Our Forthcoming Productions

On the 13 and 14 July 2024, Arcadian Opera will perform Bizet’s inimitable opera, CARMEN. a sizzling portrayal of a strong and beautiful woman, who craves attention and provokes jealousy and compulsion, thereby wreaking havoc and destroying lives. First performed in the late nineteenth century in the Opéra Comique in Paris, its scandalous storyline shocked its first audiences but since then Carmen has gone on to become one of the most popular and most performed operas of all time. Fast moving, colourful and dynamic it is an excellent ‘first opera’ for a novice opera goer as well as a favourite with established audiences.

Once again Arcadian Opera will perform in English, this time by Howard Williams. Spoken dialogue will be used between the musical numbers as per Bizet’s original production. Young professional singers will take the leading parts, supported by the Arcadian Opera Chorus, the Arcadian Children’s Chorus, dancers and the Arcadian Orchestra. Performances will start at 4pm with an hour and a half’s interval in which patrons may enjoy their picnics within the beautiful surrounds of Stowe.

THE CAST

Carmen – Wiktoria Wizner

Don José – Roberto Abate

Michaëla – Claire Filer

Escamillo – Samuel Lom

Zuniga – Alex Pratley

Mercédes – Noémie Johns

Frasquita – Polly Clarke

Dancairo – David Broom

Remendado – Thomas Wood

Morales – Yang Wern Ooi

Lillas Pastia – Paddy Marshall

The Stone God

In November we are proud to announce that Arcadian Opera will be premiering a new opera, The Stone God, based on a children’s novel written by the award winning Chinese author Hong Ying. Composed by Nicholas Michael Smith MBE, an Englishman who has lived in China for many years, the opera is a sensitive fusion of east and west in a magical tale for all ages. The opera will be preceded by an orchestral illustration of another of Hong Ying’s popular books The Girl from the French Fort. The story will be narrated by the perenially popular actor Tim Bentinck.