NEW! Bampton Classical Opera in 2018




Bampton Classical Opera was founded in 1993 by its artistic directors, Gilly French and Jeremy Gray, and the 2018 season will mark the company’s 25th anniversary. Bampton has built a national reputation for breathing new life into little-known works of the classical period, in inventive and accessible productions of exceptional musical standards, with some of the best of the country’s young singers. Their staged operas are always sung in English, often in their own lively new translations, and the company is committed to relaxed, accessible opera at affordable prices.

Bampton Classical Opera’s 25th anniversary season opens with a concert on March 7 to celebrate the legendary soprano Nancy Storace, and the summer production will be Nicolo Isouard’s Cinderella, the hugely popular predecessor to Rossini’s version.


St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
7 March, 2018 7.30pm
Jacquelyn Stucker (soprano)
Andrew Griffiths (conductor and piano)

Mozart – Concert Aria  Ch’io mi scordi di te? (K505)
Mozart – Deh vieni, non tardar from Le nozze di Figaro  (K492)
Haydn – Symphony No 83 in G minor, ‘The Hen’
and arias and overtures by Salieri, Stephen Storace and Sarti.

Anglo-Italian soprano Nancy Storace (1765–1817) was renowned for her vocal prowess and remarkable stage presence, enjoying a glittering career across Europe.  Recruited for the Emperor Joseph II’s new Italian opera company in Vienna, she came to the notice of the leading composers of the day, above all Mozart who created the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro specifically for her. 

Bampton Classical Opera marks the bicentenary of her death with an appealing concert of music associated with her, including arias sung by rising star Jacquelyn Stucker, currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera.

Co-promoted by Bampton Classical Opera and St John’s Smith Square

Tickets: £30, £24, £18
Booking by telephone: 020 7222 1061
By Post: St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA


The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire: FridaySaturday 20, 21 July 2018
The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire: Monday 27 August 2018
St John’s Smith Square, London: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Libretto – Charles Guillaume Etienne, after the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault
New English translation – Gilly French and Jeremy Gray

Director – Jeremy Gray
Conductor – Harry Sever
Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera (Bampton, Westonbirt)
CHROMA (St John’s Smith Square)

Bampton Classical Opera’s 25th anniversary production will be Nicolo Isouard’s Cendrillon, to be sung in English as Cinderella, and continuing Bampton’s remarkable exploration of rarities from the classical period.  Isouard died in Paris in 1818 and so this new production also marks his bicentenary.  Born in Malta in 1773, Isouard was renowned across Europe, composing around 42 operas, many of which were published and widely performed.  As a young man and following the success of his first operas which were performed in Italy, Isouard became director of the Teatru Manoel in Valletta, Malta.  Moving to Paris in 1799, Cendrillon of 1810 was one of his many successes at the Opéra-Comique and was performed across Europe to huge acclaim, and especially in Germany and Austria, until knocked off its perch by Rossini’s La Cenerentola in 1817.

Cendrillon is designated as an Opéra Féerie, and is in three acts, to a libretto by Charles Guillaume Etienne, after the fairy-tale by Charles Perrault.  The Bampton production will be sung in a new English translation by Gilly French and Jeremy Gray.  With his gifts for unaffected melody, a sharp sense of parody in the music for the step-sisters, several appealing ensembles and always beguiling orchestration, Isouard’s Cinderella is ripe for rediscovery.  Performances will be conducted by Harry Sever and directed by Jeremy Gray. Further details of the production, including casting, will be announced in Spring 2018.

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