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Opera Camerata was founded in 1983 under the name of "Sinfonia Opera" by Neil & Inga Mantle. The company's aim was, and still is, to put on productions of small-scale operas suitable for the Church Hill Theatre. It's first production was Mozart's "Don Giovanni".


Alison Rushworth took over from Neil Mantle as Musical Director in 1988. The first production under her baton, so to speak, was Handel's "Agrippina", and Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas". Alison has remained MD. ever since - except for one year when Vaughan Townhill took over.


Productions to date include:

       

Mozart

Don Giovanni
The Magic Flute
La Clemenza di Tito

Smetana

The Bartered Bride

Verdi

Falstaff

Humperdinck

Hansel and Gretel

Nicolai

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Offenbach

The Tales of Hoffman
La Belle Hélène
La Vie Parisienne

Puccini

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Bizet

Carmen
The Pearl Fishers

Weber

Der Freischutz

Mascagni

Cavalleria Rusticana

Leoncavallo

I Pagliacci