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. We were very pleased to appoint a new Director Ruth Knight for our Autumn 2018 production. Ruth has worked on projects at the Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park and the Royal Academy of Music,
Handel in London
Richmond Opera present a concert of Handel’s works interspersed with stories of his life in London including his compositions and where he performed.