The MUSIQAVIVA creative team includes leading international artists in the fields of voice, piano, direction and design: soprano Alison Roddy, pianist Paul Lavender and director/designer John Lloyd Davies.

 

Alison Roddysoprano

Alison Roddy soprano was born in Dublin, and studied there and at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio (on an English National Opera scholarship). During this time she won many awards including The John McCormack 'Golden Voice of Ireland' and the Lies Askonas Prize.

From 2001 she was a company principal at English National Opera, where her roles included Gilda Rigoletto, Micaela Carmen, Rosina Barber of Seville, Adina L'Elisir d'Amore, Nanetta Falstaff, Despina Cosi fan tutte, Jessie The Silver Tassie, The Woodbird Siegfried, and Yum-Yum Mikado.

She has also sung Wellgunde Das Rheingold (New Zealand), Magda La Rondine (Dublin), Maid/Mistress Powder Her Face (Vienna premiere), Despina Cosi fan tutte (Holland Park), Lucille Danton's Death (Brighton Festival, UK premiere), Arsena Der Zigeunerbaron (Dublin), Frasquita Carmen (Ottawa) and Musetta La Bohème (Dublin).

Concert appearances include Messiah (Bielefeld), Rutter's Magnificat (RTE), Rossini Stabat Mater, Carmina Burana (RLPO), Beethoven 9th (RPO and BBC). She has sung in recital at the Wigmore Hall, 10 Downing Street and St James Palace for HRH the Prince of Wales. Exultate Jubilate on tour with the ICO, Shostakovich 7 Romances with Anthony Marwood and Messiah CBSO. Recordings include Sullivan's The Rose of Persia (BBC /Hanover Band) and Kenilworth. Plans include Verdi Requiem (Guernsey).

 

 

Paul J Lavender, piano

Paul was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1969.  He gave his London debuts in his early teens on both piano and organ, and went on to give numerous concerts around the world by the time he was 23.  He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, read music at the University of Oxford before embarking on post-graduate research in Performance Practice, gaining an M.Phil in Interpretation and Performance.  Paul studied organ under Peter Hurford, John Wellingham, Jacques Van Oortmeersen, Gillian Weir and Stephen Darlington, and piano under Zbigniew Grzybowski and Richard Baxst.

As a pianist and organist he has specialised in performance, arranging and conducting, and has worked as a soloist and a répetiteur with Sir Georg Solti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Leo Nucci, and Luciano Pavarotti amongst others. He has given concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, at venues including St. Paul's Cathedral, Notre Dame, Paris, St. David's Hall, Cardiff and Christ Church, Oxford.  He has also toured Malta and Poland as accompanist and soloist, appearing at the Warsaw Conservatoire during the Chopin centenary celebrations.  He was twice major prize-winner at the Oundle International Organ Festival and the National Eisteddfod of Wales.  He has recorded for BBC Television, BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, as well as BBC Radio Wales

His current performances for piano include the Chopin Ballades and Fantasie, the Op. 23 Preludes of Rachmaninoff and the Liszt Années de Pèlerinages. Current Organ repertoire includes Bach's Toccata Adagio and Fugue and the 6 Trio Sonatas, Max Regers Hallelujah! Gott zu Loben and Petr Eben's Job.

  

 

John Lloyd Davies, director | designer | dramaturg

John Lloyd Davies has worked throughout Europe as director, designer, lighting designer and dramaturg for both opera and theatre, including The Rape of Lucretia and Il re pastore for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Ariadne auf Naxos and Salome (Dallas Opera), Der Rosenkavalier (Dortmund), and Maria de Buenos Aires (Los Angeles).

At the start of his career, he worked at English National Opera on over thirty productions, also directing revivals in Frankfurt, Glasgow and Rome. He made his European debut directing and designing Don Giovanni at the Vienna Kammeroper, followed by Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto. He directed and designed Madama Butterfly in Dublin and Ludwigshafen, Wozzeck and Rimsky-Korsakov's Maynight in London and in 1991 directed, designed and lit his first play in Europe - Schnitzler's Sommerlüfte in Vienna.

Since then he has directed, designed & lit over a hundred productions, including  Madama Butterfly at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen, Un Ballo in Maschera and Die Zauberflöte (Klagenfurt), and Tosca (Malmö). Other work includes Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw (Aldeburgh), Cabaret (Graz), and Tchaikovsky's The Enchantress (Brighton Festival), as well as designing Racine's Phaedra (Vienna), Tales of Hoffmann (Nürnberg), Don Giovanni and Falstaff (Dortmund) and Der Talisman (Salzburg).

In Vienna he has become well-known as a specialist in contemporary opera, with the Austrian premieres of Britten's Death In Venice, Aribert Reimann's Das Schloß, The House of Usher (Philip Glass), Weiße Rose  (Zimmermann) and Powder Her Face (Adès). He designed and lit the world premiere of John Casken's opera God's Liar at the Almeida, London, and La Monnaie, Brussels.

John Lloyd Davies has been awarded the Josef Kainz Medal, one of Austria's major theatre prizes, for opera and theatre work in Vienna. From 2009-12 he was Head of Opera Development at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Published work includes a translation of Bluebeard's Castle (ENO/BBC) and the libretto for Elena Langer's opera Four Sisters (New York, 2012). Plans include The Turn of the Screw at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain and Yan Tan Tethera (Barbican, London, BBCSO) and Effi BriestVienna.