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Fairy-Tale Opera

  • St Peter's Church Kensington Park Road W11 2PN United Kingdom (map)

Conductor: Matthew Scott Rogers
Soprano (Gretel): Jennifer Davis
Mezzo (Hansel): Felicity Turner
Mezzo Soprano (Witch): Kimberley Raw
Narrator: Susan Brown

Come and join us this December to enjoy some seasonal fairy-tale opera music. The programme will include Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel Overture and the complete second act from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Fresh from his work with the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, our guest conductor Matthew Scott Rogers is one of the most exciting young British conductors around today.

Matthew Scott Rogers


Matthew came to international attention in July 2015 when he made his Lincoln Center debut conducting the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the David H Koch theatre, New York. In August 2015 he conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program. Other recent highlights have included the Newham Philharmonic at The Barbican, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor with Winslow Hall Opera, Così fan tutte for Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Charles Coleman’s Violin Concerto for the Pärnu Music Festival (European premiere), and concerts in Estonia with VU-Orkest Amsterdam and Estonian National Youth Orchestra. For The Royal Ballet he has joined the conducting staff for Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and Age of Anxiety/Sinfonia da Requiem.

Matthew studied conducting with Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Bernard Haitink and Christopher Seaman. He was a member of Jorma Panula’s acclaimed class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and twice received the John Lewis Partnership Scholarship for conducting studies with Neil Thomson.

As both a chorister and clarinettist, he's recorded for record labels including Chandos, Naxos, Doyen and DeHaske. He first read music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, before continuing at the University of Glasgow, the Sibelius Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He held a Guildhall School Scholarship and was supported by the Radford Trust.

Susan Brown

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Susan is an acclaimed actress and best known for her role as Septa Mordane in TV series Game of Thrones. Born in Bristol, Brown trained at Rose Bruford College before her professional screen and stage career. 

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