“Spellbinding… these guys are my annual treat”
Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival
Watch Pip and Karl on The Book Show with Mariella Frostrup
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Professional opera singers, Pippa Dames-Longworth (mezzo soprano) and Karl Daymond (baritone), have worked as principal soloists with The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Netherlands Opera, Minnesota Opera, Maggio Musicale Firenze, L’Opera Nationale de Paris, BBC Proms, the Berlin Philharmonic and The Halle Orchestra, in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and beyond.
Their unique, humorous duo performances, under the name of Opera Playhouse, have taken them to Kenya, the Caribbean, Spain and throughout the British Isles. The BBC made a documentary about Opera Playhouse and for Sky Arts they have performed at the Bath, Cheltenham, Dublin and Ways with Words Festivals.
Pippa and Karl met in Belgium a number of years ago on a production about the life of the composer, Ivor Gurney and Opera Playhouse evolved out of their friendship and a mutual love of making theatre.