“Derek, coming from Melbourne, is, like all Australians in London, on a continual search for decent coffee. So he arranged to meet me at Nude Espresso just off Brick Lane run by New Zealanders and serving great coffee. I arrived on my folding bike as Brick Lane is close to our daughter's flat in East London. Derek is a tall young man of only 28 years with a wonderfully deep speaking voice. He will make a very impressive Creon. He is also happy to be coming home and will spend 2 weeks with his family when he arrives so he will be all over jet lag and ready for rehearsals. He holds a Master of Music and Performance (Opera) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is currently a Vocal Department Fellow. Derek is currently performing the role of Farfarello in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges, and in rehearsal for Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Grange Park Opera. Helen Sherman, who was in the chorus for several of our productions before she went to the UK is also in Butterfly (as Suzuki). Nice to see how well all these young Australians are doing.”
When Derek was in Australia last the Herald Sun had this to say "‘A voice as rich and dark as the finest chocolate". Yum!