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Director, Catrin Wyn Davies started her professional operatic career in 1994 when she graduated from the Opera Studies Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was offered a 3 years contract with Welsh National Opera as one of their Young Artists. From there, her career took her to other national and international opera houses including The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, The Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Santa Fe Opera Festival, USA, San Francisco Grand Opera, USA, The Châtelet Opera, Paris, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera du Rhin, Strasbourg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Grand Thèâtre de Gènève, Switzerland and New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv.

In 2010, Catrin Established The Singing Works, her private voice studio in Antwerp (Belgium), where she lives with her husband and their four children. She has worked as Guest director of Opera Scenes at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) & is currently Professor of Voice at LUCA School of Arts (formerly The Lemmens Institute) in Leuven (Belgium). Here, along with her regular teaching, she has been responsible for devising small projects for singers including most recently The Messiah Project – a modern version of the biblical story of the Messiah, using the music of many of Handel’s sacred pieces rearranged into a new story. Catrin was appointed Professor of Voice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Den Haag), The Netherlands in 2017. She has conducted Masterclasses in Reykjavik (Iceland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Cluj (Romania). This academic year she will be involved in The Don Giovanni Project at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, helping young singers to learn to build a role through study, imagination and improvisation.

Scenography, Simon Costin is an internationally respected art director and set designer renowned for the conceptually ambitious nature of his editorial and catwalk designs. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen on his own line, McQueen’s Givenchy ready to wear and haute couture shows, with wildly elaborate staging to bring the designer’s vision to reality.

Simon’s sets are as diverse as his client list which includes Lanvin, Coach, Tiffany, Swarovski, Hermes, Maison Margiela, Roger Vivier, H&M, Valentino, Givenchy, Gucci, Stella McCartney, YSL, Chloe, Matthew Williamson, Bulgari, Philipp Plein and Faberge. He has also designed installations for Coach, Hermes, Alexis Bittar, Harewood House, Ferragamo’s Cinderella Ball and the New York Academy of Arts Tribeca Ball.

Simon has shown his own work in solo and group exhibitions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the ICA in London and the Galerie Patrica Dorfmann in Paris. He also works as a curator and has put together a number of exhibitions in diverse spaces such as London’s Whitechapel Gallery, the Towner Gallery, Compton Verney and across the UK.

In 2016 Simon was made an Honorary Fellow of the Arts by the University of the Arts London, for his outstanding contribution to art and design.

Costumier, Dorothy Fothergill is an award-winning costumier who has almost two decades experience working across theatre, television and film.

After cutting her teeth within the painstakingly detailed world of historical recreation at the Royal Palaces, Dorothy went on to work on various drama and entertainment productions at the BBC and ITV, before transitioning to feature films in 2009. Since then, she has worked on a number of the highest grossing franchises of all time, including Pirates of The Caribbean, X-Men and, most recently, the new episodes of Star Wars. She is specialised in discovering the unusual and esoteric, and in creating incredible costume ideas from the most humble materials, and as such is the perfect designer for the Pelagian Festival. Dorothy has a bachelors in Costume Design from the highly regarded Wimbledon College of Arts.

 

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. Gabriel García Márquez

Dorothy's vase drawing