Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost chamber opera company was founded in 1996 by Soprano Anne Marabini Young and Music Director Bryan Evans MBE. Since then, the company has given more than 2,500 performances of 50 different operas and concert programmes and has earned an unrivalled reputation within the operatic world and beyond.
Giving around 40 performances annually, we are now ambassadors for chamber opera internationally. Our acclaimed productions tour throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and Europe and have been seen as far afield as Russia, Japan and South Africa.
Highlights for the company include a performance of La Cenerentola at La Fenice Opera House in Venice in 2004 and The party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as special guests.
All works are presented in spectacular period costume and sung in their original language.
Meet the team
ANNE MARABINI YOUNG General Director and founder of Diva Opera was born in New Zealand and studied singing in Australia after being awarded the Joan Sutherland Scholarship by Maestro Richard Bonynge. She later won the Sydney Sun Aria Competion and moved to the UK. She began her career as a Soprano and worked for companies including The Australian Opera, Television New Zealand, Glyndebourne, English National Opera and Pavilion Opera in roles including Dorabella Così fan tutte, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, First and Second Ladies Die Zauberflöte, Mimì La Bohème, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana. She founded Diva Opera in 1997.
BRYAN EVANS Music and Artistic Director and co-founder of Diva Opera was born in Stockton on Tees and studied at the Royal College of Music. He has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe including at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square and has appeared on BBC Radios 3 and 4, Channel 4 Television and the BBC World Service. A leading exponent of chamber opera, he has accompanied over 3000 performances of chamber opera world-wide and conducted productions of Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucio Silla, The Rape of Lucretia and Il Matrimonio Segreto. He is also Music Director for Les Azuriales Opera and their associated Young Artist’s Programme and was awarded an MBE for services to music and opera in 1993.
CAMERON MENZIES Associate Artist and Director was born in Australia and has worked for companies including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Köln Cologne, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Short Black Opera Company, VCA Opera, The Opera Studio Melbourne and The Australian National Academy of Music. He is the Artistic Director for Opera in the Park for the City of Stonnington and was Head of Opera Direction at The Opera Studio Melbourne from 2009 – 2013. Most recent work includes The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera), Il Trovatore (Stonnington’s Opera in the Park), Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor and Le Nozze di Figaro (Diva Opera) and Der Fliegende Holländer and Lucia di Lammermoor (Victorian Opera).