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THE OXFORD OPERA SOCIETY

 

 
 
 

Although the Oxford Opera Society evolves every year, we can trace our history back to the formidable Oxford University Opera Club, which was the heart of opera in Oxford over the last century. Many big names, such as Dame Janet Baker and Ian Bostridge, had their early performances with the Oxford University Opera Club, and the club was also responsible for a number of British premieres, including Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. 

 

Below is a comprehensive list of all our past productions, accompanied by the date and location of their performance where known. Due to the ever-changing nature of the Society, there is no one continuous record of our history. So, if you have been involved with the Oxford University Opera Club or Oxford Opera (as it was once known), we would like to hear from you at oxopsoc@gmail.com, so that we can fill some of the gaps in our timeline! 

 

PAST PRODUCTIONS

 

​MARCH 2022

 

“CHIAROSCURO: OPERA SCENES"

 Levine Building, Trinity College

 

JUNE 2021

 

“A FEAST IN TIME OF PLAGUE"

 Virtual

 

​MARCH 2021

 

“VIRTUAL VOICES"

 Virtual

 

NOVEMBER 2020

 

“OPERA TO YOUR SOFAS"

 Virtual

MARCH 2020

“THE OPERA SCENES 2020"

St. Peter's College

JANUARY 2019

 

“ORFEO ED EURIDICE"

Holywell Music Room

FEBRUARY 2019

 

“FUNDRAISING GALA"

St. Peter's College

 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

“PURCELL MASTERCLASS WITH SKY INGRAM"

 St. Hilda's College

 

NOVEMBER 2018

“THE OPERA SCENES IN CONCERT"

St Michael’s at the Northgate, Cornmarket

MAY 2018

 
 

“MASTERCLASS WITH GUY WITHERS"

St. Peter's College

 
 

NOVEMBER 2018

 

“PSYCHE CONCERT, WHAT IS LOVE?"

Jesus College

 
 
 

FEBRUARY 2017

 
 

“OPERA SOIREE"

Lincoln College

 
 
 
 

FEBRUARY 2015

 

“DIDO AND AENEAS"

 
 

NOVEMBER 2013

“HERCULES"

St John the Evangelist, Iffley

 

2010

 

“LE NOZZE DI FIGARO"

 

2009

 

“DIDO AND AENEAS"

 

2007 - 2009

 

“COSI FAN TUTTE"

“THE TURN OF THE SCREW"

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY"

“I PAGLIACCI"

 
 

1991

“IDOMENEO" WITH IAN BOSTRIGE IN THE TITLE ROLE

Oxford Playhouse

 
 

1977

 
 

“CLéLIE"

Holywell Music Room

 
 

1973

 

“ROSINDA"

 
 

1971

 

“DUCHESS OF MALFI"

 

1969

 

“AGAMEMNON"

Oxford Playhouse

 

1968

 

“DIDO AND AENEAS"

Holywell Music Room

 
 

1958

 
 

“OEDIPUS REX"

 
 
 

1958

 

“L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES"

Oxford Town Hall

 

1956

 
 

“TAJEMSTVI" WITH DAME JANET BAKER

Lincoln College

 

1955

 

“THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH"

 
 

1950

 

"THE TROJANS"

Oxford Town Hall

 
 

1949

“IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS"

 
 
 

1943

 

“THE BEGGAR'S OPERA" PRODUCED BY ANTHONY BESCH

 
 

1937

 

“VENUS AND ADONIS"

 
 

1934

 

“CASTOR AND POLLUX"

 
 
 

1933

“IPHIGENIA IN AULIS"

Oxford Playhouse

 
 

1927

 
 

“THE CORONATION OF POPPEA"

 
 
 
 

1926

 

“ALCESTE"

Oxford Playhouse