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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.

Patrons

Edward Gardner OBE

Nicky Spence

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

WATCH OUR VIRTUAL 2020 OPERA EVENTS

Virtual Opera Gala Night streamed live via Zoom on Sun May 10th 2020,  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.

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

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.

Beyond These Walls During July and August a group of intergenerational composers got together online to create HOPE IS STRONG, a piece inspired by Covid-19 and how it has impacted the lives of us all.

2019 PRODUCTION | LA BELLE HÉLÈNE

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.

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.

COMMUNITY OPERA 2021

Whatever 2021 brings us, we are more determined than ever to present some kind of live opera event involving a large number of members of the local community this September. We will keep you updated about our plans through this challenging year. If you would like to be part of this project or have any queries about the Blackheath Halls Community Opera, please contact Rose Ballantyne  [email protected]

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