Opera Brittenica


Executive Director

Joshua Collier, hailed by the Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “Extraordinarily pleasing tone, and excellent command of [his] high range,” is a tenor equally comfortable with opera, musical theatre, art song, or oratorio, and a self-proclaimed "Brittenophile."

Mr. Collier is a recent graduate with his Masters degree in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory, under the instruction of Tenor, Bradley Williams. At NEC, he has had the privilege to work with Maestros Stephen Lord as well as continuous coaching and a solo recital performance with John Moriarty.

In Boston at large, Mr. Collier has performed the tenor soloist under the baton of Maestro Donald Teeters with the Boston Cecilia’s Winter Concert. He has performed leading tenor roles with many Boston companies such as Juventas New Music Ensemble, Lowell House Opera, MIT and Harvard Gilbert & Sullivan Players, among others. 


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Opera Brittenica, led by Joshua Collier and David Sawicki, is Boston’s newest musical organization, devoted to exploring and performing the varied works of Benjamin Britten. The company’s mission is twofold: to significantly enrich the culture of musical performance that currently exists in Boston, and to provide the opportunity for local artists at the professional and pre-professional level to present the vast repertoire of Britten’s music to all of Boston and the surrounding communities, without the pretense associated with stereotypical "opera." 


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Artistic Director

With experience in both the classical genre and musical theater, David Sawicki is quickly being recognized as one of Boston's most sought-after young professional conductors and music directors.  He is currently the Associate Music Director / Conductor of the 2013-14 North American Tour of Evita on Broadway.  Companies he has conducted with include: MIT Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Northeastern University, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Club Oberon, Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
 

Mr. Sawicki graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2012 with a BA and MA in Linguistics and a secondary field in Music.  While at Harvard, he studied conducting with Federico Cortese and Andrew Clark.  In addition to the touring production of Evita, he is employed as a Speech Scientist at a startup company in Boston.

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