There were two performances of Franz Lehar's timeless operetta - on Saturday, October 30th 2004 and the following night.
The four principal roles were taken by Joanne Dexter (Anna), Victoria Sharp (Valencienne), Dominic Burns (Danilo) and Justin
This was the first time members of Opera North had joined forces with amateur singers in this way in the
Aireborough area, and we were surprised by the demand for tickets.
"[GAOS] always shone in the realm of singing ... this tradition came to the fore ... The four-part singing throughout was
impressive and gave us a wonderful sound."
Val Pennett, Airedale & Wharfedale Observer, November 4th 2004
Joanne Dexter studied music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music
& Drama. She has sung with several companies, including
English Touring Opera, Pavilion Opera,
Les Azuriales Opera and Covent Garden. She
appeared on the TV series Masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen,
and has recently sung First Lady in a new recording of Idomeneo for Chandos.
She joined Opera North in 1997.
Dominic Burns, who took the role of Danilo, first appeared on Guiseley Stage
in 1988. He was a playing member of GAOS for our production of The New Moon. He has performed several roles for
Opera North, including Dancairo (Carmen), Giorgio (The Thieving Magpie)
and Marchese (La Traviata). Dominic made a welcome return to his roots for
this special concert.
Victoria has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, the Cheltenham Festival,
the Royal Albert Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her roles for
Opera North include Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosi
Fan Tutti) and Fasquita (Carmen). Future engagements include a performance
of Turandot in which she will sing the title role.
After leaving King's College, London, Justin sang for several companies,
including English Touring Opera, D'Oyly Carte
and British Youth Opera at Covent Garden. He moved to
Yorkshire in 2000 to join Opera North where he has undertaken
several roles and covers, including Spirit Of The Masque (Gloriana), Ein
Junger Semann/Ein Hirt (Tristan) and Albert (Albert Herring).
Margaret Dexter (Musical Director)
Margaret has been involved in music as a singer since early childhood.
She studied with Elsie Thurston at the then Royal College of Music in Manchester
and Eric Godley of Harrogate. Much of her work has been as a soloist on the
Concert platform singing most of the major Oratorios and choral works
throughout Yorkshire and beyond. Margaret is Chairman of GAOS and in the past
was Musical Director for twelve of the Society's productions.