Welcome to Opera Holloway, a registered charity originally setup in 2009 in order to give young artists the opportunity to perform in opera at the early stages of their careers, and to present accessible performances to the public.
The last few years have seen the company perform in a variety of venues from barns in Sussex to pubs in Wales. Our educational workshops have taken place in village halls and schools giving children a flavour of what it’s like to stand on stage and be part of an opera. We’re proud to have not only a number of four and five star reviews for our performances, but to have received a number of awards for our work off the stage.
MEET THE TEAM
Lewis Gaston – Music Director
Lewis works as a conductor and assistant in the UK and abroad. His work has been recognised in International Competitions, Masterclasses and he enjoys a schedule of work that combines performance, education and research. He has been Guest Conductor for the Brasov Philarmonic (Romania) and the Toscana Classica Orchestra (Italy). He has also conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Camerata di Fiorentina and the State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria). Lewis is Music Director of Opera Holloway, Guildford Opera, Genesis Chorale and acts as Guest Conductor to a number of London orchestras. http://www.lewisgaston.com
Laurie O’Brien – Co-Founder & Repetiteur
Laurie competed in Eisteddfodau from age 5, beginning piano at the same age with Darya Brill-Williams. She studied French and Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where she received piano tuition under Matthew Stanley, and as repetiteur for the Royal Holloway Savoy Opera Society. She co-founded Opera Holloway, with whom she currently holds the role of repetiteur. With Opera Holloway, Laurie has accompanied vocal masterclasses given by Dame Rosalind Plowright, Janis Kelly and Dame Felicity Lott and performed in a variety of venues around the UK. http://www.laurieobrien.co.uk
Callie Swarbrick – Producer & Education Co-Ordinator
British Soprano Callie Gaston completed her Masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Opera Prelude Song Prize and winner of the Una Clarke Young Artist Award. Recent opera credits include La Suora Infermiera (Suor Angelica), Norina (Don Pasquale), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Rita (Rita), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Chiteria (Don Chisciotte) Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Lucy (The Telephone) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). Callie was a member of the Core Company for Opera Erratica, starring in Triptych, nominated Critics Choice in the Times. In recital Callie has had recent performances at 22 Mansfield Street, Pushkin House and Leighton House. www.callie-swarbrick.co.uk