Blackheath Halls Opera

Summer Opera 2018: Dido and Aeneas

About Blackheath Halls Opera

The annual Blackheath Halls Community Opera is a successful project that has been running since 2007. Blackheath Halls Opera is proud of its programme of ambitious and creative opera projects offering people of all ages from across the London Boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham and beyond, a unique opportunity to take part in high-quality, live music making alongside a professional cast of soloists and production teams.

"A life-affirming and life-changing experience. Everyone should take part!"

"Blackheath Halls Opera is the best thing about the summer in South East London."

This project is supported by a broad range of both professional trusts and foundations and individuals as well as Arts Council England  and we continue to raise crucial funds throughout the year for both the Children's and Community Operas.


Edward Gardner OBE

Nicky Spence

Read more about the success of our 2018 Summer Opera Dido & Aeneas 


“Long may Blackheath [Halls] continue to prove that opera is for all” Classical Source, 2016

"Thrilling", Sunday Times, 2015

"In terms of breaking barriers the Blackheath project achieves what many would like to, but rarely can, by putting opera at the heart of the community."  What's On Stage, 2014

"Blackheath should be proud" Independent on Sunday, 2013

2019 Production | La belle Hélène

Blackheath Halls Opera is thrilled to present this exciting production of La belle Hélène on the 200th anniversary of Jacques Offenbach’s birth. La belle Hélène tells the tale of the abduction of the fair Helen by the Paris, Prince of Troy. He is aided and abetted by the wily high priest, Calchas, who outwits Helen's much deceived husband, Menelaus, as well as an assortment of bumbling Greek heroes. The score includes some of Offenbach's best-loved melodies.

Director James Hurley

Conductor Christopher Stark

Designer April Dalton

Lighting Designer Ben Pickersgill

Helen Ellie Laugharne

Paris Oliver Johnston

Calchas Ben McAteer

Menelaus Joe Shovelton

Agamemnon Nicholas Merryweather

TUE 16, WED 17 & FRI 19 JUL 7pm |  SUN 21 JUL 2.30pm | Great Hall

More information and tickets here