Productions Manager: Jessi Parrott
A bit about you and Opera?
Having graduated from English and Theatre in 2013, I've recently returned to Warwick to start my Theatre Studies PhD. I joined OpWa in 2010, singing in its first version of Figaro as a chorus member (déjà vu!), before Assistant DirectingThe Magic Flute. I was also Productions Manager whilst an undergraduate, and I am thrilled to be reprising the role. As the Exec contact for all productions, I'm responsible for maintaining the welfare of cast and crew, ensuring everyone feels included and valued, and my experience of both performance and production team dynamics is extremely helpful in this quest.
And which is your favourite?
As a mezzo-soprano, I'm lucky in the diverse roles I get to dream about, so my favourite opera is a toss up between Bizet's Carmen and Mignon by Ambroise Thomas. My favourite aria is 'Ombra Mai Fu' from Serse, though - I'll always have a soft spot for Handel!
Tell us something embarrassing.
My embarrassing opera moment happened when my singing teacher and I went to one of the soprano Renée Fleming's recitals at the Southbank a few years back. We were waiting for the lift afterwards and, when it arrived, there wasn't enough room for my wheelchair. So the steward made everyone get out for me - including Renée herself! I was mortified, but she was absolutely lovely about it.