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Christmas Show 2017 ‘tis the season wows audiences

2017 ended happily with a hugely successful tour of new Christmas show written by Martin Lamb and directed by Cameron Menzies, with Richard Suart, Caryl Hughes, Elizabeth Karani, Ashley Catling, David Stephenson and Bryan Evans. Photos here taken by Mark Holford in St. Andrews Church Sudbury and The Villa Ephrussi, St. Jean Cap Ferrat.

2017 a year of success for our Dandini Julien Van Mellaerts

Our Dandini wins the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition and The 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Julien Van Mellaerts (Dandini in our 2017 production of La Cenerentola) won the Wigmore International Song Prize. Huge congratulations Julian.

La Cenerentola | Fingest Great Barn Opera

THE second Diva Opera performance in this year’s programme at the Great Barn in Fingest was a gem. Wayne Morris’s production of Rossini’s rags to riches tale La Cenerentola had some outstanding singing, hilarious comic action, colourful costumes and clever choreography. It was accompanied by music director Bryan Evans on piano to a full house. Rossini’s take […]

La Bohème | Fingest Great Barn Opera

PUCCINI’S GREAT OPERA WITHOUT AN ORCHESTRA PROVES A REVELATION How often do you attend an event that does things so differently as to make you completely revise your own long-held beliefs of what is good and – well – not so good? The production of Puccini’s tragic masterpiece La Bohème presented ‘in the round’ in […]

Two lyrical evenings full of emotion and – laughter

‘Every year hundreds of music lovers squeeze themselves into the beautiful surroundings of the Chateau du Saillant having become fans of the British opera company DIVA OPERA. Not surprising when one witnesses such intelligence, such savoir-faire, such musical rigour and talent from these lyrical acrobats who – on a shoestring – bring the greatest works […]


Bejewelled turbans and swirling moustaches had us all seduced The second Diva Opera production in this year’s programme at the Great Barn in Fingest was a triumph of comic pastiche. The cast of six accompanied by music director Bryan Evans on the piano performed Mozart’s Così fan tutte directed by Cameron Menzies on Sunday evening […]


There’s no fool like an old fool One normally associates summer opera performances with light evenings and the sound of clinking glasses and distant laughter carrying over manicured lawns. Not on this particular occasion: a steady rain had been falling for several hours and the country lanes were already drenched as opera-lovers arrived at Fingest […]

‘OPERA’ Magazine UK – December 2015 ‘LUCIA and ‘FIGARO’

LES AZURIALES OPERA, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France, August 2015 Lucia di Lammermoor and Le Nozze di Figaro ‘After a summer in which every production seems to have been set in either the Nazi era or the 1990’s Balkans War, by would-be ‘daring’ directors who succeed only in being clichéd and irrelevant, it was refreshing to find two […]

Nice reviews from The Festival de la Vézère this year

FESTIVAL DE LA VÉZÈRE, France, August 2015 Photos – Christian Delmas Lucia di Lammermoor and Le Nozze di Figaro Esprit de troupe, es-tu là ?En invitant tous les ans la troupe britannique Diva Opéra, le Festival de la Vézère nous fait revivre un phénomène qui a fait florès jusqu’à il y a une cinquantaine d’années […]