London Festival Opera Al Fresco Performance Hamburg Polo Ground


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London Festival Opera Al Fresco Performance Hamburg Polo Ground



International Touring Opera Company

London Festival Opera is a leading international touring opera company and has received critical acclaim for performances in many major theatres and festivals in the UK and overseas.  Our opera company has developed a unique style combining fabulous music, stylish presentation, spoken introductions with a light touch and audience interaction, in programmes that are both entertaining and informative.  Accompaniment ranges from solo piano, instrumental ensemble, full orchestra or orchestral backing tracks making our presentations ideal for any size of venue.

All of the artists in our opera company have appeared with the major British and international opera companies including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne and we also feature young, exceptional artists at the beginning of a major international career.   The result is an entertaining performance of the very highest artistic standards.

London Festival Opera has a range of attractive travelling theatre sets and a collection of beautiful costumes resulting in an impressive visual impact to enhance the musical performance.  The company also has comprehensive and professionally designed promotional and marketing material.  Recent appearances have been in at Richmond Theatre, Buxton Opera House, New Theatre Oxford, Jersey Opera House, Malvern Theatre, Windsor Theatre Royal, Gala Theatre Durham, Theatre by the Lake Keswick, Congress Theatre Eastbourne, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Swan High Wycombe and Brighton Theatre Royal.  Recent international appearances include at La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Lee Shau Kee Grand Hall Hong Kong and Melk Abbey in Austria.  Festival appearances have been at the Salisbury, Chelmsford Cathedral and Windsor Festivals in the UK, and overseas at the Harare International Festival of the Arts and the Barbados Festival.

In addition to highlight performances in costume of ‘La Traviata’, ‘Carmen’, ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ our current theatre productions include:

A Night at the Opera – featuring celebrated arias and ensembles from the great operas

A Celebration of Opera – an alternative programme featuring great arias and ensembles

A Passion for Puccini – traces the composer’s colourful life through his music

Opera Magic – a fun programme created to introduce children to opera

A Christmas Night at the Opera – an opera gala including Christmas music and carols for the audience to join the soloists.
This performance can be presented on a Pantomime set.

Please call Philip Blake-Jones (Artistic Director) on +44 (0) 7802 183847 to discuss the wide range of performances we can present in Theatres and Festivals.


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Press Reviews

‘Superb Night at the Opera

‘The programme was cleverly designed to capture…….. the dramatic intensity of Tosca, the passion of Carmen, and the humour of The Barber of Seville, right through to the effervescent decadence of Die Fledermaus.

A glorious mix of familiar delights and little-known gems, ensuring that the evening appealed both to opera connoisseurs and to newcomers alike.

Philip Blake-Jones’s informative and witty commentary, and the exquisite accompaniment by the onstage chamber ensemble, added greatly to the enjoyment. This was an exhilarating performance by first-rate singers and musicians; opera at its very best.’

‘A Night at the Opera’ – New Theatre, Oxford Oxford Times – Nicola Lisle

Party Time with Opera’s Greatest Hits

‘…in very little time I was thoroughly enjoying both the music, the voices and the stage presence of the performers.

Mr Blake-Jones writes in the programme notes: ‘I hope some of the joy we experience performing these fine arias and ensembles reaches you in the audience. When it does, we sense this quite clearly on stage, and communication between audience and performers flow back and forth, resulting in a particularly intense and memorable shared experience’.

I hope they felt that in Jersey – where the audience applauded their performance with great enthusiasm – and that they will come back soon.

Jersey Evening Post – Alasdair Crosby Jersey Opera House

An Opera Ignoramus’s View…

‘The show is meant to reach out to audiences who might not normally go to the opera, and it did that superbly, giving me a short yet satisfactory introduction to this previously alien world.

The music was fantastic and the voices jaw-droppingly impressive, but what made the evening was Philip Blake-Jones’s introductions to each piece.

It seemed that the opera lovers around me enjoyed the evening as much as I did, suggesting it was pitched perfectly between converting new fans and satisfying more seasoned ones.’

Hastings Observer – Rob Alderson

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