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ToriA Banks

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Toria (she/her) is a writer, director and producer. She is also disabled. As well as leading on production she has directed live and digital projects for Hera including the shows 'Generation' and 'We Ask These Questions of Everybody', and written texts, with a special interest in verbatim work and translation. Before Hera, she was Resident Director at Trinity Laban for twelve years and led the Foundation Acting course at Arts Ed for five. She has worked for other opera companies including English Touring Opera, the Royal Opera House and formidAbility, and has also written three plays for rural touring.

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lindA hirst

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Linda (she/her) is a singer and singing teacher. An internationally-acclaimed mezzo soprano, she is especially known for performances of contemporary music, and has worked with composers including György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze and Judith Weir. She was Head of Voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for 22 years, and is President of the Kathleen Ferrier Society. She has always worked across genre boundaries, recording with The Who, Nonclassical, Ivor Cutler, and others'. She continues to sing and has performed in live and digital Hera projects.

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simone

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Co-Founder & ASSociate artist

Simone (she/her) is a mixed-race performer, theatre-maker, and administrator. She has sung BVs for artists including Benjamin Clementine; roles for BBC Four and in workshop for the Royal Opera; and is an Extra Chorister at English National Opera. She worked in administration for Cheek by Jowl and Paines Plough, where she led on accessible performances; and is a writer and director of opera, theatre and cabaret. She recently directed her first short film for English National Opera, and is a published playwright.

 

Find out more at simoneibbettbrown.com.

Everyone who's Worked with US

COMPOSERS

Amble Skuse

Bryony Purdue

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Francesca Le Lohé

Frances Yonge

Jovana Backovic

Meg Bird

Sarah Taylor Ellis

Yaz Lancaster

Writers

Sabrina Mahfouz

Directors

Adele Thomas

Mathilde López

MUSIC DIRECTORS

Lana Bode

Rodney Bush

DESIGNERS

Laura Spark

Libby Welsh

Will Monks

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Francesca Le Lohé

Kimberley Turford

Rachel Vogler

Yarit Dor

SINGERS & ACTORS

Abiona Omonua

Akiko Kubota

Alys Mererid Roberts

Anna Dennis

Bryony Purdue

Carolyn Sampson

Donna Bateman

Emily Gray

Gweneth Ann Rand

LJ Parkinson

Maria Friedman

Juliette Koch

Lucinda Scott

Naomi Felix

Samantha Houston

Samuel Thomas

Sarah Minns

Shakira Tsindos

Steph West

Tanisha Spring

Victoria Oruwari

Yolanda Grant-Thompson

PLAYERS

Akiko Kubota

Clarence Adoo

Dunedin Consort

João Menezes

Katarzyna Kowalik

Lana Bode

Midori Komachi

Olivia Fraser

Sonia Allori

Steph West

Yura Zaiki

producers

Joe Strickland

TECHNOLOGISTS

Dylan Howells

Stage managers

Sarah Sweet

PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS

Danny Burrows

Emma Wheeler

Juliette Koch

Nadine Persaud

Olivia Sofia Ferrara

Rebecca Hallett

ACCESS SUPPORT STAFF

Dina Rider

Eluned Charnley

Karen Pritchard

Sandra-Mae Lux

MARKETING DESIGNERS

Nat Henderson

Dancers

Laura Cantliff

OUR TRUSTEES

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ELiza Thomson

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