An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 7.30 p.m. to decide the future of Suffolk Opera.
After much congenial discussion, the consensus of those who attended the meeting was that regrettably, Suffolk Opera should cease as an ‘active’ organisation forthwith as we were unable to elect a Committee.
The Trustees will arrange for the activities of the organisation to be closed down. It was agreed that the Trustees would retain the ‘sleeping charity status’ of Suffolk Opera in order to retain the ‘name’ and frozen bank account.
Thank you to everyone who supported Suffolk Opera in the past.
“I look forward to future productions by this company”
“If they maintain this standard, opera-lovers will be travelling long distances to see them”
La Belle Hélène 2010, The Spectator
Suffolk Opera is a dynamic and versatile company which is committed to facing the challenges posed by the staging of opera in a wide range of venues. The company is built around a talented and motivated amateur chorus, and leading roles are filled by young professionals at the beginning of their careers. Some priority is given to singers with local connections. We work with professional directors to ensure productions of outstanding quality that are accessible and exciting to audiences and cast alike.
The company was founded in 1997. Our first full scale opera was a production of Bizet’s Carmen in 2004 at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, an exquisite 350 seat theatre which is the oldest surviving playhouse in England. This was followed by touring productions of Verdi’s La Traviata in 2005, Puccini’s La Bohème in 2006, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in 2008, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in 2009, Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène in 2010, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola in 2012.
Between productions, Suffolk Opera also gives concerts of opera extracts to foster local talent, and can design specific programmes for corporate entertainment and private bookings. We are always happy to welcome new members and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in joining us. Please visit our Get Involved page for further information.