Possessing a tenor voice described as 'crystal clear' and 'exceptional', Jack Roberts is a young tenor, fresh out of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and rapidly building a portfolio of performing experience in professional opera and operetta. At college he won the Joyce Budd Second Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers and went on to graduate with a 1st Class Honours in classical voice.
He is currently performing with the National Gilbert and Sullivan tour as Marco in 'The Gondoliers' after which he will go straight into Barefoot Opera's touring production of 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' as Almaviva and afterwards joining the Merry Opera Company's popular staged production of 'Messiah'.
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company returns with a sparkling new production of The Gondoliers. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring successes.
Sullivan’s delightful music and Gilbert’s delicious wit combine all the right ingredients for a stunning show. Expect a slick and polished new production from director John Savournin.
"[Jack Roberts'] full-bodied, old-school delivery scored him an ovation at Buxton Opera House, and quite right too."
-Richard Bratby, theartsdesk.com
"Marco’s charming song Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes
virtually brings down the house"
-Geoffrey Mogridge, Wharfedale Observer
This Autumn, Jack will be singing Count Almaviva in Barefoot Opera's young artists' tour of Rossini’s comic masterpiece, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, (The Barber of Seville).
Sung in Italian with English surtitles, fully staged and with our famous ‘Barefoot Band’ led by Lesley Anne Sammons, our young singers will dazzle and delight you with their style and charisma.
Rossini’s music has been compared to “the best champagne”, so come and indulge in the bubbles and enjoy the comedy, as Rosina (spoiler alert) successfully manouvers her way out of her revolting guardian’s toils and into the arms of a gorgeous young Count.
Directed by Jenny Miller, and on tour to Hastings, London, Oxford, Maidenhead and the Wooburn Arts Festival.
Handel's Messiah is unique in that its entire text is taken word-for-word from the Bible. From the very first notes of its Overture, Messiah traces the story of Jesus Christ from the need for a Savior from the fall of man to His triumphant return at the end of days.
In the Merry Opera Company's dramatisation, twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand the world. Singing together in a church, they inspire each other to pick up the ragged ends of their faith and look to the future with hope.
ack will join the cast of this highly successful production in its 8th consecutive year.
Stage Director - John Ramster; Revival Director - Glenn Tweedie; Music Director & Conductor - Rebecca Taylor.
Der Vampyr, composed in 1828 by Heinrich Marschner, was based on the play Der Vampir oder die Totenbraut by Heinrich Ludwig Ritter, which itself was inspired by the short story The Vampyre, written in 1819 by John William Polidori. This tale was initially sketched by Lord Byron during the bleak summer of 1816, during which both writers, alongside Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft, stayed on the banks of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
Der Vampyr is a supremely spine-chilling piece, making for an ideal opening for Gothic Opera’s first season. A vampiric tale, with spooky special effects and ghostly music, performed in London venues specifically selected for their mysterious atmosphere, this rarely-performed opera will haunt your Halloween nights.