|David Buchler’s life long interest in opera.
Opera has been in David’s blood since the age of three or four years old. Sitting on his father’s knee in the living room, waiting for one of the 14 double sided shellac 78 discs to end so that he could do his job and change the disc on His Master’s Voice record player. It was the recording of Tosca with Gigli and Caniglia.
He then really got involved in the late Eighties and early Nineties when he produced the London International Opera Festival for just under 10 years. Every year the Festival had around 40 events that were produced and directed in and around various venues in London with a number of world premieres and other innovative works. He also took over from Lord Harewood as Chairman of David Freeman’s Opera Factory. He really was on a slippery slope, travelling to opera around the world and even giving up his Vice Chairmanship at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in order to join the Board of the English National Opera. He should have only stayed for eight years, but was asked to continue as Vice Chairman and stayed for eleven. He retired towards the end of 2016, but continues as Chairman of the Directors Emeriti. He is also Chairman of the Friends of Israel Opera where he has put on a few major events over the last two years or so.
|Katerina Mina, prizewinning British soprano based in London.
Katerina was born in Cyprus and makes her home in London, where she studied voice and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama before going on to win prizes at the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition and Concorso Vocale Internazionale di Musica Sacra. She is now mentored by the American voice teacher Pamela Kuhn, and coaches with Anthony Manoli, Mark Packwood and Anthony Legge.
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