1. Describe yourself in three words
Long-limbed song-mad pianist. (I used hyphens to get around your tricky restrictions. Sorry)
2. What’s your role in this summer’s production?
Réptétiteur for rehearsals and one half of the piano duet in the ensemble for performances.
3. What do you do when you’re not working with Samling?
I am a freelance pianist, organist, harpsichordist based in London. I specialise in song repertoire.
4. What’s your favourite opera & why?
Changes regularly. Top three currently: Tosca, Peter Grimes, and Dialogues des Carmeélites.They all have a fantastic melding of a good plot, compelling atmosphere and glorious music.
5. What are you most looking forward to about the production?
The frogs’ ballet.
6. What do you order from the chip shop?
Haddock or cod and chips. Definitely no mushy peas.
7. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
8. Give us your elevator pitch for why people should come and see this production
Ravel’s magical soundworld brings every character vividly to life. Like all good films there is good and evil, but light and dark, real and unreal are all blurred together in a fantastically compelling and mysterious way. Also, there are more talking objects and singing animals than in a Disney movie. What more could you want?