Music Director: Jonathan Lyness
Artistic Director: Richard Studer
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Founded in 1993, Opera Project has established an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s leading opera production companies whose work includes performances and residencies across a range of theatres and at a number of the country’s finest music and opera festivals. Productions are staged under the ‘Opera Project’ name and also as collaborations and co-productions with a number of other leading festivals and theatres throughout the UK.
For 2014 Opera Project will be staging three ‘in-house’ productions. The season opens with Donizetti’s late comic masterpiece Don Pasquale. This production, sung in the English translation by Richard Studer and set in the Great War, is accompanied by chamber orchestra and tours throughout the summer. In August the company returns to West Green House to stage, for the first time, Stephen Sondheim’s great masterpiece of musical theatre from the 1970s A Little Night Music. Finally, in October, and following 2013’s sell-out production of The Magic Flute, Opera Project returns to The Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol to present eleven performances of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, sung in English with a new 13 piece orchestral reduction by Jonathan Lyness.
In addition, Opera Project’s directors Jonathan Lyness and Richard Studer are the creative team behind three summer festival productions. Two of these are for Longborough Festival Opera: Puccini’s fabulous and melodramatic Tosca (with Lee Bisset in the title role) and Rossini’s perennial favourite The Barber of Seville (with Grant Doyle in the title role). The final production is a new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata for Stanley Hall Opera, with performances during the first week of September.
For further details of each production please click here.