OperaUpClose celebrates the beginning of its residency at MAST with Concerts in the Café: Shakespeare Re-Shaped, a lively programme of spoken-word, music and opera, bringing a fresh, contemporary resonance to the Bard’s work.

Sit back with a glass of wine, a cocktail or some tea and cake, and enjoy words and music inspired by Romeo & Juliet, Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing with well-loved songs, arias and duets by Verdi, Gounod and Quilter. The programme also includes new writing by Kat Rose-Martin and a rare opportunity to hear Guy Woolfenden’s Songs of Ariel, first commissioned for Ian Charleson in the RSC’s iconic production of The Tempest.

Featuring an internationally renowned cast including soprano Claire Wild, actor and writer Kat Rose-Martin and tenor Joseph Doody, this is a joyful celebration of words and music and the return to live performance, in an informal ‘up close’ setting.

Performances from:

Songs of Ariel (The Tempest) – Guy Woolfenden

Come unto these yellow sands

Full Fathom Five

Where the Bee Sucks 

Sonnet 138: ‘When my love swears that she is made of truth’ – Shakespeare

O Mistress Mine – Quilter

Juliet’s Waltz (Romeo & Juliet) – Gounod

Nanetta/Fenton Duet (Falstaff) – Verdi 

Ford’s Aria (Falstaff) – Verdi

Could great men thunder (Measure for Measure) – Shakespeare

About OperaUpClose

OperaUpClose is renowned for its work re-imagining, refreshing and renewing the operatic canon for new and diverse audiences across the UK, ‘leading an artistic revolution’ Sunday Times. Previous works include La Bohème (Olivier Award winner, Best New Opera Production), Mary, Queen of Scots (★★★★ Evening Standard) and The Magic Flute (★★★★ Independent).


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Running Time

Approx. 50 minutes.

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Mon 27 Sep 6pm £12 
Tue 28 Sep 3.30pm & 6pm £12

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The Performers

Joseph Doody

Joseph Doody recently made debuts with Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Salzburger Landestheater, and Buxton International Festival. He studied at Edinburgh University, the Royal College of Music, and the National Opera Studio, where he received the Nelly Groner Bursary.

Recent concerts have included Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS with Southbank Sinfonia, Rossini’s STABAT MATER for Leamington Bach Choir, Britten’s SERENADE FOR TENOR HORN AND STRINGS and LES ILLUMINATIONS with Skipton Camerata, and Monteverdi’s VESPERS at St John’s Smith Square. Joseph’s operatic roles include Ramiro LA CENERENTOLA, Jupiter SEMELE, and Pylade in Gluck’s IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE and Leicester MARIA STUARDA for OperaUpClose in 2018. Upcoming engagements include Ernesto DON PASQUALE filmed at Glyndebourne by Random Opera and Handel’s MESSIAH at Cadogan Hall.


Flora McIntosh

London born mezzo soprano Flora McIntosh is a highly experienced and respected performer, teacher and facilitator. Flora joined the board of OperaUpClose in 2017 and has been Artistic Associate since 2019.

During the periods of lockdown in 2020/21 Flora recorded DIDO’S LAMENT for English National Ballet’s LAID IN EARTH as part of Ballet on Demand (available to stream). She also performed and recorded Wagner’s WESENDONCK LIEDER with Kelvin Lim and premiered Nicholas O’Neill’s new cycle THREE SONGS TO POEMS BY EMILY DICKINSON for the critically acclaimed OperaUpClose Coffee Break Concerts series. Most recently Flora sang Waltraute in Longborough Festival Opera’s new production of Wagner’s DIE WALKURE.

Previously for OperaUpClose: title role MARIA STUARDA (2019), Fililpyevna (Evie) EUGENE ONEGIN (2017), Judith BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE (2016), Goddess of the Sea ULLA’S ODYSSEY (world premiere, 2015), title role CARMEN (2015), and Flora LA TRAVIATA (2014). 

Other notable performances include: Romeo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Grimeborn), Wellgunde in DAS RHEINGOLD (Birmingham Symphony Hall), DAS LIED VON DER ERDE (English National Ballet), Pauline in Gounod’s POLYEUCTE (UCOpera), Dryad in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Longborough Festival Opera), Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI and Suzuki in MADAME BUTTERFLY (Regents Opera), The Drummer in THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS (Halle for Imperial War Museum North), 2nd/3rd Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE (Grange Park Opera/ETO) and Fanny Nelson/Emma Hamilton in the world premiere of Bawden’s A SAILOR’S TALE later recorded for NMC.

Flora is a keen cook and sports fan. She lives in London with her partner, 2 children and ex-racing greyhound Audrey.


Nicholas O'Neill

Nicholas O'Neill was born in Cheltenham in 1970, and is an award-winning composer and musician. His competition wins include the 2020 Mayfield Cantata Commission Competition, the Saint Fin Barre Cathedral 150th Anniversary Composition Competition, the 2012 American Guild of Organists Marilyn Mason Award for Organ Composition, the 1995 Barbara Johnstone Composition Prize, the 1993 Gregynog Young Composers' Award and the 1992 Norwich Festival Composition Competition.

In 2011 Nick was appointed Composer in Residence to the Parliament Choir in addition to his ongoing role as Chorus Master, and is the first composer to be associated officially with Parliament for nearly 500 years. He is President of Cantores Salicium and Associate Director of Music at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington, has held posts as Organist of Brighton College and St. George's Cathedral, Southwark and was Chorus Master of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir for over a decade.

By night Nick is keyboardist with rock band JEBO, who released their 'genuinely ingenious...undeniably brilliant' second album Settle Up or Settle Down in 2012, with funk band RetroChic and with soul singer Clyve Aguarde. He is also a board game reviewer and blogger, writing for various websites and magazines worldwide.


Pauls Putnins

Latvian born Pauls Putnins’s appearances in opera include LA BOHÈME (ENO, Opéra de Nancy), LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Opera Colorado, Denver and Russian National Orchestra, Moscow), CARMEN (New Zealand Opera, Blackheath Opera), DON GIOVANNI, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, COSÌ FAN TUTTE (Latvian National Opera, Teatru Manoel, Valletta, Malta), BOULEVARD SOLITUDE (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona), THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA (St Petersburg and Riga), TANNHÄUSER (Barcelona), AND I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Moscow Philharmonic). Opera appearances in UK include IDOMENEO and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), IDOMENEO and TOSCA (ENO), FIDELIO (Garsington), MADAMA BUTTERFLY and AIDA (Royal Albert Hall), FLAVIO (Early Opera Company), ARIADNE and LA TRAVIATA (Birmingham Opera Company), DAS RHEINGOLD (Longborough).

Pauls also has an international concert career and has sung with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel, Moscow and Bucharest Philharmonics and Russian National Orchestra ranging in a wide repertoire including all Bach Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. His audio recordings include Ferrondo in Mercadante’s Maria Stuarda regina di Scozia, Ricardo in Meyerbeer’s Margherita D’Anjou (Opera Rara), Everyman in Walford Davies’ Everyman (Duton), as well as DVDs of Jonathan Miller’s production of La bohème at ENO (Warner Classics) and Lehnhoff’s production of Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at the Liceu, Barcelona (Euroarts).


Kat Rose-Martin

Kat started as an actor working for Northern Broadsides, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hull Truck, York Theatre Royal. She has worked in Audio Production in partnership with Audible and has also written and directed large scale immersive experiences nationally.

Born and based in Bradford, Kat has worked on a slate of projects and ideas across film, theatre and television. She made it to the final 4% of 2019 BBC Writers Room for Drama and has been Shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Drama. Kat was a part of BBC Northern Voices in 2020 and the inaugural winner of the 2020 Kay Mellor Fellowship.

Writing credits include: NOTES TO THE FORGOTTEN SHE-WOLVES (Shakespeare’s Globe), JANE HAIR (Bronte Society), SHIT BUT MINE (Paines Plough), CHILDREN OF WAR (Sheffield Theatres), NOT 19 NOW (Burn Bright), and development of £1 THURSDAYS (Out of Joint) and PICK N MIX (Freedom Studios).

Acting credits include: TWO NOBLE KINSMAN, NOTES TO THE FORGOTTEN SHE-WOLVES (Shakespeare’s Globe), FOR LOVE OR MONEY, WHEN WE ARE MARRIED (Northern Broadsides), MIGHTY ATOMS (Hull Truck), JANE HAIR (The Bronte Society), MY DG – DUMPING GROUND (BBC Children’s), THE CLOSE (BBC Sounds), plus numerous TV projects in development.


Claire Wild

Claire Wild was born in Birmingham and studied at The Royal Northern College of Music where she won numerous prizes and awards including a major Peter Moores scholarship and the Webster Booth Prize. 

Claire made her debut while still a student with Opera North as the Sandman and Dew Fairy. She continued to work with Opera North and sang around a dozen major roles for them including l’enfant, Gretel, Zerlina, Despina, Frasquita. For the last 20 years Claire has sung at least 50 roles with opera companies in the UK and abroad including Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, The Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Bielefeld, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Bregenz Festival to name a few.

Recent roles include the title in KISS ME KATE, Emma in KHOVANCHINA, LA VOIX HUMAINE, ANON (Errolyn Wallen), also covering Gilda, all for Welsh National Opera. Other recent roles include the title role in a film version of CENDRILLON (Viardot) for Northern Opera Group, Fiordiligi and Rosalinde for Baseless Fabric Theatre, Caridad in the world premiere of THE SKATING RINK for Garsington Opera. Claire has also sung Mimi in OperaUpClose’s award-winning LA BOHEME.