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Consensus Opera

Consensus Opera was founded by Tim and Claire Johnson in 2007 with the aim of bringing the best local actors and singers together to perform works combining drama with high quality operatic music, whilst at the same time raising money for worthy charitable causes.  

The desire to bring operatic music in a truly dramatic setting to a wider audience is a major part of this philosophy, which we have pursued by taking our highly accessible performances to several local venues around Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds.

Consensus Opera also performs variety and review evenings combining a mixture of songs, sketches, monologues  and comedy items, interspersed with your favourite Songs from the Shows and Light Opera favourites.

Claire Johnson (Soprano)

Claire attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a part-time vocal student whilst studying in Oxford for a B.A. (Honours) in Music and Publishing. She completed post-graduate singing studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Pamela Cook M.B.E. and Howard Milner, subsequently undertaking advanced Masterclass tuition with the late Anthony Rolfe Johnson C.B.E.

Claire is in popular demand as a Midlands concert soloist and has performed extensively in a wide variety of principal operatic roles including Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino for Royal Sutton Opera; Anna in Moses, Konchakovna in PrinceIgor and the title role in Carmen for Midland Music Makers Opera; Tebaldo in Don Carlos and Second Lady in The Magic Flute for Bel Canto Opera; Carolina in The Secret Marriage, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. Claire has also played leading roles in nearly all Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas, including the title roles of Patience and Princess Ida, Phyllis in Iolanthe, plus the roles of Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance at the RSC Swan Theatre, and in many musicals, including Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street for Birmingham and Midland Operatic Society at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Claire is also an accomplished violinist and is currently Secretary of the Beauchamp Sinfonietta, Leamington Spa.

Tim Johnson (Tenor)

Tim studied singing with his late father, Anthony Rolfe Johnson C.B.E. and Diane Forlano.

Tim is a well-known concert soloist and has worked widely within the Midlands area, most notably with Knowle Operatic Society, Moseley Operatic Society, New Arcadians Operatic Society, Midlands Music Makers Opera, Bel Canto Opera, Severnside Theatre Company and Stratford-upon-Avon Gilbert & Sullivan Society at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Major roles in opera and operetta include Schubert in Lilac Time, Sutton in White Horse Inn, Luiz and Marco in The Gondoliers, Charlie in Brigadoon, Pluto in Orpheus in theUnderworld and Remendado in Carmen.  More recently, Hilarion in Princess Ida, Alexis in The Sorcerer, Strephon in Iolanthe, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado for Stratford-upon-Avon Gilbert & Sullivan Society at the RSC Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Tim has also won the Oratorio, Opera and recital classes together with the Arthur Street Prize for outstanding vocal performance at Birmingham Music Festival.