Blackheath Halls Opera


This year we are excited to be performing John Blow’s opera ‘Venus and Adonis’ at Blackheath Halls. The production will feature two professional opera singers and a live orchestra alongside our community chorus and will be conducted by Chris Stark and directed by James Hurley. The performances will run from 28 September – 3 October 2021 with rehearsals starting in July.

We are calling out for singers of all ages to join our community chorus for Venus and Adonis. Whether you’ve never sung before but always wanted to give it a try or whether you love opera and have sung in our productions before, we’d love to hear from you! We have both an adult company and a children’s company so all ages can be involved. There is no audition and you don’t need to be able to read music to join, just be keen to sing with others and perform in an opera chorus! For more information or to sign up please email Rose Ballantyne [email protected]

Tickets for Venus and Adonis will be available from the first week of August.


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


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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.


The last Blackheath Halls Opera we presented was 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. Full production details, audiences, number of tickets sold and participant feedback available from our annual Opera Evaluation Report.


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

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