Stanford – President
Stanford is a final year Politics and International Relations student who joined BOpS in first year and, much like the nation’s passion for opera, has stuck ever since. He has performed in numerous BOpS productions for four years, and relished directing Sweeney Todd, last year’s main production! Having patiently ascended the greasy pole of opera, spending a year as Social Secretary and Treasurer respectively, Stanford is deeply honoured to be President of the society this year, and should anyone have any ideas or questions then drop him a line whenever you feel the need. Stanford is also a living embodiment of the philosophy, “opera is not only for good singers!”
Tom – Vice President
Tom is a 4th year Music and German student who has just completed a year living and studying in Heidelberg. A member of BOpS since coming to Bristol, he has grown into a massive opera fan and has been involved with BOpS wherever possible. Appearing in both The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. In November 2014 he conducted the BOpSFest production of Ravel’s The Child and the Spells. Outside of Opera he enjoys co-conducting his choir The Victoria Singers and working as a Tour Manager at OneStage. Tom is looking forward to his role as Vice-President next year, as well as being involved in this year’s Productions.
Sasha – Treasurer
Sasha is a third year Economics and Management student with a passion for Opera. He has been a member of the society for the past two years and have taken part in every production since starting at Bristol. His new role as Treasurer means that he is responsible for looking after and Hand(e)ling the society’s money. He vows to make sure that you are reimbursed for any opera-related spending whilst ensuring that we budget appropriately for the future. Outside of the society, he enjoys taking singing lessons as well as playing a bit of social tennis.
Charlie is a second-year English student who likes to keep herself busy with theatre and music inside and outside of university. Having given a gripping performance of the highly-esteemed role of ‘Bird Seller’ in Sweeney Todd, she is a keen member of the BOpS community and is greatly enjoying her time as the secretary of the society. Alongside Musical Theatre Bristol, Spotlights, Chamber Choir and A Cappella, Charlie is looking forward to another great year in BOpS, and who knows? She might even get five lines in a show instead of four.
*she has thirteen lines in BOpS’ 2017 production of Candide
Elena – Social Secretary
Elena is a second year languages student who should probably be spending more time on her actual degree. Her hobbies include performing, bossing other people around and telling people she’s Welsh. She is passionate about opera and took part in Iolanthe and Sweeney Todd last year with the society. She is looking forward to directing ‘The Gondoliers’ by Gilbert and Sullivan in this year’s BOpS Fest. Elena will be social secretary this year, and will be responsible for initiating all the newcomers and making sure everyone has a great time. She is thrilled at the operatunity to be on the committee.
Leon- Social Secretary
Leon is a final year Economics student, who amongst the number crunching enjoys singing and a little bit of acting on the side. He joined BOpS last year and after taking a lead role in Iolanthe and Chorus roles in Acis and Sweeney he is looking forward to what this year has to offer! He will be in charge of getting the society drunk with many a beer and BOptail!
Maya – Communications Secretary
Maya is a second year music student with an opera obsession. As a mezzo with a soprano complex, Maya is best kept away from alcohol, which makes her believe that she can, in fact sing high. After singing in BOpS’ Iolanthe and Sweeney Todd last year, and spending the summer playing old ladies in various operas, she looks forward to regaining her normal face as the producer of the BOpSFest production of The Gondoliers, as well as getting involved in as many shows as humanly possible. A novice to technology, Maya is also responsible for the poor attempts at humour, showcased on the BOpS Twitter account.
Will – Non Portfolio Officer
Will is a Second Year Music student. He sings with University Singers and is also the President of the Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble. This term he has sung both solos as a Bass and a Tenor at St George’s Concert Hall due to his outstanding versatility. Additionally, the title role in Carissimi’s Jephte with the Bristol University Singers. He recently sung with Schola Cantorum of Oxford in their UK Tour and also with the National Youth Chamber Choir tour to headline the Malta International Choir Festival. Last year he was awarded a Conducting Scholarship by the University of Bristol to conduct the String Orchestra and the BoPS Production of Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’. One day, Will aspires to have high notes like Pavarotti. Will is not realistic.
Shaun- Non Portfolio Officer
Shaun is a 3rd year music student with a penchant for performing, directing and composing. His background is not only choral but theatrical and he loooved the fusion of music and drama that BOpS facilitated in his first year. He soon found himself in his debut operatic role, as Tree no. 2, the one-performance BOpSFest production of Ravel’s The Child and The Spells. As one can imagine playing a singing tree is pretty riveting stuff! Shaun enjoyed it so much that he auditioned for the main show and got a lead role; Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro! This year Shaun is a Non-portfolio Officer for the Society, aka. the society’s dogsbody, doing all the bits here there and in between that no one else wants to do (fun fun fun!) If you see him around, as you invariably will do (thanks to his obnoxiously garish dress sense) don’t hesitate to say ‘Hi’, though he sometimes bite.
Will- Non Portfolio Officer
Will is a third year music student at Bristol University. He is a member of University Singers, Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble and a co-founder of the Berwick Consort. He is a member of the Rodolfus choir, conducted by Ralph Allwood, with whom he recently performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall. He is also the Bristol University Chamber Choir and is taught by Angela Hickey. He has been in Acis and Galatea, Sweeney Todd and will be in the chorus for Candide in February.