Diary Of Events to December 2018

EVENTS FOR 2019 SEASON COMING SOON

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This page gives details of smaller social and fund-raising events we hold over the course of the year. For Festival information please instead select the What’s On tab

Booking for Events

To book tickets for Dorset Opera events (not Festival performances), please book online by clicking the link given beneath each diary listing, or go to Eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Dorset Opera’ to bring up a list of events.

Tickets for the Celebrity Lunch are not available through Eventbrite. An alternative payment method will be available for this event. Instructions will be given beside the listing.

Tickets include a suggested voluntary donation on which we are able to claim Gift Aid.

Please note: Tickets for the Dorset Opera Festival performances in July 2018 can only be obtained by clicking on the Tickets button above, or by calling 01202 499199

Bluffers’ Lunches

Dorset-Opera-Lunch

Bluffers’ Lunches are hosted by Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at picturesque Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Arrive at 11:45 for welcome coffee, then off to the Barn for a 75-minute lecture followed by a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. After lunch, return to the Barn for more coffee and a question and answer session. Lunches normally finish around 15:00. Tickets from £26 per person include a voluntary donation of £15. Gift Aid will be claimed on your donation. Do let us know if you have special dietary requirements – and please purchase your ticket beforehand using the Eventbrite links.

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

January 2018

23 January 2018| President’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for those Patrons belonging to the President’s Circle only. You will receive full booking information by post along with the contact details of your personal booking manager who will ensure that all your requirements are met.

25 January 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.32: The life and times of a fly on the wall
American-born Roger Graef is a multi-award winning theatre/film director and criminologist. He has been involved in opera from Tanglewood to La Scala. In 2004 he received a ‘lifetime achievement’ BAFTA (the first documentary film maker to receive such an honour). His tales are the stuff of legend. For further information about Blulffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, to go bluffers32.eventbrite.co.uk

30 January 2018 | Chairman’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for Patrons belonging to the Chairman’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

February 2018

06 February 2018 | Director’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Director’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

13 February 2018 | Conductor’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Conductor’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

20 February 2018 | Friends of Dorset Opera Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

22 February 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.33: My life in music
The Chief Executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dougie Scarfe, joins us to talk about his Life in Music. Dougie was Principal Horn in the National Youth Orchestra, he went on to study at the RNCM and, after a major playing career, he became Executive Assistant to the General Director of Opera North. In 2006 he took the role of ON’s Chorus & Orchestra Director and Concerts’ Director and was credited with transforming the concert and recording programme of that company. He took over the reins at the BSO in 2012. For further detailed information on the Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers33.eventbrite.co.uk

March 2018

06 March 2018 | General Booking
Booking opens to the general public. Patrons and Friends are advised to ensure they have secured their tickets well before this date. Box Office: 01202 499199 or click on the ‘Tickets’ button above.

22 March 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.34: Puccini and his rivals NB DATE CHANGED FROM PUBLISHED DIARY
For his first Bluffers’ Lunch lecture of 2018 we welcome back the one and only Adrian Thorpe. A Dorset Opera Patron and star raconteur, our events’ diary would never be complete without his presence. His illustrated subject on this occasion will be a very firm favourite – so don’t leave booking too late (and bring tissues). For further detailed information on Bluffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers34.eventbrite.co.uk

April 2018

19 April 2018 | Celebrity Lunch with Sir Mark Elder CH CBE
After a welcome drink whilst admiring the stunning, panoramic views over Poole Harbour, you will sit down for a three-course formal lunch amongst fellow opera-lovers at the stylish Harbour Heights Hotel near Sandbanks. After lunch, whilst coffee is served, we’ll enjoy a post-lunch talk by our celebrated guest.

Sir Mark Elder is no stranger to Dorset; he was at school at Bryanston where the new concert hall has been named in his honour. From 1973-1993 he was music director of the English National Opera during the Golden Years of the Power House Triumvirate under Lord Harewood. As principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is famed for his somewhat controversial speeches at the Last Night of the Proms. In 1999, he was appointed music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and is credited with having restored that orchestra’s high musical standards and good name. He continues to conduct operas and concerts with the major institutions of the world.  To book, make your menu selections and download your tickets go to: markelder.eventbrite.co.uk

28 April 2018 | Covent Garden comes to Dorset
If you are a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera, your future is almost guaranteed. In a rare, one-off appearance outside the Royal Opera House itself, four of this year’s JPYA young singers – from around the world – are joining us for a very special Dorset event. This concert will be held in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey which languishes in a 500-acre landscape ‘of exceptional historic interest’ created by Capability Brown. Venue: Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ. Time: 19:30. For further information and to book tickets go to: JPYADorset.eventbrite.co.uk

May 2018

10 May 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.35: Who’s afraid of Richard Strauss?
Who’s Afraid of Richard Strauss is the intriguing title of Nigel Beale’s latest illustrated talk. Nigel is a long-term Patron of Dorset Opera and, as our regular bluffers will know, this former chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is an opera aficionado with a huge passion for Strauss. For further detailed information about Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers35.eventbrite.co.uk

23rd May 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to: operacinema.eventbrite.co.uk

June 2018

08 June 2018| Volunteers’ Summer Party
This year’s Volunteers’ Party is – once again – held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at Slepe Green Barn , Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). A thank you for our wonderful volunteers. By invitation only.

16 June 2018| Ritzy Tea Party
This year’s Ritzy Tea Party is held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Friend, Mr David Panter, at Tarrant Rushton House, near Blandford Forum. There will be mountains of mouth-watering food including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and preserves, cakes and gateaux, with a strawberries & cream and a fantastic fizz finale! As usual, there will be raffles and auctions – all aimed at having fun with good friends and to raise a few funds to assist with providing bursaries for some of this year’s young Dorset Opera Festival participants. Tickets: from £20 per person. Please purchase your tickets beforehand via RitzyTea2018.eventbrite.co.uk

28 June 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.36: All about this season’s operas
Making his annual pilgrimage to Dorset, star dramaturg, Simon Rees, takes us on his traditional humour-and-fact-fuelled romp through the backgrounds to this season’s Festival operas, Puccini’s La bohème and Massenet’s Le Cid. For further detailed information on the Bluffers lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers36.eventbrite.co.uk

July 2018

20 July 2018 | Patrons’ Lunch
Our Patrons get the opportunity to join us at Bryanston to see how your 2018 operas are progressing. Arrive in the Coade Theatre foyer for morning coffee and pastries at 11:00. You will meet members of both the Dorset Opera Board and our production and technical teams. Follow this with visits to the wardrobe, props department, the chorus rehearsal room and possibly to the theatre to see part of the morning’s stage rehearsal. Lunch is at 13:00 at which you’ll be joined by some of our artistes and musicians. At 14:30, return to the theatre to see part of the afternoon’s stage & orchestra rehearsal. Please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com to let us know if you are attending, and do let us know if you have special dietary requirements. (Sorry, this event is for Patrons only.)

24 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

25 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

26 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

27 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 14:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Afternoon Tea & Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order); ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

August 2018

16 August 2018 | Swanage Boat Trip
Come and enjoy a summer evening cruise to Swanage and back with opera-loving friends, old and new. Our boat will leave Poole Quay at 18:45. Once aboard, we will enjoy traditional fish and chips and a tot of something whilst we float serenely up past Old Harry to Swanage. We return to drop anchor offshore in Poole Harbour to watch the summer fireworks at 22:00. Our merry band will be back ashore by 22:30. NB. There is no musical entertainment at this event. The route is weather dependent so may be subject to last minute change. To book tickets go to: dofcruise.eventbrite.co.uk

September 2018

06 September 2018 | Wexford Bluffers’ Supper
Specifically for those going on our visit to the Wexford Opera Festival in October, Dorset Opera Patron, Hugh Watkins, presents his thoughts on the operas we are likely to watch. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 19:00. Tickets: £26 (Patrons & Friends of Dorset Opera) and £32 (non-Patrons/Friends), to include a voluntary donation of £10.00 on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets go to: wexbluffers.eventbrite.co.uk

20th September 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to operacinema2.eventbrite.co.uk

October 2018

04 October 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.37: Dekadenz! Elektra’s Axe to Mack the Knife!
This is another of Adrian Thorpe’s unmissable illustrated talks. The word Dekadenz! surely says it all and your appetites must already be truly whetted! For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers37.eventbrite.co.uk

22 – 26 October 2018 | Trip to Wexford Festival
The Wexford Festival in Ireland is always the last opera festival of the year. The Festival is renowned for mounting unusual works and this year is no exception. Wexford itself is a fishing port at the mouth of the river Slaney. It’s a quirky delight with old bars that have withstood the movement of time nudging up against new restaurants offering everything imaginable but especially locally caught fish. Stroll down the high Street and you would never know that Ireland’s National Opera House lay behind the terraces of houses. This trip is currently fully booked, but call us to see if there has been a cancellation.

November 2018

08 November 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.38: Capturing the spirit of Britain
Capturing the spirit of Britain. Art historian and curator, Gwen Yarker, (a Dorset Opera Patron) joins us to give an illustrated talk about the set designs of John Piper and Oliver Messel – both of whom featured so significantly in Glyndebourne’s history. This is hopefully the first in an occasional series exploring British artists designing opera sets and costumes in post-war Britain; a period of remarkable creativity and optimism. For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers38.eventbrite.co.uk

December 2018

06 December 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.39: Roger Graef
Roger Graef joins us again to continue the tales of his humorous exploits with Further Musings of a Fly on the Wall. With more than 160 documentary films to his credit, there’s a vast source of fascinating material into which he can delve and shock us. For further detailed information see the separate Bluffers’ panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers39.eventbrite.co.uk

14 December 2018 | Patrons’ Seasonal Drinks Party
Sally Weld invites our Patrons to Bindon Abbey Mill to celebrate Christmas. Sorry, Patrons only at this event.

 

EVENTS FOR 2019 SEASON COMING SOON

To join our mailing list and receive notification click here 

Booking for Events

To book tickets for Dorset Opera events (not Festival performances), please book online by clicking the link given beneath each diary listing, or go to Eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Dorset Opera’ to bring up a list of events.

Tickets for the Celebrity Lunch are not available through Eventbrite. An alternative payment method will be available for this event. Instructions will be given beside the listing.

Tickets include a suggested voluntary donation on which we are able to claim Gift Aid.

Please note: Tickets for the Dorset Opera Festival performances in July 2018 can only be obtained by clicking on the Tickets button above, or by calling 01202 499199

Bluffers’ Lunches

Dorset-Opera-Lunch

Bluffers’ Lunches are hosted by Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at picturesque Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Arrive at 11:45 for welcome coffee, then off to the Barn for a 75-minute lecture followed by a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. After lunch, return to the Barn for more coffee and a question and answer session. Lunches normally finish around 15:00. Tickets from £26 per person include a voluntary donation of £15. Gift Aid will be claimed on your donation. Do let us know if you have special dietary requirements – and please purchase your ticket beforehand using the Eventbrite links.

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

January 2018

23 January 2018| President’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for those Patrons belonging to the President’s Circle only. You will receive full booking information by post along with the contact details of your personal booking manager who will ensure that all your requirements are met.

25 January 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.32: The life and times of a fly on the wall
American-born Roger Graef is a multi-award winning theatre/film director and criminologist. He has been involved in opera from Tanglewood to La Scala. In 2004 he received a ‘lifetime achievement’ BAFTA (the first documentary film maker to receive such an honour). His tales are the stuff of legend. For further information about Blulffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, to go bluffers32.eventbrite.co.uk

30 January 2018 | Chairman’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for Patrons belonging to the Chairman’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

February 2018

06 February 2018 | Director’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Director’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

13 February 2018 | Conductor’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Conductor’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

20 February 2018 | Friends of Dorset Opera Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

22 February 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.33: My life in music
The Chief Executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dougie Scarfe, joins us to talk about his Life in Music. Dougie was Principal Horn in the National Youth Orchestra, he went on to study at the RNCM and, after a major playing career, he became Executive Assistant to the General Director of Opera North. In 2006 he took the role of ON’s Chorus & Orchestra Director and Concerts’ Director and was credited with transforming the concert and recording programme of that company. He took over the reins at the BSO in 2012. For further detailed information on the Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers33.eventbrite.co.uk

March 2018

06 March 2018 | General Booking
Booking opens to the general public. Patrons and Friends are advised to ensure they have secured their tickets well before this date. Box Office: 01202 499199 or click on the ‘Tickets’ button above.

22 March 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.34: Puccini and his rivals NB DATE CHANGED FROM PUBLISHED DIARY
For his first Bluffers’ Lunch lecture of 2018 we welcome back the one and only Adrian Thorpe. A Dorset Opera Patron and star raconteur, our events’ diary would never be complete without his presence. His illustrated subject on this occasion will be a very firm favourite – so don’t leave booking too late (and bring tissues). For further detailed information on Bluffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers34.eventbrite.co.uk

April 2018

19 April 2018 | Celebrity Lunch with Sir Mark Elder CH CBE
After a welcome drink whilst admiring the stunning, panoramic views over Poole Harbour, you will sit down for a three-course formal lunch amongst fellow opera-lovers at the stylish Harbour Heights Hotel near Sandbanks. After lunch, whilst coffee is served, we’ll enjoy a post-lunch talk by our celebrated guest.

Sir Mark Elder is no stranger to Dorset; he was at school at Bryanston where the new concert hall has been named in his honour. From 1973-1993 he was music director of the English National Opera during the Golden Years of the Power House Triumvirate under Lord Harewood. As principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is famed for his somewhat controversial speeches at the Last Night of the Proms. In 1999, he was appointed music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and is credited with having restored that orchestra’s high musical standards and good name. He continues to conduct operas and concerts with the major institutions of the world.  To book, make your menu selections and download your tickets go to: markelder.eventbrite.co.uk

28 April 2018 | Covent Garden comes to Dorset
If you are a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera, your future is almost guaranteed. In a rare, one-off appearance outside the Royal Opera House itself, four of this year’s JPYA young singers – from around the world – are joining us for a very special Dorset event. This concert will be held in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey which languishes in a 500-acre landscape ‘of exceptional historic interest’ created by Capability Brown. Venue: Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ. Time: 19:30. For further information and to book tickets go to: JPYADorset.eventbrite.co.uk

May 2018

10 May 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.35: Who’s afraid of Richard Strauss?
Who’s Afraid of Richard Strauss is the intriguing title of Nigel Beale’s latest illustrated talk. Nigel is a long-term Patron of Dorset Opera and, as our regular bluffers will know, this former chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is an opera aficionado with a huge passion for Strauss. For further detailed information about Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers35.eventbrite.co.uk

23rd May 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to: operacinema.eventbrite.co.uk

June 2018

08 June 2018| Volunteers’ Summer Party
This year’s Volunteers’ Party is – once again – held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at Slepe Green Barn , Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). A thank you for our wonderful volunteers. By invitation only.

16 June 2018| Ritzy Tea Party
This year’s Ritzy Tea Party is held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Friend, Mr David Panter, at Tarrant Rushton House, near Blandford Forum. There will be mountains of mouth-watering food including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and preserves, cakes and gateaux, with a strawberries & cream and a fantastic fizz finale! As usual, there will be raffles and auctions – all aimed at having fun with good friends and to raise a few funds to assist with providing bursaries for some of this year’s young Dorset Opera Festival participants. Tickets: from £20 per person. Please purchase your tickets beforehand via RitzyTea2018.eventbrite.co.uk

28 June 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.36: All about this season’s operas
Making his annual pilgrimage to Dorset, star dramaturg, Simon Rees, takes us on his traditional humour-and-fact-fuelled romp through the backgrounds to this season’s Festival operas, Puccini’s La bohème and Massenet’s Le Cid. For further detailed information on the Bluffers lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers36.eventbrite.co.uk

July 2018

20 July 2018 | Patrons’ Lunch
Our Patrons get the opportunity to join us at Bryanston to see how your 2018 operas are progressing. Arrive in the Coade Theatre foyer for morning coffee and pastries at 11:00. You will meet members of both the Dorset Opera Board and our production and technical teams. Follow this with visits to the wardrobe, props department, the chorus rehearsal room and possibly to the theatre to see part of the morning’s stage rehearsal. Lunch is at 13:00 at which you’ll be joined by some of our artistes and musicians. At 14:30, return to the theatre to see part of the afternoon’s stage & orchestra rehearsal. Please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com to let us know if you are attending, and do let us know if you have special dietary requirements. (Sorry, this event is for Patrons only.)

24 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

25 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

26 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

27 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 14:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Afternoon Tea & Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order); ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

August 2018

16 August 2018 | Swanage Boat Trip
Come and enjoy a summer evening cruise to Swanage and back with opera-loving friends, old and new. Our boat will leave Poole Quay at 18:45. Once aboard, we will enjoy traditional fish and chips and a tot of something whilst we float serenely up past Old Harry to Swanage. We return to drop anchor offshore in Poole Harbour to watch the summer fireworks at 22:00. Our merry band will be back ashore by 22:30. NB. There is no musical entertainment at this event. The route is weather dependent so may be subject to last minute change. To book tickets go to: dofcruise.eventbrite.co.uk

September 2018

06 September 2018 | Wexford Bluffers’ Supper
Specifically for those going on our visit to the Wexford Opera Festival in October, Dorset Opera Patron, Hugh Watkins, presents his thoughts on the operas we are likely to watch. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 19:00. Tickets: £26 (Patrons & Friends of Dorset Opera) and £32 (non-Patrons/Friends), to include a voluntary donation of £10.00 on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets go to: wexbluffers.eventbrite.co.uk

20th September 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to operacinema2.eventbrite.co.uk

October 2018

04 October 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.37: Dekadenz! Elektra’s Axe to Mack the Knife!
This is another of Adrian Thorpe’s unmissable illustrated talks. The word Dekadenz! surely says it all and your appetites must already be truly whetted! For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers37.eventbrite.co.uk

22 – 26 October 2018 | Trip to Wexford Festival
The Wexford Festival in Ireland is always the last opera festival of the year. The Festival is renowned for mounting unusual works and this year is no exception. Wexford itself is a fishing port at the mouth of the river Slaney. It’s a quirky delight with old bars that have withstood the movement of time nudging up against new restaurants offering everything imaginable but especially locally caught fish. Stroll down the high Street and you would never know that Ireland’s National Opera House lay behind the terraces of houses. This trip is currently fully booked, but call us to see if there has been a cancellation.

November 2018

08 November 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.38: Capturing the spirit of Britain
Capturing the spirit of Britain. Art historian and curator, Gwen Yarker, (a Dorset Opera Patron) joins us to give an illustrated talk about the set designs of John Piper and Oliver Messel – both of whom featured so significantly in Glyndebourne’s history. This is hopefully the first in an occasional series exploring British artists designing opera sets and costumes in post-war Britain; a period of remarkable creativity and optimism. For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers38.eventbrite.co.uk

December 2018

06 December 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.39: Roger Graef
Roger Graef joins us again to continue the tales of his humorous exploits with Further Musings of a Fly on the Wall. With more than 160 documentary films to his credit, there’s a vast source of fascinating material into which he can delve and shock us. For further detailed information see the separate Bluffers’ panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers39.eventbrite.co.uk

14 December 2018 | Patrons’ Seasonal Drinks Party
Sally Weld invites our Patrons to Bindon Abbey Mill to celebrate Christmas. Sorry, Patrons only at this event.

 

EVENTS FOR 2019 SEASON COMING SOON

To join our mailing list and receive notification click here 

Booking for Events

To book tickets for Dorset Opera events (not Festival performances), please book online by clicking the link given beneath each diary listing, or go to Eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Dorset Opera’ to bring up a list of events.

Tickets for the Celebrity Lunch are not available through Eventbrite. An alternative payment method will be available for this event. Instructions will be given beside the listing.

Tickets include a suggested voluntary donation on which we are able to claim Gift Aid.

Please note: Tickets for the Dorset Opera Festival performances in July 2018 can only be obtained by clicking on the Tickets button above, or by calling 01202 499199

Bluffers’ Lunches

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Bluffers’ Lunches are hosted by Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at picturesque Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Arrive at 11:45 for welcome coffee, then off to the Barn for a 75-minute lecture followed by a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. After lunch, return to the Barn for more coffee and a question and answer session. Lunches normally finish around 15:00. Tickets from £26 per person include a voluntary donation of £15. Gift Aid will be claimed on your donation. Do let us know if you have special dietary requirements – and please purchase your ticket beforehand using the Eventbrite links.

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

January 2018

23 January 2018| President’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for those Patrons belonging to the President’s Circle only. You will receive full booking information by post along with the contact details of your personal booking manager who will ensure that all your requirements are met.

25 January 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.32: The life and times of a fly on the wall
American-born Roger Graef is a multi-award winning theatre/film director and criminologist. He has been involved in opera from Tanglewood to La Scala. In 2004 he received a ‘lifetime achievement’ BAFTA (the first documentary film maker to receive such an honour). His tales are the stuff of legend. For further information about Blulffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, to go bluffers32.eventbrite.co.uk

30 January 2018 | Chairman’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival opens for Patrons belonging to the Chairman’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

February 2018

06 February 2018 | Director’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Director’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

13 February 2018 | Conductor’s Circle Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Conductor’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

20 February 2018 | Friends of Dorset Opera Priority Booking
Priority booking opens for the 2018 Dorset Opera Festival for members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199.

22 February 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.33: My life in music
The Chief Executive of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dougie Scarfe, joins us to talk about his Life in Music. Dougie was Principal Horn in the National Youth Orchestra, he went on to study at the RNCM and, after a major playing career, he became Executive Assistant to the General Director of Opera North. In 2006 he took the role of ON’s Chorus & Orchestra Director and Concerts’ Director and was credited with transforming the concert and recording programme of that company. He took over the reins at the BSO in 2012. For further detailed information on the Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers33.eventbrite.co.uk

March 2018

06 March 2018 | General Booking
Booking opens to the general public. Patrons and Friends are advised to ensure they have secured their tickets well before this date. Box Office: 01202 499199 or click on the ‘Tickets’ button above.

22 March 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.34: Puccini and his rivals NB DATE CHANGED FROM PUBLISHED DIARY
For his first Bluffers’ Lunch lecture of 2018 we welcome back the one and only Adrian Thorpe. A Dorset Opera Patron and star raconteur, our events’ diary would never be complete without his presence. His illustrated subject on this occasion will be a very firm favourite – so don’t leave booking too late (and bring tissues). For further detailed information on Bluffers’ Lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers34.eventbrite.co.uk

April 2018

19 April 2018 | Celebrity Lunch with Sir Mark Elder CH CBE
After a welcome drink whilst admiring the stunning, panoramic views over Poole Harbour, you will sit down for a three-course formal lunch amongst fellow opera-lovers at the stylish Harbour Heights Hotel near Sandbanks. After lunch, whilst coffee is served, we’ll enjoy a post-lunch talk by our celebrated guest.

Sir Mark Elder is no stranger to Dorset; he was at school at Bryanston where the new concert hall has been named in his honour. From 1973-1993 he was music director of the English National Opera during the Golden Years of the Power House Triumvirate under Lord Harewood. As principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is famed for his somewhat controversial speeches at the Last Night of the Proms. In 1999, he was appointed music director of the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and is credited with having restored that orchestra’s high musical standards and good name. He continues to conduct operas and concerts with the major institutions of the world.  To book, make your menu selections and download your tickets go to: markelder.eventbrite.co.uk

28 April 2018 | Covent Garden comes to Dorset
If you are a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera, your future is almost guaranteed. In a rare, one-off appearance outside the Royal Opera House itself, four of this year’s JPYA young singers – from around the world – are joining us for a very special Dorset event. This concert will be held in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey which languishes in a 500-acre landscape ‘of exceptional historic interest’ created by Capability Brown. Venue: Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BZ. Time: 19:30. For further information and to book tickets go to: JPYADorset.eventbrite.co.uk

May 2018

10 May 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.35: Who’s afraid of Richard Strauss?
Who’s Afraid of Richard Strauss is the intriguing title of Nigel Beale’s latest illustrated talk. Nigel is a long-term Patron of Dorset Opera and, as our regular bluffers will know, this former chairman of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is an opera aficionado with a huge passion for Strauss. For further detailed information about Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers35.eventbrite.co.uk

23rd May 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to: operacinema.eventbrite.co.uk

June 2018

08 June 2018| Volunteers’ Summer Party
This year’s Volunteers’ Party is – once again – held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Patrons, Susannah and Bruce Selby Bennett at Slepe Green Barn , Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). A thank you for our wonderful volunteers. By invitation only.

16 June 2018| Ritzy Tea Party
This year’s Ritzy Tea Party is held at the kind invitation of Dorset Opera Friend, Mr David Panter, at Tarrant Rushton House, near Blandford Forum. There will be mountains of mouth-watering food including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and preserves, cakes and gateaux, with a strawberries & cream and a fantastic fizz finale! As usual, there will be raffles and auctions – all aimed at having fun with good friends and to raise a few funds to assist with providing bursaries for some of this year’s young Dorset Opera Festival participants. Tickets: from £20 per person. Please purchase your tickets beforehand via RitzyTea2018.eventbrite.co.uk

28 June 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.36: All about this season’s operas
Making his annual pilgrimage to Dorset, star dramaturg, Simon Rees, takes us on his traditional humour-and-fact-fuelled romp through the backgrounds to this season’s Festival operas, Puccini’s La bohème and Massenet’s Le Cid. For further detailed information on the Bluffers lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers36.eventbrite.co.uk

July 2018

20 July 2018 | Patrons’ Lunch
Our Patrons get the opportunity to join us at Bryanston to see how your 2018 operas are progressing. Arrive in the Coade Theatre foyer for morning coffee and pastries at 11:00. You will meet members of both the Dorset Opera Board and our production and technical teams. Follow this with visits to the wardrobe, props department, the chorus rehearsal room and possibly to the theatre to see part of the morning’s stage rehearsal. Lunch is at 13:00 at which you’ll be joined by some of our artistes and musicians. At 14:30, return to the theatre to see part of the afternoon’s stage & orchestra rehearsal. Please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com to let us know if you are attending, and do let us know if you have special dietary requirements. (Sorry, this event is for Patrons only.)

24 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

25 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

26 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

27 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: Le Cid | 14:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Afternoon Tea & Picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order); ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

28 July 2018 | Dorset Opera Festival: La bohème | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 5-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics from the Salt Pig (to pre-order), selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance

August 2018

16 August 2018 | Swanage Boat Trip
Come and enjoy a summer evening cruise to Swanage and back with opera-loving friends, old and new. Our boat will leave Poole Quay at 18:45. Once aboard, we will enjoy traditional fish and chips and a tot of something whilst we float serenely up past Old Harry to Swanage. We return to drop anchor offshore in Poole Harbour to watch the summer fireworks at 22:00. Our merry band will be back ashore by 22:30. NB. There is no musical entertainment at this event. The route is weather dependent so may be subject to last minute change. To book tickets go to: dofcruise.eventbrite.co.uk

September 2018

06 September 2018 | Wexford Bluffers’ Supper
Specifically for those going on our visit to the Wexford Opera Festival in October, Dorset Opera Patron, Hugh Watkins, presents his thoughts on the operas we are likely to watch. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 19:00. Tickets: £26 (Patrons & Friends of Dorset Opera) and £32 (non-Patrons/Friends), to include a voluntary donation of £10.00 on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets go to: wexbluffers.eventbrite.co.uk

20th September 2018 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine will be served while we watch a full opera on the big screen in Slepe Green barn. Venue: Slepe Green Barn, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35). Time: 18:30 doors open for 19:00 start. Tickets from £15 to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. To book and download tickets, go to operacinema2.eventbrite.co.uk

October 2018

04 October 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.37: Dekadenz! Elektra’s Axe to Mack the Knife!
This is another of Adrian Thorpe’s unmissable illustrated talks. The word Dekadenz! surely says it all and your appetites must already be truly whetted! For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers37.eventbrite.co.uk

22 – 26 October 2018 | Trip to Wexford Festival
The Wexford Festival in Ireland is always the last opera festival of the year. The Festival is renowned for mounting unusual works and this year is no exception. Wexford itself is a fishing port at the mouth of the river Slaney. It’s a quirky delight with old bars that have withstood the movement of time nudging up against new restaurants offering everything imaginable but especially locally caught fish. Stroll down the high Street and you would never know that Ireland’s National Opera House lay behind the terraces of houses. This trip is currently fully booked, but call us to see if there has been a cancellation.

November 2018

08 November 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.38: Capturing the spirit of Britain
Capturing the spirit of Britain. Art historian and curator, Gwen Yarker, (a Dorset Opera Patron) joins us to give an illustrated talk about the set designs of John Piper and Oliver Messel – both of whom featured so significantly in Glyndebourne’s history. This is hopefully the first in an occasional series exploring British artists designing opera sets and costumes in post-war Britain; a period of remarkable creativity and optimism. For further detailed information on Bluffers’ lunches see the separate panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers38.eventbrite.co.uk

December 2018

06 December 2018 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.39: Roger Graef
Roger Graef joins us again to continue the tales of his humorous exploits with Further Musings of a Fly on the Wall. With more than 160 documentary films to his credit, there’s a vast source of fascinating material into which he can delve and shock us. For further detailed information see the separate Bluffers’ panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: bluffers39.eventbrite.co.uk

14 December 2018 | Patrons’ Seasonal Drinks Party
Sally Weld invites our Patrons to Bindon Abbey Mill to celebrate Christmas. Sorry, Patrons only at this event.

 

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