Blackheath Halls Opera has been producing operas annually since 2007, involving members of our community, professional opera singers and production teams and students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. It is a really unique project that brings together musicians of all walks of life to create high-quality operas accompanied by a full orchestra.

Blackheath Halls Opera 2023

Our Community Opera this year will be Handel’s SemelePerformed very little during Handel’s lifetime, the opera now enjoys regular performances on opera stages worldwide. With it’s mythological story and rousing chorus numbers, it is the perfect fit for our Blackheath Halls Opera projects. We are very excited to welcome back seasoned Blackheath Halls Opera Director, Harry Fehr alongside Chris Stark as Musical Director.

Free Opera Taster Session | Tue 11 Apr, 7.30pm – 9pm, Mycenae House SE3 7SE

Ever wondered what it’s like to be in an opera? Come and find out at our free opera taster session (for ages 18+) from Blackheath Halls Opera, led by director Harry Fehr and conductor Christopher Stark. Spaces are limited so please register your place for the taster session by emailing Kate Howden[email protected]

Support Blackheath Halls Opera 

It is thanks to our Friends and Patrons of Blackheath Halls members that we are able to continue to offer Blackheath Halls Opera for the whole community to enjoy. If you would like to become a Friend or Patron more information is available here.


Our 2022 Production | Candide by Leonard Bernstein

This year we were thrilled to to present a modern take on Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary operetta Candide, first performed in 1956, but based on a 1759 comic novella by the French philosopher Voltaire.

The production enjoyed 4 x sell-out performances and received some fantastic reviews, well-deserved by both our production teams, professional singers and very enthusiastic community chorus!

Read more here


**** Fiona Maddocks | The Guardian

Miles Hedley | Greenwich Visitor

Director Seb Harcombe
Musical Director Christopher Stark
Designer Elliott Squire
Lighting Designer Tracey Gibbs

Blackheath Halls Chorus
Blackheath Halls Orchestra
Blackheath Halls Youth Opera Company
Students from Greenvale School and Charlton Park Academy

If you are interested in joining the chorus of our 2023 production or any other information about Blackheath Halls Opera, please email Rose Ballantyne.

There is no need to be able to read music or have any previous opera experience to join our opera chorus; you will be assisted by our amazing professional music and production team and welcomed by a wonderful musical community.

**** If heart, soul and inspirational music-making are more your thing, this is the place

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Previous Blackheath Halls Opera productions

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2022: Candide | 2021: Venus and Adonis | 2020: Lockdown opera including The Rake’s Progress and Tosca | 2019: La belle Hélène | 2018: Dido and Aeneas and Noye’s Fludde (Children’s Opera) | 2017: Der Freischutz and Paws and Padlocks (Children’s Opera) | 2016: Carmen and Noye’s Fludde (Children’s Opera) | 2015: Idomeneo and Brundibar | 2014: The Adventures of Count Ory and The Little Sweep (Children’s Opera) | 2013: Macbeth and Noye’s Fludde (Children’s Opera) | 2012: Cinderella | 2011: Eugene Onegin | 2010: The Elixir of Love | 2009: Orpheus and Euridice | 2008: La Boheme | 2007: Carmen

 Supported through individual supporters and private donors.

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Get in touch

Community Engagement Manager

Rose Ballantyne

[email protected]

020 8305 3890

Community Engagement Officer

Kate Howden

[email protected]

020 8305 3894