Diary of Events 2020

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

Tickets for the Dorset Opera Festival performances in July can only be obtained by clicking on the Tickets button above, or by calling the box office on 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 2020

21 January 2020| President’s Circle Priority Booking opens
Priority booking for the 2020 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 ticketing, pavilion and food requirements are met.

27 January 2020| AGMs of Dorset Opera and the Friends of Dorset Opera
The joint AGMs of both organisations will be held at Duke’s Auctioneers, Copper Street, Dorchester DT1 1GA. With drinks and canapés. Time: 18:30 for 19:00.

28 January 2020 | Chairman’s Circle Priority Booking opens
Priority booking for the 2020 Dorset Opera Festival opens for Patrons belonging to the Chairman’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199 or book online.

30th January 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.48
Speakers: Caroline D’Cruz and Roderick Kennedy. Back by popular demand, Dorset Opera company manager, Caroline D’Cruz, returns to let us in on the music she would take to her desert island – aided and abetted by the Artistic Director. For general information on the Bluffers lunches see the panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: Bluffers48.eventbrite.co.uk

February 2020

04 February 2020 | Director’s Circle Priority Booking opens
Priority booking opens for the 2020 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Director’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199 or book online.

11 February 2020 | Conductor’s Circle Priority Booking opens
Priority booking opens for the 2020 Dorset Opera Festival for Patrons belonging to the Conductor’s Circle. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199 or book online

18 February 2020 | Friends of Dorset Opera Priority Booking opens
Priority booking opens for the 2020 Dorset Opera Festival for members of the Friends of Dorset Opera. You will receive full booking details by post. Box Office: 01202 499199 or book online.

20 February 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.49
For general information on the Bluffers lunches see the panel, left. To book and download tickets, go to: link coming soon

March 2020

03 March 2020 | General Booking opens
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 book online

19 March 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.50!
We’re in celebration mode!  This will be our 50th Bluffers’ Lunch and who better to help whoop it up than Adrian Thorpe? For his first Bluffer’s lecture of 2020 Dorset Opera’s star raconteur has chosen Opera and Humour as his subject. Don’t leave booking too late. For further detailed information see the separate Bluffers’ panel above left. To book and download tickets go to: link coming soon

24 March 2020 | The Berlin Dinner
For those joining our trip to Berlin at the end of March, Hugh Watkins and Adrian Thorpe tackle the operas we will see there. Once you have your password, book and download tickets here: berlinbluffers.eventbrite.co.uk

28 March – 1 April 2020 | Trip to Berlin
Sold out

April 2020

April 2020 | Opera Cinema

April 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.51

May 2020

21 May 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.52

June 2020

05 June 2020| 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). This is a special non-to-be-missed thank you for our wonderful volunteers without whom the Dorset Opera Festival simply wouldn’t happen! By invitation only. Email Susannah at smh@dorsetopera.com for more details.

13 June 2020| The Mad Hatter’s Ritzy Tea Party

This year’s specially renamed Ritzy Tea Party is held by kind invitation of milliner to the glitterati, Cozma Jenks, at her home near Woolland on the side of Bulbarrow. In a Dorset Opera first, Cozma has offered to open her studio for ladies to try on and purchase some of her fabulous creations. After being welcomed with a glass of fizz, you will enjoy mountains of mouth-watering food including sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and preserves, cakes and gateaux, with strawberries & cream. As usual, there will be raffles and auctions – all aimed at having fun with good friends and to raise a few extra funds to assist with providing bursaries for some of this year’s young Dorset Opera Festival participants. Venue: The exact address will be sent to you in due course and, will be printed on your tickets. Time: 15:30-18:30. Tickets: from £20 per person to include a voluntary donation on which Gift Aid will be claimed. Please purchase your ticket before the event via: link coming soon

25 June 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.53: All you need to know about this season’s operas
Speaker: Simon Rees
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 rondine and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. For general information on the Bluffers’ lunches see the panel, above left. To book and download tickets, go to: link coming soon

July 2020

02 July 2020 | An evening of Felloweship more details coming soon

17 July 2020 | Patrons’ Lunch Our Patrons get the opportunity to join us at Bryanston to see how your operas are progressing. Arrive at Bryanston’s New Music School 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 artists, choristers and musicians. At 14:30, return to the concert hall where the orchestra will be tuning up, then back to the theatre to watch part of the afternoon’s stage rehearsal. Please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com to let us know if you are attending, and do tell us if you have special dietary requirements. (Sorry, this event is for Patrons only and is limited to 80.)

21 July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: BORIS GODUNOV | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

22 July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: LA RONDINE | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

23 July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: BORIS GODUNOV | Matinée 14:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Afternoon tea and picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches, scones & cream, cakes and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

23 July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: LA RONDINE | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 4-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House (to pre-order), picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

24 July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: OPERA GALA CONCERT | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston 
Our star-studded Gala Concert will celebrate our first 15 years at Bryanston and the chairmanship throughout that successful time of Alan Frost, who steps down in July. Music Director, Jeremy Carnall, will be on the podium and the concert will include popular choruses, arias, overtures, ensembles featuring our emerging artists, guests and maybe even an exciting snippet or two of Wagner! Formal 4-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House by reservation, picnics 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 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: LA RONDINE | matinée 14:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Afternoon tea and picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches, scones & cream, cakes and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

25July 2020 | Dorset Opera Festival: BORIS GODUNOV | 19:00 The Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Formal 4-course dining in one of the staterooms of Bryanston House by reservation, picnics to pre-order, selections of sandwiches and quiches, ice cream, Pol Roger champagne, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks – all available at this performance.

August 2020

August 2020 | Floating Fireworks Fiesta – date tbc
Ready yer sea legs and leave the landlubbers behind! Come and enjoy a summer evening return cruise to Wareham with opera-loving friends, old and new. Once aboard, we enjoy traditional fish as chips as Cap’n Mike Hodd deftly skippers us on our way. Keeping a north eye on the tide he will return us to take in the the scenic parts of Poole Harbour before dropping anchor offshore from where we will watch the summer fireworks at 22:00. Our merry mariners will be back ashore by 22:30. There is no musical entertainment at this event. The route is weather-dependent so may be subject to last minute change. Alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks, teas and coffee may be purchased from the on-board bar. Leave the Quay at 18:45 – back ashore by 22:30. Tickets from £27.50 from: link coming Mutineers will be flogged.

September 2020

Early September 2020 | Celebrity Lunch
Details coming soon

September 2020 | Opera Cinema
A light supper with a glass of wine and a full opera on the big screen-in-the-barn. Venue: Slepe Green, Slepe, Poole BH16 6HS (on the A35 just west of Poole). Doors open 18:00. Tickets from £20 to include a voluntary donation on which gift aid will be claimed. To book go to: link coming soon

October 2020

08 October 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.54 Handel in London

November 2020

November 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.55

December 2020

03 December 2020 | Bluffers’ Lunch No.56

December 2020 | Patrons’ Seasonal Drinks Party
Details TBC. If you would like to attend, please email Patrons’ secretary, Elspeth Brown, at elsp21@gmail.com and she will let you have the full address details and postcode. Please tell or remind us if you have special dietary requirements. Sorry, this event is for Patrons only.

EVENTS FOR 2021 SEASON AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2020

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