ABOUT THE LONDON OPERA COMPANY
The London Opera Company formed in the summer 2020 to give fellow musicians and international opera singers who had lost their work to the Covid pandemic the opportunity to keep performing and to give music lovers a first class treat after a summer devoid of live concerts.
In October 2020, the LOC gave its inaugural performance: a sold-out and rapturously received chamber concert of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at The Warehouse, London.
Opera magazine said, of this performance, 'Not only was there no weak link in the cast; strength of ensemble and dramatic interaction rendered it considerably more than the sum of its parts...Above all, this was an accomplished and moving
Concert performance with Orchestra on 25 November 4pm
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Following our sold out and critically acclaimed performance of Tristan und Isolde at St John's Smith Square last year, we return to that same venue this November 25th with full orchestra for our most ambitious concert yet - Die Walküre.
Die Walküre will feature a wonderful cast of seasoned professionals and fresh voices to Wagner and an orchestra with a core of professionals alongside the best post graduates from the top music colleges. Featuring Wagner Tubas loaned by The Royal Opera House Covent Garden a concert performance not to be missed.
25 NOVEMBER 4PM START
ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE
Following our sold out and critically acclaimed performance of Tristan und Isolde at St John's Smith Square last year, we return to the same venue this November 25th with Full orchestra for our most ambitious concert yet - Die Walküre
Peter Selwyn returns to conduct an orchestra featuring a core of professionals alongside talented semi-professional musicians from London’s leading music colleges.
Prize winning singers among our cast include the much-celebrated singer Sarah Pring, who starred as mentor and coach in Sky Arts Anyone Can Sing,
She join a cast of experienced Wagnerian singers, some debuting roles for the first time including gifted tenor Ben Thapa as Siegmund and rising Soprano Philippa Boyle as Sieglinde.
The London Opera Company is a not for profit organisation, dedicated to bringing audiences world-class performances at an affordable ticket price.
This year we are going that extra mile including expanding our orchestra and using the Royal Opera House’s famous Wagner horns to achieve that authentic and stirring Wagnerian sound!
Conducted by Peter Selwyn
Siegmund - Ben Thapa
Sieglinde- Philippa Boyle
Hunding- Simon Wilding
Wotan- Simon Thorpe
Fricka- Harriet Williams
Brünnhilde- Cara Mchardy
Gerhilde - Nina Bennet
Helmwige - Sky Ingram
Ortlinde - Claire Filer
Waltraute - Harriet Williams
Schwertleite - Mae Heydorn
Roßweiße - Sarah Pring
Siegrune - Carolyn Dobbin
Grimgerde - Katherine Taylor Jones
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
The London Opera Company performed Tristan und Isolde, with 70 strong orchestra at St John's Smith Square on 29th October 2022. This concert performance of Tristan und Isolde feature a world-class cast of singers and musical direction by Peter Selwyn, who has assisted on Bayreuth and Royal Opera House Covent Garden productions of The Ring Cycle.
Reviews highlights :
”In a very short period of time The London Opera Company have shown themselves to be Leaders in Wagner”
“The cast that was assembled here was truly special”
“Duet in Act Two…. It was opera at Its Finest’
“…an orchestra of over sixty… produced an extremely engaging sound…”
“Act II stood as something special in this highly accomplished performance”
'Neal Cooper was a superb Tristan, with his sound being clear and well shaped, and extremely expansive when it needed to be. Cara McHardy delivered some exceptionally impassioned singing as Isolde, and totally embraced all facets of the role. Harriet Williams revealed an immensely full and nuanced mezzo-soprano as Brangäne, while Simon Thorpe displayed a notably rich and engaging baritone as Kurwenal. Simon Wilding was a moving Marke. Ben Thapa juggled the roles of Melot, the Young Sailor and the Shepherd to excellent effect. Henry Wright played his part to the full in the small role of the Steersman.'
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The London Opera Company Orchestra
Ist Violin Flute
Kathy Shave (leader) Jude Lewis
Yurico matsuda Libby Summers
Melissa Hutter Flute/piccolo
Nicholas Gazey Amy Wood
Katie Sproule OBOE
Megan Hathaway Sue Treherne
Fiona McCapra COR ANGLAIS
Erola Masque Nina Swann
Matthew Sach-kenn CLARINET
Anna Price Allison Rosser
Vlada Oulitskaia Claire Richards
Javier Diez BASS CLARINET
Nicholas Barr BASSOON
Katie Wilkinson Suzie Palmer
Gillian Tariton Mark Welling
Kitty Warnock Claire Goddard
CELLO Sophie Prett
Adrain Bradbury Anthony mann
Rebecca Heppelwhite Evan Penn
Rebecca Jensen Dwight Pile Grey
Lucy Neil TRUMPET
Samantha Drees Joe Cooney
Marco Russo Jayne Barnes
Az Lawrie Michael Griffen
SOPRANO SAXOPHONE (HOLZTROMPETE)