You don’t need to pay a fortune or wear formal evening dress to see operas like this. You don’t need to know anything about the music or the story before you go. You don’t even need to travel too far, because you can see our live performances in towns and villages from Sussex to Yorkshire, Somerset to Norfolk & in Northern Ireland. You could say that at least once a year we’re at a church or theatre near you. (And if we aren’t, then let us know and we’ll get in touch with your local venue and see whether we can oblige.)
If you’re an opera fan already, then you may well have come across our stage and music directors, all of whom have international careers. You may also have seen some of the singers from our shows, for we’re often a stepping stone on their way to the top.
Many of the operas that are rarely performed burst into life with one or two hidden musical gems. You may know that music theatre is the direct descendant of opera by way of Victorian music hall, Edwardian parlour songs, jazz and cabaret. So our shows often bring these musical strands together, offering you a romantic, comic, wicked or just plain silly selection from over 400 years of music.
But you don’t have to accept what we say. Since our first production 12 years ago, over 60,000 of you have seen our performances, and many of you have written to us. Here are a few examples:
“Thank you for opening my eyes to how opera can be such a fundamentally moving experience”
“I have never been to a concert before where the entire audience stood and cheered at the end”
“I was astonished, to say the least. The energy, the singing, the acting and the playing were all beautiful”
“Immediate and full of emotion and passion...one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen”
The critics have liked what we do as well:
Why on earth would you want to see an opera?
You would hardly be surprised to know that here at Merry Opera, we love opera. If you asked us why, we would respond by saying that opera is thrilling. But it isn’t always: we’ve fallen asleep in many a traditional performance. But if you find a production sung in a language you can understand, where you hear the words clearly, in which the singers convince you about the characters, then you will surely feel the thrill.
After a lengthy break, we will safely returning to a range of stages across the UK with a brand new production of The Mikado in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022, and a much demanded revival of Handel's Messiah in Spring 2022.
Merry Opera is a Registered Charity, number 1127392