Founded in 1981, this friendly opera group has its home in South
Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell. It usually presents two operas
each year, in February and June, and a concert in September, in
the beautiful Wilde Theatre. The group takes pride in the variety
of works performed, ranging from Handel, through Donizetti and
Humperdinck to Britten, but delighting especially in the marvellous
repertoire of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini. The group has performed
some 40 different operas since it was founded.
Operas are sung in English to make them as accessible as possible,
with full professional orchestra, and principals of the highest
standard, drawn from the local area and further afield. Many of
the principals are aspiring young singers who join the group to
gain experience before establishing their careers. Park Opera's
chorus is well known for its enthusiasm, friendliness and talent.
Whole families are often involved in a production! The society
is also fortunate to have a dedicated team who carry out the many
behind-the-scenes activities such as set design, scenery construction
Musical and dramatic standards are high, and are matched by beautiful
sets and costumes. Productions are often enhanced by the lively
contributions of some gifted young dancers, and the group is fortunate
to be led by very experienced musical directors and producers.
Two or three social events, such as barbecues, parties and visits
to theatres and concerts are also organised during the year. There
is an annual membership subscription and a show fee is also payable.
Scores are usually borrowed from the libraries at nominal cost,
but occasionally it is necessary to buy them at a favourable price.
Chorus rehearsals are held most term-time Thursdays in the Recital
Room at South Hill Park, with some additional Sunday rehearsals
when necessary. Principal rehearsals are arranged flexibly. Park
Opera offers the warmest of welcomes to new members, both performing
and backstage, so why not come along to a rehearsal and meet us?
We would love to see you.
Park Opera welcomes new members in any capacity: as principal
or chorus singers, or backstage. If you would like to join, we
meet in the Recital Room at South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire
on Thursday evenings from 8.00-10.00pm. Details may be obtained
from the Secretary, Sue Lawrence, on 01344
451109 . If you wish to be placed on our mailing list to
receive details of all our activities, please email: email@example.com
Vice Chairman –
Secretary – Sue Lawrence
Treasurer – Mark Mainwaring
Business Manager – Sue Mainwaring
Park Opera is a registered Charity No. 1099749