Orlando Gough is a composer (as well as lyricist, librettist, music director, MC, recording engineer), who writes operas, choral music, music for dance and theatre, and creates large-scale site-specific work. He worked with BFO on ‘CLASH!’ and has collaborated with artists from many genres (including dancer/choreographer Siobhan Davies, poet Carol Ann Duffy composer/conductor Richard Chew). Orlando has involved a diverse range of participants in music pieces including young people, stroke victims and the lead singers of grindcore bands.
Stephen has written for film, TV and theatre, but in recent years, has become increasingly in demand as an opera librettist, working with many front-rank contemporary composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Taylor, Michael Zev Gordon, Joseph Phibbs as well as Orlando Gough.
Singer & Director of Barefoot Opera
As an alumna of the London National Opera Studio, Jenny Miller pursued a professional operatic career encompassing Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera House and English National Opera. She began a long relationship with Longborough Festival Opera which launched her work as a director, and she founded her own training company Barefoot Opera.
Polly was nominated in the category of Best Newcomer at the 2017 International Opera Awards. She read English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, before doing an MA in Text and Performance at RADA …
She spent two years as Genesis Assistant Director at Welsh National Opera, where she was mentored by David Pountney and assisted Mariusz Trelinski, David Pountney, Martin Constantine, Pierre Audi and Alessandro Talevi. Her directing work includes Le Vin Herbé (WNO) nominated for Best Achievement in Opera at the UK Theatre Awards, A Christmas Carol (Orchestra Haydn Opera 20.21 and WNO), Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera), Kommilitonen! winner of Best Opera at the Welsh Theatre Awards, and Unheard Voices: CREW (both at WNO), Mr Punch and Me (Royal Welsh College of Music and drama), Nighthawks (Yellow Earth Theatre), and Alcina (Barefoot Opera).
Polly was the recipient of an INDEPENDENT OPERA Director Fellowship 2016.