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Officers of Midland Opera


Officers of Midland Opera

Pat has been a member of Midland Opera since her early 20s. Her first leading role with the society was Messenger of Peace in Wagner’s ‘Rienzi’. Following that, Pat performed numerous leading soprano roles, including the Fairy Queen in ‘Die Feen’, Wagner's second opera. As a young protegé of Arthur Street, she developed a fine soprano voice acclaimed in the national press for its excellent quality. She has found every role extremely rewarding, but most memorable were the title role in ‘Aida’, Lady M in the Scottish Opera and, of course, the title role in ‘Turandot’. Pat has also produced operas for Midland Opera and other local societies and as well as being a Teacher of Speech, Drama and Singing, she has spent the last seven years as an official National Examiner of speech and drama. Pat was elected President in 2008 and feels it is a fitting tribute to Arthur, that she should take his place at the helm, after he had such an unalterable affect on her life's course.
Barry joined the company in 1979 ( "just help out on this scene" , he was asked ) and besides appearing in every opera since then including some minor principal roles, has had a variety of responsibilities backstage and on committee. He was Chairman between 1982 and 1999 , and again between 2002 and 2004. A chartered accountant by profession, he has been involved as auditor/ accountant to many professional arts and media companies and charities, as well as a number of actors, singers and musicians amongst his tax clients.

An experienced choral singer, Margaret has been a chorus member of MO for ten years. Since deciding to give stage performance a go she hasn’t looked back, taking part in every opera and concert since she joined. Her interest in music was kindled playing recorder in primary school progressing to oboe at secondary school. She complements her choral and opera singing with “natural voice” singing. She has a keen interest in Birmingham history and is a NT tour guide, enjoys folk music, dancing and especially long distance walking.

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13 of our Previous Productions – Click on an icon to download the appropriate programme pdf.
2015 The Thieving Magpie 2014 The Magic Flute 2013 The Elixir of Love
2012 Turandot 2011 Jack Faust & Sister Angelica 2010 Tales_of_Hoffmann
2009 Macbeth 2008 Carmen 2007 A Masked Ball
2006 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci 2005 Eugene Onegin 2004 La Clemenza di Tito
2003 The Medium
...For a full list back to 1946 see the How it all began page.
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