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Founder: Geraldine Roche

(Geraldine was also our first Carmen)

 

Based in Devizes, in the heart of Wiltshire, WHO was founded in 1990 by Geraldine and the late Keith Lawley,

in order to bring opera to the local community of Devizes and has since produced over 20 operas including:-

The big A, B, C, of Opera (Aida, Boheme & Carmen).

 

Recently we began a touring opera group which has had very successful tours with Marriage of Figaro, Merry  Wives of Windsor,

Pirates of Penzance and The Beggar's Opera

 

We also perform various fundraising concerts and recitals through the year, These are held at different venues around the area

 

 

            
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Musical Director:

 

Roland Melia

   

Patron:

 

Rosa Mannion 

 

President:

 

Michael Gaiger

Roland Melia began his wide ranging career as a cellist playing with NationalSymphony Orchestra of Ireland, English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia. and the contemporary ensemble Lontano. 

Following studies with David Robertson and Ilya Musin he conducted orchestras in Britain such as Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and Royal Ballet.

Abroad he worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and St Petersburg Philharmonic as well as Symphony Orchestras in Portugal, Mexico and Chile.

Melia has been the Artistic Director of Leicester Symphony Orchestra and Cyprus State Orchestra.

He has worked in CD production, composed music for theatre, supervised music for film and delivered creative workshops to school children. He has worked in promotion for Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus and Cegin Productions in UK for which he is currently Artistic Director.

He teaches conducting technique to all ages.

   

White Horse Opera are delighted that Rosa Mannion has agreed to be its patron.

Rosa was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. She made her operatic debut in 1984 as Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore with ScottishOpera and for the following 16 years enjoyed aninternational  career singing with major opera houses, conductors, orchestras and festivals throughout Europe.

In 1998 illness forced her to end her singing career and she began to teach, building up an enormous private practise aswell as joining the music faculty at Bath Spa University.

She gives masterclasses and  workshops throughout the country, adjudicates and examines for the major conservatoires and, as a trustee of Jackdaws Educational Trust, regularly runs residential courses for singers.                                

 

Mike Gaiger is a well known retired company director who has strong local connections. He is a member of Devizes Rugby Club and Devizes Sports Club and is grandad to ten.

An ex chairman of WHO, Mike's unceasing support has always been very much appreciated by the company.