Richmond Opera, based in West London, presents 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 in our main Autumn productions, especially Handel, Purcell, the great French baroque composers and Mozart. 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 on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 7 pm
The Genius of Purcell
The Normansfield Theatre, Teddington. TW11 9PS
Richmond Opera present a celebration of the extraordinary life and works of Henry Purcell, from his early choral
masterpieces and Royal anthems to bawdy ballads and ground-breaking ‘English’ operas with full baroque orchestra.
Tickets £15. Order by telephone: 0333 1212 300 or online.
From our friends at Richmond Theatre
Ellen Kent brings two stunning operas La Traviata and Madama Butterfly back to Richmond, presented by Opera & Ballet International and starring the international sopranos Alyona Kistenyova and Maria HeeJung Kim, as well as a highly praised chorus and full orchestra. La Traviata tells the tragic Parisian tale of the consumptive courtesan, Violetta in a production boasting sumptuous sets and costumes. Winner of The Best Opera Award (Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards), Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant.
Madama Butterfly features the talents of young Darcy O’Toole, aged 5 from Hounslow, who’ll play Sorrow in the production. Darcy attends local stage school (Stagecoach Theatre Arts Isleworth) whom Ellen invited to supply an actor for the role of Sorrow and other children to take part and experience the joy of treading the boards themselves in this exquisite production of Puccini’s masterpiece. Her mother Erin says “Darcy is very excited about performing in a ‘big theatre’ for the first time, she has been telling all her friends and her teacher. She loves the idea of getting dressed up in costume, and often dresses up at home, putting on shows with her siblings. We are very excited she has this opportunity to perform at Richmond Theatre.”.
La Traviata – Thu 19 Apr
Madama Butterfly – Fri 20 – Sat 21 Apr
Tickets from £22.40 available at atgtickets.com/Richmond