Who we are
Green Opera is a company with a vision for making music and drama in a way that is environmentally sustainable. As the leading organisation for taking a major stand on the impact of arts on the environment, we are dedicated to inspiring others both to engage with this wonderful art-form and to take care of the world around them.
What we do
GO is committed to providing high-quality productions that are also environmentally-friendly. We achieve this through a combination of upcycling props, costumes or scenery and recycling anything we no longer have a use for. We use a paperless ticketing system and all of our programmes and posters are printed on recycled paper.
We are interested in recycling buildings: many of our productions take place in spaces that are not designed for theatrical use such as churches and libraries. We hope to extend our interest to abandoned and neglected spaces in the future in order to rejuvenate spaces that have been neglected.
GO is also dedicated to educating the public about how to ensure that they are living as sustainably as possible. Our environmental officer, assisted by a team of researchers, share regular advice on how to improve the impact we leave on the environment across our social and in every programme. After each production we give a percentage of our profits to an environmental charity and plant a tree in The National Forest.
Eleanor Burke Artistic Director
Eleanor is a London-based director and choreographer. A trained ballet and contemporary dancer, Eleanor is undertaking a BADC course in stage combat and expanding her work to include fight and intimacy choreography. Eleanor read English at Trinity College, Cambridge where she was a choral and academic scholar and directed several productions for the Cambridge University Opera Society. Eleanor recently directed Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Opera Kensington); and is currently working on a double-bill of Menotti’s The Boy Who Grew Too Fast and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Southgate Youth Opera). Eleanor has also worked professionally as an Assistant Director for Stuart Barker on Rossini’s La Cenerentola (British Youth Opera) and Daisy Evans on Puccini’s La Bohème (Hampstead Garden Opera). She has also assisted on and observed several productions as part of the Arcola's Grimeborn Festival including Scott Joplin's Treemonisha (Spectra Ensemble), and Julia Burbach's staging of Wagner's Das Rheingold. Currently she is assisting James Hurley on his production of Massenet's Chérubin (Royal Academy Opera). Eleanor wrote and directed Green Opera's inaugural production, Fillu, and is directing their première of Karolina Csàthy's play Gesualdo.
Henry Websdale Musical Director
Henry is a freelance musician based in London. He was an organ and academic scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he accompanied and assisted in the direction of the college choir. During this time he appeared in venues across the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Washington National Cathedral, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and at festivals such as the Verbier Festival and the Vancouver Arts Festival. He has conducted the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra in performances of Sibelius' Second Symphony, Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' and was a repetiteur and chorus master for numerous operas, as well as having sung operatic roles and song recitals. Henry appears regularly as a collaborative pianist with singers and instrumentalists, and is establishing his own group—the Bach-Brahms Initiative—to specialise in Romantic and Baroque repertoire.
Jonathan Whiting Composer-in-Residence
Jonathan is a freelance award-winning composer who specialises in vocal and theatrical music. He has recently graduated from King's College London with a First Class degree in Music where he was taught composition under Dr Edward Nesbitt. As an academic, he specialised in musical theatre, particularly the analytical approach to the music of Stephen Sondheim. Jonathan has received commissions and performances from the Modern Music Society of King's College London and Guy's Chapel Choir and has two publications with Queen's Temple Publications. He also works as editor and typesetter for world-renowned musical pedagogue and composer, Paul Harris, and assists in the running of the annual International Malcolm Arnold Festival.
Lizzie Thomas Producer
Lizzie read Modern Languages at UCL, majoring in French. As part of her studies, she spent her third year abroad living in Paris, working in advertising for Elle Magazine. Throughout her time at university she contributed to and sang in a number of UCOpera productions and, during her final year, she produced the British staged premiere of Smetana's Libuse at the Bloomsbury Theatre. More recently she was Assistant Producer for Spectra Ensemble's Treemonisha at the Grimeborn Opera Festival. Lizzie is currently working in advertising for Publicis Media but is delighted to have the opportunity to continue her involvement in the Arts and Opera.
Jasmine Silk Environmental Officer
Jasmine is a Bristol-based theatre-maker, with an interest in absurdist theatre productions. She has recently graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in English and a varied experience of student theatre and community work. This included adapting two productions, the first was an adaption of Dave Smith’s It’s Not Easy, which aimed to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by asylum seekers in the UK by and the second was an adaption of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Since graduating, she has become increasingly interested in how theatre can be made more sustainable to adapt to the dire state of our planet today. Therefore, she is excited to work with Green Opera to achieve this goal in its coming productions.
Rachel Forsyth Environmental Officer
Rachel is currently reading English Literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge. She has been involved in theatre from a young age, initially as a dancer and subsequently has developed an interest in producing. Rachel is passionate about conservation, having witnessed first-hand the deterioration of the Great Barrier Reef during her gap year. She is very excited to be uniting her dual interests in theatrical production and environmental sustainability through her work with Green Opera.
Karolina Csàthy brings the composer Carlo Gesualdo back to life as he relives his tragic past alongside his sumptuous music. Adam Long takes the title role with music performed by the consort Accordare.
7:30pm Thursday 27th &
8:30pm Friday 28th February 2020
Trinity College Chapel, Trinity College,
Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TQ.
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