CookeThe purpose of the group is to share the enjoyment of opera and learn more about opera through visits to live and screened operas.

Group Coordinator: Julie Cooke (click to contact)

We normally visit the opera about once a month and meet very near the performance or on the day where a knowledgeable group member gives us an introduction to the opera.

Various venues, locally and in town.

The programme is dependent on what opera is available. We try to mix the programme seeing screened performances of large opera companies usually at the Vue Islington; live opera at Hackney Empire or in town and at some smaller venues offering very small opera companies such as OperaUpClose. Each outing offers a different operatic experience but it is great sharing it with people who enjoy opera and want to learn more. Before each opera outing a member of the group talks about the opera we are about to see. This increases our enjoyment of the opera.

2018 Visits and Talks
See the following for our next visits to the opera and talks about opera.

Name of Opera
Produced by
16 January Verdi’s Rigoletto  
Royal Opera House Odeon Holloway Road
25 January Hadan’s Dream
Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre
Hackney Empire
27 January
Puccini’s Tosca Metropolitan Opera House New York Vue cinema Islington
28 February
Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro English Touring Opera Hackney Empire
15 March   
Dove’s Flight Royal Academy of Music Royal Academy of Music

If there are other operas available we may meet to watch the opera together but without the preparatory talk. The Group Coordinator also sends out information about other operas that are coming up so members of the group are kept informed about what is happening locally.

Our Previous Season
The operas we have seen previously include:

  • Poulenc's Voix Humaine
  • Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni
  • Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
  • Puccini's La Boheme
  • Handel's Giulio Cesare Parts 1 and 2
  • The Magic Flute (Mozart), Charles Court Opera, King's Head Upper Street
  • Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss), Metropolitan Opera House, Curzon Street Bloomsbury
  • The Threepenny Opera (Weill), Royal Academy of Music, Shoreditch Town Hall
  • Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan), English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire
  • I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini), Pop-up Opera, Brunel Museum
  • La Traviata (Verdi), OperaUpClose, Arts Dept., East Finchley
  • La Calisto (Cavalli), English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire
  • The Magic Flute (Mozart), Hampstead Garden Opera Company, Jackson's Lane
  • L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho), Metropolitan Opera House, Barbican Cinema
  • Glyndebourne’s Die Mastersingers of Nuremburg (Wagner) at the Vue Islington.
  • Royal Opera House's production of Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) at the Vue
  • English Touring Opera’s Iphigenie et Tauride (Gluck) at the Hackney Empire.
  • English National Opera’s Norma (Bellini) at the Coliseum.
  • La Traviata (Verdi), Vue Islington screening (from ROH).
  • Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) and I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), at the Vue Islington (from Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Hackney Empire,
  • The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach), Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London
  • Aida (Giuseppe Verdi), at the Vue Islington (from Sydney Harbour)

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