Opera Foundry is a Surrey based Opera Company that develops the talents of individual opera performers through focussed coaching and performance opportunities. Currently we provide individual opera singers with an opportunity to enrich and inform their performance with key musical and vocal skills, techniques and philosophy. In time, we hope to extend this to include repetiteurs/pianists and other industry creatives, so that they also have the opportunity to develop their skills within the realm of opera. We provide them with performance opportunities to present their work, which (at the highest level) is the ultimate test of all such study.
For our audiences, we showcase our singers through themed concerts. The performances are high quality and simply presented, always returning to the music, which (in the works of the Great Opera Composers) is the source of everything.
Our performances can be enjoyed by both seasoned opera lovers and new audiences alike. The two extremes of audience are the complete ‘Newbies’ and those who are very familiar with the repertoire – ie: ‘The Cognescenti’. Purely for the sake of Opera itself, both these groups deserves the very best performance standards – total musical preparation of performers and what Berlioz calls ‘truthfulness of expression’. Without this, the Cognescenti will walk out (because they probably know) but even more alarmingly, the Newbies will never want to come to an opera performance again – anywhere! We take communicating with our audiences very seriously, because of this.
So, in addition to experiencing a beautiful musical evening, by attending our performances audience members are investing in the next generation of opera training and talent.
How We Do It:
- Working with proven industry professionals such as vocal coaches, acting coaches, language specialists
- Exhaustive, vocally informed, musical preparation and rehearsal. Strong in-house music team.
- Accepting talented singers from traditional music college backgrounds, but also those who have taken alternate training routes into opera.
- Accepting returning professionals who have taken a career break, adding to the age range and experience interchange for the singers
- We dispense with elaborate costumes and wigs to make our opera streamlined, contemporary and relevant. This focusses the performance for the performers, too.
- Letting the music speak for itself without sacrificing vocal qualities.
We distance ourselves, both from the stuffy negative images traditionally associated with opera, and from the current trend of de-emphasizing the importance of the music. By relegating the music to a component position in the theatre and marketing machine, we lose the thing that gave a 19thC opera it’s reputation in the first place. This, of course, then justifies a vast amount of ‘smoke and mirrors’ to liven up an otherwise dull evening! Our philosophy is different: Whilst we welcome any audience with open arms, we do not try to hijack film or TV audiences with a dumbded down product. We owe it to the great composers, singers, librettists conductors, impressarios and patrons of the past to keep the cornerstones of the operahouse repertoire vital, healthy and relevant – neither allowing them to gather dust nor smothering them with gloss. So: no crinolines or pearls – but also no ‘Regietheater’!