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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS:

Oyster Opera presents a dazzling fairytale production of The Magic Flute.

St John's Smith Square
London
SW1P 3HA

Wednesday 20th July at 7pm.

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"Sharply characterized, intelligently directed and beautifully sung - a jewel of a production" (Warwick Thompson, Metro)
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OUR PREVIOUS PRODUCTIONS:

Puccini's La bohème, Rossini's Il barbière di Siviglia, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte and Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi's La Traviata, Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore (in Italian & English) and Don Pasquale; Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Britten's The Turn of the Screw.

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"(we received).an avalanche of ecstatic letters from the guests who were stunned by the immense style of the production and the quality of the singing at Leighton House. Several people referred to it as a magical evening and a lifetime memory. So thank you again." (Bobbie Vincent-Emery)
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OUR CASTS:

Oyster Opera's fabulous casts have been as follows:

Magic Flute

Tamino
Papageno
Queen of the Night
Pamina
Sarastro
Papagena
1st Lady
2nd Lady
3rd Lady
1st Armed Man / Monostatos
2nd Armed Man /
Priest

Musical Director
Director
Designer
Costume Designer
Paul Hopwood
Paul Vialard
Stacey Wheeler
Fiona Oliver-Smith
David Freeman
Aurelia Jonvaux
Vanessa Ashbee
Gemma Morsley
Vivien Easom
Kevin West

Kris Belligh


Richard Black
Clive Bebee
Jessie Giraud
Loz Buzzard


Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale
Dottor Malatesta
Ernesto
Norina
Un Notaro

Musical Director
Director
Antoine Salmon
Philip Kay
James Heath
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Clive Bebee

Richard Black
Clive Bebee


The Elixir of Love

Nemorino
Adina
Belcore
Dulcamara
Gianetta

Musical Director
Director
James Heath
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Philip Kay
Antoine Salmon
Aurelia Jonvaux

Richard Black
Clive Bebee


La Bohème
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Mimì
Musetta
Rodolfo
Marcello
Schaunard
Colline
Benoit / Alcindoro

Music Director
Director
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Aurelia Jonvaux
James Heath
Marlon da Silva Maia
Philip Kay
Orlando Schenk
Antoine Salmon

Richard Black
Clive Bebee


Cenerentola

Cenerentola
Don Ramiro
Dandini
Don Magnific
Clorinda
Tisbe
Alidoro

Music Director
Director
Hannah Mason
Stephen Anthony Brown
Peter Grevatt
Leon Berger
Sarah Estill
Justine Davies
John Milne

Richard Black
Clive Bebee



La Traviata

Violetta Valery
Flora Bervoix
Annina
Alfredo Germont
Giorgio Germont
Gastone
Barone Douphol
Marchese d'Obigny / Dottore Grenvil

Music Director
Director
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Hannah Mason
Aurelia Jonvaux
Andrew Friedhoff
Marlon da Silva Maia
Robert Amon
Orlando Schenk
Antoine Salmon


Richard Black
Fraser Grant



Cosi fan tutte

Fiordiligi
Dorabella
Guglielmo
Ferrando
Despina
Don Alfonso

Music Director
Director
Janet Fairlie, Fiona Oliver-Smith
Fiona Oliver-Smith, Hannah Mason
Kevin Sharp, Jeremy Vinogradov
Michael Hart-Davis, Angus McAllister
Yvonne Patrick, Emma Silversides
Deryk Hamon, Orlando Schenk

Annette Saunders; Krystian Belliere
Fraser Grant

Il Barbi ere di Siviglia

Count Almaviva

Doctor Bartolo
Don Basilio
Figaro

Fiorello
Rosina
Bertha

Music Director

Director
Jonathan Stoughton, Nick Smith, Paul Badley
Orlando Schenk
Stephen Holloway
Jeremy Vinogradov, Christopher Foster, Alex Ashworth
Angus McAllister
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Gudrun Finnbogadottir, Jane Stevenson

Kenneth Roberts; Frances Kelleher; Michael Pugh
Fraser Grant


Le nozze di Figaro

Figaro
Susanna
Count Almaviva
Countess Almaviva
Cherubino
Marcellina
Don Basilio / Don Curzio
Doctor Bartolo / Antonio
Barbarina

Musical Director
Director
Orlando Schenk
Emma Silversides
Philip Kay
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Hannah Mason
Jane Stevenson
James Hodgson
Stephen Holloway
Riko Tanaka


Michael Pugh
Fraser Grant


L'elisir d'amore

Nemorino
Adina
Belcore
Dulcama
Gianetta
Chorus


Musical Director
Director
Andrew Friedhoff
Fiona Oliver-Smith
Antonio Perez-Iranzo
Orlando Schenk
Hannah Mason
Hamish Gallie, Riko Tanaka, Kalina Koleva, Craig Steel, Verity Johnson

Richard Black
Fraser Grant


Eugene Onegin
(abridged version, sung in Russian with English narration)

Tatiana
Olga
Vladimir Lenski
Eugene Onegin
Alexander Pushkin

Director
Conductor

Russian coaching
Jessica Lindberg
Alenka Ponjavic
Robert Carlin
Toby Sims
David Pullan (narrator)

Fraser Grant
David Gibson. Oyster Chamber Ensemble, arrangement by Lara Taylor
Alexandre Naoumenko
























































if there is an opera you would particularly like to hear, then we would be delighted to discuss this in detail in order to tailor a performance to your exact requirements/space/event.

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"Thank you so much for the evening at The Lady Lever Art Gallery - A wonderful performance." (Alexis Redmond)
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NO VENUE? SEE THE OPERA MARQUEE

Oyster Opera's productions are totally portable and can be stretched or shrunk according to your proposed venue (lighting/scenery). This means we can bring opera to unusual places and spaces.

We have performed in the Steiner Theatre, the Bloomsbury Theatre, Leighton House and Lauderdale House, London, but also have taken operas to private schools, town halls, stately homes and Scottish Castles. Opera-loving clients have staged a whole opera in their gardens, hallways, drawing rooms or marquees - either to entertain their friends, or as part of a festival, or often to raise money for charity. One idea is to host a fund-raising evening as a "mini-Glyndebourne", inviting people to bring picnics for a long interval and to dress in glamorous evening wear!

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"Oyster Opera's production was a revelation to me . it was just so well acted."
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Another brilliant idea is to have a dinner party - organize the guests on one side of the tables, all facing a raised platform/stage, which is what we have done at Leighton House, Kensington, London where the resident caterers worked with us to provide silent, unobtrusive food and service - so the audience enjoyed the wonderful setting of Leighton House, a first class dinner and a splendid private performance of Le Nozze di Figaro at extremely close range.

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"What a brilliant evening! I never heard a sextet sing so clearly. I heard every word."
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We provide the performance with a set and minimal lighting rig, and the copy (information and text) for you to make your own Programme, for a set fee. (Or we can produce it for you). All you need to do is to provide the space, the chairs, the piano (upright is fine, just make sure to have it tuned), electricity for the lights and the audience!

If you would like a full information pack on 'How to host an opera' - for funding raising or just for private entertainment please contact us.

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"First rate voices and acting - a magical evening! Piano accompaniment was so good that I hardly missed an orchestra and the singers so polished and on cue that they didn't need a conductor."
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