Peter Jones(Musical Director)
Peter’s first production with Harrow Opera. He is happy working on both sides of the footlights. Previous stage roles include: Marcello (La Bohème) and Germont (La Traviata) with St Albans Operatic Society; Ping (Turandot) and Mother (Seven Deadly Sins) with Bristol Opera. He has been MD for many of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas with Abbots Langley G&S Society in Watford and at the Buxton Opera House, together with numerous musicals in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. He conducts Irrational Theatre, for whom his work includes: The Telephone; Cox and Box; and a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci, which were included in the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre in London last Autumn. He is currently working on Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Julia Beynon(Stage Director)
Julia studied singing with Anna Argenti, beginning her professional career in musical comedy, pantomime and cabaret. She has sung many operatic roles, her favourite being Violetta in La Traviata. She has directed over thirty operas both here and on the continent. These include: The Marriage of Figaro; The Magic Flute; La Bohème; Martha; Masked Ball; Queen of Spades; Cavalleria Rusticana; La Cenerentola; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Force of Destiny; Hansel and Gretel; Tales of Hoffmann; Macbeth; Idomeneo; Dido and Aeneas; La Traviata; HMS Pinafore and Yeomen of the Guard.
Eirka is a harpsichord player, coach and choral leader. She trained at the Franz Liszt Music Academy (Hungary), graduating from the faculty of harpsichord and choral conducting. She works for the Hungarian National Opera House as coach and accompanist. Additional coaching duties include work at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, teaching recitative and chamber music to young singers. She is also the musical director of the St. Joseph Chorus Budapest. She has played in early music ensembles, and toured internationally as a harpsichord player and accompanist in Japan, China, Germany, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.