Opera Circle

The Highgate Opera Circle meets on Wednesdays of each month from October to June in the Victoria Hall commencing at 7.30pm.  Doors open at 7.00.  Membership of the Opera Circle is free. There is an admission fee to each evening event.

The Highgate Opera Circle aims to promote and encourage the appreciation of what is arguably the world’s most engaging, energetic and powerful art form. Members, who range from opera enthusiasts to full-time music professionals, meet to share in their affection and fondness for 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 singers’ performances on video in alternative productions. We have looked at particular singers too, such as Mirella Freni and Tito Gobbi in their various roles.

We have also had guests discussing aspects of their career such as Robert Lloyd, Josephine Barstow and Felicity Palmer. Richard Suart has demonstrated his various roles in G&S and recently Philip Sheffield spoke about his career and the work of Jonathan Dove. 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.

In addition to these events in the Victoria Hall, there are regular visits to English Touring Opera, Garsington and Glyndebourne, as well as opera evenings in members’ homes.

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 at operahlsi@gmail.com




23 Jan

The Queen of Spades

(inc. Annual Meeting)

7.15 Start, doors open at 6.45


Tchaikovsky’s extraordinarily haunting and totally overwhelming tragic opera.  John Cordingly will be providing an analysis into the mind of Hermann.

20 Feb



Gounod’s grand opera full of rich melodies and theatricality. A great operatic entertainment with show stopping arias.


20 March

Dialogue of the Carmelites


Poulenc’s extraordinarily moving, powerful and accessible opera, influenced by Verdi, Monteverdi, Debussy and Mussorgsky.


8 May

An evening on

Handel operas


An introduction to Handel’s operas, followed by Hampstead Garden Opera on their new production of his comic opera Partenope.


5 June


An evening on Beethoven’s masterpiece, creating an overwhelming experience of freedom over tyranny.


Opera, the most diverse, exciting and complex of art forms


Past events