Jul
14
Thu
2022
Dancaïre: Carmen (Bizet) – Longborough Festival Opera @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 14 @ 5:00 pm
Bizet’s tragedy Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time – a tale of passion, jealousy and freedom.

Jeremy Silver conducts, with director Mathilde Lopez returning to Longborough following “a punky take” (★★★★ The Times) on Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2019, for what promises to be a radical version of a much-loved classic.

Please note that this production contains adult themes.

Jul
16
Sat
2022
Dancaïre: Carmen (Bizet) – Longborough Festival Opera @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm
Bizet’s tragedy Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time – a tale of passion, jealousy and freedom.

Jeremy Silver conducts, with director Mathilde Lopez returning to Longborough following “a punky take” (★★★★ The Times) on Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2019, for what promises to be a radical version of a much-loved classic.

Please note that this production contains adult themes.

Jul
17
Sun
2022
Dancaïre: Carmen (Bizet) – Longborough Festival Opera @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 17 @ 5:00 pm
Bizet’s tragedy Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time – a tale of passion, jealousy and freedom.

Jeremy Silver conducts, with director Mathilde Lopez returning to Longborough following “a punky take” (★★★★ The Times) on Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2019, for what promises to be a radical version of a much-loved classic.

Please note that this production contains adult themes.

Jul
19
Tue
2022
Dancaïre: Carmen (Bizet) – Longborough Festival Opera @ Longborough Festival Opera
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm
Bizet’s tragedy Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time – a tale of passion, jealousy and freedom.

Jeremy Silver conducts, with director Mathilde Lopez returning to Longborough following “a punky take” (★★★★ The Times) on Cavalli’s La Calisto in 2019, for what promises to be a radical version of a much-loved classic.

Please note that this production contains adult themes.

Aug
26
Fri
2022
Périchaud: La Rondine (Puccini) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm

La rondine (The Swallow) is a moving tale of young love and heartbreak – and what else, you may ask, is opera about? Arguably Puccini’s most modern opera, La rondine was premiered in Monte Carlo in 1917, and includes one of Puccini’s most gorgeous creations, the quartet, ‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’ (I drink to your beautiful smile).

Magda is our ‘rondine’ , the bird who flies towards the sun, and Ruggero is the shy country boy who eventually becomes her lover. We witness their relationship unfold in the colourful locales of Paris and the balmier climes of southern France. The love ‘quadrangle’ is made complete by Prunier, a centre-of-attention poet and Magda’s fiery maid, Lisette. Amidst waltzes, foxtrots, and soaring melodies, join us for an unmissable evening of sophistication and glamour in the enchanting surroundings of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court.

Director Bruno Ravella, a former Iford Arts favourite, joins us fresh from extraordinary acclaim for his Rosenkavalier at Garsington in 2021, and If Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Gooch conducts.

Aug
27
Sat
2022
Gasparo: Rita (Donizetti) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm

Rita, the somewhat tyrannical inn-owner and wife of Peppe is shocked by the return of her former husband Gasparo whom she had thought dead by drowning (he had run away to far-off lands). Gasparo is back to acquire Rita’s death certificate so he can remarry – because he, in turn, thought she had died. In the middle is poor Peppe who wants out, and perhaps Gasparo’s return provides the opportunity? The opera is a comedy of deceit and ill-manners (it was originally called The Beaten Husband which tells you something of Rita’s inclinations) but it glitters with Donizetti’s trademark vivacity, formed around eight core musical ‘numbers’ connected by spoken dialogue. The opera has, in the past few decades, become one of the most frequently performed of Donizetti’s short operas.

Aug
29
Mon
2022
Périchaud: La Rondine (Puccini) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

La rondine (The Swallow) is a moving tale of young love and heartbreak – and what else, you may ask, is opera about? Arguably Puccini’s most modern opera, La rondine was premiered in Monte Carlo in 1917, and includes one of Puccini’s most gorgeous creations, the quartet, ‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’ (I drink to your beautiful smile).

Magda is our ‘rondine’ , the bird who flies towards the sun, and Ruggero is the shy country boy who eventually becomes her lover. We witness their relationship unfold in the colourful locales of Paris and the balmier climes of southern France. The love ‘quadrangle’ is made complete by Prunier, a centre-of-attention poet and Magda’s fiery maid, Lisette. Amidst waltzes, foxtrots, and soaring melodies, join us for an unmissable evening of sophistication and glamour in the enchanting surroundings of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court.

Director Bruno Ravella, a former Iford Arts favourite, joins us fresh from extraordinary acclaim for his Rosenkavalier at Garsington in 2021, and If Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Gooch conducts.

Aug
31
Wed
2022
Gasparo: Rita (Donizetti) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm

Rita, the somewhat tyrannical inn-owner and wife of Peppe is shocked by the return of her former husband Gasparo whom she had thought dead by drowning (he had run away to far-off lands). Gasparo is back to acquire Rita’s death certificate so he can remarry – because he, in turn, thought she had died. In the middle is poor Peppe who wants out, and perhaps Gasparo’s return provides the opportunity? The opera is a comedy of deceit and ill-manners (it was originally called The Beaten Husband which tells you something of Rita’s inclinations) but it glitters with Donizetti’s trademark vivacity, formed around eight core musical ‘numbers’ connected by spoken dialogue. The opera has, in the past few decades, become one of the most frequently performed of Donizetti’s short operas.

Sep
1
Thu
2022
Périchaud: La Rondine (Puccini) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Sep 1 @ 7:00 pm

La rondine (The Swallow) is a moving tale of young love and heartbreak – and what else, you may ask, is opera about? Arguably Puccini’s most modern opera, La rondine was premiered in Monte Carlo in 1917, and includes one of Puccini’s most gorgeous creations, the quartet, ‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’ (I drink to your beautiful smile).

Magda is our ‘rondine’ , the bird who flies towards the sun, and Ruggero is the shy country boy who eventually becomes her lover. We witness their relationship unfold in the colourful locales of Paris and the balmier climes of southern France. The love ‘quadrangle’ is made complete by Prunier, a centre-of-attention poet and Magda’s fiery maid, Lisette. Amidst waltzes, foxtrots, and soaring melodies, join us for an unmissable evening of sophistication and glamour in the enchanting surroundings of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court.

Director Bruno Ravella, a former Iford Arts favourite, joins us fresh from extraordinary acclaim for his Rosenkavalier at Garsington in 2021, and If Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Gooch conducts.

Sep
2
Fri
2022
Aeneas: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Sep 2 @ 7:00 pm

The course of true love runs far from smooth for Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Trojan hero Aeneas in Purcell’s famous opera.  We are thrilled that our If Opera Company singers will be working with guest conductor Christopher Bucknall for this very special concert performance of Dido and Aeneas.  Intimate in scale, this timeless tale of love and anguish, sorcery, war and betrayal punches well above its weight and includes one of the most beautiful arias in all Baroque opera – When I am Laid in Earth.

DIDO Fleur Barron
AENEAS Kieran Rayner
SORCERESS Katherine McIndoe
BELINDA Nardus Williams
FIRST WITCH Lorena Paz Nieto
SECOND WITCH Helen Maree Cooper

Sep
3
Sat
2022
Périchaud: La Rondine (Puccini) – IF Opera @ Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm

La rondine (The Swallow) is a moving tale of young love and heartbreak – and what else, you may ask, is opera about? Arguably Puccini’s most modern opera, La rondine was premiered in Monte Carlo in 1917, and includes one of Puccini’s most gorgeous creations, the quartet, ‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’ (I drink to your beautiful smile).

Magda is our ‘rondine’ , the bird who flies towards the sun, and Ruggero is the shy country boy who eventually becomes her lover. We witness their relationship unfold in the colourful locales of Paris and the balmier climes of southern France. The love ‘quadrangle’ is made complete by Prunier, a centre-of-attention poet and Magda’s fiery maid, Lisette. Amidst waltzes, foxtrots, and soaring melodies, join us for an unmissable evening of sophistication and glamour in the enchanting surroundings of Grade 1 listed Belcombe Court.

Director Bruno Ravella, a former Iford Arts favourite, joins us fresh from extraordinary acclaim for his Rosenkavalier at Garsington in 2021, and If Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Gooch conducts.

Oct
22
Sat
2022
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Lambeth Orchestra) @ All Saints West Dulwich
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm

Kieran reprises one of his favourite song cycles with orchestra, Mahler’s heartbreaking Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). With the Lambeth Orchestra conducted by Peter Selwyn, at All Saints Church, West Dulwich.

Concert also features:
LISZT: Les Preludes
MAHLER: Blumine
STRAUSS: Tod und Verklärung

 

Oct
23
Sun
2022
Emmy Destinn Foundation Gala Concert @ St John's Smith Square
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm
The Emmy Destinn Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala Benefit Concert

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Emmy Destinn Foundation Under the auspices of HE Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Czech Ambassador to the UK.

Featuring brilliant young artists, the winners of our biennial competition The Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards performing arias by Janáček, Dvořák, Smetana, Mozart and Puccini.

They will be accompanied by accomplished pianists Raya Kostova, Panaretos Kyriatzidis and Max Bilbe, winners of the Lady Grenfell-Baines Accompanist’s Prize.

The concert will also feature talented Czech violinist Leona Gogolicynová, accompanied by celebrated pianist Anthony Hewitt, and renowned Swedish trumpeter Magnus Johansson who performed at the inaugural Emmy Destinn Foundation concert in 1997

The evening will be presented by voice over actress and narrator Veronika Hyks

The Foundation is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Emmy Destinn, the greatest Czech diva, by supporting talented young singers and preserving the traditional cultural link between Britain and Czech Republic, as well as cultivating awareness of Czech repertoire’s great riches.


Featuring arias and scenes from operas by:

Leoš Janáček
Antonín Dvořák
Bedřich Smetana
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Giacomo Puccini
Josef Suk

Oct
30
Sun
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Snape Maltings
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Oct
31
Mon
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Snape Maltings
Oct 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
13
Sun
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
15
Tue
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 15 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
16
Wed
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
18
Fri
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 18 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
19
Sat
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
21
Mon
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 21 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.

 

Nov
22
Tue
2022
Junius: The Rape of Lucretia – Royal Opera House/BPA @ Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre
Nov 22 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

A co-production by Britten Pears Arts and The Royal Opera House.

In a world brutalised by conflict, one woman’s experience of horrific violence becomes the defining moment of an era.

Benjamin Britten’s shattering chamber opera explores some of the darkest drives in the human psyche – and what happens when power and war give them free rein. In this contemporary new staging, Oliver Mears directs, while Corinna Niemeyer conducts a cast drawn from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the Jette Parker Artists Programme.

Throughout the autumn, we will be exploring aspects of this production and its wider context in a series of talks and presentations online. Keep your eye on the website for more details.