2017 Biographies

 

 

Ryan Lee    Musical Director  

Ryan Lee spent 17 years in English schools before returning to Wales in 1978 where he ended his career as a Headteacher at Pontarddulais.  Whilst in England he gained valuable experience with various Operatic Societies as a singer and conductor.  He joined Burry Port Opera in 1979 and since then has conducted 24 different operas with the group.  He has been instrumental in producing many operas rarely performed by amateur societies:  La Sonnambula, Maria Stuarda, Macbeth, Mefistofele, I Puritani, and Moses.

He conducted performances of Cadoxton Opera’s last production Die Fledermaus and is in great demand as a conductor of Cymanfaoedd.  He is also Musical Director of Burry Port Male Choir.

In the 2010 Eisteddfod at Glyn Ebwy, Ryan was honoured by the Gorsedd of Bards and made a Musician Oviate member (wearing green robes) and taking the name Ryan Morlais in recognition of his contribution to Welsh culture.

Roger Hart    Rehearsal Accompanist

Roger Hart’s music career began in 1974 when he joined Neath Opera Group (Graig y Nos) as accompanist; a position he held until the group’s final production in 1999.  In 1976 he was appointed accompanist to Swansea Male Choir, leaving after three years to become deputy conductor with Swansea Amateur Operatic Society.  In 1982 he was appointed Musical Director of Cockett AOS and remained with them for nine years and was for many years the Musical Director of Penyrheol AOS.  Roger is currently Musical Director of Uplands Arts  in Swansea and accompanist to Burry Port Opera.

Roger has composed the music for four stage musicals, A Little Carnival, The Razzle Dazzle Man, Merlin and Hamlet – The Phantomime – a light hearted version of the Shakespeare play.He has also composed A Choral Passion - a choral work for Holy Week





Keith J Clarke     Director & Choreographer  

Keith is a well-known director choreographer who hales from Hackney, but now lives in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire.  He trained and performed with the Royal Ballet as well as the London Festival Ballet. 

He has appeared as a performer in countless musicals, Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, Godspell, Hans Anderson, Half a Sixpence, Camelot and Canterbury Tales.

He has also appeared in cabaret, television and pantomime.  Keith’s work as a director choreographer has been seen in virtually every country in Europe and Scandinavia.  He has also enjoyed considerable success in London’s West End as well as in theatres all over the UK.

Keith’s productions include Forever Elvis, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Gypsy, Camelot, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, King and I, Kings Rhapsody, Chicago, Oliver, The Boyfriend, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, South Pacific, Peter Pan, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Me and My Girl, Brigadoon, and Chess.

He has been rightly acclaimed for many of his productions and has toured with his award winning A Grand Night for Singing. In addition, Keith has choreographed A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Underneath The Arches, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

He has recently directed and choreographed the premiere of Whistle Down the Wind, a new production of Half a Sixpence, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon and Me and My Girl. 

He is enjoying his association with Burry Port Opera where he has directed and choreographed Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, L’Elisir D’Amore, Norma, Merry Wives of Windsor,  Maria Stuarda and A Masked Ball