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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: 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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    Four star review from Opera Now magazine for Noah Mosley's 'finely crafted' new opera: Mad King Suibhne

    May 03, 2017

    Opera Now magazine has kindly given us permission to reproduce in full Roderic Dunnett's review of our 2017 season Double Bill (Mad King Suibhne and the Solomon's Knot production of l'Ospedale) which appeared in the May edition of the magazine.

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    'Insanely' good reviews for Mad King Suibhne - Bury Court Opera's first commission

    Apr 11, 2017

    The reviews seem to be echoing the audience reaction to Mad King Suibhne - Noah Mosley's new one-act opera - which was a huge success when it premiered in March. We had capacity audiences for both performances and have been flooded with congratulatory letters and emails. We will be posting extracts from the reviews here over the next few weeks, please read on by clicking the Read More link below.

    "...tremendously enjoyable and accomplished...what a delightful operatic experience" Rupert Christiansen of The Telegraph, tweeting his approval.

    Photograph of Dominic Bowe (Suibhne): The Other Richard

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    Opera Magazine reviews an 'edgy' Cosi fan tutte

    Apr 10, 2017

    The following review, by Yehuda Shapiro, appeared in the April edition of Opera Magazine. and is reproduced in full by kind permission of Opera Magazine.

    "If Cosi is essential country-house fare, the edginess of Daisy Evans' production reflected the adventurous spirit of John Coke and Suzanne Lemieux of Bury Court Opera, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

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    Opera Now praises a 'sparkling' Cosi fan tutte

    Apr 09, 2017

    The following review appeared in Opera Now, April edition. The magazine has kindly given us permission to reproduce Roderic Dunnett's review in full.

    'Bury Court Opera in Hampshire has notched up a succession of triumphs recently. On the heels of a sparkling Fairy Queen, acclaimed Rake's Progress and searing Madama Butterfly, the most recent offering was a Cosi fan tutte that was beguilingly sung, imaginatively acted and smartly directed.

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    Plays to See enjoys an 'impressive' Cosi fan tutte

    Apr 04, 2017

    Plays to See - the popular online site - decided to review our 2017 production and liked what it saw. Owen Davies' full review, published by kind permission of Plays to See, follows.

    ‘This wonderful … evening of opera shows that even a well-known masterpiece can be given fresh life by a team with radical new ideas and the musical and dramatic skills to bring the vision to life. More power to Bury Court and its mission to offer young artists the chance to perform the greatest operas in the repertoire.’ Owen Davies, Plays to See. Four****

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    January News Update

    Jan 26, 2017

    With rehearsals underway in London for Cosi fan tutte and, at the time of writing, just over four weeks to go until opening night, there are still tickets available for our 10th anniversary season. Anyone who saw Daisy Evans' Falstaff in London last summer will know what a treat we have in store with her new production of Cosi. Best availability for tickets is 27 Feb and 5 March.

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