Blackheath Halls Opera

Shortlisted for International Opera Award 2020

This year Blackheath Halls Community Opera has been shortlisted for the Education and Outreach Award, celebrating the outstanding work the company does to engage local people of all ages and backgrounds in the art form. News Article

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

2019 Production | La belle Hélène

This summer Blackheath Halls Opera was thrilled to present an exciting production of La belle Hélène on the 200th anniversary of Jacques Offenbach’s birth.

Directed by James Hurley and conducted by Christopher Stark, this production was our first to be performed on our newly levelled stage after the £3m redevelopment of the Great Hall last year, with the audience on raked seating.

Read more information about our 2019 opera

Full production details, audiences, number of tickets sold and participant feedback available from our annual Opera Evaluation Report.


"opera doesn’t come much more heartwarming than Blackheath Hall’s outstanding production of Offenbach’s fizzing La Belle Hélène" - The Observer

"It’s colourful, frothy, ridiculous and hugely enjoyable, the most heart-warming experience of my opera-going year" - Classical Source


Community Opera 2020

The dates for the Blackheath Halls Community Opera 2020 will be as follows:

Performances 2020

Tue 29 Sept evening | Thurs 1 Oct evening | Sat 3 Oct & Sun 4 Oct matinees

Opera Gala Night 2020

This is scheduled for Sunday 10 May

If you have any queries about our Community Opera please contact Rose Ballantyne on [email protected]