Kelvin Lim
Musical Director

Kelvin Lim trained at the Royal College of Music and has worked for companies including: The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival, Northern Ireland Opera and British Youth Opera. He is Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera and Vocal Coach at Trinity Laban, and has coached for ROH Jette Parker Young Artists and was Senior Vocal Coach for Morley College Opera.

He has gained wide recognition in the Wagner repertoire as vocal coach, official accompanist for the Wagner Competition and recipient of the Bayreuth Bursary Prize. He accompanied both Sir Thomas Allen and Sir John Tomlinson in recital and on Radio 3, and collaborated with Sir John, Dame Anne Evans and Susan Bullock coaching young Wagner singers. He has played for masterclasses given by Sir Antonio Pappano, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, and performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smiths Sq, The London Coliseum and the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom. He was repetiteur for the full Ring Cycle and all Wagner operas at Longborough Festival Opera (cond. Anthony Negus) since 2008, and will work there as Assistant Conductor on Der Fliegender Holländer and as repetiteur on Ariadne auf Naxos in summer 2018.

As Musical Director of Aylesbury Opera he has conducted Otello, La Fille du Regiment, Acis and Galatea, Norma; also La Boheme (HeadFirst Productions), Cosi Fan Tutte (Dulwich Opera Company), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Trinity Laban). He has been Assistant Conductor for Don Giovanni, Un Ballo in Maschera(Winslow Hall), Albert Herring (cond. Steuart Bedford) and Chorus Master for: Opera Holland Park 2012, Chelsea Opera Group; The Mastersingers (Parsifal, Götterdämmerung) and Aïda, Flying Dutchman, Fidelio, La Traviata (Dorset Opera) Other Musica Director credits: The Rinse Cycle (Charing Cross Theatre), Samson et Dalila (Arcola Theatre-Grimeborn); I Pagliacci (Opera Up Close); Hänsel and Gretel (Kings Head Theatre); La Voix Humaine (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Le Nozze di Figaro (Dulwich Opera Company)

Louise Bakker
Stage Director

Louise Bakker is a stage director across opera, theatre and musicals. She is Dutch but London-born, and studied Drama with English at Manchester University.

Directing credits include: Shaw Goes Wilde (Pegasus Opera, Royal Academy of Music), Edith & Marguerite (Hen & Chickens Theatre), Assassins (Pleasance Theatre), Pravda (Bridewell Theatre), Virtue Reality (Southwark Playhouse), Waiting Room (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Iranian Nights (John Thaw Studio Theatre) and Six Degrees of Separation (Edinburgh Festival).

Assistant Directing credits include Falstaff (The Grange Festival), The Enchanted Island (Peacock Theatre), Jette Parker Young Artist Summer Performance (Royal Opera House), The School of Jealousy (Bampton Classical Opera), Kát’a Kabanová (Opera Holland Park), The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre), National Opera Studio Scenes (Welsh National Opera) and The Color Purple (Cadogan Hall).

She works extensively with the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company and Learning & Participation Department, and has recently begun working with Blackheath Halls children’s choir. She presents ROH’s online learning materials on how to be a director, how to create a character, how to tell a story, how to stage a scene and how to use drama games to direct your class.

Louise has extensive performing experience as an actress, singer and voiceover artist. She studied singing at Junior Guildhall, and has sung with Manchester University’s Chamber Choir Ad Solem under Marcus Farnsworth, OJ Ruthven and Matthew Hamilton, and for the New London Children’s Choir under Ronald Corp.

Ilana Jacobs
Aylesbuey Youth Opera

Ilana trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where she sang the title role in the first staged production of The Story of Mary O’Neill by Nicola Lefanu, and won the Contemporary Music Performance Prize for her Final Recital.

Ilana has sung around the UK both operatically and in concert performances including, touring with Opera della Luna, Iford Opera, Opera Anywhere, Pavillon Opera. She has sung Nedda (I Pagliacci), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), ‘Nuits d’Ete’ (Berlioz) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, soprano soloist in music written and conducted by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and given a solo recital at The Purcell Room, Southbank, London.

Ilana began singing with Aylesbury Opera in 2016, and has since given workshops and worked with the chorus as Assistant Chorus Mistress. In 2017 she sang in Un Ballo in Maschera with Winslow Hall Opera and in 2018 both sang in their chorus for Il Trovatore and worked as their Assistant Chorus Mistress.