Maya Colwell – President
Maya loves opera. Although this has become a running joke among a majority of her friends and acquaintances, it is something she feels very strongly about, broadcasting it to anyone who will listen. This is her third and final year in BOpS, since her first performance in BOpSFest 2015 in the chorus of Iolanthe. Maya’s commitment to BOpS is such that she has a tattoo to commemorate her first lead role, as the singular-buttocked Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide. She is delighted to be leading such a vibrant and passionate society this year!
Jen Statham – Vice President
Ever since the age of 4, Jennifer knew her opera career was off to a good start after being cast Angel number 2 in the school nativity. Since then, Jennifer has been fortunate enough to appear in many of the operas with BOpS, with her highlight being the role of the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Jennifer is now in her third and final year at Bristol University studying Music with hopes to do a Masters at conservatoire in violin (or possibly singing). She sings with the University Madrigal Ensemble, University Singers, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and has just finished her year with Genesis Sixteen 2016-2017. As Vice President, she intends to support the best interests of the society while promoting an operatic rendition of the nativity so she can relive the highlight of her singing career thus far, as Angel number 2.
Ronan Agnew – Treasurer
Ronan is entering the fourth year of a physics degree and has been involved with bops since his second year, when he played the cello in a production of Iolanthe. Inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan, he went on to conduct last year’s performance of The Gondoliers, which some people said was ok. His hobbies include pretending to be a music student, and walking around and sleeping in fields. He treasures this opportunity to file receipts.
Charlotte Bateman – Secretary
Charlotte is currently in her third and final year studying Music at Bristol, and has become more and more involved in the society through her time at the university. She has performed in a number of BOpS shows, a highlight being Mrs Grose in their recent production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Charlotte also directed HMS Pinafore for this year’s BOpSFest. As Secretary, she is looking forward to helping BOpS create the best shows possible in an extremely organised fashion, as well as improving her typing skills more and more with every meeting.
Emma Huggett – Social Secretary
Having trawled the Bristol social scene in extreme depth last year, (much to the detriment of her health, exam results and sanity (she is often mistaken for a prepubescent child)), Emma is very excited to be BOpS’ social secretary this year. Looking like a primary school child, though, does have its benefits, and she was delighted to take up the role of Miles (an 8-year-old boy) in last year’s production of The Turn of The Screw. She also played Gianetta in The Gondoliers and was in the chorus for Candide. Emma is in her second year studying for a degree in philosophy, but she tries her best to ignore this.
Emily Khatib – Social Secretary
Tilly Shoul – Communications Secretary
Tilly is a third-year English and Classics student (and occasional fake music student). After directing ‘Candide’ last year she vowed to take a break from opera, but BOpS has dragged her back into its alluring depths and she has since Assistant Produced ‘The Turn of the Screw’ and Choreographed BOpSFest’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’. She looks forward to BOpS’ ‘Don Giovanni’ in March – follow ‘dgbops’ on Instagram to keep updated with the show!
Charlie Walker – Equalities Officer
Charlie is a third-year English literature student who made her BOpS debut in Sweeney Todd as the Bird Seller, a riveting role which would change her acting career forever. Since then, she has taken part in a further 3 BOpS productions, the most recent of which was her directing debut for Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Turn of the Screw’. Having great enjoyed serving as the Secretary last year, she is thrilled to be back on the committee for another year of BOpS as Equality Officer. She is certain it’s gonna be the most equal year yet.
Olivia Younger – Stores Manager
Olivia is a second year Music student who always likes to keep busy. With a background in musical theatre, Liv was delighted to be cast in BOpS’ Gondoliers and instantly fell in love with opera. When she’s not wandering around with her camera forcing people to pose for her photography portfolio, Liv also likes to help out as much as she can backstage… often getting in the way!
Stasia Kudryashova – Non Portfolio Officer
Stasia is a third year Music student at Bristol University and she’s been a member of the society since she arrived. Her debut was as a fairy in Iolanthe with her grand entrance a cartwheel…which she nailed! Stasia is very excited to be producing the society’s main show ‘Don Giovanni’ and even though she won’t be on stage she’ll be running around making sure everything goes smoothly! She spent half of her second year in America, so forgive any yankee twangs. Having not been on a committee before she’s looking forward to being part of this one and being in as many BOpS productions as possible in the coming year!