Team Cosi Fan Tutte at the Offies Awards Ceremony!

Last Sunday night Team Cosi Fan Tutte donned their sparkly dresses and tux for the Off West End Awards at The Albany Theatre where we were a finalist for the Best Opera Production award! We were delighted so many of the original team could make it and had a fantastic night catching up on everyone’s news over champagne and canapés!

It was really exciting and humbling for us to be a finalist for this kind of award as not only does ‘fringe’ work receive less recognition than that of the bigger, more established venues, but also site-specific theatre and work that engages the community is also so very often overlooked for these kinds of awards. We cannot overstate how delighted we were with our audiences’ reactions to our high street version of Cosi last year or how pleased we were to engage so many groups in Merton, whether schools or elderly lunchclubs – but it is also very nice and very important for the profile of our company (and thus to help the company grow in the future) to be acknowledged at an industry awards ceremony.

Personally we think that our adaptation of opera for the high street – re-arranging the music from full orchestra to 3 promenade-able instruments and re-writing the libretto to be modern ‘high street’ English and with scenes being performed amongst people going about their daily lives in the pub, supermarket or library – is pretty innovative so we were delighted for this to be acknowledged at the Offies. Sadly we didn’t win the award in the end but we’re only a new company so who knows what might happen in the future!

It was also so great to see many friends and industry colleagues acknowledged with the fab Engineer Theatre up for Best Ensemble and the wonderful Orange Tree Theatre winning 3 awards! Sorry to friends we saw across the crowded room but didn’t get a chance to say hello!

So a huge thank you to the Offies Team for recognising our work as a Finalist for Best Opera Production, for a brilliantly fun awards ceremony and the fab goodie bags to take home!! And keep an eye out for us next year!

Excited about singing in the supermarket? We ask our Cosi cast….

Cosi Fan Tutte Rehearsal

James, our Stage Manager, interviewed our singers and instrumentalists of the Cosi Fan Tutte Street opera in rehearsals this week…

What is your favourite opera or composer?

Tom Stoddart (Guglielmo):  “Favourite composer, Mahler, who never wrote any operas or Tchaikovsky. And my favourite opera is Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.”

Simon Gfeller (Ferrando): “Favourite composer I think Mozart. But it’s generally the opera I’m doing at the moment as I fall in love really quickly with what I’m doing.”

Philip Smith (Don Alfonso): “La Bohème by Puccini would be my favourite opera quickly followed by quite a lot of Britten”

Claire Wild (Fiordiligi): “One of my favourite operas is Don Giovanni actually, Mozart. But I love La Bohème as well.” Read more

Cosi Fan Tutte Cast Announced

We are delighted to announce our cast for the 2017 promenade performance of Cosi Fan Tutte:

The Cast

Claire Wild

Claire Wild – Fiordiligi

Claire Wild attended the Royal Northern College of Music‚ sponsored by the Peter Moores Foundation and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. She won the Webster Booth Award‚ the James Oncken Song Prize and the Frost Brownson Award.      

Highlights in recent seasons include Lilli Vanessi / Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate and Elle La voix humaine for Welsh National Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Regents Opera and Petra in A Little Night Music for Opera Project at West Green House. Read more