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Registered Charity No 258553

Presenting fully staged grand opera,

sung in English

The Company was founded in 1923 by the professional operatic tenor Robert Percival, as the Bristol Opera School. The company's original aim was to train opera students to perform operas not normally included in the British professional repertoire.

The School was later renamed Bristol Opera Company, and is now generally known as Bristol Opera. We provide an opening for anyone in the community wishing to take part in opera, and we always welcome enthusiastic new members.

Both amateur and professional musicians and singers take part, as well as those with an interest in the back-stage and non-singing elements of staging operatic productions. We aim to present as wide a range of opera as possible. By doing so, we hope to increase public appreciation of the art of opera.

We were awarded various awards in recent years:

2014 -The Flying Dutchman by Wagner

Best operatic production (NODA)

Best technical achievement (NODA)

2012 - The Vampire by Marschner

Best Operatic production (Rose Bowl)

Best Musical Actor: Brendan Casey as the Vampire Lord Ruthven (Rose Bowl)

2010 - The Pearl Fishers by Bizet

Best Operatic production (Rose Bowl)

2009  - Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

Best Operatic production (Rose Bowl)

Bristol Opera is a Registered Charity No 258553. The trustees are the current officers and committee members below.

President: Andrew Shore

Patrons: Lesley Garrett, John Hudson


Chairman: Susan Weaver

Vice-Chairman: Steve Harris

Secretary: currently vacant

Treasurer: Anna Woods

Membership Secretary: Katharine Billington


Musical Director: Arne Kovac

Wilfred Roe Trophy for Chorus Singing

for our 2009 production of Eugene Onegin.

Winning the Rose Bowl

Photo by Stewart McPherson