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London Festival Opera has received critical acclaim for performances in many major theatres and Festivals in the UK and overseas including Richmond Theatre, Buxton Opera House, New Theatre Oxford, Congress Theatre Eastbourne, Brighton Theatre Royal, La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Lee Shau Kee Grand Hall Hong Kong and at the Salisbury, Windsor, and Barbados International Festivals. 

A Night at the Opera is a series of thrilling, accessible programmes for the connoisseur and newcomer alike. We have developed a unique style combining fabulous music, stylish presentation, introductions with a light touch by Philip Blake-Jones and programmes both entertaining and appealingly informative. Singers from the major companies, elegant settings, sumptuous costumes accompanied by an ensemble of the UK’s finest players produce a wonderful evening of drama, passion and humour.  Please see the link on the Diary page for details of public performances and call Philip Blake-Jones if you are planning an opera performance in a Theatre or for a Festival.

Reviews...

London Festival Opera’s A Night at the Opera has appeared to critical acclaim in venues across the country including Buxton Opera House, Malvern Theatre, The Congress Theatre Eastbourne, New Theatre Oxford, Cliffs Pavilion Southend, Jersey Opera House, Gala Theatre Durham and at the Windsor and Salisbury International Festivals, to name but a few.

London Festival Opera currently offers the following range of programmes:

A Night at the Opera – celebrated arias and ensembles from the great operas
A Christmas Night at the Opera – including carols for the audience
A Passion for Puccini – traces the composer's colourful life through his music
Opera Magic – created to introduce children to opera

The shows are ingeniously designed for maximum effect, with audience participation and with minimum technical demands. We understand the importance of well-designed, good quality marketing material.

Please call London Festival Opera to discuss presenting A Night at the Opera.

OPERA MAGIC is London Festival Opera's programme to introduce children to opera.  Teachers are given notes in advance to prepare the audience for their first experience of opera which is so important.  Here is a link to or 'Opera Magic' video.

RECENT REVIEWS - Brighton Theatre Royal 

A Night at the Opera – London Festival Opera 

Posted in Latest 7 - Opera Reviews

If, like me, you prefer your opera served up in small, easily digestible portions, A Night at the Opera was perfect musical fayre. Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and Puccini were cherry-picked for their juiciest arias which were delivered with a polish and panache guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Unexpected moments of comedy were included which might have offended the purists, but clearly delighted the majority of those present. The highlights were the two arias from Tosca, ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’, and the encore, a delicious reworking of Rossini’s ‘Cat Duet’. My companion, an opera virgin, declared the evening to have been a joy, and I see no reason to argue with her verdict. 

Theatre Royal, 15 June 2014
Rating: 5*
Gary Mepsted

Superb Night at the Opera 

The programme was cleverly designed to capture…….. the dramatic intensity of Tosca, the passion of Carmen, and the humour of The Barber of Seville, right through to the effervescent decadence of Die Fledermaus. 

‘a glorious mix of familiar delights and little-known gems, ensuring that the evening appealed both to opera connoisseurs and to newcomers. 

Philip Blake-Jones’s informative and witty commentary, and the exquisite accompaniment by the onstage chamber ensemble, added greatly to the enjoyment. This was an exhilarating performance by first-rate singers and musicians; opera at its very best. 

‘A Night at the Opera’ – New Theatre, Oxford
Oxford Times – Nicola Lisle  

Party time with opera’s greatest hits 

‘in very little time I was thoroughly enjoying both the music, the voices and the stage presence of the performers. 

Mr Blake-Jones writes in the programme notes: ‘I hope some of the joy we experience performing these fine arias and ensembles reaches you in the audience. When it does, we sense this quite clearly on stage, and communication between audience and performers flow back and forth, resulting in a particularly intense and memorable shared experience’. 

I hope they felt that in Jersey – where the audience applauded their performance with great enthusiasm – and that they will come back soon. 

Jersey Evening Post – Alasdair Crosby
Jersey Opera House