Principal Cast and Creatives for NHO 2022 Opera Festival

9th February 2022

Nevill Holt Opera

We are delighted to share with you the Principal Cast and Creative Teams for La bohème and The Barber of Seville this summer.

La bohème

Nevill Holt Opera’s Artistic Director Nicholas Chalmers will conduct Puccini’s renowned opera La bohéme this June.

The role of Mimì will be performed by Nigerian-American soprano Francesca Chiejina, a graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme; Peter Scott Drackley (Sweeney Todd, Des Moines Metro Opera; Tosca, Anchorage Opera) takes the role of Rodolfo; Alexandra Oomens, a Harewood Artist with English National Opera, is Musetta; Frank Spedding Leider Prize-winning Christopher Nairne is Marcello; Jette Parker Young Artist Dominic Sedgwick is Schaunard; Colline is played by Dingle Yandell (Akhnaten, ENO; The Magic Flute, Scottish Opera), who returns after performing at NHO in 2021; and Andrew Tipple (Silverlake, ETO; Le nozze de Figaro, NHO; Death in Venice, Garsington) will perform as Benoit/Alcindoro.

La bohéme will be directed by Mathilda du Tillieul McNicol who was the Assistant Director of NHO’s La traviata in 2021, and the designer will be Linbury Prize winner Basia Bińkowska (othellomacbeth, Lyric Hammersmith; Love and other Acts of Violence, Donmar Warehouse). 

Puccini’s stunning music will be brought to life by our orchestral partner Manchester Camerata (‘Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’- The Times) who joined us last season for La traviata and for our Messiah performances in NHO’s Winter Festival 2021.  


The Barber of Seville

Rossini’s comedy Il barbiere di Siviglia will be conducted by Dinis Souza, Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and directed by Anna Morrissey (ROH; RSC; Old Vic), who directed NHO’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2019. The Royal Northern Sinfonia returns to NHO as Orchestra Partner, and the designer is Alex Berry (finalist for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2015) who designed NHO’s 5-star outdoor production of Don Giovanni in 2021.

The role of Rosina will be taken by Sarah Champion (Così fan tutte, Scottish Opera; Between Worlds, ENO); Dr Bartolo will be played by Grant Doyle (Turandot, ROH; Don Giovanni, Garsington Opera); Samling Artist and Bicentenary Scholar at Royal Academy Opera Liam Bonthrone will perform the role of Count Almaviva; Michel de Souza (Tosca and Carmen, ROH) is Figaro; Icelandic bass-baritone Andri Björn Róbertsson (Le Nozze di Figaro, Icelandic Opera; Lessons in Love and Violence, ROH and Opera National de Lyon) is Basilio; Berta will be performed by Janis Kelly (Falstaff, Grange Park Opera; The Marriage of Figaro, ROH); and former NHO Young Artist Malachy Frame completes the cast as Fiorello. 

Both casts will be joined by a sparkling chorus of NHO Associate and Emerging Artists – exceptional singers at the start of their careers.

General booking opens at 10am on the 10th February. Click here to book. 


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