Ensemble OrQuesta

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 Caccini - Euridice
Carissimi - Jonas / Jephte 

Our first Opera Academy of 2020 will be a "triplebill" of two staged oratorios by Carissimi and Euridice by Caccini which is the oldest surviving opera in the repertoire. 

The Academy will take place from the 2nd to 9th February in Hastings, East Sussex with two final performances at Christ Church, St Leonards on Sea on the 8th and 9th February at 7:00pm.

Each Academy participant performs at least one performance of a role in the fully staged production of the opera, in original language, with the accompaniment of the Ensemble OrQuesta professional baroque ensemble and harpsichord. This academy specifically will focus on the style of early XVII century opera. 

The Academy course is led by Ensemble OrQuesta founder Marcio da Silva in partnership with Hastings Philharmonic. The chorus will be sung by the Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir. 

Professional stage photos are taken at the dress rehearsals.


Euridice - Ciera Cope / Victoria Hodges

Ninfa del Coro - Sally Carr

Pastore del Coro - Thomas Kelly

Dafne - Laura Hocking

Arcetro - Samuel Kibble

Orfeo - Alexander Gebhard

Tirsi/Arminta - Oğuzhan Engin

Prosepina - Sarah Taylor

Venere - Lin Westcott

Pluto - Marcio da Silva

Radamanto - Gary Dyer


Filia - Ciera Cope / Victoria Hodges
Jephte - Oğuzhan Engin


Jonas - Samuel Kibble

Director: Vivi Bayliss
Music Director: Marcio da Silva
Music Director / Harpsichord: Kieran Staub
Lute: Cedric Meyer
Cello: Gavin Kibble

Vivi Bayliss, Stage Director

Vivienne Bayliss is a freelance director-choreographer, specialising in inter-disciplinary performance and working across musical theatre, opera and devised performance. Directing credits include Mayday (The Birmingham Footnotes), Ode to a Coat (3BUGS Fringe Theatre) and The Mikado (University of Birmingham Gilbert and Sullivan Society). Assistant directing credits include First Ladies (British Youth Music Theatre), La Boheme (Woodhouse Opera) and Alcina (Longborough Festival Opera). Choreography credits include 7 Ways to Calm the F**k Down and Road (3BUGS Fringe Theatre), Mamma Mia Medley (Birmingham University Dance Society) and Grease and Twelfth Night (Alcester Grammar School). Having an extensive background in providing theatre for young people at companies including Chipping Norton Theatre, Vivienne is currently Director in Residence at Millfield School. She most recently co-directed A Christmas Carol, and her upcoming directing credits include Love and Information by Caryl Churchill and Johnny and the Dead by Stephen Briggs after Terry Pratchett.

Sally Carr, soprano

Sally Carr was educated at St Mary's Music School and the University of Edinburgh. She studies singing with Susan Hamilton, and currently works as a performer and educator in central Scotland. She has been the recipient of both the Tovey Memorial Prize and the Janet Buckley Memorial prize promoted annually by the Reid School of Music. She is an alumna of the renowned UK young artist programme 'Genesis 16' and is a member of 'echo', an ensemble that comprises graduate Genesis members. She is part of a duo with clarinettist Calum Robertson, with whom she has performed various contemporary works and commissions throughout Scotland. She has appeared on several occasions with Edinburgh Studio Opera: as Julia Bertram in Jonathan Dove's Mansfeild Park and most recently as Belinda in their 50th--anniversary production of Dido and Aneas. In September she will begin studying for a Masters degree in vocal performance.

Ciera Cope, soprano

Nashville native Ciera Cope is a Boston based soprano known for her versatility and dedication to presenting a wide variety of repertoire to audience. She is dedicated to working closely with composers to perform new music. To this end, she is the founding member of CræftTrio, a soprano trio performing and commissioning new works. She studies under Carol Mastrodomenico and received her MM in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music in 2019. Upcoming performances include: Amy Beth Kirsten’s Savior and Aperghis’ Sept Crimes de l’Amour.

Oğuzhan Engin, tenor

He was born in 1995 in İzmir. He started his career in 2008 with the Karsiyaka Municipality Theater Society. While continuing his music education at Isilay Saygin Fine Arts High School, he decided to embark upon his opera training. He started his studies at the Dokuz Eylul State Conservatory with Tenor Aydin Ustuk. During his high school and university life, he took part in various choirs, and he had opportunity to work with Weiland Satter, Emma Kirkby, Prof Dr Guzin Gurel, Burak Bilgili, Lacin Modiri, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Prof Dr Zibelhan Dagdelen, Assoc Dr Linet Saul, Assoc Dr Pinar Ucman Karacali. He still continues his artistic career with various choirs and solo concerts.

Alexander Gebhard, tenor

Alexander Gebhard is a versatile young British-German tenor, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Raymond Connell. Alexander is equally at home performing baroque and classical repertoire as he is delivering the world premiere of a new composition. Recent concert engagements have included Bach’s Actus Tragicus with Philippe Herreweghe and the St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock. Recent operatic roles have included Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Laius/Army of Lovers (UK premiere), and Dominique/ Cabildo at the Grimeborn Festival 2019. He holds an MPhil from Oxford and a BA from Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar.

Laura Hocking, mezzo-soprano

British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree from the Royal College of Music, and recently completed her Master of Performance degree there with distinction. Laura is a 2019 Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist.  This summer Laura will be an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for their 2020 season. Laura’s recent concert work has included being the alto ensemble member with Classical Opera and the Mozartist’s concert tour of Così fan tutte, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra and a Mahler song project with Roger Vignoles.

Operatic highlights include Mrs Kneebone in A Dinner Engagement (RCM Opera Studio), the title role in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Melanto in Il Ritorno D'Ulisse (Suffolk Villages Festival), Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective), Amastre in Cavalli's Xerse (Ensemble Orquesta) and contemporary opera premieres as Angelica in Lara Poe's The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in Sophie Sparkes' Our Perfect Child(RCM/Tête-à-tête). In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Concepcion, Stephano, Hermia, Ramiro at the RCM, and most recently she performed as Sesto and Serse at the Drottningholm Slottsteater, Stockholm. 

Victoria Hodges, soprano

Victoria Hodges currently studies with Ben Johnson, after having previously attended Morley Opera School, the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito di Parma and Newcastle University, where she graduated with first class honours. She has performed in the wings of the Royal Opera House for the Mariinsky Ballet, at the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel and as a soloist for The Armed Man (Jenkins) at the Sage Gateshead. Recent and upcoming engagements include The Barber of Seville (Surrey Opera), The Merry Widow (Betchworth Opera), Mercedes in Carmen (New London Opera Group) and Don Giovanni at the Minack (Surrey Opera). Victoria also runs choirs for people affected by cancer in Chelsea and Sutton for Tenovus Cancer Care.

Tom Kelly, tenor

Tom Kelly is a British Tenor studying with Raymond Connell and Marek Ruszczynski on the Vocal Studies Masters Programme at the Royal Academy of Music, on a Scholarship. Recent Opera roles include Tamino The Magic Flute (Flat Pack Music) and Shepherd Venus and Adonis (RAM). Previous Opera Roles include Mudlark Mudlark Dances (Spitalfields Music), Sailor Dido and Aeneas (The English Concert) and Jupiter Semele (Manchester University Music Society). Recent Opera Scenes roles include Vasek Bartered Bride (RAM Opera Scenes), Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia (RAM Opera Scenes), Tamino Die Zauberflöte(RAM Opera Scenes) and Remendado Carmen (RAM Opera Scenes). Upcoming Opera Roles include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Surrey Opera), Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte (Love Opera) and Tom Rakewell Rake’s Progress (RAM Opera Scenes). Recent chorus work includes Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini (The Monteverdi Choir) and Joby Talbot A Sheen of Dew (Independent Opera). On the concert platform, recent engagements include Tenor solos for Paul McCreesh and The Gabrieli Consort (Gdańsk, Versailles, London), solos for Laurence Cummings, John Butt and Phillippe Herreweghe in performances of Bach Cantatas at RAM, Händel L’Allegro, Pensieroso, ed il Moderato (Lausanne and Sion, Switzerland) with Marc Bochud, Rossini Petite Messe Sollenelle (Clerkenwell), Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 (Chester, Cardiff and Oxford), Bach Magnificat (Cambridge), and Gavin Bryars Cadman Requiem (King’s Place). Other previous concert performances include Evangelist and Tenor solo roles in Bach St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Rameau In Convertendo Dominus, Haydn Creation, Mozart Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Handel Messiah, Schütz Musikalisches Exequien, and Beethoven Mass in C.

Samuel Kibble, tenor

Samuel Kibble is currently studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he holds a scholarship. Operatic roles include the Rooster in The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) for Royal Academy Opera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) for Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes, Henry Crawford in Dove's Mansfield Park and Le Remendado in Bizet's Carmen, both with Durham Opera Ensemble. Operatic chorus experience includes Rossini’s La Cenerentola with British Youth Opera and Handel’s Semele, Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta with Royal Academy Opera. Solo oratorio experience includes Bach’s Cantata 198 ‘Trauerode’ with Masaaki Suzuki as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Bach the European series. Other highlights as a soloist include performances of Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass with the London Mozart Players in Norwich, Handel's Messiah in Leeds and Rossini's Stabat Mater in Eastbourne.