Diary of Events 2023

A diary of all forthcoming dates in the year including the Dorset Opera Festival dates, smaller opera events, lunch lectures and other social events.

January 2023

24th January | President’s Circle Priority Booking now open
Priority booking for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival opens for those Patrons belonging to the President’s Circle only. You will receive full booking information by email along with the contact details of your personal booking manager who will call you personally on this date to ensure that all your ticketing, pavilion and dining requirements are met.

26th January | With apologies, the Bluffers’ Lunch that was planned for this date is postponed.

30th January | A.G.M.s of Dorset Opera and The Friends of Dorset Opera
The joint AGMs of both organisations will be held at Duke’s Auctioneers, Copper Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. Drinks and canapés upon arrival. Time: 18:30 for 19:00. RSVP if you plan on coming to info@dorsetopera.com.

31st January | Chairman’s Circle Priority Booking now open.
Priority booking for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival is open for those Patrons belonging to the Chairman’s Circle and above. You will have received full booking information by email. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online.

February 2023

7th February | Director’s Circle Priority booking now open. Telephone booking from 10:00. 
Priority booking for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival is open for those Patrons belonging to the Director’s Circle and above. You will have received full booking information by email. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online.

14 February | Conductor’s Circle Priority Booking opens at 08:00 am online. Telephone booking from 10:00. 
Priority booking opens for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Conductor’s Circle and above. You will have received full booking details by email. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online.

21 February | Overture Circle Priority Booking opens at 08:00 am online. Telephone booking from 10:00. 
Priority booking opens for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Overture Circle. You will have received full booking details by email. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online.

23 February | Bluffers’ Lunch No.58. | Is Opera National?
£30 per person. Slepe Green BH16 6HS 11:45 – 15:30
In the 19th century some composers, inspired by dreams of national independence, wrote operas based on heroic past events or promoting local folklore and legends. Adrian Thorpe will introduce some of these works, which today are still promoted as the “National Opera” of some country or other. Does that concept make sense – or is it just the distortion for local propaganda purposes of what should be an international art form?
After Adrian’s 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn, we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a Q&A session and lively discussion over coffee. GET TICKETS

 28 February | Friends of Dorset Opera Priority Booking opens at 08:00 am online. Telephone booking from 10:00. 
Priority booking opens for the 2023 Dorset Opera Festival for members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. You will have received booking details by email. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online. The lines are VERY busy on Friends booking day. If you have no luck getting through, please leave a message or send an email to boxoffice@dorsetopera.com and we will call you back.

March 2023

14th March | General Booking opens to the public at 08:00 online / 10:00 am by telephone. 
Booking opens to the general public. Patrons and Friends are advised to have secured their tickets well before this date. Box Office: 07570 366186 or online at dorsetopera.com. If the telephone is busy please leave a message or send an email to boxoffice@dorsetopera.com and we will call you back.

30 March | Bluffers’ Lunch No.59
£30 per person. Slepe Green BH16 6HS 11:45 – 15:30
After a 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn, we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a Q&A session and lively discussion over coffee. Details of the speaker and subject will  be posted very soon. GET TICKETS

April 2023

17th April | The Berlin Lunch
A special Bluffers’ Lunch especially for those who are joining our trip to Berlin later in April. Our two speakers, Hugh Watkins and Adrian Thorpe, will enlighten us on the operas we will see whilst we are there before we enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch with wine. Sorry this is for Berlin-goers only – please make sure are logged in to your box office account  GET TICKETS

May 2023

11 May | Bluffers’ Lunch No.60!
£30 per person. Slepe Green BH16 6HS 11:45 – 15:30
After a 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn, we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a Q&A session and lively discussion over coffee. Details of the speaker and subject will  be posted very soon. GET TICKETS

June 2023

22 June | Bluffers’ Lunch No.61
£30 per person. Slepe Green BH16 6HS 11:45 – 15:30
Making his keenly-awaited pilgrimage to Dorset, superstar dramaturg and specialist opera tour guide, Simon Rees, takes us on his traditional humour-and-fact-fuelled romp through the backgrounds to this season’s Festival operas, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Massenet’s Le roi de Lahore. After a 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn, we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a Q&A session and lively discussion over coffee. GET TICKETS

July 2023

12th July | The move to Bryanston
Dorset Opera ups sticks and moves itself, lock, stock and barrel, to Bryanston, as artists and choristers from around the world gather to take part in the Summer School element of this year’s Dorset Opera Festival.

20th TBC July | Patrons’ day at Bryanston
Our Patrons get the opportunity to join us at Bryanston to see how the 2023 operas are progressing. Arrive at Bryanston’s New Music School foyer for morning coffee and pastries at 11:00. You will meet members of our production and technical teams as well as the Dorset Opera board. Follow this with visits to the wardrobe, props department, the chorus rehearsal room (if they are rehearsing there) and possibly to the theatre to see part of the morning’s stage and orchestra rehearsal. Lunch is at 13:00 at which we will be joined by some of our artists, choristers and musicians. After lunch, you are welcome to return to the theatre where the cast of the other opera will be gathering to undergo their first stage and orchestra rehearsal. To book, please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com to let her know if you are attending and remind her if you have special dietary requirements. (Sorry, this event is for Patrons only and is limited to the first 80 to book.)

24th – 29th July | Dorset Opera Festival 2023
A week of glorious opera at Bryanston, Dorset DT11 9LH.
We are currently in the priority booking period for Patrons of Dorset Opera. Friends of Dorset Opera may book from Tuesday 28th February. The box office opens to the general public on 14th March. Find out more about priority booking

25 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le nozze di Figaro | 19:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Picnic Hampers (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

26 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le roi de Lahore | 19:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Picnic Hampers (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

27 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le nozze di Figaro | 14:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Picnic Hampers & afternoon tea (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

27 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le roi de Lahore | 19:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Picnic Hampers (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

28 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le nozze di Figaro | 19:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Formal 4-course dining in Bryanston House (to pre-order), Picnic Hampers (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

29 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le roi de Lahore| 14:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Picnic Hampers and afternoon tea (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

29 July 2023 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le nozze di Figaro | 19:00 in the Coade Theatre, Bryanston.
Formal 4-course dining in Bryanston House (to pre-order). Picnic Hampers (to pre-order), Purbeck Ice Cream (foyer), Pol Roger Champagne, marquee bar – all available at this performance. Box office

Bluffers’ Lunches

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Bluffers’ Lunches are hosted by Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at picturesque Slepe Green, ten mins west of Poole on the A35. Arrive at 11:45 for welcome coffee in the house, then off to the barn for a 75-minute lecture followed by a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. After lunch, those who would like to return to the barn for more coffee and a lively question and answer session, normally finishing around 15:30.

For further information about Bluffers’ Lunches contact Dorset Opera Festival HQ on
01258 840000 or e-mail the hostess at smh@dorsetopera.com