FREE CONCERT - SUMMER OPERA GALA
Jun
25
4:00 pm16:00

FREE CONCERT - SUMMER OPERA GALA

In the spirit of summer opera galas, WOW presents a sizzling programme of the most popular opera favourites with a host of talented singers accompanied on the piano by Jeremy Silver.  

All proceeds from donations for this concert will go to All Saints, our resident venue for concerts and workshops.

ZEN & SINGING WEEKEND
Sep
8
Sep 10

ZEN & SINGING WEEKEND

A weekend exploring mental awareness combined with performing. We are delighted to welcome for the first time in the UK this specialised and unique course. The focus is on developing an insight into the artist and the inner self. The course aims to build confidence, reduce anxiety and acquire the skills to perform to your best ability.

Zen & Singing was developed and taught in Amsterdam in 2007 by Marc Brookhuis and Elsina Jansen, and in the following years became an international course based in France. Since then, up to 150 students and professionals have participated with a tremendous success rate.

Marc Brookhuis has had more than 15 years’ experience in Zen meditation and mindfulness and works as Zen teacher and mental coach for performers. Elsina Jansen is an active stage director and lectures at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen

The course starts on Friday 8th evening and continues on Saturday 9th with the final day being an afternoon and evening session. Two sessions will be spent on singing and performance with pianist Richard Black accompanying.

The venue will be All Saints Shooters Hill, Herbert Road, SE18 3PU. Booking is not yet open but please contact to register your interest or if you require further details. 


Le nozze di Figaro Recitative Day 2
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Le nozze di Figaro Recitative Day 2

Description

Director Jenny Miller and conductor Jeremy Silver join forces again to present another Le nozze di Figaro Recitative day, building on the previous one held in November. This course will only have 9 participants and no observers.

The content of the day

The aim of the day will be for all participants to give detailed and meaningful performances of all three recitatives. The morning will begin with a short introduction to the approach, and will then focus on how language, music and movement interact. After an investigation of the recitatives with the whole group, we will split into performing groups of three. Every group will participate in dedicated music coaching with Jeremy Silver and separate staging sessions with Jenny Miller on all the excerpts.

Who is the day aimed for?

The day is suitable for professional and graduate singers who want to prepare these roles, and it requires memorisation of the chosen recitatives. This approach to recitative will be a refreshing way to develop your own natural rhythm and personal experience of the art form. A recording of your voice needs to be emailed once you have bought your ticket so that each group of 3 are vocally well matched.

Cost

The course cost of £90 includes light refreshments and a £15 administration fee. 

Tickets

Please book your ticket on Eventbrite. We only have 9 places available , 3 singers for each character.

FREE OPERA CONCERT - INCANTO - The Magic of Naples
Apr
30
4:00 pm16:00

FREE OPERA CONCERT - INCANTO - The Magic of Naples

WOW presents three exciting singers and multi-faceted artist Peter Knapp accompanied at the piano by Jeremy Silver. Together they will transport you to Naples in Italy with their operatic gems from Donizetti's most famous opera The Elixir of Love, sung in Italian with the story line narrated in English. After the interval the concert continues with popular Neapolitan songs including O sole mio and Funiculì Funiculà. Donizetti lived in Naples for 22 years and 51 of his 70 operas were staged there during that time

The Elixir of love storyline:

Wealthy Adina (Chiara Vinci) reads the book “Tristan and Isolde” to the people in her town. A poor boy, Nemorino (Tristan Stocks), also listens to the story in which Tristan takes the elixir of love which makes Isolde fall passionately in love with him. Nemorino concludes he needs the elixir to woo Adina despite the competition of his rival, the Sergeant Belcore.  The visiting Medicine Man Dulcamara (Tony Baker), appears to sell a potion capable of curing anything. Nemorino asks him if he has the elixir of love, which Tristan took.  Slightly bemused, he sells Nemorino a bottle of cheap wine, and intends to disappear. Nemorino tells Adina that she will fall in love with him and she angrily replies she intends to marry Belcore, 

Act 2
Nemorino needs another bottle of elixir he can't afford so he signs up for the army for a small fee. Dulcamara tells Adina about Nemorino’s plan and she is moved to tears and fall sin love. Nemorino wins the girl and all ends happily.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be sold in the interval by All Saints and there will be a retiring collection for WOW Opera.

Venue: All Saints Shooters Hill, Herbert Road, SE18 3PU. Click on the Google map link

 

FREE OPERA CONCERT - Spanish Siesta
Feb
26
4:00 pm16:00

FREE OPERA CONCERT - Spanish Siesta

WOW are excited to present 4 world class singers to celebrate our one year anniversary. The theme of the concert is Spain and it includes operatic highlights from well known operas in the first half featuring Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Fidelio, Don Giovanni and Il Trovatore . After a short interval the programme continues with a lighter selection of gorgeous Spanish Songs and culminates in a beautiful arrangement of Rodrigo's En Aranjuez con mi amor.

Sopranos Donna Bateman and Sally Silver are joined by tenor Dominic Natoli and baritone Ricardo Panela who are accompanied on the piano by Jeremy Silver.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be sold in the interval and there will be a retiring collection.

Venue: All Saints Shooters Hill, Herbert Road, SE18 3PU. Click on the Google map link

 

 

Candlelight Carols and Opera Gala
Dec
18
6:00 pm18:00

Candlelight Carols and Opera Gala

WOW Opera joins All Saints Shooters Hill for an Opera and Carol Concert to raise money for Welcare. Guest soloists include Anthony Baker, Tristan Stocks, Sally Silver and Namrata Shah accompanied by Jeremy Silver. Excerpts from La bohème, Manon, La fille du régiment, La Traviata,  Don Giovanni and West Side Story can be enjoyed, followed by traditional carols and readings. 

Mulled wine and mince pies to be served afterwards.

 

Recitative Workshop - Marriage of Figaro
Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

Recitative Workshop - Marriage of Figaro

Director Jenny Miller and conductor Jeremy Silver join forces again after their noteable successes of Rinaldo, Xerxes and Alcina for Longborough Festival Opera.

The day includes an introduction to method: language, grammar and relevance to acting, two music and language sessions, and two staging sessions. This  approach to recitative will be a refreshing way to create your own natural rhythm and personal experience of the art form.

Due to the popular nature of this rare workshop, we are inviting observers to be part of the day where they will be able to mingle with the course leaders and singers and ask questions during the refreshment breaks. Suitable for professional and training singers preparing these roles, trainee repetiteurs and conductors or those of you who are just fascinated to see the process of this style of recitative work being done from the beginning to the final staged product