Welcome to the Stowe Opera Website. Read about our recent productions, see photographs and recent critics’ reports.
The Stowe Opera Company has recently performed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak, Verdi’s Don Carlos, Humperdinck’s charming masterpiece opera “Hansel and Gretel”, and last year we presented compelling performances of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.
For 2005, Stowe Opera presented
Cosi fan tutte, by Mozart
|“One venue well worth seeking out in early August is Stowe Opera… Key to Stowe’s sucess, as so often, was a strong chorus and well measured, yet also courageous pacing from conductor Robert Secret.”
Roderic Dunnett in “Opera Now”. 2002
“Things really catch fire with the appearance of Yvonne Fontane’s leggy, vampish witch, a performance that mixes panto with torching sexual ardour and genuinely artful singing – a kind of feral forest Carmen”
Robert Thickness in “The Times”. 2003
Musically, this Carmen is hard to fault. In the title role, Fontaine instinctively switches vocal timbre from sexy, to mocking, to dramatic, while Michael Bracegirdle’s Jose sounds suitably hoarse with emotion. …the chorus singing is terrific, and the responsive orchestral playing (under Robert Secret, as always) is first rate. Every year Stowe Opera seems to get better and better, and this year is no exception.
Giles Woodforde in “The Oxford Times” 2004