Biographies

Bill Bankes-Jones – Translator and Director
Bill Bankes-Jones translated and directed Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for Scottish Opera in 2012. He is founder and Artistic Director of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, and Chair of the Opera and Music Theatre Forum, the UK’s network of opera companies. He has directed the world premieres of more than 100 operas, as well as many classics, musicals and plays. He was named one of the Evening Standard’s 1,000 most influential Londoners in 2012 and listed in Who’s Who 2013.

Sheelagh Barnard – ExecutiveProducer
Fine art, design and philosophy was the starting point for a career in performing arts and live events which began with student theatre in 1969. Sheelagh works mainly as a Producer/Project Director in opera, specialising in site specific events, and has been Projects Director for Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company since 2002.
Recent projects include William Kentridge’s Lulu and Nico Muhly’s Marnie for ENO and Batistelli’s Wake for Birmingham Opera Company.

Katy Lavinia Cooper – Community Chorus Master
Katy is Director of Chapel Music at the University of Glasgow, and also conducts Scottish Opera’s Community Choir, Glasgow Madrigirls and Tartan Tones (John Lewis Glasgow/Hamilton Branch Choir). She sings with harmony folk-group Muldoon’s Picnic, early music ensemble Sang Scule and chamber choirs Sine Nomine and Serafine. Her arrangements for choir have been published by Sing for Pleasure and Canasg. Originally from Bolton, she studied at the University of Glasgow, and completed her doctoral thesis focusing on 17th-century Scottish vocal music in 2016. 

Robert B Dickson – Lighting Designer
Robert B Dickson is Head of Lighting at Scottish Opera. He studied and worked at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from 1993 to 1998. He joined Scottish Opera in 1999 as an assistant production electrician, before moving up to Lighting Supervisor and relighting Company productions, most recently Bizet’s Carmen in 2015 and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2016.

Alasdair Elliott – Beppe/Arlecchino
Tenor Alasdair Elliott was born in Hamilton. He has appeared throughout the UK, including at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, and internationally, most recently in Seattle, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Munich. He made his Scottish Opera debut in 1987, as Squeak in Britten’s Billy Budd, and has appeared as, among many others, Mime in the Company’s acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Valzacchi in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and, during the 2017/18 Season, The Producer in the same composer’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

Robert Hayward – Tonio/Taddeo
Bass-baritone Robert Hayward made his professional debut in 1986 singing the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Since then he has appeared in all the UK’s major opera houses, as well as throughout North America and Europe. For Scottish Opera, he has sung Jochanaan in Richard Strauss’ Salome, High Priest of Dagon in Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah, Adolf in Dvorák’s The Jacobin and, in 2017, Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle.

Samuel Dale Johnson – Silvio
Baritone Samuel Dale Johnson graduated with a Masters of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. In 2013 he was awarded first place in the German Opera Award from the Australian Opera Foundation. He joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House in 2014. He has previously appeared with Scottish Opera as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and, over the past couple of months, in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

 

 

 

 

 

Lissa Lorenzo – Assistant Director
Lissa Lorenzo graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2000 with a BA in Dramatic Studies, Directing honours. Her directing credits for Scottish Opera include: Sensory O, an interactive opera for 2 to 3 year-olds; The Elephant Angel, a family opera by Bernard MacLaverty and Gareth Williams; Who Killed John King?, an opera devised and performed by homeless service-users from the East End of Glasgow; and Anamchara: Songs of Friendship, a large-scale community opera commissioned as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Most recently she assisted Phelim McDermott on Scottish Opera’s newest opera for babies, Lliam Paterson’s BambinO.

Alex McCabe – Movement Director
Alex McCabe has performed and choreographed with many of Italy’s major opera houses (and one of Ireland’s), and with Scottish Opera’s Education Department. He trained in dance and choreography via the postgraduate DEBS at Dance Base, Edinburgh, following which his choreographic work has developed a specialisation in inter-disciplinary and mixed-ability ensembles. He additionally holds a PhD in Languages and Literature, and has translated with the Mariinsky in St Petersburg, Teatro Regio Torino and l’Opéra de Lyon.

Tim Meacock – Designer
Tim Meacock has been designing opera, theatre, ballet and pantomime production for 20 years. His work has been seen extensively at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre and Tête à Tête. He designed the 2012 Scottish Opera production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Anna Patalong – Nedda/Columbina
Scottish Opera debut. Soprano Anna Patalong trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which time she received the Maggie Teyte and Miriam Licette prizes and was a finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Her operatic engagements include Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata at the Longborough Festival, a Flowermaiden in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Royal Opera House, Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore for Northern Ireland Opera and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with English Touring Opera.

Ronald Samm – Canio/Pagliaccio
Scottish Opera debut. Tenor Ronald Samm was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and began his musical training at St Mary’s College. He studied Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He pursued postgraduate studies as a Lord Pitt Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and then was a trainee at the National Opera Studio in London. His operatic engagements include Florestan in Birmingham Opera Company’s award-winning production of Beethoven’s Fidelio; Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess at Opéra National de Lyon and also in Kazan, Russia; the title role in Verdi’s Otello for Opera North; Siegfried in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in Wuppertal; and Lazarus in John Adams’ The Gospel according to the Other Mary for Theater Bonn.

Stuart Stratford – Conductor
Stauart Stratford has been Music Director of Scottish Opera since 2015. Most recently, he conducted the Company's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and concert performances of Rachmaninov's Aleko and Francesca da Rimini. He read Music at Trinity College, Cambridge and studied for three years with legendary conductor and teacehr Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg State Conservatory. IN the UK he has worked with Opera Holland Park, Buxton Festival, English National Opera, Theater St Gallen and Estonian National Opera.