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Camberwell Pocket Opera Cinderella Cléopâtre Norma

The setting up of Camberwell Pocket Opera was enabled by over donations from over 400 generous individuals made up of early audience members and fellow professionals. They included the Marchioness of Cholmondeley (who has, since 1993 been the company’s patron), Sir Geoffrey Cass, Tessa Jowell MP, Julia McKenzie, Caroline Quentin, Simon Callow, Dame Josephine Barnes, Alun Armstrong, and Nicholas Parsons and, from the world of music and opera, Richard Jones, Simon Keenlyside CBE, Jane Glover, Andrew Shore, Stephen Daldry, Stephen Pimlott, Graham Vick and Deborah Warner.

Mark Tinkler (Artistic Director) and Annabel Lee (Visual Director), the two founders of the company were joined by Stephen Harris (then assistant chorus master at English National Opera and subsequently Chorus Master), the company’s first music director. Ken Lee designed a logo and provided artwork for the company.

Fundraising Gala Concert

January 3rd 1993. Greenwich Theatre, London.

Hosted by Classic FM’s Mel Cooper and with Mark Dorrell at the piano, this concert - the first ever under the name of Camberwell Pocket Opera – got the company off to a great start with, amongst other items:

  • the Largo al Factotum sung by Simon Keenlyside – (whilst juggling oranges!);
  • Paul Nilon singing Tamino’s aria;
  • Marilyn Hill-Smith performing On my lips from Lehar’s Giuditta;
  • Susannah Waters singing Deh vieni non tardar;
  • Ann Howard, the famous Sadler’s Wells Carmen, rolling back the years with the Habanera;
  • Louise Gold cooking up a storm with some of Bernstein’s On the Town; and
  • Myra Sands singing The Thinnest Girl in the Harem

Fundraising Gala Concert

May 2nd 1993. Greenwich Theatre, London.

A programme of opera with:
Barry Banks, Rosemary Joshua, David Ellis, Rosa Mannion, Andrew Shore, Nicola Sharkey, Graeme Broadbent, Debra Stuart, Paul Nilon, Elisabeth McCormack and others

Presenter: Mel Cooper
Music Director: Gerald Manley Moore

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The company’s first full production (Dulwich Festival and ADC Theatre, Cambridge). The seeds of the company were sown in the previous year with a series of workshops based around Cinderella. The performances at the Dulwich Festival were the first fully-stage performances mounted by the company. The first production was designed to be tourable - with set, costumes, Stage Manager and driver in a Mini Metro!

Character Workshops Aug 2002 Performances 1993
Don Magnifico Andrew Tinkler Andrew Tinkler
Cinderella Valerie Stephenson, Andrea Grey Buddug Verona James
Clorinda Thomasin Trezise Thomasin Trezise
Tisbe Anne Wright Stella Litchfield, Suzanne Joyce
Don Ramiro Phillip Raymond Huw Rhys Evans
Dandini David Stephenson Simon Masterton Smith, Tom McVeigh
Alidoro Laurie Kubiak Ashley Thorburn. Jeffrey Carl
Music Director Derek Harris Stephen Harris, Susie Allan
Director Mark Tinkler Mark Tinkler
Designers   Annabel Lee, Emma Thistlethwaite
Lighting   StanleyOsborne-White
Sign Interpreter   Wendy Ebsworth

“Everything that opera should be—non-elitist, beautifully sung and, most importantly of all, fun … for anyone looking for the future of small-scale opera, they need look no further than Camberwell Pocket Opera.”

The Morning Star

To see pictures of this production click on the logo

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British Première Performance.
Semi-staged performance with piano at Greenwich Theatre, London. June 27th, July 4th 1993.

Character Cast
Cléopâtre Annemarie Sand
Marc-Antoine Nicholas Sears
Spakos Paul Nilon
Octavie Lynne Davies
Charmion Diane Horsey
Ennius Tom McVeigh
Amnhes Stuart McIntyre
Severus Christopher Speight
Doorkeeper Andrew Tinkler
Slave Edward Caswell
Director Mark Tinkler
Music Director Jeremy Silver
Chorus Master Philip White
Presenter Mel Cooper
Chorus Ladies Katie Best, Kerry Boyle, Verona Chard, Diane Horsey, Der-Shin Hwang, Janet Lax, Gaynor Miles, Julia Parrot, Thomasin Trezise
Chorus Gentlemen Edward Caswell, Andrew Friedhoff, Richard Horsfield, Stuart McIntyre, Christopher Speight, Tom McVeigh, Gareth Owen, Simon Rowe.


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Semi-staged performance with piano of Bellini’s Norma at Greenwich Theatre, London. August 15th 1993.

Character Cast
Oroveso Arwel Huw Morgan
Pollione John Hudson
Flavio Kevin West
Norma Faith Wilson
Adalgisa Anne-Marie Ownes
Cotilda Elizabeth Brice
Director Mark Tinkler
Music Director Phillip Thomas
Chorus Master Philip White
Presenter Mel Cooper
Chorus Ladies Stephanie Allman, Katie Best, Tiffany Black, Kerry Boyle, Louise Childs, Jo Edworthy, Sylvia Galloway, Janet Lax, Judith McAuflan, Julia Parrot, Miranda Roberts, Anotnia Sotgin, Thomasin Trezise, Jenny West.
Chorus Gentlemen Alan Beck, Andrew Friedhoff, Ashley Holland, Richard Horsfield, David Kempster, Paul Keohone, Gareth Owen, Wyn Pencarreg, William Revels, Simon Rowe, Riccardo Simonetti.


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