Music Oft Hath Such a Charm

Shakespeare at the Opera

OperaUpClose mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a performance of songs, operatic arias and ensembles inspired by his plays and poetry, performed in the company’s engaging, intimate and theatrical style.

Spectacular show-stoppers from Verdi's Falstaff and the quick-witted wordplay of Beatrice and Benedict rub shoulders with well-loved songs inspired by the Bard - from Schubert to Kiss Me Kate. 

It's the first day of Spring and four friends are having a picnic. Playboy Benedict has his eyes on his friend's girlfriend Sylvia. While a heartbroken Beatrice despairs at Benedict’s womanising, Sylvia’s fiancé Demetrius catches a glimpse of the pair's illicit flirtation. Will these love triangles resolve themselves or will heartbreak and jealousy drive them to folly?

Shakespeare in Love, in Lust, in Loathing, in Laughter… and all in Music.

These bite-sized jewels of music theatre are performed by a quartet of singers accompanied by a virtuosic pianist, in staged scenes of romance, comedy and drama which will surprise, delight and entertain. 

Creative Team

Librettist     Ashley Pearson
Director     Valentina Ceschi
Musical Director     Juliane Gallant
Lighting Designer     Andrew May


Sylvia (Soprano)     Elinor-Jane Mora
Beatrice (Mezzo)     Flora McIntosh
Benedict (Tenor)     Anthony Flaum
Demetrius (Baritone)     Nicolas Dwyer