Classical Opera

Classical Opera

Charity information

Classical Opera

The company presents world-class performances of the works of Mozart and his contemporaries, focusing on imaginative programming and the provision of vital opportunities for outstanding young singers.

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.

    The company commands regular bookings at such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Kings Place, Buxton Festival and the Marlowe Theatre, and 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.

    The company launched this series with Mozart’s first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus in August 2011. The recordings will feature many artists who have worked with the company since the beginning of their careers and have a deep grounding in the company’s artistic philosophy and understanding of the classical style. Several of these singers now appear at leading international venues such as Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera and Bayerische Staatsoper, and the CDs will offer them important international exposure as they develop their recording portfolios.

  • 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, informative programme notes, pre-performance talks and online videos and interviews.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1063387

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 5

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 2

    Phone number: 020 8846 9744

    Address: Britannia House 11 Glenthorne Road London W6 0LH

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