Poster for Madame Butterfly, 2016

Madame Butterfly, Summer 2016

Bath Opera's next touring production will be Madame Butterfly by Puccini, to be performed at various venues in and around Bath in June and July 2016. The production will be directed by Jane Clark, with musical direction by Peter Blackwood.

Set in the early 20th century when America was an ally of Japan the destiny of the main characters in this doomed love story is played out over a period of four years in Nagasaki, Japan. Puccini captures the Japanese character and atmosphere of Japan in his music which shows a delicacy that is in harmony with the spirit of the tea house.

Beatrice and Benedict Auditions

Auditions for principal roles in next year's main production of Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict will be held at The Crypt, St Michaels Church, Broad St. Bath (opposite Waitrose) from 7pm on Wednesday 22nd June. Please note the start time and the venue, both of which are slightly out of the ordinary for Bath Opera. More details can be found on the auditions page.

Peter Grimes scoops three NODA awards!

Bath Opera's production of Peter Grimes won three awards at a NODA awards ceremony on March 5th 2016. NODA is the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and is committed to recognising and supporting performing arts. We won in all three categories in which we were nominated, namely:

Congratulations to Neil Kirkman Director, Peter Blackwood Conductor, Rupert Drury in the title role, all the other soloists and the chorus. Our thanks to the superb orchestra also. Finally, thank you to NODA for acknowledging and giving a higher profile to opera.

Looking back at a successful 2015

Our main production in February 2015 was Peter Grimes, Benjamin Brittenís challenging opera, directed by Neil Kirkman with Peter Blackwood as Musical Director. Not only was the production an enormous artistic success, but it was a sell-out! It also received national coverage in 'Opera' magazine (reproduced here). Many thanks to all members and supporters who helped us achieve this amazing production.

Our tour in the summer of 2015 was La Traviata which was well received in seven local venues and at a specially commissioned performance in Surrey!

Peter Grimes (2015)
 

About Bath Opera

Bath Opera is Bath's resident opera company. Founded in 1977 the company is built around an acclaimed chorus made up of amateur, professional and semi-professional singers. Leading roles are taken by company members and outside professional and semi-professionals.

We sing a wide range of works, both traditional and more modern. Recent productions have included Nabucco (Verdi), Street Scene (Kurt Weill) and Peter Grimes (Britten). All our operas are sung in English. Our major production with full orchestra takes place in February in the Wroughton Theatre, King Edward School, Bath. During June and July, we take a smaller more intimate production on tour to venues in and around Bath, usually with principals and piano accompaniment.

We look forward to welcoming you to our performances.

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