NEWS FROM REGENTS OPERA
We would like to announce that tickets are now on sale for La Bohème. Last years production of The Marriage of Figaro received this review and after our Figaro opening night at Kirklinton Hall we received this generous and insightful note below about the performance.
"Last night's performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" at Kirklinton Hall was simply magnificent. The penultimate aria "Contessa perdono!", the Contessa's "Più docile sono" reply and the final ten-voice "Ah! tutti contenti" was the most exquisite musical experience I have ever known. I'm still feeling emotional about it this morning.
The singing, the acting, the sheer physicality of your performances - every moment was magically enhanced by the closeness and intimacy of the setting. As an ensemble, what I noticed was your infectious sense of enjoyment. All of you genuinely seemed to delight in performing together. The musical accompaniment heightened the emotion of the singing without ever being overriding.
I am can say in all honesty that your performance was a life-changing moment for me and for that, you all have everlasting gratitude. Thank you."
Our sister company, Opera A La Carte performed La Traviata in the 2015 Bermuda Festival and also presented The Marriage of Figaro this season. Benjamin Woodward continues as musical director of both companies in 2016
The Friends of Regents Opera has been grateful for the support of our orchestra by Mr Rajai Khouri, Nick Starr CBE, Jeremy Sams, Neil McIntosh CBE, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, Deborah Moggach, Fiona Shaw CBE, Dr Rosemary Sharpin, and Emilie Renard. Please contact us if you would like to give support in 2016.
INTRODUCING REGENTS OPERA
Regents Opera was founded by Nicholas Heath in 2012 and builds on the success of its sister company, Opera A La Carte, which Nicholas founded in 1993. Regents Opera will concentrate on larger-scale productions in a wide variety of venues, whilst Opera A La Carte continues to focus primarily on small, intimate productions and corporate entertainment.
Regents Opera works without direct public subsidy, and Nicholas is determined to provide affordable opera of outstanding quality. He refuses to modernise productions for the sake of it, preferring to be faithful to the music and the text.
Performances are not confined to the proscenium arch, and can fit into any space. Younger audiences will be introduced to high-quality performance thanks to subsidised ticketing supported by The Friends of Regents Opera. The Company consists of a creative mix of early-career singers and established artists moving into more mature repertoire.
The renowned British bass Sir John Tomlinson is the Patron of Regents Opera; he has said "In particular, the Company will offer a great opportunity for the development of talented young singers – vital for the future of opera."