NEWS FROM REGENTS OPERA
Our London performance of Verdi's LA TRAVIATA was a sell-out! Read the review of the Dumfries performance of Bizet's CARMEN here.
Next year we are offering two more favouirtes: Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, and are pleased to announce that the new Musical Director will be Anthony Ingle. Contact us for more information.
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 Friends of Regents Opera. The Company consists of a creative mix of early-career singers and established artists moving into more mature repertoire.
At last year’s launch, Nicholas said: “I feel this is the right moment to launch Regents Opera and to ensure that everyone who loves opera will be able to attend a stylish and high-quality production with fabulous singing – at a price they can afford." A former member of the Royal Opera Chorus, he goes on to say “Great singers have been key to the success of Opera A La Carte and I am keen to continue using predominantly British talent in the future of Regents Opera as well.” He has a track record of working with the brightest and best up and coming music directors too. This year the versatile Robert Bottriell has joined the company after Susanna Stranders made a big impact in a short space of time and has now gone to Garsington.
The renowned British bass Sir John Tomlinson is the Patron of Regents Opera; he says "In particular, the new Company will offer a great opportunity for the development of talented young singers – vital for the future of opera."