Dorset Opera Festival

Bryanston School

Dorset Opera Festival is an annual country house opera festival combining amateur and professional performers, which takes place at Bryanston near Blandford Forum in Dorset, England.

Operas are staged at the conclusion of a two-week summer school, focussing on the 16–25 age group, based at Bryanston School. It attracts performers from around Europe.[1] Founded as Dorset Opera by Patrick Shelley at Sherborne School in 1974, it moved to Bryanston in 2005, when Roderick Kennedy became its artistic director, and it became Dorset Opera Festival in 2011. Operas are staged in The Coade Hall theatre at the school, and touring productions are also staged elsewhere.[2]

In 2011, Tosca and Otello were performed;[3] in 2012, Il trovatore, Suor Angelica, and Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrament by Lord Berners.[4] Operas presented in 2013 were La traviata, directed by Jonathan Miller, and The Flying Dutchman, as well as a reduced version of La bohème staged by Dutch National Touring Opera.[2]

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  1. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (4 August 2009). "Opera singing is not just for professionals". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Dorset opera festival is the real thing!". Blackmore Vale Magazine. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. ^ Tanner, Michael (13 August 2011). "Dorset delight". The Spectator. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Reviews: Dorset Opera Festival". Blackmore Vale Magazine. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.

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