John Milne who was a founding member of Opera A La Carte sadly passed away just before the new year. We want to pay tribute to his constant support and contribution to the company since its inception.
Our production of La Bohème finished in 2016 to some great critical acclaim.
"La Boheme was beautiful. The whole event certainly gave Glyndebourne some serious competition. The acting, music and singing were superb. I just loved it and so did all my guests – four of whom are serious musicians."
"Last night at Holland Park was excellent - but not as much fun as your La Bohème. Cast of 100 and orchestra of 30 but your cast of 6 + 2 and a piano was wonderful."
Our production of The Marriage of Figaro recieved this review.
Also after our first night at Kirklinton Hall we recieved this note.
"Last night's performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" at Kirklinton Hall was simply magnificent. The penultimate aria "Contessa perdono!", the Contessa's "Più docile sono" reply and the final ten-voice "Ah! tutti contenti" was the most exquisite musical experience I have ever known. I'm still feeling emotional about it this morning.
The singing, the acting, the sheer physicality of your performances - every moment was magically enhanced by the closeness and intimacy of the setting. As an ensemble, what I noticed was your infectious sense of enjoyment. All of you genuinely seemed to delight in performing together. The musical accompaniment heightened the emotion of the singing without ever being overriding.
I am can say in all honesty that your performance was a life-changing moment for me and for that, you all have everlasting gratitude. Thank you."
Since 1993 Opera A La Carte has established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and original chamber opera companies. Its founder and director, Nicholas Heath, has used his extensive musical and performing experience as well as his knowledge of the established talents and rising stars at Covent Garden and ENO to create a flexible company equally at home with corporate cabaret to a full scale opera.
Their flair and enthusiasm has provoked great critical acclaim … ‘Dare we say, better than Glyndebourne…’