So What’s Next…?

Rehearsals are well underway for Bath Opera’s February 2013 production of Verdi’s Nabucco, and the company are sounding astounding, with more singers than we’ve had for several years. We have had the first parts of the set constructed and tested, and it looks fantastic – And as you read this, the publicity material is going to print! A little clue… Keep an eye on the Bath Magazine over the coming couple of months!
2013 marks the 200th Anniversary of Verdi’s birth, and in a slight change to our usual format, the first night of the run we will be a black tie gala performance, with ticket prices including a pre-show Champagne Reception and a free bar during the interval.
Nabucco can be seen on Thursday 14 February 2013 (Gala performance), Friday 15 February and Saturday 16 February.
Tickets will be £20 each (£30 for the Gala performance) and are now available through the Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362, or directly from the Festivals Box Office in the Bath Visitors Information Centre.
Bath Opera are very excited that Nabucco is being directed by John Palmer. John directed Luisa Miller for Bath Opera in 2011, and we are all overjoyed that he has returned to work his directorial magic once more, whilst we are under the baton of Peter Blackwood. Edward Harper takes the title role, while Judy Davis takes on the dramatic Abigail, Hannah Lockwood sings Fenena, and Rupert Drury plays Ismael. We are also excited to welcome Rod Hunt back into our folds – Rod sang the role of Wurm in 2011’s Luisa Miller and now returns to sing Zachariah. This really promises to be an exciting, innovative and dramatic production, set in the round (with audience on all 4 sides of the auditorium). Performing in the round has its obvious drawbacks and presents many technical difficulties, but we are feeling confident that our design, coupled with the know-how of our fabulous backstage crew, the A Team, that this is set to be an interesting, original and rousing production.

And After That…?

We are very excited to announce that our touring production for Summer 2013 will be Mozart’s classic opera, Don Giovanni. Fresh from her success as Director for Summer 2012’s production Carmen, Jane Clark will return to Direct once more. We are thrilled that Jane will be teaming up with Peter Blackwood again, and no doubt, this will be another exciting and innovative production. Auditions for Don Giovanni will be held at Widcombe Junior School on Monday 14th January at 7.30pm. Please e-mail Lucy or Hannah via the addresses above for more information or to arrange to come along to audition.
I’d Like To Be Involved…
Rehearsals are now underway for Nabucco, but if you would like to be involved in any aspect of production, from make-up to set-building, do not hesitate to contact us. You can e-mail me, Hannah (chair), via the address above for more information.
We are very excited to announce that BathOpera are once again running an Open Rehearsal. On 2nd February 2013, just a week and a half beforeNabucco opens at the Wroughton Theatre, you could come along, learn some music and even be directed around the stage with our very ownNabucco Director, John Palmer. The open rehearsal will be held at St Michael’s Church (opposite Waitrose in Bath) from 11am-1pm and costs £5 to non-members. It’s set to be a fun session where you can learn about the opera, the music, the setting and much more. You can contact me via e-mail ( for more information or to sign up!

If you feel you’d like to support Bath Opera in more ways than attending our performances, now is the time… This is the start of the Bath Opera year, and we are searching for new Patrons. Our Patrons Secretary is Michael Williams, and he can be found via e-mail (Michael.). You can become a Bath Opera patron from as little as £25 per year. For more details of the costs and the perks involved in becoming a patron, please see the Bath Opera website.

And thank you again for your continued support.
Hannah Lockwood and Lucy Gaskin
Bath Opera Chair and Secretary