The musicians of Opera Verismo;
Marcel Xerri – dramatic tenor Artistic Director
Marcel Xerri is a dramatic tenor of Maltese descent. He studied privately in the UK with Shirley Dangerfield, an international dramatic soprano and then with Paul Farrington and Charlotte Xerri (nee Shorthouse).
Roles performed include;
Manrico Il Trovatore
Alfredo La Traviata
Turridu Cavalleria rusticana
Carlos Don Carlos
Pinkerton Madama Butterfly
Rodolfo La Boheme
Johnson La Fanciulla del West
Carlos Don Carlos
and Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor
As an oratorio soloist performed works include;
Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’
and Mozart’s ‘Requiem’.
An accomplished exponent of contemporary music, his performances of new works include a Cantata for voice and piano composed for him;
‘In Reason and Passion’ by John Human and
‘The Strangest of Islands’ an opera by Guy Richardson.
He has been a soloist with the Cwmbach Male Choir and worked with CPL productions for Sky TV. He performs for charities such as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and is also involved with educational work taking opera into schools and colleges.
Opera Verismo (OV) was conceived through his passion for verismo and its many treasures.
Lesley-Anne Sammons – piano
Lesley-Anne has worked as repetiteur and coach for;
Scottish Opera, Il Teatro di Palermo and De Nederlandse Opera (Salome, Les Troyens, Norma, Don Carlos, I Puritani)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tour (Peter Grimes, Die Zauberflote, Carmen , Hansel & Gretel)
Grange Park Opera (I Capuletti e Montecchi, Iolanthe, La Traviata)
Opera Holland Park (La Fille du Regiment, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly)
As a conductor for;
Longborough Festival Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Di Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute.
Lesley Anne has collaborated with Barefoot Opera director Jenny Miller on many productions including Il Coronazione di Poppea, Di Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen Carmen and L’Elisir D’Amore.
Lesley Anne is a regular coach at The National Opera Studio and is Associate Lecturer at Chichester University.
In 2014 Lesley Anne formed a Cabaret group called The Flaming Galahs with Krysia Mansfield, vocals and Lucy Mulgan double bass. They appeared at The Brighton and The Edinburgh Fringe.
From 2016 she took the role of Musical Director with Barefoot Opera productions and accompanied London Festival Opera in Rome, Lake Como and Cork.
Lucy Mulgan – double bass
Lucy Mulgan is a bass player, composer & arranger.
Having trained as a jazz bass player in her native New Zealand, she moved to the UK in the mid 1990s to study composition, completing a PhD at York University in 2003.
Lucy has played in a variety of ensembles from contemporary classical to big band jazz, from avant-garde punk to traditional folk performing across the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand. From 2014 she joined the Barefoot Opera Company as the resident bass player in their gypsy band.
Lucy’s compositions have been performed by;
The BBC Philhamonic
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Juice Vocal Ensemble
The London Gay Men’s Chorus
and broadcast around the world including BBC Radio 3 & 4 and BBC World.
She wrote the score for Europe’s Last Dictator (narrated by Joanna Lumley) which won best documentary in the London Independent Film Festival.
Opera Verismo collaborates with a varied and engaging mix of people and players to tailor a programme that will fit your occasion.
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