OPERA IN THE GARDEN
Saturday 3rd October, 2020
Scrooby Manor House
This was the first time in history that the Scrooby Manor House associated with the Mayflower Pilgrims was opened to the general public.
The event was kindly supported by Bassetlaw District Council, Heritage Lottery Fund & Nottinghamshire County Council.
Director: Ella Marchment
Pianist: Nigel Gyte
Soprano: Carrie-Ann Williams
Tenor: Alexander Grainger
Mezzo Soprano: Kamilla Dunstan
Baritone: Matthew Siveter
Alexander Grainger is a Yorkshire based promising young tenor. He studies with Paul Nilon and has recently graduated from the RNCM with Postgraduate Diploma in performance.
Whilst studying at the RNCM he played the role of Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) Mozart, Camile (Merry Widow) Lehar, Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Britten, also roles such as Tamino (Magic Flute) Mozart with Leeds Youth Opera also the role of Ernest (A Grand Duke) Gilbert and Sullivan with the Manchester University G&S society. Alexander has also sung with the Manx Opera festival as Gastone (La Traviata) and covered several roles at the Buxton Opera Festival, Aufido (Lucio Silla) Mozart, The Mayor (Albert Herring) Britten, and Arturo (Lucio Di Lammermoor) Donizetti.
Alex is currently premiering a new opera for Hull Urban Opera and last year was due to work at Garsington Opera but sadly was cancelled due to Covid.
Alex gave his debut performance of Alfredo with the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with opera companies including Opera North, Clonter Opera, Opera Devon and Glyndebourne.
Alexander is also highly sought after on the concert platform, he has appeared as a soloist in many concert halls and cathedrals across Britain singing works including, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Pettie Messe Solennelle, Rossini Stabart Mater, Haydn Paukenmesse, Hayden Theresienmesse, Mozart Credo, Mozart Mass in C. He has sang as a soloist on BBC Radio 4 (Mozart Missa Breivs).
He was a founding member of the RNCM chamber choir, a member of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and started his singing Career with the Beverley Minster Choir as Chorister.
Alexander Studies were kindly funded by the Andrew Lloyd Weber foundation, and he is a Concordia Foundation Artist.
North Notts baritone, Matthew Siveter graduated from Royal Holloway University of London and has been performing professionally ever since. In early years he was seen regularly at The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival as part of their Youth Festival Programme.
More recently he has risen to play principal roles with The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Charles Court Opera, Opera Della Luna, Tarantara Productions and Ohyezitis Productions (amongst others). He recently made his Ireland debut with Lyric Opera and at The International Buxton Festival as Jupiter in Offenbach’s ‘Orpheus In The Underworld’.
He is also a Young Artist of The Iford Arts Festival. In Gilbert and Sullivan, roles have included The Mikado, Pirate King, Sir Despard, John Wellington Wells and even Katisha! In pantomime he has enjoyed playing the Dame and also performed seven roles in Bernstein's ‘Candide’ for The Iford Arts Festival.
Matthew’s solo show of comedy and music has taken him up and down the country and also oversea’s on cruise ships with P&O and Music Festivals At Sea.
Soprano Carrie-Ann Williams graduated from The Royal Academy Opera on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie and Ingrid Surgenor.
Carrie-Ann was due cover the title role in Handel’s Alcina at Glyndebourne Festival this summer, which was sadly canceled due to Covid-19, however she will be returning to Glyndebourne this Autumn to perform the role of Erste Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte as well as covering the role of Pamina.
Other operatic highlights include: The Fox: Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Anna Maurrant: Weill’s Street Scene, (with Birmingham Conservatoire) Sãvitri: Holst’s Sãvitri, Miss Wingrave: Britten’s Owen Wingrave (both BYO) Alcina: Handel’s Alcina, Lucy: Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper and Donna Anna: Mozart’s Don Giovanni (all with RAO) Maria Bertram: Dove's Mansfield Park (Opera South), Tebaldo: Verdi’s Don Carlo (Grange Park Opera), Cover Merab in Handel: Saul (Théâtre du Châtelet), Cover Kate Pinkerton in Puccini: Madame Butterfly, Cover Noble Orphan in Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Cover Erste Dame: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Cover Armida in Handel: Rinaldo and the role of Giannetta in Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (All for Glyndebourne).
As a Soloist, Carrie-Ann has had several opportunities and has performed many oratorio works across the country. Highlights include her soloist debut June 2017 at The Royal Festival Hall performing the soprano solo for Mahler: Symphony No.2 conducted by Semyon Bychkov, she was also a member of The Young Singer Project with Salzburg Festival 2017 where she performed with Austrian chamber orchestra, The Camerata Salzburg performing Mozart: Alcandro, lo confess… Non sò, d'onde viene, K294.
Carrie-Ann has had much success in competitions, including The Mario Lanza Operatic Prize, the John Ireland Prize, the Ashleyan Opera Prize, the Stuart Cameron Smith American Song Prize, the St Clare Barfield Operatic Distinction Rose Bowl Award and was awarded audience and runner up for the Clonter Opera Prize 2018.
Kamilla was originally born in Yorkshire and later emigrated to New Zealand to return to the UK.
Kamilla is currently studying with soprano Claire Rutter.
Previous studies include Royal College of Music International Opera School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
This summer Kamilla would have been performing the role of Suzy/Lolette in West Green House Opera’s production of La Rondine (Puccini) but was sadly cancelled due to Covid-19. Kamilla makes her Glyndebourne role debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Zweite Dame this Autumn after covering the role in the 2019 Festival.
Previous engagements include Flosshilde (Das Rheingold) at the Birmingham Symphony Hall (UK), Eurydice The Woman (cover) (The Mask of Orpheus, Birtwistle) at English National Opera, and Fanny Price (Mansfield Park, Dove).
Roles include Naomi (Pegasus Opera), Zaida (Cover, Garsington Opera),Faramondo (London Handel Festival), Ramiro, Hänsel, Ariodante (LHF), Orlofsky, Dorabella (Clonter Opera) and Ninetta (Cover, BYO).
Kamilla was a Polonksy Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival & School’s Opera Centre in 2016 (USA), was a previous Samling Artist (UK) and a Wagner Stipendien (Bayreuth Festspiele, Germany).
Kamilla performed Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Birmingham Symphony Hall (BBC Radio 3).
Awards include being a Finalist in the Maureen Lehane Singing Competition in 2018 (Wigmore Hall, UK) ABRSM Scholar, Help Musicians UK Tutton Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Nigel was educated in Sheffield and started piano lessons at the age of nine. After completing his degree he became a Director of Music, teaching pupils from the age of three to eighteen, building a reputation for the musical excellence of his school concerts and productions. Nigel has always been in demand as soloist, Musical Director, accompanist, orchestral keyboard player and theatre-pit musician.
He has performed concertos, having a particular association with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, giving many performances since receiving a rousing ovation with a forty piece orchestra on the Crucible stage. He has also played keyboard for the professional touring production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers; with the National Festival Orchestra for the Sing Live UK concerts and for Keith Roe in his hugely popular Musical Cavalcade series at Sheffield’s City Hall.
Nigel played for, and has conducted, many stage musicals at the City Hall and the Crucible and Lyceum theatres. He was musical director for the critically acclaimed South Yorkshire premiers of Follies, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Producers, and Gypsy. Nigel has also had tenures as resident accompanist for the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, the Rotherham Choral Society and South Yorkshire Opera. For many years he has been an official accompanist for the Don Valley Festival of Music, in Doncaster.