Heart of England Opera.

Our small professional company has presented full productions of:

The Magic Flute -Mozart 1994 & 1996
Cinderella (La Cenerentola) - Rossini 1995
Carmen -Bizet 1998, 2000 & 2002
Rigoletto -Verdi 1999, 2000 & 2003

The Barber of Seville - Rossini 2001
The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart 2004 & 2005

Based in Milton Keynes and Bedford, we have taken productions to Stantonbury Campus Theatre, The Marlborough Festival, The Ampthill Festival, The Ouse Valley Festival, and The Corn Exchange Bedford. We also take scaled down versions of operas into music clubs and other non standard venues.

We have sung Opera Galas at corporate and other events which have been tailored to suit many occasions from a Wedding Party at Castle Ashby to a Diplomatic Dinner at The Mansion House in London's Whitehall; as well as Charity Galas to raise money for a variety of good causes.

WorkshOpera forms the education division of the Heart of England Opera Company and takes 60 -70 schools workshops each year. We also present reduced versions of operas with a children's chorus. The WorkshOpera team also provides the artistic direction for The Milton Keynes Youth Opera.

We have taken workshops to schools in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, London, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Hong Kong. Individually, and as a team we have also devised and lead workshops for other companies including Opera 80. European Chamber Opera and The New D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Workshops usually revolve around an opera studied beforehand with advance music preparation, but we have also devised workshops on Opera and Music Theatre techniques, without reference to any specific work and without the need for advance preparation. Bearing in mind the difficulty of maintaining singing in schools, we have selected material suitable for first and middle schools, both to sing and listen to in a 'Singing workshop.