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Masterclass With Nelly Miricioiu – Sat 19 Sept 2pm

Saturday 19th September 2pm. We are proud and lucky to announce that the internationally renowned artist, Nelly Miricioiu, has kindly offered to hold a Masterclass as a lead up to the Clapham Opera Festival. After a wonderful meeting with the Festival founder Marie Soulier, Signora Miricioiu offered to run a Masterclass in front of a […]

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Grand Opening – An Evening of Grand Opera 9th Oct 7:30pm

Friday 9th October 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:50pm We have a wonderful evening to open our International Festival. We start with a celebration of the Grand Arias of Opera. What will be chosen? Bellini or Gounod? Mozart or Verdi? What is certain, we will transport you back to the time of Grand Opera. We are […]

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White Nights (Russia & Central Europe) Fri 23 Oct 7:30pm

White Nights – Friday 23rd October 7:30pm. Doors open 6:50pm Dostoevsky’s short story White Nights, set in St. Petersburg, begins with a quotation from the poem “The Flower” by Ivan Turgenev: “And was it his destined part / Only one moment in his life / To be close to your heart? / Or was he […]

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Remembrance Sunday (British & French Song) Sun 8th Nov 3:30pm

 Sunday 8th Nov 3:30pm. Doors open 2:50pm For this day of reflection, we have a very special selection of song from both sides of the channel. We will have music from Parry, Debussy, Butterworth and Faure amongst others. We are lucky to have pianist and conductor Will Vann performing at this event. More announcements to […]

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La Bohème – Fri 20th Nov 7.30pm & Sun 22nd Nov 4.30pm

La Bohème – Fri 20th Nov 7.30pm & Sun 22nd Nov 4.30pm. Doors open 45 minutes before. Our finale for this year’s Festival will be Puccini’s much loved La Boheme. Since first performed in 1896, this romantic opera has enchanted many, with it’s story of Rudolfo and Mimi. Inspired by Henri Murger’s novel Scènes de […]

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A Celebration of the Diva/Divo

The Diva/Divo of Opera brings drama, electricity and incredible artistry to this wonderful art form. Yet I find myself asking: What is a Diva/Divo? The definition seems to shift from the sublime to the caricature. So I headed to Italy. Diva: a female deity. Divo: a male deity. The source is the latin Divus: a […]

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In Praise of Music Teachers & Vocal Coaches

Upon the Shoulders of Teachers It is to this illustrious Spanish artist, with a moved, devoted, and grateful heart, that I owe all my preparation and my artistic formation as an actress and musician. This elect woman, who, besides giving me her precious teaching, gave me her whole heart as well… So said Maria Callas […]

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