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Corporate Entertainment

Oyster Opera have graced many a corporate party or dinner, whether for ten people, or for over a thousand!

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Humour, together with beautiful singing, is our thing! Just ring for a chat and we can engineer events to fit your requirements. See our contact page for details.
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Events, clients and venues where Oyster Opera have entertained include a pre-show with Incandescence for R&B legend Beyonce's "I am. " Concert in Port Ghalib, Egypt; The Grand President Hotel, Sorrento, Italy; The Variety International Corporate & Media Awards, London; European Space Agency, Frankfurt; The London Boat Show as part of the Sea Queen Spectacular with Incandescence , Excel, London; Treasurer & Chancellor Tobacco Launch at The Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi; The OAG Airline of the Year Awards, Sheraton, Park Lane; Sir Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball; The Combined Attachés Ball, The Dorchester; Bristol Balloon Festival; PUMA Fashion Show, Frankfurt, Germany; Help for Heroes Fundraising Ball at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; The American Museum, Bath; Le Royal Mirage, Dubai; RAF Lyneham Summer Ball; Printemps (Department Store), Paris; Grand Hyatt, Muscat, Oman; Narnia Event at the National Motorcycle Museum; the Arabian Business Company of the Year Awards, in the presence of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH the King of Jordan, and 1500 others, at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; and at The Pearl, Doha, Qatar, for a private dinner honouring Placido Domingo - when we had finished he sang 'Catari' a cappella , right there in front of us - mesmerizing!

More intimate venues range from the elegant Home House, London, to the historic Penshurst Place in Kent and from the lively Adam Street and Sketch clubs, London, to the Houses of Parliament.

Oyster Opera can dress for dinner - in tails and glamorous evening gowns, or we can appear in full operatic costumes, depending on the style of your event. Recently we have been performing in disguise (see below), for the First Set dressed as waiting staff - adding to the surprise element.

We can sing formally, on a stage or a dance-floor, or we can meander between tables to serenade guests at close-quarters.

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. However, if the venue is huge and there are many, many guests (some perhaps chatting), lapel or handheld mics might become necessary.

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"What a fantastic show! Thank you so much for your contribution to the evening. We are all still talking about it and will definitely recommend you!"
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A small amount of participation can make the evening enormously entertaining - an oyster diva could pause for a quick waltz, grab someone for a tango (try anyway.) or, with a grand curtsey invite whoever might have been unknowingly pre-selected for attention, to join them for a twirl . of course, they can refuse! On the other side of the room gasps can be heard as a devilishly handsome tenor kneels at the feet of a lady intent upon serenading them. And sometimes, as the music works its magic, a whole group, a veritable crowd of people join in with a chorus!

At dinners and parties we recommend two twenty minute sets - one after the main course, then one after pudding, during coffee. But sometimes, 10 minutes or 15 minutes can be ample. This is all up to you.

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"We really weren't expecting such fabulous entertainment! You not only sang beautifully but were really very funny! Thank you again."
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OUR REPERTOIRE

Our repertoire includes favorites such as the fabulous (British Airways) Flower Duet from the opera Lakmé by Delibes, sung by soprano and mezzo-soprano; O mio babbino caro, (O my beloved Daddy) from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini (you may have heard it in the film "A Room with a View"); the tenor's famous aria, Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini (a great finisher, one that many cannot resist joining in with ...); Carmen's sultry Habañera by Bizet; Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Verdi's 'drinking song' - the Brindisi from La Traviata.

We can also add lighter numbers, for example I could have Danced all Night (My Fair Lady); Tonight (West Side Story); Can't help Lovin dat Man (Showboat), Some enchanted evening (South Pacific); any song you would like, just ask us and it might be possible.

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ACCOMPANIMENT AND EQUIPMENT

We can perform with backing tracks either through our small, portable, battery-operated sound system (for more intimate venues), or our larger very portable sound system for 120 or so guests, or through your resident/hired sound system. And if it is a large or even huge venue, we may have to have lapel or handheld microphones and have a compressor on the system for those high notes!

Of course, if you have a piano - upright, grand or even a keyboard, we can provide an excellent pianist and also, N.B., perform a wider range of repertoire, particularly ensemble pieces for those discerning opera lovers.

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"We had absolutely no idea what you were going to do - it was amazing! You really made the evening for us ."
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OYSTER OPERA IN DISGUISE!

Wait! Did I mention the ' oyster opera in disguise ' bit? No? Well, yes, we do that too!

If you would like us to pretend to be waiting staff, guests even, or cleaners, or security attendants, even St John's Ambulance - whatever you want us to do - we can do that (as long as they will lend us the outfits) and we break into song, astonishing everyone . and sometimes we can then strip out of the costumes into our evening gowns to carry on the show. almost anything is possible. And we are usually very funny!

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Humour, together with beautiful singing, is our thing! Just ring for a chat and we can engineer events to fit your requirements. See our contact page for details.
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