Joe “Giuseppe” Roche and Paula Greenwood
Tenor Joe Roche made his professional operatic debut in 1995 with Opera Ireland in Faust, and since then has sung in more than eighteen of their productions at the Gaiety Theatre. Joe’s other engagements include Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (Aberdeen International Youth Festival), the Song Vendor in Il Tabarro (Annalivia Opera Festival), Malcolm in Macbeth (Lyric Opera) shortly before returning to the Annalivia festival as Ruiz in Il Trovatore. Subsequent performances include the dual roles of Gaston and the Marchese in a Co-Opera touring production of La Traviata as well as Borsa in Rigoletto with the same company. Joe returned to Lyric Opera to sing the Messenger in Aida and soon after Ruiz in Il Trovatore with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland at the Concert Hall in the winter of 2004, followed by Un Fante/Barbarigo in I due Foscari for Lyric Opera. Joe completed the opera course at the Royal College of Music, London in 2007 and currently lives in Cardiff. Recent concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and Rossini Stabat Mater.
Paula was recently awarded the Blyth-Buesst Opera Prize and A.M. Parker Prize in the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Ingrid Surgenor and Elizabeth Ritchie, graduating with a PGDip, LRAM and DipRAM in 2007, going on to study on scholarship with renowned tenor Dennis O’Neill at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice.
Paula’s performances include Currency (Denis Roche, Diversions Festival) as well as Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh Opera with the Crash Ensemble, productions of Andrea Chenier (Giordano), Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky) and Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) with Opera Ireland. Paula sang the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro for Lyric Opera in the National Concert Hall, Dublin as well as on tour with Opera Theatre Company in 2007. Extensive oratorio performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass, St. Nicholas Mass and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Charpentier’s Te Deum, Dvorak’s Mass in D major, Malcolm Archer’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Te Deum in C. Paula’s most recent engagements include a gala concert for Irish Heritage at St. John’s, Smith Square, Brahms Requiem in Brecon, Mozart Mass in C in Oxford, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle in Richelieu, Haydn Stabat Mater in Worcester Cathedral and Sea Symphony for the Three Choirs Festival.