Watch our Virtual Opera Gala Night
Streamed live via Zoom on Sun May 10th 2020 (the date of our original Opera Gala Night), our opera patron Nicky Spence and a host of amazing professional and community singers, presented an evening of performances from their homes, in order to raise money for our ongoing activities at Blackheath Halls.
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
2019 Production | La belle Hélène
Last 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
It is with huge regret that Blackheath Halls have had to make the difficult decision to cancel both the Opera Gala Night and our annual Community Opera. In addition to the larger questions about when it will be safe for performances and rehearsals to recommence, without the financial support from our major fund-raising event for the opera, and an Arts Council England's grant, we simply do not have the capacity to produce a full scale opera production. We are currently looking at ways in which we might be able to deliver a smaller opera project, either virtually or in person when the situation permits, for both community participants and audiences.
If you have any queries about our Community Opera please contact Rose Ballantyne on [email protected]