Blackheath Halls Opera

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.

Patrons

Edward Gardner OBE

Nicky Spence

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.

Reviews

"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]

 

 

 

 

 

Latest News

We are feeling incredibly grateful that Blackheath Halls has been a recipient of some much needed funding via the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Thanks to this and the continued support and ongoing donations from our generous audiences, participants and Friends, we will be in a much stronger position to cover our overheads until such a time that we can fully open our doors again to a complete season of events. 

Please Support Us

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. If you are in a position to help you can text 10BLACKHEATH to 70085 and donate £10 or visit the Donate Now page of our website.

We recognise that everyone has different circumstances, and this is a difficult time for many individuals and organisations, but if you are in a position to help we would be enormously grateful. 

We will also be able to claim Gift Aid on any donations made in this way (if appropriate).

Social Distance Performances FAQs

Read the latest update with all details related to socially distant performances and how your visit to our venue will work.

Blackheath Halls Youtube Channel

If you've missed any of our online activities most are now available for viewing on our Youtube Channel do take a look.

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