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Clapham Opera Festival 2014

The huge success of the first Clapham Opera Festival 2013 created a strong demand for more. We were very happy that 2014 saw the organisers, led by the founder Marie Soulier, bring the second Festival to CHS. We were delighted to host the Festival here again.

Don Pasquale - Clapham Opera Festival 2013






Here was the programme for 2014: 

Sunday 21st of September afternoon

The Grand Opening

A concert of charming, fluffy, and hilarious arias, with a very Diva feel....a glorious way to enter the autumn but also to start the festival. It will be followed by an adequately sweet and decadent afternoon tea.

Friday 3rd October evening

Simply Baroque

Covering the later part of Baroque with some Purcell, Handel, Bach. One singer and three instrumentst.


Sunday 12th October afternoon


Mozart and his contemporaries

Marie wrote: 'Although I am excited about all the concerts this year I am particularly excited about this one. I wanted to solely cover Mozart. On researching his unknown work I came across amazing forgotten composers who were far more successful than Mozart at the time but got lost in history over the years. It will be a feast of discoveries. Some of the arias are of extreme beauty. There will be 2 singers and four instruments.'

Friday 14th November evening and Sunday16th November afternoon 

The icing on the Festival : LA CENERENTOLA by ROSSINI with a twist.

This is Rossini's adaptation of the famous Cinderella tale. An amazing cast, back from last year Chrissy Petrou, Ricardo Panela and Alberto Sousa, but many new faces too. We have a grand Stage Director and everyone will be under the direction of the Clapham Opera Festival musical director Monsieur Philip Voldman. He keeps us all in line with his perfectionism...this production will win you over. La Cenerentola as never seen before.

The festival receives no government grant, at present we solely rely on our sponsor Aspire who has kindly committed as per last year, and on our loyal audience. But we are greedy, we wanted to spoil you with more singers, more musicians, more behind the stage staff so we are still looking for possible sponsors for a top up. Inevitably we have had to generate as much as possible from ticket sales, within reason. We have opened the dress rehearsal to schools and 180 children will attend. We have taken into account your comments from last year, we have worked on a new seating plan which we believe will allow everyone to see and hear better.

The chosen cast for each of the events have been carefully selected - talent obviously but passion, enthusiasm and personality are vital ingredients for a successful festival. All involved have got it all and more. Our cast is extremely international, these young artists are all driven to London and we are very proud to have created a platform to showcase their talent. We might soon be called The International Clapham Opera festival...and why not?

The website and box office will open very soon.

See you all soon - and any questions or suggestions we are here to listen to you all. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ClaphamOperaFestival