Diary of Events 2022

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

October 2022

6th October | Bluffers’ Lunch No.55  Sold out  JOIN THE WAITING LIST
In Praise of the Soprano! Opera aficionado Nigel Beale presents his second in a series in which he explores each of the operatic voice types; this time, the magnificent soprano. Nigel was president of the Beales group – he is the grandson of John Elmes Beale who founded the store in Bournemouth in 1881 – and was the chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 22 years.  A 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn before 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 over coffee. £30 per person.

November 2022

10th November | Bluffers’ Lunch No.56  GET TICKETS
Opera & Food! There are many associations between opera and food, from the pop of champagne corks accompanying the smoked salmon nibbles at summer opera festivals, through the food inspired or created by singers and composers, to some of the less well-known operas containing memorable food incidents or even vegetables that come to life. Dorset Opera company manager, Caroline D’Cruz, takes us on a gastronomic journey…   A 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn before we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a lively Q&A session over coffee. £30 per person.

December 2022

8th December | Bluffers’ Lunch No.57  GET TICKETS
Diegesis in opera – what is it and why does it matter?  Seymour Adams steps down from the lighting box (from which he controls Dorset Opera Festival’s surtitles during performances) and shares his thoughts on an under-researched but important aspect of the way the drama is structured in some of the operas we have recently staged. As a civil servant, Seymour worked for many years on Freedom of Information and Human Rights and was subsequently a director of Croydon Hospital. He now devotes himself to music as a clarinettist and conductor.  A 75-minute lecture illustrated with audio-visual clips on the big screen in Slepe Green Barn before we head over into the house for a delicious 2-course lunch with a glass of wine. Back to the barn for a lively Q&A session over coffee. £30 per person.

9th December | Patrons’ Seasonal Drinks Party Booking not yet open; we will be in touch with Patrons in due course
This event is exclusively for Patrons of Dorset Opera

July 2023

24th – 29th July | Dorset Opera Festival 2023
A week of glorious opera at Bryanston, Dorset DT11 9LH

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, we return to the barn for more coffee and a 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