MELANIE VINALL - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Melanie trained as an operatic soprano and has performed In Italy, the USA and Germany. Closer to home, Melanie has performed at the Southbank and has sung with London City Opera, Leitmotif Opera, Opera Piccola and Abbey Opera. She has appeared in cabaret, was the guest soloist with the Croydon Male Voice Choir and has given Opera, Lieder, French, Russian Song and Musical Theatre recitals. Her operatic stage roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Micaela (Carmen), the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), (Contessa) The Marriage of Figaro and Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly). Melanie provided the voice for commercials including the Opera Singer in Vodaphone’s “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings” campaign.
Directing credits include Offenbach’s La Belle Helene for Guildford Opera, Beauty and the Beast Panto for Westerham Amateur Dramatics, A Night at the Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: Less Miserable! for The New Aquarian Opera Company and for Oxted Operatic The Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz and Curtain Up!
Guy Middlemiss – Musical Director
Guy has been on the musical theatre scene for the last 30 years. His first engagements, with the Imperial College Operatic Society (London) doing mainly G&S.
He has subsequently been repetiteur, orchestral keyboard player and musical director for a number of companies in the London area, including BROS Theatre Company, Questors Theatre, Wallington Operatic & Dramatic Society, Younger Generation Theatre Group, Oxted Musical Theatre Company, Harrow Opera, Harrow Opera, Creative Minds Academy, Camberley Musical Society and now The New Aquarian Opera Company – he was Musical Director for their first revival show, A Night at the Opera, in November 2021.
He is delighted to be continuing his involvement with Aquarian Opera by being Musical Director for The Merry Widow.
Honourary Patron – Lord Astor of Hever PC DL
charity status: Aquarian Opera UK Charity No 1080942
Registered office: Brook Cottage, Tanhouse Road, Oxted RH8 9PE