Richmond Opera, based in West London, puts on one fully-staged opera and one major concert a year, along with a variety of smaller informal events including members’ concerts and one-off performances. We are an inclusive community group which welcomes amateurs and aspiring professionals. We are led by professionals and our members include singers, dancers and orchestral players as well as those involved in back-stage production.
We aim for the highest musical and performance standards, holding internal and external auditions for key solo roles although, whenever possible, we cast existing members in solo roles. Anyone is welcome to join the chorus and also be considered for solo roles.
Formerly Isleworth Baroque, we generally perform 17th and 18th century works, especially Handel, Purcell, the great French baroque composers and Mozart, in our main Autumn productions. Other concerts can range from early music to Gilbert and Sullivan and 20th century songs from the shows.
Our Musical Director is Lindsay Bramley, a professional conductor and opera singer. Until very recently Lucy Green, singer and music educationalist, was our Stage Director and Assistant Musical Director. A new Stage Director will be appointed in due course.
Next Production in May 2018
The Genius of Purcell
Richmond Opera will present a celebration of Henry Purcell’s life and work including excerpts from his operas, musical dramas, royal anthems, sacred works and chamber music.
Further details to be announced shortly.
Au revoir Lucy!
We are very sorry to say goodbye to Lucy Green who has been our Stage Director and Assistant Musical Director for several shows, including Magic Flute and Hercules as well as a long term member of Richmond Opera and Isleworth Baroque.
At the after show party we presented Lucy with a framed memento to remind her of several RO productions as she settles into a new life in Wales – the land of song! We will miss her so much but wish her every happiness for her future ventures.