2020 began with Paul returning to sing with Scottish Opera - covering Mao Tse Tung in John Adams's Nixon in China, and performing the role in their 'Opera Unwrapped' performance. He then travelled back up to Glasgow to cover Snout in Midsumer Night's Dream, and Egeus in a short new contemporary piece. Unfortunately, he was back on the M6 within three days, as COVID 19 put paid to these and other plans.
Whilst in 'lockdown' he took part in a virtual concert for the Wessex Glyndebourne Association that can be seen here, and kept his son home educated. He continued this theme by preparing his part of the Maths teacher for the award-winning online production of L'Enfant et les Sortilèges developed by Vopera, and was grateful to be one of the lucky few of his colleagues who actually saw the inside of a theatre in autumn 2020, as he covered 'Madame Beurrefondu' in Glyndebourne's production of Offenbach's In the Market for Love.
Now that the theatres are opening again, Paul has just covered the title role in ENO's Satyagraha and roles in The Wreckers and Alcina at the Glyndebourne Festival. He has also been workshopping new work at the Royal Opera. Future plans include taking part in performances of Stradella's rare baroque opera The Strength of Paternal Love at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, as well as several oratorio performances and a long-planned lecture recital of Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge.