02 Meet the TEAM
Team Members and Trustees
03 Creative Partnership
"Harlekin Studio Opera hopes to work closely with other local theatre groups and institutions, particularly the universities, dance and drama schools, and orchestras, choirs and choral societies. Initially the project will be delivered by our Artistic Director, Robert Hardiment, working with an accompanist or repetiteur, with guidance from Dr. Nell Drew. Later, as the project gains traction we will look to appoint a conductor seeking experience to act as co-musical director and explore the engagement of guest theatrical directors who are building portfolios before embarking on careers in the industry."
Robert HArdiment Artistic Director
Robert Hardiment is an emerging professional operatic Baritone, teacher of singing and conductor. Robert has performed with Newcastle Sinfonietta, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra, The English Philharmonic and in Monteverdi's centenary celebrations with His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts. Recent roles include: Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflote (Aria Alba, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015); il Conte in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (VoiceArc 2015); and Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte (VoiceArc 2015). Robert also debuted the roles of Harlekin... more
Nell Drew has sung as a freelance soloist (dramatic soprano) specialising in the operatic roles of Richard Strauss, Wagner, and the dramatic operas of Verdi and Puccini with opera companies all over Europe and the US including Berlin, San Francisco, Venice, Palermo, New York and Boston. Nell’s performing career has also encompassed the genres of lieder, the symphonic song cycles of Mahler and art song singing with her most specialized interpretive work on this stage being the lieder of Richard Strauss and the art songs of the early to mid-20th century English composers (e.g. Vaughan Williams, Quilter, Finzi, Head, Warlock, Gurney etc.). She now devotes... more
Ian Murray is an Architect practicing in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. With a specialism in housing, his primary career focus and drive is to enable the creation of convivial neighbourhoods which foster a sense of community, respect for the natural environment and resources, and meets one of societies most basic needs - shelter - whilst also striving for that illusive phenomenon - delight!
Ian graduated from the University of Newcastle... more
Award-winning Concert Pianist, Annie Ball, grew up in Northumberland and later went to London to study piano performance to Masters Degree Level. Annie has since moved back to the North East and started a family but also enjoys a busy teaching, accompanying and performing career. She is owner of 'Semibreve Events', facilitator of the 'Newcastle Classical Revolution' ... more
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