Baritone & Director
Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.
John Cox is recognised as one of the major opera directors. He was Director of Productions for Glyndebourne, where he directed works by Mozart, Rossini and Haydn, a celebrated Rake’s Progress with David Hockney’s designs, and a notable group of Richard Strauss domestic comedies: Ariadne auf Naxos, Capriccio, Intermezzo, Die Schweigsame Frau, Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella. He was Artistic Director of Scottish Opera and Production Director for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. His opera productions have been seen throughout Europe, North America and Australia. In addition he has worked extensively in theatre, television, film and major festivals. Recent productions include Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos in Chicago and Cosi fan tutte in Dallas. He will return to the Garsington Opera in 2017 for Le nozze di Figaro, and in the 2018/19 season will revive Thaïs for the Metropolitan Opera and Cosi fan tutte for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Directors & Baritone/Bass-baritone
Dale Duesing began his musical studies in Milwaukee as a pianist. At Lawrence University in Wisconsin he switched from piano to voice and has subsequently pursued a major international vocal career. After a hugely successful career as a singer performing at the world’s great opera houses and with the world’s great orchestras and conductors he turned to directing. He made his directorial debut at Frankfurt Opera with Viaggio in Rheims to sensational critical acclaim and was nominated for Opernwelt’s best production and best director. He has also directed Medea for the Nationale Reisopera and The Rape of Lucretia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann also for Frankfurt Opera.
Martin Duncan was born in London and trained as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is equally at home in Opera and Theatre. He was Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse and Joint Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre. He co-directed and co-wrote the scenario of the world première of The Nutcracker (Matthew Bourne/Opera North, Edinburgh International Festival) and was Associate Director on the Pet Shop Boys’ Performance Tour and has composed music for over 50 theatre productions. In 2012, Martin was an Artistic Adviser for the London Olympic Culture Festival. His many opera productions include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Scottish Opera; English National Opera; the Glyndebourne Festival; the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Berlin Deutsche Staatsoper