Photo Roger Way
The Highgate Opera Circle meets generally on the first Wednesday of each month in the Victoria Hall commencing at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm.
Membership is free with a £5 donation (£10 for non HLSI members) for each event.
The Opera Circle aims to inform and encourage the appreciation and understanding of what is for many the most emotionally powerful and moving of all art forms. Members, who range from opera supporters to music professionals, meet to share in their enthusiasm and love of opera through a variety of planned events, all of which are open to non HLSI members.
Most evenings focus on presenting an introduction to an opera by looking at the background to its composition and comparing different singer’s performances on video in alternative productions. Sometimes an artist comments on his own interpretation in a particular role, such as the Covent Garden bass Robert Lloyd, who recently described his approach to the role of King Philip in Don Carlos. Richard Suart on another evening demonstrated his various roles in G&S.
The great international British soprano Josephine Barstow will be talking about her operatic career on 8 November.
The Opera Circle’s association with the Royal Opera House enables a major operatic concert to be given annually by some of the young up-and-coming Covent Garden singers, seen with Robert Lloyd in the 2016 event above.
We have looked at particular singers, such as Tito Gobbi and Mirella Freni in their various roles. Felicity Palmer has recently been discussing her career. Mark Elder and David Pountney have also been previous guests.
The Opera Circle has recently developed a partnership with Hampstead Garden Opera, who with their creative team and singers profile their forthcoming new productions twice a year in the HLSI.
Visits to opera houses both in the capital, and other parts of the country are a regular feature on our social calendar.
If you like opera do come and join the circle of friendly opera enthusiasts. We look forward to welcoming you at our events itemised below!
If you wish to keep up with all our activities, please email us for a membership form at firstname.lastname@example.org Membership is free.
In advance of live relays from the Met and the ROH
An introduction to one of the most well known and popular operas compari
Cosi fan Tutte (inc. Annual Meeting) Ahead of the forthcoming Met relay
Prior to the Met relay, an introduction to a rarely performed Verdi oper
Introduction to the world’s most performed opera, followed by Hampstea
Prior to the forthcoming ROH performances, an introduction to one of Wag
7.30 pm Wednesday 4 October 2017 – Operatic Double Bill
From Buenos Aires via Llandudno to La Scala Milan! Join international supporting tenor Philip in his extraordinary life backstage in opera houses round the world.
Hampstead Garden Opera
Hampstead Garden Opera with librettist Alasdair Middleton introducing and performing extracts from Jonathan Dove’s enchanting & poignant fairy tale opera.