oratorio credits include the St Matthew Passion under Masaaki Suzuki, and David in Handel’s Saul at the Spitalfield’s Festival with Laurence Cummings

Alex Haigh – Tenor

Alex started training at Hull university, studying music and drama and then vocal performance at Trinity Laban, going on to work with ENO on their Opera Works course. He has worked with Grange Park Opera (Fortunio '13 chorus, Traviata '14 chorus), The Grange Festival (Carmen '17 chorus, Albert Herring '17 Mayor cover), Merry Opera's new staged Verdi Requiem production as well as Hampstead Garden Opera's 'The Enchanted Pig'. Choral experience includes work with A cappella quintet Apollo5, professional singer with the Philharmonia chorus and a deputy at St. Paul's cathedral. Future plans include Nemorino in Guildford Opera's L'Elisir D'Amore as well as projects with London Youth Choir and The Bach Choir. Alex's performs with charity Opera Prelude, and is a beneficiary of The Opera Awards Foundation Bursary.

Glenn Tweedie – Tenor

Glenn Tweedie is from Whiteabbey Co Antrim where he is now based having spent a large part of his earlier career in London. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as an undergraduate and then the Royal College of Music in London as a post graduate.

Further study and singing has taken him to Italy and the Teatro del Maggio in Florence, some time with The European Festival Chorus in Saltzburg including their Italian tours. He has worked with the National Reis opera in the Netherlands and has been on major tours singing Opera and operetta in UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Malaysia.

Glenn sings an extensive tenor repertoire in concert, oratorio and opera. He has worked ‘a number of seasons’ with BYO, Grange Park Opera, European Chamber Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera UK and many more and has been singing with Merry Opera for a number of years in many of their productions and as a regular in their Gala concerts.

His roles include a wide variety of repertoire including Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) , Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte),  Tamino (The Magic Flute), Monostatos (The Magic Flute) Mozart, Torquemada (L'heure Espagnol) Ravel, Lacouf and Le journaliste (Les Mamelles de Tiresias) Poulenc, Dr Caius (Falstaff) , Edouard (Un giorno di regno) Gastone (La Traviata) Verdi, Piquillo (La Perichole) Offenbach, Don Luigi (Maria Padilla) Donizetti , Pifear (Si J'etais Roi), Camille (The Merry Widow) Lehar, Hypochondriac (The Gambler) Prokoviev and Triquet and Lensky in (Eugine Onegin) Tchaikovsky.

Glenn was in the original cast of the Merry Opera Messiah and has now sung around 60 performances.

Lawrence Olsworth-Peter - Tenor

Lawrence Olsworth-Peter trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Accademia Rossiniana, making his Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival debut as Don Luigino in Il viaggio a Reims in 2010. Recent engagements have included; Pane/La Natura in Cavalli’s La Calisto for Opera National du Rhin with Les Talens Lyriques, Acis Acis & Galatea with Rosentaler Barock, Leipzig; Achante in the modern-era premiere of Rameau’s Achante et Cephise and Amadis Amadis de Gaule both for UCOpera. He has toured throughout Europe with Diva Opera and performed at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence with English Voices. Roles with OperaUpClose have included Almaviva The Barber of Seville, Nemorino The Elixir of Love and Remendado Carmen at the Soho Theatre.

Christopher Faulkner - Baritone

Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011, Chris Faulkner has been in and around London as a freelance musician. Most weeks that means calling for ceilidhs, teaching (singing, ukulele, recorder and djembe) and singing at toddlers in silly costumes to teach them valuable life lessons. He is also a member of acclaimed vocal quartet ffourtissimo and is trying to forge a career in Opera. He has been singing with Opera Holland Park chorus for the last 5 seasons and is starting to land roles such as Adonis in ad Parnassum’s Venus and Adonis, Un offiziale and understudy Bartolo in The Merry Opera Company’s production of The Barber of Seville and Antonio (cover Figaro/Count) in The Marriage of Figaro. 

Matthew Quirk – Bass-baritone

Matthew Quirk spent many years advising boardrooms of international companies across Europe, where he saw passions played out in operatic dimensions. Roles include Benoit/Alcindoro (la boheme), Leporello (Don Giovanni ), Bartolo & Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Sarastro (Magic Flute), Germont (La traviata), Raimbaud (Count Ory), Kecal (Bartered Bride), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), The Old Man (Bloch’s Macbeth), Swallow (Peter Grimes), Calchas & Agamemnon (La belle Hélène), Marcus (Kiss Me, Figaro!), Street operas in England and Ireland, ten UK tours of three different staged versions of Handel’s Messiah, Drunken Poet (Fairy Queen), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea), Ipparco (L’Egisto), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Concerts of opera and cabaret items on tour & at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields. He studies with Gary Coward.