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2019— our busiest year yet

17 Jan, open evening, Newbury

An evening get-together in St Nicolas' Church Hall, central Newbury. Anyone interested in singing is warmly welcome. It's a chance to meet KO people and, if you like, to join us in some famous opera choruses. Not an audition!. We start at 7.30 and there will be refreshments. No booking, just turn up.

Spring and summer, Viva Verdi!

We take the road again, to festivals and village halls in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, this year with a selection of Verdi's very greatest (how do you choose?). A mix of evening and afternoon shows.

November, The Magic Flute

Our main show for the year, fully staged, in English and with orchestra, brings Papageno, Sarastro, the Queen of the Night and others to Arlington Arts, near Newbury. It's 11 years since our last Flute…

A silver celebration

2019 marks 25 years of Kennet Opera. To celebrate how our company has survived and thrived, we will present a gala concert, hopefully with some old friends. Watch this space!

2018—Where we sang

November 8, 9 and 10: Two extremes, two masterpieces

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Our main show for 2018 was a double bill from Purcell and Sullivan – two of only three British opera composers regularly performed around the world. It would be hard to find two more contrasting pieces. Henry Purcell's wonderfully moving Dido and Aeneas, above, has one of the most famous arias in all opera, Dido's Lament. There are also sorcerers and spirits, and choruses of witches, sailors and courtiers, all of whom have their share of Purcell's sublime music.

The Zoo

From the sublime… to Arthur Sullivan. Still something of a rarity, The Zoo, above, is an early work, in collaboration not with W.S.Gilbert, but the somewhat lesser-known Bolton Rowe (B.C.Stephenson). However, it is fully in the G&S tradition of a ludicrous plot set to a rollicking (and often charming) score. Did I mention it takes place in a zoo?

Pictures, cast, what the directors thought.

The operas were performed fully staged, with an orchestra, at Arlington Arts, near Newbury.

pucciniforKOweb KO's June-to-September concerts at village and town venues showcased the work of Giacomo Puccini. We sang from such all-time favourites as Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème, and of course the stupendous 'Nessun Dorma'. It was a real pleasure to feature arias from Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica too.

There were duets, arias and choruses; there was a bar or a cream tea; and there were full houses.

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