Hampstead Garden Opera

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Hampstead Garden Opera (HGO) celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010 with performances of Mozart’s last two operas, both written and first performed in 1791 - The Clemency of Titus in April, and The Magic Flute in October/November.

The company was founded in 1990 by the late Dr Roy Budden as an evening class at the Hampstead Garden Institute, and became a charitable trust (registered charity no. 1092649) in 2002. HGO is affiliated to NODA and Barnet Borough Arts Council. Each year it performs two fully-staged operas with orchestra and in English, at ‘Upstairs at the Gatehouse’, a 100-seat community theatre in Highgate, North London, which has been its base since 2001.

All parts are, wherever practicable, double-cast. Principals with small roles will normally be expected to join the chorus on their performing nights, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Since HGO has no regular independent funding, each participating member is asked to make a donation towards the cost of its productions. Members are also expected (within reason) to sell a minimum of 10 tickets each.

As a company we aim to provide opportunities for talented young singers, orchestral players and répétiteurs in the early stages of a professional career to gain on-stage and workshop experience, working creatively alongside loyal amateurs on an equal footing, in a friendly culture, and without the pressures inherent in the world of professional opera.

We have deliberately chosen to be part of the regular programme offered by a small, informal local community theatre, partly in order to attract people who may never have set foot in the big opera houses, and to revolutionise their whole concept of what opera is, and who it is for. In the intimate setting of Upstairs at the Gatehouse, audiences are drawn into the action, and feel the full emotional impact of operas both well-known and unfamiliar in a new and exciting way. We do our utmost to keep our costs and our seat prices well below West End levels, but without subsidies or substantial sponsorship, we still have to rely on ticket sales for around two thirds of our income.

The original intention was to concentrate on the major operas of Mozart, but the repertoire has since expanded to encompass works ranging in period from John Blow and Henry Purcell (late 17th century) to Carlisle Floyd (1954). Latterly, there has been a move away from the big 19th century operas: they are less suited to the voices we are currently attracting; and by and large they need bigger orchestral forces than we can muster.


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Matthew Coulton
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Bethany Barrington-Davis
Bethany Barrington-Davis
Deputy Stage Manager
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Laura Fontana
Laura Fontana
Wardrobe Assistant
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Catherine Harmer
Catherine Harmer
Stage Manager
2019, La Traviata, Stage Manager
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Fiona Finsbury
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Hannah Page
Hannah Page
Set Designer
2019, La Boheme, Costume designer
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Rebecca Roberts
Rebecca Roberts
Costume Maker
2018, The Secret Marriage, Costume Interpreter
Christina Semertzaki
Christina Semertzaki
Makeup Artist
2018, La Traviata G.Verdi, Hair and Makeup artist
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David Booth
David Booth
Actor
2018, La Traviata (Opera), Doctor Grenvil
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Becky Thornton
Becky Thornton
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, La Traviata, ASM On the Book
Lauren Burns
Lauren Burns
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, The Magic Flute, Stage Manager
Jacksons Lane
Sade Bisch
Sade Bisch
Costume Assistant
2016, The Magic Flute, Costume Supervisor
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Thomas Holland
Thomas Holland
Assistant Director
2016, The Magic Flute, Assistant Director
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Ruth Knight
Ruth Knight
Assistant Director
2016, Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci, Assistant Director
Florencia Melone
Florencia Melone
Make-up Artist
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Emma Dunderdale
Emma Dunderdale
Make-up Artist
2016, Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, Make-up Artist
Flavio Graff
Flavio Graff
Set Designer
2016, CAV & PAG, Designer
Jacksons Lane Theatre
Ben Donoghue
Ben Donoghue
Lighting Designer
2015, Don Giovanni, Lighting Designer
Upstairs At The Gatehouse
Toby Burbidge
Toby Burbidge
Stage Manager
2015, Don Giovanni, Set builder
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Emma Dunderdale
Emma Dunderdale
Makeup Artist
2015, Cavallieri and Pagliacci, Makeup artist

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