Founding Members

Sue Whorton
Sue Whorton

Sue Whorton 

I am part of Opera Artists Collaboration because it is a way of bringing a very varied background of training and experiences together. I have training in the hard sciences and social sciences and have worked as a research librarian. I have also trained as a singer with Norman Welsby, Abbey Opera and currently, Paula Anglin; and studied Laban movement with Jenny Frankl and Jean Newlove.
In 2012 I attended the Singing Entrepreneur Conference, where it was clear that if I wanted to work further as a singer, I would have to be entrepreneurial about it.

Freya Wynn-Jones
Freya Wynn-Jones

Freya Wynn-Jones

I am an animateur, director and performer working across a wide range of professional, educational and community settings. With a particular interest in ensemble theatre and the relationship between theatre and vocal art, I work with opera education companies around the country using opera and music theatre  both as a social tool and to develop the stage craft and training of young artists. I also work on numerous collaborations to write, compose and devise new work for my own and other emerging arts companies. My studies began with a degree in Drama and Psychology at The University of Exeter and was a Music Scholar under Head of Music Marion Wood. Since graduating, I have continued to make my own work and explore the boundaries of theatre and opera and now continue my voice studies with Paula Anglin. I am part of the Opera Artists Collaboration as I want to find meaningful routes into the artform and create work with those with a similar ethos to my own.

Maria Gayle-Rodgers
Maria Gayle-Rodgers

Maria Gayle-Rogers

I have performed with a number of companies, including City Opera, Morley Opera and Park Opera, singing Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Angelica (Suor Angelica), Mimi (La Boheme), Liu (Turandot), amongst others. One of my first performances was Riders, with City Opera. I am mentored by Paula Anglin and coached in drama by Delia Lindon. I take the opportunity to use my voice and body at the Brighton Opera Singers’ Studio. As a founder member of Opera Arc, I am enjoying bringing to life the music of Vaughan Williams in an authentic setting and look forward to collaborating with others to the truth of written words and music. I enjoy devising and performing Recitals. I am a member of 2SP (two sopranos and a piano) – we perform recitals as fundraisers within the community and I am available to work as a soloist. I have a background in administration which can be very structured. Opera Arc is giving me the opportunity to leave the world of administration behind and immerse myself fully in music and drama.

 

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