Poster for Beatrice and Benedict, 2017


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We are currently in rehearsal for Beatrice and Benedict, a comic opera by Hector Belioz, and are having great fun. The plot is simple but the music is divine and Neil Kirkman, our award winning Stage Director/ Designer along with Director of Music Peter Blackwood are encouraging our excellent principals and award winning chorus to give their best. This opera will lift the spirits and send you out into an English midwinter night warmed by what you have seen and heard.

Based loosely on Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing', Neil has set the opera in Sicily during the early 1800's.

The cast is as follows:

Beatrice Julia O'Connor (Ellen Orford in Bath Opera's 'Peter Grimes').
Benedict Rupert Drury (Title role in Bath Opera's 'Peter Grimes').
Hero Kate Eastment (Making her debut with Bath Opera).
Claudio Andrew Havers (Leporello in Bath Opera's 'Don Giovanni').
Somarone Robert Marson (Banquo in Bath Opera's 'Macbeth')
Don Pedro Peter Redfern.
Ursula Gill Clark.
Leonato Alec Deighton.
The Notary Graham Billings.
The Messenger Richard Hathway.

The opera will be sung in English and accompanied by the full Bath Opera Orchestra under the baton of conductor Peter Blackwood.

Beatrice and Benedict will be performed at The Wroughton Theatre, North Road, Bath at 7.30pm on February 16th, 17th, 18th 2017.

New members will find a warm welcome from our friendly group. We are also looking to recruit more patrons, sponsors and friends without whose support we would be unable to offer the high visual presentation standards and performances that are synonymous with Bath Opera productions.

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.

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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