“For anyone wanting a performer’s eye view of opera, Opera Prelude is ideal: lecture demonstrations by professional singers offering engaging insights on repertory and technique.” 

Country Life Magazine 

We are a small charity, passionate about opera with the needs of young singers at the heart of what we do. We believe that opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado – our friendly and inclusive events form a bridge across the footlights, introducing you to young opera singers and their diverse enriching art form. 

Opera Prelude is run by volunteers and since our launch in 2010 we have grown into a professional Arts organisation presenting a critically acclaimed and exciting programme of lecture recitals, workshops, masterclasses, concerts and rarely performed or rediscovered operas in prestigious and historic locations across London & Oxfordshire. 

Our mission is to: 

  • Support the early career development of young musicians through the provision of experience and fairly paid performance opportunities. 
  • Advance the understanding and accessibility of opera. 
  • Connect audiences and musicians for mutual benefit. 
  • Advocate for Opera Prelude’s singers, showcasing their talents and creating career networking opportunities 

We are also have a wonderful time running our “See Golden Days” intergenerational outreach programme performing free of charge concerts for approx 500 care home residents per annum. 

We simply couldn’t do any of this without the help of our friends and supporters who are a vital part of our story.

THANK YOU for being part of Opera Prelude and helping us support the professional development of early career singers! 

With warmest best wishes, 

Fiona Hamilton & Adriana Festeu 

TICKETS: Payable in advance to Opera Prelude 

All ticket prices include a variable, non obligatory donation element, without which we are unable to help our singers further their careers with mini grants through our Singer’s Friends Fund. If you would like to know more about how we use Gift Aid donations to support our young singers or to pay a different amount, do get in touch.