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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    

company debut.'

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SIEGFRIED

Concert performance with Orchestra on 2 November 3pm

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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 2nd with full orchestra for our most ambitious concert yet - SIEGFRIED


SIEGFRIED 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.

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 SIEGFRIED

2 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 2nd with Full orchestra for our most ambitious concert yet - SIEGFRIED

Peter Selwyn returns to conduct an orchestra featuring a core of professionals alongside talented semi-professional musicians from London’s leading music colleges. SIEGFRIED cast will be announced soon.


Our previous concert performance of Die Walküre (Nov 25 2023) included prize winning singers among our cast such as the much-celebrated singer Sarah Pring, who starred as mentor and coach in Sky Arts Anyone Can Sing, 


She joined 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

EXCITING NEW CAST LIST TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON


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Previous performances

Die Walküre 25 Nov 2023

Cast list 

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

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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.'

If you are interested in donating or providing sponsorship, enquires are also welcome via our email.


 The London Opera Company Orchestra

Ist Violin                        Flute            

Kathy Shave (leader)    Jude Lewis   

Yurico matsuda            Libby Summers

Danny Lyness               

Melissa Hutter               Flute/piccolo

Nicholas Gazey              Amy Wood

Peng Nian                      

Katie Sproule                  OBOE

Megan Hathaway           Sue Treherne

                                        Adrain Devlin

2nd Violins

Fiona McCapra               COR ANGLAIS

Erola Masque                   Nina Swann

Grace Byrne

Matthew Sach-kenn         CLARINET

Anna Price                        Allison Rosser

Vlada Oulitskaia                Claire Richards

Anne Askew

Javier Diez                      BASS CLARINET

                                        André Stryger

VIOLA                          

Nicholas Barr                  BASSOON

Katie Wilkinson               Suzie Palmer

Gillian Tariton                  Mark Welling

Kitty Warnock                 Claire Goddard

Adam Maha       

                                        HORN

CELLO                            Sophie Prett

Adrain Bradbury             Anthony mann

Rebecca Heppelwhite    Evan Penn

Rebecca Jensen            Dwight Pile Grey

Aline Maries-Reim          

Lucy Neil                         TRUMPET

Samantha Drees              Joe Cooney

Marco Russo                   Jayne Barnes

Az Lawrie                         Michael Griffen

Lucas Robson   

              

Double Bass                   

Jan Zahourek        

Susan Moss

Penny Halnan

Sam Nolan

TROMBONE
 Alexia Constantine 

 Sebastian Clifford-Varley 

  Steve Freeman

TUBA
David Lavender
HARP
Louisa Duggan
TIMPANI
Owain Williams


PERCUSSION
Ryan Hepburn

 Lewis Blee


SOPRANO SAXOPHONE (HOLZTROMPETE) 

Richard Ingham


OFFSTAGE HORNS
Alex Harris
Alice Warburton 

Lucy Burch
David Sztankov

 David Claydon

 Jonathan Stoneman


MALE CHORUS
TENORS
James Warbis

 Malcolm Taylor 

Basil Strong 

Tim Appleby
BASSES
Henry Wright 

Leo Selleck 

Michael Roche 

Daniel Barrett 

Connor Dalton 

Nathan Breeze 

Ross Fettes


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