The Opera Awards Foundation gala dinner, which raises funds to support aspiring operatic talent, will take place on Monday 25thSeptember at the spectacular UnderGlobe on the South Bank (21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT).

With a Shakespearean theme, the evening will include songs and arias inspired by the Bard, from Purcell to Verdi. A very special guest performer (name to be announced shortly!) will join Opera Awards Foundation bursary winners on stage. Attendees will enjoy a champagne reception and a three course dinner. 

Early Bird Tickets are available until the end of June for the special price of £225 per person and guests will be seated in tables of 10. To book, contact or call 0207 104 2057.

Anna Harvey

ANNA-HARVEY-by-Clare-Park©Congratulations to Anna who is going on tour with the Welsh National  Opera's production of Die Fledermaus in the role of Orlofsky in the Autumn. Details of dates and locations can be found on the WNO website
If you would like to support Anna in this exciting role,  the most convenient venue for many of you will be the New Theatre in Oxford where she will be on stage on Friday 1 December at 7.15 p.m. and Saturday 2 December at 4 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online from prices vary from £15 to £50.


James Way

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Congratulations to James Way (tenor) and Natalie Burch (piano) for winning second place in this year’s Ferrier Competition announced on Wigmore Hall’s stage on 28th April!




Ricardo Panela

 Dear Opera Prelude supporters
I've decided to run in the British 10k this year and raise money for the Mental Health charity SANE. SANE provides free mental health support and care to individuals who - for one reason or another - get just one step too close to the edge. As a Musician, we deal throughout our daily lives with situations which at times feel like an insurmountable psychological burden, so I feel that it's really worth it supporting people who are there when we most need it. Thank you very much for your support and please spread the word even if you can't help financially!

Alex Otterburn 

 It gives us great pleasure to pass onto you Alex Otterburn's wonderful news. He is to join Scottish Opera's Emerging Artist Programme for the 2017/2108 season. This summer, on the opening weekend of the Edinburgh Festival, he takes on the role of  Eddy in Turnage's 'Greek' alongside a stellar cast including Susan Bullock and Alison Cook followed by the role of Marquese in 'La Traviata' in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen in the Autumn. Early 2018 will see a revival of 'Greek' in Glasgow as well as a performance of  'Ariadne auf Naxos' as Harlekin with a cast including Sir Tom AllenAs a co-production with Opera Holland Park London, 'Ariadne auf Naxos' will also come to London in July 2018.
Alex sends his heartfelt thanks for your support and I'm sure you will want to join us in wishing him every success 'North of the Border' !

Friday 5 May 2017 – 7:30pm / LSO St Luke’s, London

'Late and Early'
Schumann      Overture: Hermann und Dorothea
Schumann      Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Brahms          Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Guy Johnston   cello

Faust Chamber Orchestra
Mark Austin conductor

FCO_Logo_RGB_GreyTextFaust Chamber Orchestra gives a rare performance of Brahms' exquisite Serenade No.​1 under the baton of Mark Austin. The concert features an illustrated introduction to this early work, originally written for nonet and then boldly orchestrated by the composer. Acclaimed soloist Guy Johnston performs Schumann's late Cello Concerto, an outpouring of intense lyricism composed in just two weeks.

Tickets £​18 - £25 available on the ​LSO St Luke's website