2018/19 Season Announcement

We've just announced OperaUpClose's 2018/19 season, it's really very exciting indeed (if we do say so ourselves).



This September, we bring two ferocious Tudor Queens to the stage in our new English version of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens which sizzles with vocal fireworks.

Performing in concert-style, Donizetti's riveting opera will tour to Tudor and Elizabethan National Trust properties, for a unique blend of heritage and music, and out-of-hours access to these historical houses. Look out for performances at: Sutton House (Hackney), Osterley Park and House (Isleworth) and Canon's Ashby (Northamptonshire), to name a few... 

Tickets will be on sale at the end of May to OperaUpClose's Supporters, before the general public. Join our lovely Supporters now to get access to Priority Booking. 



One of the best-loved operas of all time, Madam Butterfly’s glorious music and tragic heroine have enchanted audiences for more than a century. This summer, we'll be running a week of Research and Development, with the intention to re-imagine Puccini's masterpiece from a female, East-Asian led creative team, performed by a diverse-led cast of talented singers and musicians. 
The production will open at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on 24 January 2019 followed by an extensive UK tour, including a four-week run at East London's Arcola Theatre from Wed 6 Feb - Sat 2 Mar.

Become a Supporter of OperaUpClose to receive Priority Booking, exclusive post-show drinks & Q&As, invitations to behind-the-scenes rehearsals, and more*. Public booking opens soon, so keep an eye on your inbox. 

*Yes, more! You could steal our Artistic Director away for lunch or meet the cast for drinks after a show... the possibilities are endless, find out more here www.operaupclose.com/friends


We're thrilled to be writing a new opera for 3-5 year olds based on Jill Murphy's much-loved picture book, Peace At Last. This autumn, you'll find our team in the classrooms of Gallion's Primary School in Newham, where we'll be working with the children to develop the opera together through fun music-filled workshops. 

The opera will premiere at Gallion's Primary School in 2019 followed by a UK tour to schools and theatres.

What a season! Not only are we doing all of the above but we're also continuing to tour our 2017 productions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Mozart's The Magic Flute; and we've got a new fully-staged production for solo soprano in the pipeline, which we'll be touring extensively to some of the smaller theatres for which our more recent shows are too big (Psst! Doesn't it sound perfect for private parties and corporate events? Email indyana@operaupclose.com if you'd like to know more!).