Meet our team


General Director

Dr Rosa Solinas trained at conservatoires in her native Italy, and has since worked in music in various countries and in a number of different capacities, from academia to industry and consultancy to management. Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Literature and Philosophy (Perugia), a Master’s in Development and Innovation Economics (Bologna) and a Doctorate in Musicology (Oxford). Her professional experience ranges from teaching at Oxford University; artist management at a leading London agency; publications and special projects for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House in London and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna; management positions at Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company, Dublin; a stint as Head of Music of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and another as CEO of the Ulster Orchestra. She took up her role with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in April 2015. Besides music, she has had time to develop just a few other lasting passions: her four beautiful children.

Finance & Administration Manager

Martin WheelerMartin Wheeler has over 20 years’ experience in arts finance and administration. He Joined the Monteverdi team in November 2015 and was previously the Finance Manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre which followed roles in several West End theatres. Prior to moving into the arts Martin spent 6 years in investment management. He has professional qualifications in both accountancy and investment management and is currently a trustee of Spread the Word, an Arts Council England NPO organisation that operates throughout London as a writer development agency across all writing genres. 

Artistic Planning Manager

mattbroom bm cropMatthew Broom has over 25 years’ experience of working in the arts. He studied music at Bristol University and before coming to work for the Monteverdi  had spent 10 years as Head of Planning for Welsh National Opera. Prior to this, Matthew has worked for a variety of organisations including BMG Classics (RCA Red Seal), Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera and Garsington Opera. Away from the office, Matthew enjoys country walks with his black Labrador, choral singing and craft work.

Tours & Concerts Manager

Emily Parker bwEmily Parker joined the Monteverdi in June 2016 as Tours & Concerts Manager. Having grown up in Yorkshire, Emily read Classics at King's College London before working for the Britten-Pears Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies scheme in Suffolk for three years. She returned to London to work for artist management agency HarrisonParrott managing, among others, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alison Balsom and Hélène Grimaud. Wanting a further challenge Emily transitioned within the company to the world of international orchestral touring, travelling not only to Europe but also more widely including China, Japan, Indonesia, Qatar, South Korea and the USA. Any spare time Emily has is spent watching sport, knitting or visiting historical places.

Librarian & Artistic Advisor


James Halliday - james bomarzo photo cropped bwJames Halliday grew up in Paris and read Music at Cambridge University. After a spell in the music library at Glyndebourne he was musical assistant to the conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in France and now pursues projects as a freelance musicologist, vocal coach and musical director as well as working with the Monteverdi. He has acted as music director for the experimental opera company Erratica and is joint artistic director of the baroque collective Solomon's Knot, with whom he performed the first modern production of the 17th-century opera L’Ospedale; and The discovery of Bomarzo, focussing on Italian Mannerist madrigals, at the Aldeburgh Festival. With the Monteverdi, as well as taking care of the music library, he looks after the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme and organizes casting for certain projects.

Production & Events Coordinator

Rachel HindsHaving spent the majority of her life performing on stage, Rachel Hinds trained in acting at degree level, achieving a BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts from Rose Bruford Drama College, and a Theatre Arts Major from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Following graduation, Rachel pursued a successful management career at Marks and Spencer Plc before training with the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellowship on placement at Hofesh Shechter Company in October 2015. During her Fellowship year, Rachel achieved a Post Graduate Certificate with Merit in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy from the University of Leeds, as well as organising a number of Patron events at venues including the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, O2 Academy Brixton and in Germany and France.

Head of Development & Events

ag bwAnna Gustafson arrived at Monteverdi after playing a pivotal role as Chief Executive of Independent Opera. Previously she served as Director of choral festivals in the UK (Harrogate, Shrewsbury and Bristol) and US (Chicago). She also worked at Arts Council England as Project Manager, Classical and Contemporary Music, and was Chair of the European Union Baroque Orchestra Development Trust. Anna has music degrees and postgraduate qualifications from the universities of Nebraska (US), Regensburg (Germany) and Cambridge (UK). She is an organist by training and her musical interests range from Baroque to contemporary.

Office Assistant

ek bwEsther Kippax grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in July 2016 with a degree in History and Music. While in her final year, she developed an interest in music administration through volunteering for the University's music department. After graduating, Esther spent time as a Hesse student at the Aldeburgh Festival. Before starting her role at the Monteverdi, she completed an internship in the Jette Parker Young Artist’s Programme at the Royal Opera House. Esther sings with The Bach Choir and Cambridge University Music Society Chorus in her spare time.

Marketing & Communications Manager

jb 001Jonathan Broad joined the Company in January 2017 having spent 15 years with English National Opera in a variety of roles from frontline Box Office, Press Office and most recently Marketing where he was Marketing Manager for 8 years. Prior to this Jonathan was a professional dancer working with companies both large and small around the globe including English National Ballet, Wiener Ballet Theater and National Ballet of Iceland. He is now settled in the UK, living in Sutton with his wife and two energetic young boys who are always on the go.

Marketing Trainee

Benson-HeadshotHugh Benson gained a BMus from King’s College, London and a Masters in Voice (Tenor) from The Royal Academy of Music. As a singer, he has performed widely as both a concert and operatic soloist. Beyond this, Hugh has worked extensively as a teacher and gained administrative experience working with Les Azuriales Opera and Spring Grove Music Festival. Hugh joined the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Arts Management Training scheme in February 2017 to further his professional experience. In his personal life, Hugh enjoys reading, playing the piano and watching sport.