ABOUT US

 

Paul Tabone began performing from the age of 9 and throughout his education attained extraordinary grades in piano, voice and music theory.  He was given the honour of the prestigious ‘Most Promising Voice for Music Theatre Award’, both in 2007 & 2009 at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Principal roles performed by Paul include: Return to the Forbidden Planet (Cookie), The Keyhole Club (Louie), South Pacific (Emile De Beck), Cinderella (Herald), Little Shop of Horrors (Voice of Audrey II), High School Musical (Zeke Baylor) The Pajama Game (Myron Hassler) and was the title role in The Wiz. In 2007, he starred as ‘Baron Scarpia’ in Kim Kirkman’s, Tosca: The Technopera.

Paul has shared the stage with artists such as Rhonda Burchmore, Kate Ceberano, Guy Sebastian, Mercury Five, James Morrison and David Campbell and was a lead vocalist in the Queensland premiere of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.  In 2005 Paul performed as a soloist at the Carols in The City event (formerly the Golden Casket Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols) which was broadcast nationally.

In 2009 Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from CQUniversity’s Conservatorium of Music and it proved to be a pinnacle year.  He made his solo opera debut in Opera Queensland’s world premiere production of The Dirty Apple.

With a rising reputation as one of Australia’s most promising lyric tenors, Paul was also engaged to perform with Dmand Entertainment’s Tenorissimo.

In 2011 Paul was engaged in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the acclaimed The Phantom of The Opera, Love Never Dies in the supporting principal role of ‘Squelch’.  In the same year he also performed in Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne which is broadcast nationally every Christmas eve.

Paul moved to Italy in 2012 where he was engaged as a soloist in Puccini’s renowned opera Turandot in Florence. 

In February, 2013 Paul was accepted as a young artist in the prestigious Luciano Pavarotti Foundation of Modena under the guidance of director and wife of the late maestro, Signora. Nicoletta Mantovani.  Paul went on to share the stage with Placido Domingo & Andrea Bocelli to over 20,000 spectators at The Arena in Verona, Italy. This sold-out event commemorated 100 years of opera at The Arena and was a tribute to the late Maestro Luciano Pavarotti. It was broadcast via Rai 1 to over 15 million viewers. In addition to such a prestigious events, in 2013 Paul was a private soloist at the home of Luciano Pavarotti in Modena.

In September that year he performed at the New York City Centre, Teatro Menotti (Spoletto) and then Teatro Duse in Bologna with the Luciano Pavarotti Heritage Concert.

In 2014, Paul made his professional operatic debut as Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opera Națională București under the baton of Cristian Sand, with direction by Stephen Barlow. In April Paul performed as Tony in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story for the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova) under the baton of Maestro Wayne Marshall and also in 2014 he made his debut as B.F Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dei Gigli (Lucca) in collaboration with the Puccini Foundation of Italy under the direction of Massimo Morelli.

Paul was a second prize winner at the 2013 International Vocal Competition Rinaldo Pellizoni and won the Public Choice Award at the 2014 Canto Festival at Teatro La Fenice (FM).

2015 proved to be another great year for the young tenor from Ingham, Queensland when he returned to the Opera Națională București for further performances as Duca Di Mantova in Stephen Barlow’s production of Rigoletto. And in the same year Paul was also invited to reprise the role of ‘Squelch’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg (Germany) called, Liebe Stirbt Nie - Phantom II.

Currently Paul performs at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s Glimmering West End in the role of Ubaldo Piango in the 31st year of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera.

www.paultabone.com



Lara began her studies in her native Portugal. She went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, supported by a Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. She studied with Laura Sarti, and graduated with a First Class Honours degree.


On completing her undergraduate course, Lara joined the young artist’s programme of the Centre National d'Insertion Professionelle des Artistes Lyriques (Cnipal) in Marseille, where she stayed for one year.


Since graduating, Lara has enjoyed an international career singing a wide-ranging repertoire.


Operatic engagements include,Queen of the Night in Magic Flute at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Fifth maid in Elektra by R.Strauss in the theaters of  Modena, Ferrara, Piacenza and Bolzano conducted by Gustav Kuhn; Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri) for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon conducted by Donato Renzetti; Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino by Rossini) for the Opéra National de Bordeaux;Blondchen (Entfürung aus dem Serail,) for Opera de Marseille;Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Teatro da Trindade in Lisbon; Despina (Cosi fan Tutte) for Teatro Rivoli in Oporto; Madame Siberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor) at the International Music Festival of Algarve; Frasquita (Carmen) for the Portuguese Opera company; Princess Hirvaia in Offenbach’s Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London; Flaminia in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna for Opera East and Adina (Elisir d'amore) for Swansea City Opera. Elena ( Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze, Nino Rotta) ,Princess ( Puss-in-boots, Montsalvage), and an extensive tour of Candide playing the role of Cunegonde  with  Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon.



Lara has an interest in modern opera, which led to her singing the role of Kristin in the critical acclaimed  Italian premier of Phillippe Boesmans' opera Julie at the Teatro Comunale di Bolzano. The Bread seller and Solo voice in the Cathedral in the Portuguese premier of The Nose by D. Shostakovich for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos conducted by Donato Renzetti; Parasha in Stravinsky’s opera Mavra for Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon;Alice, a trapeze artist in Circus Tricks a new work by Mike Henry with Tete a Tete Opera Festival in London.


Lara is equally at home on the concert stage and performs regularly with the major Portuguese Orchestras. Other Concert highlights include Exultate et Jubilate by Mozart at the Kremlin in Moscow accompanied by the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, who invited her back the following season to sing Schubert's Salve Regina at the Glazunov Gallery in Moscow; A solo song recital at the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; Bachianas Brasileiras n 5 by Villa Lobos for the Tibor Varga Festival in Switzerland;  Seven Popular Spanish Songs by Manuel de Falla with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille; Gala concerts at the Opera de Toulon, Opera de Marseille, Opera d’Avignon and The Floral Hall at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


Lara is currently playing the role of Carlotta Giudicelli, the Opera singer in the hit musical the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.


Lara has broadcast live for RAI ( Radio Audizioni Italiane), Antena 2 ( Portuguese Classical Radio) and RTP ( Portuguese national television


She has been awarded several prizes, including the Donizetti Prize at the Jaumme Aragall singing competition in Barcelona, English song prize and the Anne Wyburd Award, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Second prize, Iberian Voices international singing competition and the First prize at the Concurso de Interpretação de Música do Estoril, Portugal.


www.laramartins.com


Gavin is a London based theatre director. He has a long  standing association with the REALLY USEFUL GROUP, as an original member of the creative team on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE WIZARD OF OZ and LOVE NEVER DIES.

 

Originally from Australia, his directing skills developed as Associate Director to Jeremy Sams (UK), Simon Phillips (Aust.) and John Stephenson (UK film Director). He studied at The University of Sydney and is a former member of Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company.

 

Gavin regularly collaborates with Arlene Phillips, most recently with their successful productions of BRAZOUKA (UK / Sth Africa / Australia) and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Sadlers Wells, UK).

 

He maintains a strong relationship with the SHIKI THEATRE Co. in Japan. After directing THE SOUND OF MUSIC, he continued as Associate Director with productions of BETRAYAL, by Harold Pinter and several original productions for the Company. He also directed the Australian premiere of VERNON GOD LITTLE, by Tanya Ronder at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney in 2012.

 

Gavin has choreographed for Dance Companies, Film and the Theatre Industry, including his productions E-MOTOR (Sydney Dance Company/Sydney Opera House), THE LOCAL STIGMATIC (UK ) and THE SECRET GARDEN (UK / Canada).

 

In film, Gavin was an Assistant Choreographer on Tim Burton’s production of SWEENEY TODD for Warner Bros. and THE DUCHESS for Paramount. Gavin was also a member of the Mass Choreographic team for the OPENING CEREMONIES of the London Olympics 2012 and the Winter Olympics, Sochi Russia 2014.

 Currently Gavin is the resident director Love Never Dies (RUG International) which is currently touring the United States of America.


www.gavinmitford.com


Leandro began his musical studies in classical piano at the Conservatory Alberto Nepomuceno and choral singing in various choirs of the city of Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. He studied orchestral conducting with Christopher Zimmerman (USA), conductor of the Royal Philharmonic of New York, in several editions of  his masterclasses. He began his studies in singing with Vitor Philomeno (BRA / USA), Luciana Melamed (BRA / AUS) and Hamilton Carvalho (BRA / CAN). Always focusing on vocal preparation, musical direction and music-scenic performance (scenic choir, opera and musical theater), held several jobs in the area with some highlights (in chronological order): The Merry Widow, opera Franz Léhar, and The Scientist , Silvio Barbatto, both as a performer; “Folguedo”, academic production performed by the Choir of UECE on the music of the Northeast folk traditions, as arranger, composer and performer; “Pássaro da Terra”, Music Waldemar Henrique, also as a performer; and “For a do Ar” - The Musical, as arranger, musical assistant director and performer.


As musical director and vocal coach, worked with the group Em Cena (Christus) in “Cordel Love Without End”; “Ópera do Malandro” and “Hair”, assembly performed by Culture Point of the Casa da Comedia Cearense; and academic mounting Spring Awakening at NEPT (UNIFOR). Composed dramatic oratorios and works for musical theater: “Rosa Maria or The Auto Mandacaru King”(Music and Writing), the House of Musical Studies of the UFC; “The Auto King of All Hinterland”, dramatic Christmas oratorio commissioned by the Bank of Northeast Brazil; Passion Domini Nostri Jesu Christi, dramatic Easter oratorio for chorus, soloists and orchestra (premiere at the Theatro José de Alencar) and “Então é Natal, Etc and Tal” - The Musical (musical direction, vocal preparation and arrangements) through Performance Center Vocal IFCE - Campus Caninde. It features works performed in various part of the world, for Yong Siew Toh Symphony Orchestra (Singapore), Yoru Ensemble of Flutes (Mexico), UCLA Woodwind Orchestra (USA), Poetrio Brasilis (ALE), among others.

Annually, Leandro Cavalcante participates CIRCLE SONGS event at New York (USA) where practice singing, vocal improvisation and creation with Bobby McFerrin, Judi Vinar, Dave Worm, Joey Blake, Christiane Karam, Karen Goldfether and Rhiannon. In 2015 participated in the MELE A HAKUWALE, Hawaii, advanced course of Circlesinging technique at the invitation of Rhiannon.


Lyric Tenor

Coloratura Soprano

Director

Arranger & Composer