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.


Connected mandy members:

Georgina Felce
Georgina Felce
Wardrobe Assistant
2014, La Calisto, Costume Supervisor
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ruth Knight
Ruth Knight
Assistant Director
2014, Albert Herring, Assistant Director
Georgina Felce
Georgina Felce
Wardrobe Assistant
2014, Albert Herring, Costume Supervisor
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Freyja Costelloe
Freyja Costelloe
Set Designer
2013, The Marriage of Figaro, Se Design Assistant
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ben Donoghue
Ben Donoghue
Lighting Designer
2013, The Marriage Of Figaro, Lighting Designer
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Hilda Greenwood
Hilda Greenwood
Wardrobe Manager
2013, The Marriage of Figaro, Costume Assistant
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Hilda Greenwood
Hilda Greenwood
Wardrobe Manager
2013, Mansfield Park, Costume Assistant
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Natalie Lindiwe Jones
Natalie Lindiwe Jones
Lighting Technician
2012, Cosi Fan Tutte, Lighting Designer
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Andrew Ellis
Andrew Ellis
Lighting Designer
2011, Hugh The Drover, Lighting Designer
Upstairs at The Gatehouse
Marianne Wright
2011, Hugh The Drover, Opera
Hannah Mayhew
Hannah Mayhew
Singer
2010, , Opera
Hannah Mayhew
Hannah Mayhew
Singer
2010, , Opera
Anthony Hollins
Anthony Hollins
Technical Stage Manager
2009, Susannah, Stage Manager
Upstairs At The Gatehouse
Ben Alyn-Francis
2009, Susannah, Sam Polk
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Simeon Miller
Simeon Miller
Lighting Designer
2008, The Elixir of Love, Lighting Technician
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Nicolai Kenneth Hart Hansen
2008, Idomeneo, designer
Upstairs at the gatehouse
Jane Mabbitt
Jane Mabbitt
Singer
2008, , Madame Larina - Eugene Onegin
Nicolai Kenneth Hart Hansen
2007, Eugene Onegin, Designer
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Nicola Samer
Nicola Samer
Director
2007, DON GIOVANNI, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Assistant Director
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Jane Mabbitt
Jane Mabbitt
Singer
2007, , Don Giovanni - Mozart

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