The Opera Box aim to explore little performed operas with small casts and staged song cycle repertoire. These pieces will allow us to take our work across the country to locations where there is little or no access to quality opera and in essence can be performed in 'box' venues.
We recently staged our first performance 'Open the Box - An Evening of Opera and Song' as part of the Totally Thames Festival at the Brunel Museum in London.
Following the success of this production we returned to the Brunel Museum in Autumn 2017 with a new production of Mozart's The Impresario in a new English Translation and a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert, The Oval Portrait. This production also toured to Hungerford to critical acclaim.
September 2017 also saw us join forces with MBNA Thames Clippers to produce a Thames Opera Cruise where audiences are able to attend an opera as they sail along the River Thames. We produced a new production of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, revived our production of Menotti's The Telephone, and gave a whole host of operatic favourites, whilst audiences took in the stunning backdrop of the London skyline.
The nature of the performances and the ‘box’ spaces we want to use will give our audiences the chance to get up close and personal with our singers and have a distinctive experience of opera.
In Spring 2017 we launched a series of staged song-cycle recitals. Our opening recital was a selection of songs from the British Isles with soprano Soraya Mafi. We then welcomed Milly Forrest for the second in the series and the third will see Laura Monaghan take tot he stage with us again. Keep an eye on our What's On page and Social Media to find out more about upcoming recitals.