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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Oyster Opera will help you make a success of any party!

We will bring our orchestral backing tracks if a piano is not available, and can make our performance as formal or as informal as you require. Guests are delighted not only by the beauty of the singing, but by the fun we bring to an event. We can drift through a crowd, stopping to serenade the odd guest, and the normal ones! To hear an opera singer at such proximity is an unforgettable experience. People are amazed we don't use microphones, and that we sing with so little effort.

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"The blend of their voices was sublime . almost transcendent." (Matthew Parris, The Times)
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Our real skill is treading the fine line between having fun, and making people feel uncomfortable. Years of party experience have given us the rare ability to pick the right person to serenade, grab the guest who is willing to get up and waltz with an oyster, and also to spot the guest who just wants to sit quietly and listen to the arias.

Any event can be made more memorable by Oyster Opera!

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"Thanks for such wonderful afternoon. You really made the occasion so special for us all and especially for my parents who have not stopped talking about you!"
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At dinners or wedding breakfasts we recommend two twenty minute sets - one after the main course, then one after pudding, during coffee. If we are a surprise and perhaps dressed as waiting staff, then we can burst into song at any time and do one set of 10-15 minutes, or come back after a break changed into our glamorous evening gowns and do another set of 20-30 mins.

Whatever you are thinking of, just ask - we are totally flexible and can perform just about anywhere. If you have a huge venue you may need to think about a larger sound system and perhaps mics in order for all the guests to hear - especially if we are singing whilst people are eating and drinking. Otherwise we will sing acoustically and with our backing tracks through your party sound system, or our own small, portable, battery operated system during breaks in dining.

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"Thank you so much for a fantastic evening. Really fab performance and so many, many compliments!"
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PARTIES WHERE WE HAVE PERFORMED

Parties where Oyster Opera has entertained include: : Elton John's birthday party, dressed in 18th Century costumes and wandering through the gardens serenading the celebrity guests; Journalist Matthew Parris' birthday party at his semi-renovated house half way up a mountain in Spain; a party given by Aldo Zilli in the basement of his Holborn restaurant; a 50th birthday party in the intimate Chelsea restaurant Pellicano; on the Orient Express for a 40th birthday ; at a Golden Wedding Anniversary dinner at Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton; an 80th birthday party in Ozgur's in Tenterden, Kent which ended in a duet with the birthday boy himself; a 100th birthday party at Runnymede Hotel, Egham, and the birthday boy stood up and made an amazing speech after our show; and in Doha, Qatar, for a private dinner honouring Placido Domingo - when we had finished he sang 'Catari' a cappella , right in front of us - mesmerizing!

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"with your superb professionalism and caring interest in the celebration, you brought all our favourites right to the table and made our Diamond Wedding dinner a truly unforgettable occasion. Thank you!"
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OUR REPORTOIRE

Depending on whether you have one, two, three singers, girls or boys the repertoire can include the following:

O mio babbino caro, from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini (used in A Room with a View); Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini (football fans will recognize this one); Habanera from Carmen by Bizet; Summertime from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin; The Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes (British Airways ad); Brindisi (the drinking song) from Traviata by Verdi, and many more.

A great combination would be 2 girls and 1 boy in order to have some fabulous female duets, male/female duets and Nessun Dorma and O mio babbino caro . just a suggestion!

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"You really were super last night. Everyone has said so - I just can't wait to organise another party so I can have book you again!"
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OYSTER OPERA IN DISGUISE!

We are being asked quite regularly to mix and mingle in a party as waiting staff and then either to strip down to a glamourous gown cleverly hidden underneath or just perform a First set as a waiter, a chef or whatever the disguise is. Even pretend to be a guest, enjoying the evening, who suddenly breaks into song .These parties are often large and almost definitely require a good sound system and (possibly hidden) lapel or handheld microphones.

Anything is possible. Contact us now!

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