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The Opera Pod

May 6, 2021

Fiona Maddocks played music as a young girl at the Royal College of Music on Saturdays, but after a frightening experience at a Masterclass with Nadia Boulanger, she knew for certain she didn’t want to be on stage, or indeed be the centre of attention at all. While studying English at Cambridge, she spent her spare...


Apr 29, 2021

Born in Scotland and brought up on the West Coast of Australia, Duncan was set to become a lawyer, until his interest in music led him to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a full scholarship, and on to the National Opera Studio.  Finding his early niche as a sailor in Billy Budd at both...


Apr 22, 2021

Psychotherapist and artist wellbeing practitioner Lou Platt was brought up by her Avon Lady mother and her nuclear engineer father, who also created sets both for their local theatre, and for Lou to perform at home. Basking in her role of the second lead as the Merry Wizard in the school play, Lou went on to become a...


Apr 15, 2021

Nicola began music at school with the standard issue recorder, but soon took it upon herself to put down a deposit on a saxophone, much to the horror of her parents who were left with the bill.  She went on to study music at Durham University, from her Bachelor of Arts through to her PhD, before starting out as a Stage...


Apr 8, 2021

Frances Marshall began learning the piano at five years old, but was also captivated by copies of Vanity Fair around her house, which founded her love of music and the visual arts from a young age. At nineteen years old, she had a job as an usher at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and persuaded her boss to let...