Creative Team

W11 Opera is proud to have the following professions currently working with us.  Their knowledge and expertise ……

 

Alastair Chilvers, Music Director

Alastair Chilvers is a music director, pianist and vocal coach living in Hertfordshire. He received his early musical education at Junior Trinity College of Music, before going on to read music at Queens’ College, Cambridge where he was appointed as Assistant Conductor of the Cambridge University Music Society. At the Royal Academy of Music, Alastair studied a masters degree in Piano Accompaniment with Michael Dussek. Following graduation, he was appointed as the Lucille Graham Opera Fellow and reappointed for a second year. Working with directors including Martin Duncan, Chris Cowell and Olivia Fuchs he was repetiteur or assistant conductor for eight operas, most recently a production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight which received acclaimed reviews. Since leaving the Academy, Alastair has worked with opera companies including West Green Opera House, Iford Arts and Opera de Baugé. Alastair is a Samling Artist and an alumnus of the Solti Accademmia.

Education work is central to Alastair’s ethos, he enjoys delivering workshops and performance opportunities to children of all ages and abilities. He is a staff member at Saffron Centre for Young Musicians where he works with two choirs and coaches young performers for weekly recitals. He is Music Director of Cambridge Youth Opera, where he made his opera conducting debut in 2011 with Mozart’s The Magic Flute and in early 2018 he conducted a European premiere of Edward Barne’s The Hiding Tree. In November 2018, Alastair was invited to conduct four performances of The Happy Prince by Malcolm Williamson at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Jubilee Opera gives local school children the opportunity to work with the highest standard of professionals; this year the cast was joined by countertenor James Hall and the orchestra was led by Kenneth Silito. Alastair is delighted to be Music Director of W11 Opera and has enjoyed every moment of his time with this extraordinary company since he joined in 2017.

Alastair Chilvers

Susan Moore, Stage Director

Susan Moore is a character contralto and arts education specialist who has spent the last seven years building a reputation as an opera director alongside a busy performing schedule. After co-directing and scripting several musical theatre revues for Last Word Productions – Musical Theatre Group, she made her operatic directing debut with Trial by Jury (Sullivan) at Oakham Castle for Opera Minima. The success of this production led to Susan directing sell-out productions for Opera Minima of The Magic Flute (Mozart) and Don Pasquale (Donizetti).

In 2014 Susan wrote a one-woman play for Soprano Abigail Kelly entitled Swan Song: Memoirs of a Dudley Diva and she was Assistant Director on W11 Opera’s Deep Waters. In 2015 she became W11 Opera’s Outreach & Education Director and Associate Director for Eliza & the Swans as well as directing Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) and Carmen (Bizet) in Provence for Love to Sing Opera.

Susan was Staff Director for English Touring Opera on their spring 2016 tour alongside reprising the role of Valentina in the children’s opera Laika the Spacedog. In addition, she directed a new production of The Magic Flute for Opera Anywhere, which continues to tour the UK, and performed the role of Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro) at Kilden Theatre, Norway for Pop Up Opera. She also directed W11 Opera’s The Price.

Susan performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Snape Maltings in spring 2017 and created the role of Milly in the world premiere of Silver Electra, an opera exploring the life and fate of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. She also performed Lady Jane in Patience at Norwich Theatre Royal to rave reviews (English Touring Opera spring tour 2017). She directed Cutlass Crew for W11 Opera the same year and was a co-leader of Turtle Song, a series of workshops for people living with dementia and their carers, with composer Alexander Campion.

In 2018 Susan was revival director for the critically acclaimed Shackelton’s Cat (English Touring Opera spring tour 2018) as well as reviving her Opera Anywhere production of The Magic Flute. She directed The World Was All Before Them for Hackney Music Development Trust and performed the role of Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) on a summer tour of Scotland. Most recently Susan has performed Mrs. Caution in a concert version of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master at The Malcolm Arnold Festival. Future plans include: Directing a new work for Jubilee Opera in 2019 and further Turtle Song workshops.

Susan Moore

Maggie Rawlinson, Movement Director

Theatre credits include Oliver! as director & choreographer, Summer Holiday, Grease, Hairspray (SYP WyvernTheatre), Eye Of The Storm, Nye And Jennie, Tom, A Story Of Tom Jones (UK tour TNN Prods), Jackie The Musical (Gardyne Theatre, Dundee), Beyond Borders (National Youth Theatre of Wales), Tom, Salsa!, The Bankrupt Bride, Cyrano, Stowaway (Theatr na n’Og), The Canterbury Tales (Mappa Mundi), Oh! What A Lovely War, Be My Baby, A Woman in Mind, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Salisbury Playhouse), Oh! What A Lovely War and The Mabinogion (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Sweet Charity (BAC), revivals of Hansel and Gretel (Welsh National Opera and Nationale Reisopera) and The Marriage Of Figaro (Opera North). Maggie has also choreographed over 20 Christmas shows for theatres across the UK. For television; The Crust (BBC), Henry VIII with Ray Winstone and Helena Bonham Carter (Granada) In a Land of Plenty (Talkback Productions) and Panto Shane A’r Belen Aur with Shane Williams (Boom Cymru TV). On the big screen, Maggie was assistant choreographer on Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Bros), De-Lovely
(MGM/Winkler Films) starring Kevin Kline, and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Dreamworks). This year will be Maggie’s eleventh W11 Opera production.

Neil Irish, Set Designer

Neil trained in Birmingham and at The Slade School of Fine Art. As well as working for the BBC, he has designed productions for Opera Holland
Park, Opera Theatre Company (Dublin), Almeida/ENO Festival, English Touring Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Opera North, National Opera Studio and
Opéra Comique (Paris). His designs have travelled as far as New Zealand, Melbourne, France, Lisbon and New York. Past projects include La Clemenza De Tito, Gianni Schicci, Il Tabarro and the UK première of Fantastic Mr Fox for ETO. Also Anthony and Cleopatra and A Christmas Carol in Oxford, The Merchant of Venice (Guildford Shakespeare Festival), and Our Lady Of Sligo and Ashes and Sand (RADA). Ballet productions include The Little Princess (London Children’s Ballet) and Hot House, an original children’s opera and ballet – inspired by boxing – for the Cultural Olympiad (Royal Festival Hall and Sadler’s Wells).

Recent projects have been Jekyll and Hyde in Hong Kong and London, Wind in the Willows and The Taming of the Shrew for Guildford Shakespeare Company, for Opera Holland Park, Look Back in Anger for Derby and Bolton Octagon, A Tale of Two Cities in Hong Kong, China and Edinburgh Festival, the Cambridge Greek Play 2016 and The Glass Knight, a new opera by Philip Sunderland for Saffron Hall, Hansel and Gretel and Betrayal by Harold Pinter for Derby Theatres, and the UK Spring Tour of English Touring Opera. Neil also designed both the set and costumes for a UK tour of the rock opera Tommy.

More local to W11, his work for Opera Holland Park includes Il Trittico, Don Giovanni and Centerentola as well as Carmen and Dr Miracle for the Royal Academy of Music and Cosi Fan Tutti for Guildhall, London.

He has worked with W11 Opera since 2007.

Anett Black, Costume Designer

Anett’s design work includes Pippin, 9-5, Hair, The Fix (Ivy Arts Centre), and The Picture of Dorian Grey at the Trafalgar Studio; Pygmalion, Jekyll and Hyde, Christmas Carol for European Arts Italian tour, Bacchae for aod (National Trust open air theatre), Don’t Dribble on the Dragon for The People’s Theatre Company; Henry V, King Arthur for Guildford Shakespeare Company; MIL-STD -1815 Alan Turing for Goldsmith College; Doubt and Pygmalion for Enigma Theatre; The Promise ( Elizabeth Hall London) Bluebeard’s Castle (Lilian Baylis); Associate Designer for Much Ado About Nothing for the Guildford Shakespeare Company. Anett’s exhibition “From Page to Stage”, based on her MA costume design, was shown at the Robert Philips Gallery. Anett is delighted to be part of the W11 family again!

Stephen Ley, Lighting Designer

Stephen works regularly with the Tower Theatre Company, for whom he is a Trustee, and has lit over 120 productions of their productions at various London venues. He has also created lighting designs for many diverse companies and venues including productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, Minack Open Air Theatre in Cornwall and the West End’s Leicester Square Theatre. More recently he has had the pleasure of working with Dame Shirley Bassey and Yusuf/Cat Stevens on music projects. Stephen is very pleased to be lighting this year’s production of Shawdowtracks again and particularly revisiting one of W11 Opera’s most successful commissions. Different venue, musical director, stage director and have made this an exciting prospect. Away from a day job as a Lighting Cameraman, lighting live performances is a particular interest and working with the amazing W11 Opera is an added bonus.