Music Director & Producer Evelyn Nallen: Evelyn Nallen, creator of this project, made her BBC debut as a recorder player at the age of nine and since then has appeared on BBC TV and BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4. Together with harpsichordist David Gordon, she formed the innovative early music/jazz group Respectable Groove. Their take on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas integrates improvisation with written compositions. Evelyn devised a programme with Respectable Groove and the French baroque dancer Gilles Poirier called Dido’s Got the Blues. In 2012, Evelyn worked with the baroque dancer and dance historian Moira Goff to create the score for The Loves of Mars and Venus which underpins the present entertainment. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department.
Director Jenny Miller: a National Opera Studio alumnus, Jenny sang as a soloist for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, ENO and ROH before moving to the dramatic soprano repertoire and singing lead roles for Loughborough Festival Opera. Her directing credits include Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, a touring production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ (based on 17th-century solo cantatas). She has directed several Mozart operas for Loughborough Festival Opera and directed young singers in touring versions of these productions, as well as directing Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers for Opera South East.
Playwright Stephen Wyatt: while at Cambridge undertaking an MA and then a PhD, Stephen directed the 1973 Footlights Revue and his first full-length comedy, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, was produced at the Edinburgh Festival. Since then, he has written almost 50 plays for BBC Radios 3 and 4, as well as some 26 plays which have been performed in theatres in the UK as well as in Europe and the USA.
Designer Chris de Wilde: is equally at home with large and small-scale productions. His large scale opera and theatre commissions include Candide and Sweeney Todd (Värmlandsoperan, Karlstad, Sweden), Il Trovatore (Tbilisi Opera & Ballet Theatre, Georgia), Cyberjam (Queen’s Theatre) and Nixon’s Nixon (Comedy Theatre) in London’s West End and Edmund the Learned Pig (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio). He enjoys the challenge of distilling a piece when resources are limited, designing regularly for small scale and touring companies. He works regularly with Youth Music Theatre (8 shows so far) and Krazy Kat Theatre Company (17 shows).
Choreographer Gilles Poirier: has worked with the Baroque Ensemble of Limoges, directed by Christopher Coin, and at the Opera Theatre of Limoges where he choreographed and directed Luigi Rossi’s opera Orfeo for the students of the conservatory of Limoges. Under the musical direction of William Christie, he worked with Les Arts Florissants on the ballet Rameau Maître à Danser. He is currently teaching at the Centre of Baroque Music of Versailles.
Dance Historian Moira Goff: researches, reconstructs and performs the notated dances of the 18th century. She has written and published widely on baroque dance. Her book The Incomparable Hester Santlow: A Dancer-Actress on the Georgian Stage appeared in 2007. She was lead curator of the British Library’s exhibition Georgians Revealed, which ran November 2013 to March 2014. She has appeared in the series Music Britannia shown on BBC4 as part of the ‘Georgians’ season and was involved as a dance historian, a dance teacher and a baroque dancer in the ‘Glorious Georgians’ season at Historic Royal Palaces in 2014.