I have been privileged to study conducting since 1995, and have relished every moment. In these pages is the limited video footage of my conducting work from four productions: Puccini’s La Bohème in 2012, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Bernstein’s Candide in 2011, and Sullivan’s Iolanthe in 2009
La Bohème, May 2012
Così fan tutte, November 2011
OperaBox was formed in August 2011 to satisfy two goals: opera productions that offered high-quality, elegant and exciting performances, and opportunities for young professional artists who yearned for greater experience in a town where experiences were hard to find. The first production was Mozart’s deceptively jovial Così fan tutte, his final collaboration with master librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. Suzanne Barton plumbed the progressive levels of subterfuge and moral interplay, while I conducted OperaBox’s first ensemble and orchestra.
OperaBox’s second and more ambitious production was Puccini’s youthful masterpiece La Bohème, produced by Suzanne Barton and directed for the stage by Ethan Tomas. For this production the OperaBox orchestra swelled to 30, and we (just) fitted into Darlington Hall, easily filled North Perth Town Hall, and enjoyed a perfect première at Fremantle’s famous Fly by Night Club
Candide, July 2011
Three hours after an afternoon coffee with the music director, I was brought on board to conduct a highly ambitious production on the day of the final orchestral rehearsal – two weeks before the première.
A new production by the Gilbert and Sullivan society of Western Australia, with a new orchestra assembled from students and ex-students of the University of Western Australia and soloists from West Australian Opera.