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Linda Elliott**Administrator, Classical singing
Colin BaldyArtistic Director, City Lit Opera School
Peter CrockfordMusical Director, City Lit Opera School
** main contact
 FEATURES
The Price of LoveJul 2018
The City Lit Opera School's end-of-year showcase includes both Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice and Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief


The City Lit runs a year-long course for singers preparing for conservatoires or entering the profession with staged workshop performances at the end of each term.  The final term sees fully staged productions; this year, love and morality are the connecting theme.

In Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice the price of looking at Euridice whilst trying to rescue her from Hades will be to lose her, warns Cupid when, following her death, Orpheus begs him to bring her back to life.  But she does not understand his unwillingness to look at her and refuses to go with him.  What is he to do? City Lit Opera presents an adapted version of the original, which includes ballet sequences, to focus on the text.

The Old Maid and the Thief is full of moral decisions for a young maid and the old maid of the title.  What is love worth? Two lonely women take in a handsome wanderer who might or might not be a thief.  Should they turn to theft to keep him there? Should they rob a liquor store to provide him with the drink he asks for? And should the young maid ransack the house and run away with him leaving the old maid with nothing?

The City Lit Opera School’s Summer showcase, Love and Morality opens at St Mary’s Church, Maldon, on July 7 as part of the Maldon Festival and moves to the John Lyon Theatre at the City Lit in London for two performances starting on July 10.


 
Tangled WebsMar 2018
The City Lit Opera School's spring showcase


The City Lit Opera School provides performance opportunities at the end of each term of its one-year course for those preparing to enter the profession.  This spring term the workshop performance of opera scenes focuses on tangled webs.  Opera plots are full of deceptions, confusions, bewilderments and mystifications and the scenes chosen to illustrate these operatic obfuscations are taken from an eclectic mix of works including Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte and La clemenza di Tito, Delibes’s Lakmé, Nino Rota’s I due timidi, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers.

Tangled Webs is at the John Lyon Theatre, City Lit, Holborn, London, on March 27 and 28.


 
Ethereal interventionDec 2017
The City Lit Opera School's first showcase of the new academic year


Students on the City Lit Opera Course for experienced classical singers have performance opportunities at the end of each term and the first term is generally a workshop performance.  Many operas feature the manipulation of hapless humans by gods, ghosts and a variety of magical and supernatural beings.  Directed by Colin Baldy (Artistic Director) and Peter Crockford (Musical Director) this year’s new students will be having fun with scenes from Don Giovanni, Dido and Aeneas, Iolanthe, Grétry’s Zemire et Azor, Handel’s Jephtha, and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ethereal Intervention is at the John Lyon Theatre, City Lit, London on December 13 and 14.


 
Midsummer NightsJun 2016
The City Lit Opera School celebrates summer and the end of the academic year with Purcell's Fairy Queen


The City Lit runs a year-long course for singers preparing for conservatoires or entering the profession with staged workshop performances at the end of each term.  The final term sees a full length, fully staged production and the 2016 theme of operas inspired by Shakespeare continues with Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.  Composed in 1692 near the end of Purcell’s short career, it is an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the ‘semi opera’ form (a play with incidental music and acts followed by musical masques) popular in the 1600s.  Three performances take place around the traditional Midsummer Day (June 24) and the third will take place in an open air amphitheatre, so some warm midsummer weather magic wouldn’t go amiss…

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen will be performed at the Jack Lyon Theatre in London’s City Lit on June 22 and 24; it will then tour to Maldon in Essex where it opens the Maldon Festival on June 25.


 
Falstaff at the OperaApr 2016
The City Lit Opera School joins the Shakespeare celebrations


The year-long course for singers preparing for conservatoires or entering the profession includes staged workshop performances at the end of each term.  The spring term show this year celebrates the anniversary of the death of the most famous and the most performed playwright in the world.  Shakespeare’s plays have long been popular subjects for opera composers, from Amleto (Hamlet) to Der Widerspänstigen Zähmung (the Taming of the Shrew).  Falstaff at the opera, staged scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff, will be performed at the Jack Lyon Theatre within the City Lit on April 5 and 6, adding to the worldwide events and activities marking this 400th anniversary.


 
Light and ShadowJul 2015
Vaughan Williams and Ravel provide a double bill for the City Lit Opera School's first full length performances


The new format and artistic direction of the City Lit Opera School reaches the end of the first year and culminates in a double bill of fully staged one-act operas in very different moods.  In another first, after performances at the college, the productions move on to provide the finale to the Maldon Festival in Essex.

The best-known of Vaughan Williams’s operas, Riders to the Sea is closely based on the tragic play by John Millington Synge about the struggle of humanity against the relentless cruelty of nature.  Vaughan Williams studied in Paris with Ravel and the dark tone of the first opera is contrasted with Ravel’s fantasy L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, a light-hearted and magical look at what might happen to spoilt children who don’t know how to behave.

The City Lit Opera School’s double bill of Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Ravel’s L'Enfant et les Sortilèges opens in the John Lyon Theatre at the City Lit, London on July 7 for two performances and then moves to the Maldon Festival, Essex for a performance in the United Reformed Church on July 11.


 
The OMTF extends a warm welcome to the City Lit Opera SchoolApr 2015


There has been opera at this popular institution for a number of years but this is a restructured training course which started in October 2014 led by Colin Baldy (Artistic Director) and Music Director Peter Crockford.  A part-time course, it caters for singers and pianist/accompanists at different stages of their careers, either preparing to enter a conservatoire or honing their skills to enter the profession. The first end of term showcase took place in December 2014 and at the end of this summer term the school will perform full-length, fully staged one-act operas which will tour to the Maldon Festival in Essex.  In the meantime there is a further showcase at the end of the Spring term featuring scenes from Cosi fan tutte, Die Zauberflote, La Fille du Regiment, Land of Smiles and Die Fledermaus.

The showcase takes place in the John Lyon Theatre at City Lit, London on March 31 and April 1.