Toby Sims (Bass)
Founder of Opera Mayhem. His first professional work was as a composer. He wrote seven musicals for BBC Schools and a major orchestral/choral work premiered by 1,000 children at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1997 Toby moved to Russia, becoming principal baritone at the State Opera in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where he sang many leading roles including Figaro and Onegin. The temperature ranged from +40°C down to –47°C! Returning to England, he recorded the part of the priest in the Rachmaninov Liturgy for EMI Classics.
In 2006 Toby moved to Serbia, where he established the reputation of one of Belgrade’s top restaurants as a venue for great singing and wild performing. He wrote and directed a comic show, The Sublime, the Grotesque and the Ridiculous. He has appeared over 30 times on Serbian TV, terrifying numerous polite hostesses by leaping on them unexpectedly. He was recently awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences for his contribution to Serbian cultural life! Returning to England, he founded Opera Mayhem in the same spirit.
Noa Lachman (Soprano)
Noa studied in Jerusalem, and came to London in 1992. She has performed several world premières in Israel and broadcast on TV and Radio.
She has worked with conductors such as James Levine, Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. Since 2005 Noa she has performed with her husband, Pianist William Hancox in Germany, Israel and the UK, with concerts for the London International Jewish Music Festival, Amnesty International and the Reihe Seibzig festival in Hannover.
Noa has recorded Ladino songs for BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.
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