The Creatives


Stuart Stratford, Composer
Stuart Stratford, Production Musical Director
Stuart Stratford Production Musical Director

Stuart read music at Trinity College Cambridge and at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire.Current and future engagements include St Andrews Concert and Jenufa (Scottish Opera), MusicaAeterna Orchestra in Perm, Russia, Orfeo et Euridice (Buxton Festival) and Khovanschina (Birmingham Opera Company).Recent engagements include Un ballo in maschera (Theater St Gallen) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North and Hong Kong).Opera credits include Doctor Atomic (Finnish National Opera), Don Giovanni and Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (ENO), Pagliacci, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter  (Opera North), The Turn of the Screw, Falstaff and Pagliacci (ETO), La bohème (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall), Sibelius’ The Maiden in the Tower, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Kashchei the Immortal (Buxton Festival) and Candide (Birmingham Opera Company).

He has conducted several premieres at the Almeida Opera Festival including Tobias and the Angel (Dove), Ion (Param Vir), Kantan (Goehr), L’altra Euridice (Dove), Ariadne (Langer) and The Embalmer (Batistelli). He also conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s series of family and Funharmonics concerts at the Barbican, Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls.Recordings include Mercadante’s I Normanni a Parigi (Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Rara) and the joint Channel 4 and Australian Broadcasting Corporation film opera, The Eternity Man (Australian Chamber Orchestra).

For OHP: Eugene Onegin 2005, The Queen of Spades 2006, Jenůfa 2007, Iolanta and Pulcinella 2008, Kát’a Kabanová 2009, La forza del destino 2010, L’amico Fritz and Rigoletto 2011, Lucia di Lammermoor 2012 Cavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2013 and La fanciulla del West 2014.



Martin Duncan, Director
Martin Duncan, Director
Martin Duncan Director

Martin was born in London and trained as a stage manager at LAMDA.Opera:  Xerxes, La Clemenza di Tito, The Rake’s Progress (Munich); The Love For Three Oranges (Cologne); The Last Supper (Berlin/ Glyndebourne); The Magic Flute (Scottish Opera/Royal Opera House); Albert Herring (Toronto); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera North), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North, Chemnitz, Minneapolis, Moscow), Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana (Royal Albert Hall); Il Turco in Italia, Mirandolina (Garsington Opera); The Gondoliers (ENO); Ariadne auf Naxos (Den Norsk Opera); Vert-Vert (Garsington).

From 1994-99, Martin was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse; from 2003-05, joint Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre and was an Artistic Advisor for the London 2012 Festival.

For OHP: La forza del destino 2010, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Leslie Travers, Designer
Leslie Travers, Designer
Leslie Travers Designer

Leslie is an international designer who trained at the Wimbledon School of Art in Theatre Design. For the Britten Centenary celebrations at the 66th Aldeburgh Festival 2013, Leslie designed Grimes on the Beach, with director Tim Albery. The production was nominated for the prestigious South Bank Sky Award 2013.Current work includes: Salome (Santa Fe Opera), Billy Budd (Nederlandse Reisopera), La bohème (Malmö Opera) and Figaro (Opera North).

Previously: Otello (Opera North and revival Scottish Opera 2016), Albert Herring (Opera North and Birgitta Festival Tallin), Tannhauser (Estonian National Opera), Jenufa and Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Malmö Opera), Giulio Cesare, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, The Fortunes of King Croesus (Opera North), The Merry Widow (Opera Australia), The Children’s Crusade (Luminato Festival, Toronto – Winner Dora Mavor Moore Award Best Opera Production 2010). Leslie has been nominated in the Best Designer category at the International Opera Awards 2014.

For OHP: Eugene Onegin 2012, L’elisir d’amore, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Turn of the Screw 2014


Matthew Waldren
Matthew Waldren , Conductor
Matthew Waldren Conductor

Matthew Waldren studied at the Royal College of Music, Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he was supported by the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. During his studies, he regularly shadowed Sir Antonio Pappano at ROH. He was the inaugural conductor of The Christine Collins Young Artists’ performance at Opera Holland Park in 2012.Matthew began his conducting career as Chorus Master for OHP (2009-11), preparing the chorus for La bohème, Orphéus, Carmen, Pélleas et Mélisande, Fidelio, Don Giovanni, La forza del destino, Francesca da Rimini, L’amico Fritz, La rondine, Figaro and Rigoletto. 

Recent engagements include the world premiere of Strekoza i Muravej (Tête a Tête/Grimeborn), Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company), working alongside Sir Mark Elder with The Hallé (Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand) and Wozzeck (ROH), numerous opera galas, Carmen excerpts (ROH Education), English National Ballet workshops, conducting at the Water City Festival, Camp Bestival and Harvest Festival. Matthew has acted as cover conductor for John Owen Edwards, Stuart Stratford and Manlio Benzi. He works with the London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia and National Festival Orchestra. His appearance at OHP is supported by Fiona and Andrew Brannon.

For OHP: Associate Conductor Rigoletto and Fantastic Mr Fox 2011, Zanetto and Gianni Schicchi 2012, Fantastic Mr Fox 2012, The Christine Collins Young Artists’ performance of Gianni Schicchi 2012, Les pêcheurs de perles and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2013 / 2014.