Opera, boxing and optical analytics
9 September 2010
Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka as Puck in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shadwell Opera (Photo by Johnny Langridge)
Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka has just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe where he reprised the role of Puck in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The location was the magical Rossyln Chapel (as featured in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code).
The production was sold out and David Nice, writing for the Arts Desk, said, "Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka had all the charisma needed for a new take on Robin Goodfellow very different from the pubescent boy Britten envisaged. Though this is not a singing role, Kiwanuka used his voice strikingly through several octaves."
Ssegawa has adopted the common work hard play hard ethic of many Cambridge students. He completed his BA and MEng with us and is now working for his PhD in the Laser Analytics Group under Dr Clemens Kaminski developing ultra-sensitive optical techniques for liquid-phase sample analysis. He has recently authored a paper in Analytical Chemistry and will be giving an oral presentation of his research at the forthcoming 18th International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT'10) in the Netherlands. In addition to his studies and his roles with the Shadwell Opera, he is also a Varsity winning boxer.