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Blackheath Halls Opera

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.

In 2020 Blackheath Halls Community Opera was 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

Patrons

Edward Gardner OBE

Nicky Spence

2021 PRODUCTION | VENUS & ADONIS

In 2021 our return to opera at Blackheath Halls culminated in 8 performances of John Blow’s ‘Venus and Adonis’, thought to be the first English opera ever written. Chris Stark (conductor) and James Hurley (director) drew out delightful performances from a community chorus of 70 adults and 46 children, including 8 children from local SEN schools.

The professional cast included Claire Lees as Venus, Harry Thatcher as Adonis and Rebecca Leggett as Cupid.

WATCH OUR VIRTUAL 2020 OPERA EVENTS

A Journey through The Rake’s Progress An original film from the Blackheath Halls Opera team, with a host of both professional and amateur singers and musicians.

‘Tre sbirri, una carrozza’ from Tosca A wonderful celebration of ‘lockdown creativity’ put together by Christopher Stark and James Hurley.

PAST PRODUCTIONS

2019 La belle Hélène | 2018 Dido & Aeneas | 2017 Der Freischutz | 2016 Carmen | 2015 Idomeneo

2014 The Adventures of Count Ory | 2013 Verdi’s Macbeth | 2012 Cendrillon (Cinderella) | 2011 Eugene Onegin

2010 The Elixir of Love | 2009 Orpheus and Eurydice | 2008 La Bohème | 2007 Carmen

Arts Council England - Lottery Funded