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"...It's a cracker!" So says What'sOnStage in their 4-Star Review of Giulio Cesare which finished on 17 March

Mar 22, 2018

Mark Valencia was full of praise for our 2018 production. Here are just a few extracts.

"Cast from strength and conducted by Dane Lam with dynamic elegance. Camarata Alma Viva...coloured Handel's rich score with verve, imagination and confident aplomb."

Marie Lys as Cleopatra: "...shimmered in the role, not just in her resplendent costumes but also through her vocal dexterity and care for characterisation..."

Helen Sherman gave: "...a powerfully wrought account of the title role. Her Cesare suffered, loved, was moved to anger and delivered to joy in a beautifully sustained performance."

For Mark Valencia's full review go to: http://bit.ly/2ttkoli

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“A minor miracle...” Plays To See give Giulio Cesare 4-Stars

Mar 21, 2018

Owen Davies of Plays to See absolutely loved the production. Here are some extracts from his review:

"Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel's finest operas.£

"...a piece of music theatre that grips and delights for the entire evening."

"Baroque opera makes huge demands on the style and stamina of singers and the team of young performers at Bury Court are simply superb."

To read the full review please go to https://playstosee.com/giulio-cesare/

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Dane Lam nominated for prestigious award

Feb 02, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Conductor, Dane Lam, pictured, who has been nominated '2018 Best Newcomer' in the International Opera Awards. He is in illustrious company and delighted to have been nominated. The International Opera Awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate excellence in opera around the world, to raise the profile of opera as an art form and to reward excellence and talent.
In addition, the International Opera Awards Foundation supports emerging talent through bursaries.
With just a few weeks to go until the opening night of our new production of Giulio Cesare on 8 March if you haven't already secured your tickets, it is not too late...there are still seats available on most nights. Check out our bookings page or call the Box Office on 01420520333.

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The 2018 Publicity Flyer

Dec 07, 2017

Thank you to our graphic designer Rachel Kaufman for designing this beautiful flyer. And thank you to The Gerald Coke Handel Collection for allowing us to use the image from the title-page of the 1724 first edition of Giulio Cesare. (See the news item below.)

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Inspired by Handel

Dec 06, 2017

Every year we rack our creative brains for an imaginative and eye-catching 'Flyer' to promote our operas and we are delighted that so many people have commented on the result. (See the news item above.) In fact, we have had so many positive comments about the image for Giulio Cesare that we thought we would tell you a little bit about it. It is based on the title-page of the first edition of Giulio Cesare, published in 1724. It was advertised as 'Curiously engraved on Copper Plates Corrected and Figur'd by Mr Handel's own hands'.

The first edition was part of the original collection of Gerald Coke (BCO co-founder John Coke's father), now held in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at The Foundling Museum in London. Graphic designer Rachel Kaufman loved the idea of adding colour to the print - representing Egyptian desert and edged in 'warrior' red. We particularly like the extension of the angels wings ... gently updating the image for a modern viewer.

Pictured is the original

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STOP PRESS : Performances of Mad King Suibhne coming soon to London and Wiltshire

Oct 31, 2017

We are delighted to announce that BCO's critically acclaimed production of Mad King Suibhne by Noah Mosley is shortly to have its London premiere before it transfers to Messums Wiltshire. Performances are Thursday 16 November and Friday 17 November at Lilian Baylis House, West Hampstead as part of the Helios Collective/ENO collaboration 'Formations'.
This will be followed by two performances at Messums Wiltshire on Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December, in the superb setting of Messums C14th tithe barn gallery in Tisbury. Please click Read more for further details.

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A second performance of Voix du Cabaret announced

Sep 13, 2017

This is a second chance to see soprano Ilona Domnich's new one woman show in which Ilona presents songs made famous by (among others) Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaff, Jacques Brel, Liza Minnelli et al. Tickets are £45.00 and include a light supper. For a Booking Form email: burycourtbarn@gmail.com or call 01420 23202.

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Voix du Cabaret...The Kirker Holidays Autumn Concert in Association with Bury Court Opera

Sep 10, 2017

We are delighted to be working with the renowned travel company Kirker Holidays for the first time - and even more delighted that tickets for soprano Ilona Domnich's new one-woman show on the 17th October sold out within days of going on sale. If you didn't manage to get tickets - worry not! Read the news item above...there is a second chance to see the show.

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Friends of Bury Court Opera - Annual Thank You Concert and Garden Party

Jul 13, 2017

Over 100 Friends and their guests attended the fourth annual Thank You Concert and Garden Party on Sunday 9th July. Judging from all the emails and cards, the Friends enjoyed themselves and were not too hot! An unusual problem to have at Bury Court. The programme of Vivaldi (mostly) and Handel was well received, with a particularly warm welcome back for our 'Madama Butterfly' of 2016, Japanese soprano Mamie Matsuda.

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