Current Production Team

Sally Langford (Artistic Director) studied singing as a mezzo-soprano with Audrey Langford and Andrew Field and at the National School of Opera. She has sung principal roles with the Handel Opera Company - Semele, the Royal Opera House - Lohengrin, Opera 6l - Parthenope & Agrippina, Kentish Opera - title role in Carmen and Isabella - The Italian Girl in Algiers (directed by Colin Graham) and The English Opera Group - The Beggar's Opera and Dido and Aeneas (under Benjamin Britten at the Aldeburgh Festival), the City of London Festival and at the Drottningholm Theatre, Sweden. As artistic director for Kentish Opera, Sally's many productions include Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes, Turandot, Don Quixote, The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth, Aïda, Samson and Delilah, The Force of Destiny, Nabucco and Tosca. Highlights in her career include directing Hoffnung Concerts (at the Opera de Lausanne, Opera National de Bordeaux and Teatro Verdi, Trieste) and directing Let's Fake an Opera and The Horrotorio at the Gasteig Concert Hall broadcast live with the Munich Radio Orchestra.
 
Mark Fitz-Gerald (Conductor) completed his studies at the Royal College of Music where his professors included Norman del Mar, and where he won all the major prizes for both orchestral and operatic conducting. Since then he has conducted many international orchestras, including RIAS Jugendorchester, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra do Porto and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with Annetta Hoffnung in many major Gerald Hoffnung concerts in London as well as throughout Europe and Japan. He has assisted regularly on productions at the Staatsoper, the Kammeroper and the Volksoper in Vienna. In 1986 he was appointed Music Director of Kentish Opera with whom he has conducted many successful productions. With the help of Mrs Irina Shostakovich and Krzystof Meyer, Mark has restored the complete score of the Trauberg/ Shostakovich film Odna (1930/1) and conducted the world première in Holland and later in Paris. His restoration is now published in the new complete edition of the composer's works. In 2007 he conducted the UK première at the Barbican and his CD recording was released in January 2008.
 
Robyn Sevastos (Conductor) graduated from Melbourne University with a BMus, with First Class Honours in Performance. She subsequently moved to the United Kingdom to continue her studies, obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a Performance Diploma (ARCM) from the Royal College of Music. She went on to perform extensively as a piano soloist and to coach and accompany a wide range of singers and instrumentalists both in the UK and abroad.
 
Terry John Bates (Director) was nominated for an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his choreography for Brian Friel's play Dancing at Lughnasa at the Royal National Theatre and on Broadway. He devised and directed Tango in the City to a script written by Fay Weldon, performed at Sadlers Wells and on UK tour. With Jonathan Miller he has choreographed Carmen (English National Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (ENO, Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna State Opera), Don Giovanni (ENO, Florence, La Coruna, Valencia), Ariadne auf Naxos (Florence, Lausanne), La traviata (ENO, Glimmerglass Opera Festival), The Beggar's Opera (Broomhill Opera). His directing credits include Rusalka, Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Königskinder, The Pirates of Penzance and Toussaint (ENO); La traviata (ENO, Oviedo); The Merry Widow and Madam Butterfly (US tour for American Artists Management).
 
Enid Strutt (Set Designer) has designed the sets for all Kentish Opera's productions since Peter Grimes in 1989, including Aïda, The Pearl Fishers. Turandot, Samson and Delilah, The Magic Flute and their collaboration with Hoffnung Concerts for Let's Fake an Opera at the Gastieg in Munich. She has also worked extensively in Germany as a set and costume designer of musicals, operas and dramas and was resident designer for the Landesbühne Hanover, the Stadttheater, Trier and the Städtishe Bühnen in Bielefeld. She has designed for Vienna's English Theatre and national tours of opera for Regency Opera and English Festival Opera. Her work has been seen on the stage in Harare in Zimbabwe and El Escorial in Spain. Enid is a design tutor at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts in London and at Mid-Kent College in Chatham.
 
Carol Stevenson (Costume Designer) began her career as a textile designer, selling her work in Europe and America. She started designing for the theatre while living in Singapore. On her return to England she studied theatre design at Croydon College of Art, designing Cavalcade whilst there. She has designed many sets and costumes for Kentish Opera since 1984 and, with her team, has made hundreds of costumes. Productions include Carmen, Aïda, Die Fledermaus, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Manon Lescaut, Peter Grimes, Macbeth, La traviata, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, A Masked Ball, Nabucco, Don Quixote, Samson and Delilah, The Pearl Fishers and Tosca. Carol has designed for Abbey Opera, Pavilion Opera, Opera Viva, New Sussex Opera, the Theatre Royal Northampton, the Bruton Theatre, and also for community productions. She recently costumed The Merry Wives of Windsor and L'elisir d'amore for Opera South.
 
Colin Martin (Lighting Designer) is delighted to have completed his Golden Jubilee year with Kentish Opera. In the first 22 years he helped to create the atmosphere in the old Orpington Civic Hall but he particularly remembers the move in 1978 to the Churchill Theatre with its superb lighting facilities. These allowed delightful settings for such classics as Carmen, Faust, Aïda, Peter Grimes, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Macbeth, The Queen of Spades, The Force of Destiny, The Pearl Fishers, Nabucco, Die Fledermaus, Manon Lescaut and Samson and Delilah. Colin also lights plays for Bromley Little Theatre, musicals for Petts Wood Operatic Society and operettas for Opera Options at the open-air theatre at Hever Castle.