Julian Debreuil (Bass-Baritone) - The Gardener
Julian Debreuil has garnered praise in recent years for his considerable vocal power and compelling acting. His ‘rich and powerful’ voice is used to good effect in a broad range of operatic and concert repertoire, with a focus on the Romantic and Verismo genres.
Julian studied at the Royal College of Music and the Academia Georg Solti. He is the recipient of awards from the Wingate Foundation, English Speaking Union, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Society of Musicians, Josephine Baker and Countess of Munster Trusts and was a finalist in the Schubert Society of London, London Song Festival, John Warner Memorial Award and Hampshire National Singing Competitions. In addition, he was commended by the Wagner Society of London as having 'a powerful, attractive sound with a great deal of vocal colour'.
Peter Braithwaite (baritone) - The Old Gardener
In the 2018/19 season, Peter Brathwaite sings the title role in Polly Graham’s new production of Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis with CHROMA Ensemble at Bold Tendencies. He covers and sings Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera North, and creates the role of Doctor in the European Premiere of Philip Hagemann’s The Music Cure. Future seasons see him make role debuts at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera Philadelphia. 2017/18 highlights included his English National Opera debut in Effigies of Wickedness (Songs banned by the Nazis), a critically acclaimed co-production with the Gate Theatre, originated by him and directed by Ellen McDougall. He also made debuts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Danish National Opera's GrowOp! Festival in Aarhus, and the Spitalfields Festival as Feldspar in Zoe Palmer and Sam Glazer's Fogonogo.
Magid El-Bushra (counter-tenor) - The Angry Young Man
Noted for his “vocal beauty and fine presence” (Opera Magazine), his “gentle countertenor sound” (Opernwelt), his “dramatic depth” (Diapason Magazine), and described as a “true countertenor discovery” (Der Tagesspiegel), Magid El-Bushra is developing a notable career in the opera, oratorio and recital repertoires. Recent engagements include Nicholas Lens’ Shell Shock with the Orchestre de Radio France at the Philharmonie in Paris, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha at the Wiener Festwochen, the Potsdamer Winteroper, and the Hamburger Theater Festival (under the baton of Konrad Junghänel), a solo recital with the Berner Symphonieorchester at Konzerttheater Bern (conducted by Kevin John Edusei), Orontes in Telemann’s Der misslungene Brautwechsel in Giessen (conducted by Michael Hofstetter), the alto solos in Bach’s St John Passion with Concerto Köln, and the Cheshire Cat in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Georgia Mae Bishop (mezzo-soprano)
Born in Jersey, mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is a recent graduate of the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She holds a masters in performance with distinction from the Guildhall School and a BMus (hons) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Whilst at the Guildhall she was the winner of the Chartered Surveyors vocal competition and a recipient of an Opera Awards Foundation bursary. Other competition successes include 2nd prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition (2016) and finalist in Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize (2017).
Described as ‘a performer with a strong vocal personality and stage presence’ (Opera magazine), Georgia has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of numerous roles on the operatic stage. Recent credits include Filipyvena, Eugene Onegin (Opera Loki), Mistress Quickly (cover), Falstaff (Garsington Opera), Zita, Gianni Schicchi (Barbican Concert Hall), Madam de Croissy, Dialogues des Carmélites, Vera Boronel, The Consul, Zenobia (cover), Radamisto (Guildhall Opera), title role, Carmen, Ruth, Pirates of Penzance (Dartington Opera).
Flora McIntosh (mezzo-soprano) - The Grandmother
Flora McIntosh was born in London and trained at the RNCM. During her training at the RNCM Flora was the winner of the Anne Ziegler Award and Ricordi Prize for Opera and received generous support from the Peter Moores Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She has participated in masterclasses with, amongst others, Della Jones, Jane Eaglen and Malcolm Martineau. Flora is a Samling Foundation scholar and currently studies with Arwel Treharne Morgan. Engagements in 2018 include Das lied von der Erde with English National Ballet, Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose, Pauline in the UK premiere of Gounod’s Polyeucte (UCOpera), Lucy Lockit in The Beggar’s Opera (Oborne Opera and Mastersingers UK), Dryad In Ariadne auf Naxos for Longborough Festival, the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (National Trust collaboration) and Mercedes in Carmen for The Prison Choir Project.