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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 small audience (70 people).

As Signora Miricioiu stated:

“I want to pass my legacy to the future generation, and the idea of a young festival is brilliant”

A few lucky singers will be coached by the great Diva on Saturday 19th September at 2pm. Doors will open at 13:20. It will be a rare chance to see one of the greats in action.

You will discover how a sparkling career on the stages of La Scala, the Met and Royal Opera House opposite the likes of Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Roberto Alanya, has been maintained through hard work, passion and an ability to commit to the music fully with mind, body and soul.

The three singers will be appearing at the Festival, so Festival goers will also be able to witness first hand their development as artists.

We do advise to book early, as this event will sell out.

Tickets available here

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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 lucky to welcome back Festival favourites Sophie Yelland (Mezzo Soprano) & Ricardo Panela (Baritone). Joining them for the first time at the Festival is the wonderful Mari Wyn Williams (Soprano)

Tickets available here

Doors Open 6:50pm.

Drinks available before and after the concert

White Nights St Petersburg

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 fated from the start / to live for just one fleeting instant, / within the purlieus of your heart.”

And so a story of hope, hidden emotions, unrequited love and heartbreak unfolds. It is astonishing that with such a storyline, an opera hasn’t already been written for it.

We are doing the second best thing. Inspired by the story, we will bring together some incredible pieces of music from Russia, as well as Central and Eastern Europe.

Playing a selection of music from the likes of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Balakirev, we have Raya Kostova on piano, and baritone Thomas Humphreys.

Tickets available here



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 la vie de bohème  and play Le vie de la bohème, Puccini set the opera in 1840s Paris. Marie Soulier will yet again put her spin on the Opera – how can one forget last year’s Cenerentola which she set in the Wild West?

We are fortunate to have the talents of Nina Brazier as our Stage Director  and Philip Voldman, Pianist and Music Director for this Opera.

On stage will be Ricardo Panela (Baritone), Alice Privett (Soprano), Katherine Blumenthal (Soprano), Nick Dwyer, Alberto Sousa (Tenor) & Simon Grange (Bass)

Be sure to book your tickets early. You can do so right here

Doors Open 45 mins prior to the performance