Classical Opera

Classical Opera

Charity information

Classical Opera

Classical Opera presents dynamic, historically informed and inspiring performances of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries – both staged operas and concerts. Our singers and the members of our period-instrument orchestra comprise world-class musicians. We have an on-going commitment to developing and promoting exceptional young talent, and to creating a context and ambience which can educate, entertain and inspire audiences on a journey of discovery.

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    Classical Opera specializes in the works of Mozart and his contemporaries. Under the leadership of conductor Ian Page it has established an important place in the musical life of the UK and its core aims are to:
    - present fresh, high-quality performances and recordings using world-class young artists
    - provide invaluable performance, training and mentoring opportunities for young musicians with outstanding potential
    - offer new and existing audiences the chance to share a journey of discovery.

    Classical Opera performs regularly at many of the UK’s leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Town Hall and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. It has toured to Italy, France and Germany, and most recently at the prestigious Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. As well as maintaining existing links and building new relationships with venues, the company has just embarked on a major Mozart opera recording series to bring its interpretations of this repertoire to a much broader audience.

    This annual recording series launched with Mozart’s first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus, in August 2011. Our singers have a deep grounding in the company’s artistic philosophy and understanding of the classical style, and the recordings offer important exposure as they develop their portfolios. Many singers have worked with the company since the beginning of their careers and now appear at leading international venues such as ROH, Glyndebourne, and The Met Opera.

  • Aims

    Classical Opera aims to:

    • discover and nurture exceptional young artists. Many of our young singers rapidly go on to perform major roles with Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and other prestigious international opera houses.
    • bring the works of Mozart and his contemporaries to audiences in London, across the UK and internationally, in performances and recordings of the highest quality.
    • make high quality performances accessible to new and existing audiences through affordable tickets, essays and articles, interviews, talks, lectures, films and broadcasts.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1063387

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 1

    Phone number: 020 8846 9744

    Address: Britannia House 11 Glenthorne Road London W6 0LH

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