W11 Opera is proud to have the following professional creative team currently working with us.
Susan Moore, Artistic Director and Stage Director
Susan Moore is a character contralto and arts education specialist who has spent the last nine 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 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 with Opera Bohemia. She also directed Shadowtracks for W11 Opera.
Most recently Susan has performed Mrs. Caution in a concert version of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master at The Malcolm Arnold Festival and Old Woman/Head Teacher in Waxwings for English Touring Opera in Luxembourg. She lead Turtle Song workshops at The Warden’s Trust (Suffolk) for ETO/Turtle Keys Arts, directed the World Premier of The Casket Girl for Jubilee Opera (Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh) and We’ll Meet Again for Hackney Music Development Trust.
Alastair Chilvers, Music Director
Alastair 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.
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.