"Highbury Opera Theatre have taken the Nick Hornby’s text by the short and curlies and produced a zinger of a production which is, for the most part, raw and compelling. There are stars all over the pitch here. Scott Stroman’s music here is everything".
(Franco Milazzo, Artibravi)
Robin Bailey trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of music and Drama, London. Roles include Tony/West Side Story (Grange Park/Pimlico opera), Rodolpho/Olivier award winning La Boheme (Soho Theatre/OperaUpClose), Raoul/Phantom of the Opera (Stage Entertainment/Paris), Marco in The Gondoliers & Nanki-poo in The Mikado (National G&S Opera Company), Fenton/Falstaff (Iford Opera Festival) and Orlando in As You like it (HOT). Robin has also been awarded 2nd prize in the International Lotte Lenya competition in NYC.
Robin has also sung on a variety of film soundtracks including Mary Poppins Returns, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Prometheus, and was a founding member of the A Cappella group Voces8. He also performs regularly with Gareth Malone’s professional choir Voices and was featured on his most recent album ‘A Great British Christmas’.
Most recently Robin performed the Fox in Vixen with ENO and silent opera, and backing vocals with Adele for her last touring shows at Wembley Stadium. He has also just been featured on a new Danny Boyle TV show which will be airing in 2018.
Robert studied singing at Manhattan School of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and the Britten Pears School. Work includes Aeneas (Bruges Early Music Festival), Villon in Ezra Pound’s Le Testament de Villon (London Contemporary Music Festival), Dick in Luke Styles Unborn in America (Vaults Festival), Frank in Die Fledermaus (St Johns Smith Square), Lord Cecil in Philip Cashian’s The Cumnor Affair (Tête à Tête), workshops on Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart (Complicitié/Simon McBurney), Wigmaster Ariadne auf Naxos, Starvelling A Midsummer Night's Dream (Garsington Opera), Head Fox in children’s opera Outfoxed at the Royal Festival Hall, Captain Corcoran (D'Oyly Carte at the Savoy), and Journalist in Jonathan Dove’s TV opera Man on the Moon (Channel 4). This is Robert’s third show with Highbury Opera Theatre.
British mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries grew up in South Wales and studied at the University of Cambridge, and the Royal Northern College of Music. She is currently completing her studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Joanna's roles span from early to contemporary opera, as well as operetta and musical theatre. Roles include Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Dartington International Summer School & Festival), Awen (cover) & Semi-Chorus in the new welsh language opera Gair Ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera), Second Lady in The Magic Flute (Vivo d'Arte) at the Frogmore Papermill, Ottone in Handel's Agrippina (RCS) and Mrs Jones in Kurt Weill's Street Scene (RNCM).
As a concert soloist, recent and upcoming appearances include first alto soloist in Macmillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross with the BBC Philharmonic at Harrogate Royal Hall, alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral, and Bach’s Magnificat and Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland. She has also performed recitals at St. Martin's in the Field, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Oxford Lieder Festival mastercourse.
Joanna specialises in performing contemporary music, and has created roles in several new operas and premiered works around the UK.
Originally from Lowestoft, Nick graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011. Nick made his operatic debut as Peter Quint in the Benjamin Britten opera The Turn of the Screw as part of the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival.
He performed the role of Tobias in HOT’s inaugural production of Tobias and the Angel in 2012. With the Official Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Nick played the roles of Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado in their 2014 UK tour.
He became the first person to play the role of Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in a week-long workshop with English composer Stephen McNeff and award winning novelist-turned-librettist Giles Foden, in their new opera The Last King of Scotland.
Nick has collaborated as a soloist with numerous contemporary composers and performed their new works at venues including the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. Nick is excited to be joining the cast of Fever Pitch the Opera to collaborate with HOT again and as a proud fan of the Canaries - Norwich City FC – widely understood to have the oldest song known in football: ‘On the ball, City!’
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