A Night at the Opera

Event Date: 
06/05/2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
St James Church, Exeter EX4 7AH

Join Exeter Choral Society for a Night at the Opera on Wednesday 6 May 2015.

Exeter Choral Society will be performing Puccini Messa di Gloria and popular operatic choruses and arias, under the direction of Laurence Blyth.

Welsh tenor Andrew Henley will be making a welcome return, taking time out of a Glyndebourne season to join us. We also look forward to hearing local soloists Heloise West and Julian Rippon.

The concert is supporting local charity, Headway Devon, which helps people with acquired brain injury, from illness such as meningitis or accident.


English Touring Opera returns to Exeter

The Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera (ETO) is performing a new season of fully-staged Italian opera at Exeter Northcott Theatre this April and May.

Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème is joined by two rare Donizetti titles, The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) and The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais). All three are sung in full costume, in Italian with English surtitles, accompanied by ETO’s chorus and 25-piece orchestra.

One of the greatest and most moving operas of all time, La bohème is a story of young love, starting on...

Catch a rising star - tenor Rupert Charlesworth to sing at Hatherleigh

Event Date: 
07/05/2015 - 7:30pm
Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Hatherleigh, Devon EX21 5LQ

"…a beautiful voice, which just gets better and better"

There is something rather exciting and special about catching a future star in concert early on in their career, particularly when the star is home grown talent. This is certainly the case for Concerts in the West audiences who have the opportunity to see the Devon born tenor Rupert Charlesworth live at Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Hatherleigh on 7 May.

This brilliant young singer has won a string of awards since he graduated from The Royal Academy of Music. He was Academy Laureate of the Festival D'Aix-...

Pop-up Opera comes to Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:59pm

2014 saw Pop-up Opera tour for three seasons, with over 60 performances at 42 different venues all over the UK and in Corfu. For Spring 2015, they’re coming back with Mozart’s comic opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) about a hero, Belmonte, and his servant, Pedrillo, attempting to rescue their lovers Konstanze and Blonde from an Ottoman harem.

All kinds of high jinks and mishaps occur as they don disguises, make merry with the servants and sing an ode to Bacchus, god of wine, in an attempt to save their beloveds. The music contains some of Mozart'...

La Bohème

Event Date: 
28/04/2015 - 7:30pm to 01/05/2015 - 7:30pm
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

La Bohème is a tale of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Paris garret. On this festive night Mimì and Rodolfo draw close, before poverty and ill-health force them apart. With some of the most memorable music in opera, ETO's new Italian-language production lifts every spirit and breaks every heart.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.


Tickets: £17-£33.

Pre Show Talk: 6.30pm Fri 1 May (Venue TBC)

All transactions are subject to a £2 booking fee.


The Siege of Calais

Event Date: 
29/04/2015 - 7:30pm
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais) enjoyed its first ever UK professional tour with ETO in 2013, when it was acclaimed as one of the company's greatest achievements.

Constructed of bel canto arias and ensembles of extraordinary quality, it tells the story of the citizens of Calais who offer up their lives to save their city from the besieging English army.

Proud, fierce, exhilarating – this is history on stage, in thrilling music.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.


Tickets: £17-£33.

Pre Show Talk:...

English Touring Opera: Ottone

Event Date: 
21/11/2014 - 7:30pm to 22/11/2014 - 7:30pm
Exeter Northcott

Handel’s comedies Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina have been hugely popular with ETO audiences in Exeter in recent years. Now the company presents one of the composer’s most successful serious operas, Ottone. Written for the greatest singers of the day, it dazzles with a treasure trove of tearful and brilliant arias, many of which are regularly performed in concert. The romantic story of a 10th century German Emperor and his Byzantine bride features unusual psychological complexity and, in the extraordinary second act, a dramatic sea cave setting. Sung in English.

Tickets £17-£33...

English Touring Opera: Life on the Moon

Event Date: 
19/11/2014 - 7:30pm to 20/11/2014 - 7:30pm
Exeter Northcott

Cal McCrystal, the comedy director behind the National Theatre’s smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, directs this new production of Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna).

Once the most popular of Haydn’s many operas, it is a fast-moving and funny treatment of a classic play by Carlo Goldoni.

To trick an old miser, his daughter and her suitor (disguised as an ‘astronomer’) convince him that he has flown to the moon – a topsy-turvy world in their control. Sung in English.

Tickets £17-£33

Pre Show Talks: 6.30pm Wed 19 & Thu 20 November (Venue TBC)


In Love With Love

Event Date: 
21/11/2014 - 7:30pm
Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Henry Purcell meets Giacomo Puccini on a love journey through Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods with the help of all the great composers of their time.

Recital includes folk songs and poetry from the Cygnet Company. Music and words tell us how powerful a woman’s love can be.

Soprano Kaja Pecnik performing arias such as O mio babbino caro, Sweeter than roses and Una voce poco fa will guide us through the wonderful language of love and truly make us fall in love with love.

Again and again.

Adrian Hicks Pianist Adrian Hicks studied piano and singing at...

Proms at Bicton Park

Event Date: 
18/07/2014 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Bicton Park, East Budleigh

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music in the beautiful grounds of Bicton's Italian Gardens. Bring a picnic and listen to the South West British Telecom Band, India's finest tenor Anando Mukerjee, and soprano Laure Meloy. Music will include popular operatic arias and songs from musical theatre The concert will conclude with all your 'proms' favourites and a spectacular firework display by the lake.

Tickets are £15 for adults and £7.50 for 16 years and under. Available online at www.hospiscare.co.uk and from Hospiscare fundraising team, telephone 01392 688020.