Artistic Director / Music Director / Stage Director / Conductor: Born in Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, France. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and was subsequently awarded a Masters Degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music, London. Marcio was Music and Stage Director of Woodhouse Opera, and is the founder of the Ensemble OrQuesta. He is also music director of the Grange Choral Society, and Artistic Director of the Hastings Philharmonic. As Stage and Music director for Woodhouse Opera and Ensemble OrQuessta he has directed over 20 operas. Marcio is also an active chamber music singer. Most recently he performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Schubert’s Winterreise and Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel.www.marciodasilva.com
Conductor: Brazilian conductor Neylson Crepalde has attended masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Ragnar Bohlin, Kenneth Kiesler, Marcio da Silva, Roberto Tibiriçá, Osvaldo Ferreira and many others. He studied conducting at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is also music professor at Technological Methodist University Izabela Hendrix (Brazil) and Head of Music Department. Neylson is also a trained singer and classical guitarist.
With Ensemble OrQuesta he has acted as conductor for L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Dido and Aeneas (2016), Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra (2016), Don Giovanni (2017), Cosi fan Tutte (2018) and Magic Flute (2019).
Assistant Stage Director: Laura Hensley graduated in 2015 from Rose Bruford College with a degree in European Theatre. Since then, she has worked with young people as a drama facilitator, and performed in children’s theatre in two national tours of Spain for Forum Teatro y Educacio.
For Ensemble OrQuesta she has worked on the productions of Don Giovanni (2017), Acis and Galatea (2018), Dido and Aeneas (2018), Cosi fan Tutte (2018) and L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2019).