The People of Magnetic Opera


Artistic Director

CalumCalum Fraser is a versatile conductor who specialises in operatic and choral repertoire. He studied at The University of Manchester and with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Sarah Tenant-Flowers. Further to his work with Magnetic Opera, Calum was previously Musical Director of Winterbourne Opera (The Elixir of Love, Faust, Die Fledermaus) and Opera’r Ddraig (Acis and Galatea, Così fan tutte, Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus in the Underworld). He is a founding Musical Director of Scottish professional chamber choir Caledonian Voices and Musical Director of Streatham Choral and Farnham & Bourne Choral Society. Calum is also Director of Choirs at The University of Nottingham, with whom he travelled to Malaysia in 2016 and directed orchestral performances in Ningbo and Zhejiang, China, earlier this year. Previously, he has worked with ensembles including St George’s Singers and Ad Solem and has appeared in masterclasses with leading conductors including Richard Bonynge and Eric Whitacre.



Adam Torrance was fellow at GSMD, and works in opera as both a performer and director. He gained his Masters in vocal performance at Guildhall and PGDip (Opera) from the Vlaamse Opera Studio, where he first began to direct scenes. He has previously worked on Così fan tutte at West Green house where he assisted Victoria Newlyn, who he worked with again on the postgraduate studio scenes this summer at GSMD. He assistant directed Radamisto, also at GSMD. While working as a fellow he also devised a one man staging of Britten’s Winter Words, performed by James Way, and taught drama to undergraduate classes. As a tenor he has worked for Garsington Opera, Buxton Opera, Grange Park Opera, Pavilion Opera, Pop up Opera and Opera Up Close, among others.



ThomasThomas Henderson studied opera directing at the Accedemia Europea di Firenze in Italy. As a Dewar Arts Award recipient, he was able to fund these months of study with Rodolfo Tommasi as well as a diploma in Italian language. In 2016 Thomas has worked with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Assistant Director with the Youth Opera Company and carried out observerships with the Royal Opera House and The Bronx Opera Company, New York.  Based in Scotland, Thomas continues to direct with student companies such as Edinburgh Studio Opera (Die Fledermaus (2014), Flirtation and Fury (2014),  An Invitation to Figaro’s Wedding (2013), Love and Death (2012)) having begun directing opera at Aberdeen University (The Magic Flute (2012), Carmen (2011), Patience (2010)). With Magnetic Opera, Thomas has directed The Barber of Seville, Maria Stuarda and La bohème. Aside from directing, Thomas is a Tenor Scholar (The Robin Chapel, Edinburgh), Scottish fiddle player (Spirit of Scotland Show, The Jam House) and spends his day times as a secondary school English teacher.