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Wagner Society and Bury Court Opera to present talk on The Rake's Progress

Dec 18, 2014

For those of you who have already booked to see The Rake's Progress in March, or are thinking of booking, this is a great opportunity to gain an insight into our forthcoming production. We are delighted that the talk will be enhanced by Andrew (Tom Rakewell) and Rhonda (Baba the Turk) singing excerpts from Rake and we do hope you will be able to join us. The venue is St Botolph's Church Hall, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL. Time: 7.00pm. Tickets are available by post from The Wagner Society, or through our online booking service (TicketSource) . Adults £15.00 or £7.50 for full-time students.

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Andrew Dickinson wins Wagner Singing Competition 2014

Dec 02, 2014




We are delighted to announce that Andrew Dickinson, who is in the role of Tom Rakewell in our forthcoming production of The Rakes Progress, has just won First Prize, as well as the President's Award, in the prestigious Wagner Society Singing Competition. Andrew, pictured right, was a memorable Lensky in our 2013 production of Eugene Onegin.

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Where are they now? Two Bury Court sopranos destined to be High Flyers...

Nov 18, 2014

For their November issue, Opera Now magazine asked a team of critics, readers and music industry figures to present their pick of the new generation of sopranos destined to have impressive careers. Out of the ten sopranos listed, two had previously performed at Bury Court Opera. Nadine Benjamin (previously Nadine Mortimer-Smith, pictured left by kind permission of Devon Cass) was Dido in our 2010 Dido & Aeneas and Ilona Domnich was Gilda in our 2011 Rigoletto, Tatiana in our hugely popular 2013 production of Eugene Onegin and Melisande in our 2013 Pelleas and Melisande. Opera Now has kindly given us permission to reproduce the sections of the article which focused on Nadine and Ilona.

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A recital to celebrate the launch of Friends of Bury Court Opera

Nov 05, 2014

More than 50 new 'Friends of Bury Court Opera' attended our inaugural event on Sunday 26th October - a wonderful recital by Soprano Ilona Domnich, accompanied by our Director of Music Simon Over. Held in the private drawing room at Bury Court, Ilona sang extracts from her new CD and shared insights into the recording process. It was a truly special evening and, we hope, the first of many such 'Friends' events.

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“Bampton…have produced some delightful treats over the years. This year’s offering…ranks among the best…” Four Star Review for Gluck Double Bill

Jul 31, 2014

“Birthday boy Gluck is largely ignored this year – in the UK, at least – with few apparently interest in the Austrian composer’s 300th anniversary. Step forward adventurous Bampton Classical Opera, who are not only marking the occasion but have chosen to do so by giving the first UK staging of his little-known gem, Il Parnaso confuso (The Muses confused), and teaming it with Venetian composer Bertoni’s Orfeo – a work that uses the same libretto as Gluck’s more famous version. Renowned for unearthing operatic rarities, Bampton Opera founders Jeremy Gray and Gilly French have produced some delightful treats [...]

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Good reviews for The Lottery

Mar 25, 2014

Reviewed By: Hannah Crawforth, King’s College, London Review The stupendous success of Henry Fielding’s The Lottery in 18th-century London nearly prevented him from writing Tom Jones, the novel for which he is best known. Written in 1732, the ballad opera was the most popular of Fielding’s works for the stage, and he looked all set for a dazzling career as a dramatist and librettist. It was only the 1737 Licensing Act (which sought to censor London’s plays and suppress certain theatres) that forced the writer to turn his hand to the then emerging form of the novel, in [...]

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Critic Roderic Dunnett enjoys The Fairy Queen

Feb 25, 2014

“If everything about this production is brilliant, the cast comes near it too. The plum performance is Aidan Smith, the baritone headmaster figure: the timbres of his voice are quite gorgeous. Lilly Pappaioannou (the English Teacher, a reawakening Titania: “No, no, no kissing at all”) is an unusual, old-fashioned mezzo. The girl pupils – Grace Carter, Flore Philis – sing appetisingly throughout. Richard Latham yields one super aria as the Maths Teacher, and Helen-Jane Howells half a dozen exquisite ones, all on target, as the Science Teacher. The cast’s enunciation was beyond one’s wildest hopes. There are several other gems. [...]

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