5 Star Review & OffWestEnd Award Nomination

We have been overwhelmed and delighted by everyone’s super positive responses to our Cosi Fan Tutte Street Opera!

Firstly, we are so excited to have been nominated for the Offies Best Opera Production award by OffWestEnd.com after one of their assessors saw our Morden performance. The nominations continue over the year with the 2017 winners announced early 2018 – so keep your fingers crossed and watch this space!!

And we couldn’t be more thrilled by our 5 and 4 star reviews from Operissima and LondonTheatre1 respectively. You can read the full reviews at the links below or check out the Cosi Fan Tutte page for some of the quotations we’ve picked out.

5 Stars from Operissima: Unexpected Mozart in the bagging area

Cosi Fan Tutte by Baseless Fabric Theatre – Wimbledon Town Centre

And last but certainly not least the incredibly wonderful feedback from so many audiences at our 9 performances has been really touching and inspiring – lovely comments both from people who’ve seen opera before and some who’d never experienced opera before and were somewhat surprised to see us in the supermarket singing next to them! We even had several people who came along several times because they wanted to see how the performance worked differently in each location! In fact, from over 100 people who filled in our feedback questionnaires, 100% of those who said they’d never seen an opera before, said they loved it and would see opera again!! That makes the whole Baseless Fabric team so very happy indeed.

Here are some of our favourite answers on the feedback questionnaire to the question “What was your favourite thing about the performance?” –

Elys Wimbledon Beauty Department

“Everything! Sorry not to be specific but it really was FANTASTIC!”

“The whole. Absolutely wonderful :-)”

“Completely unexpected! Fantastic voices and music such that any traffic noise was completely lost, bravo!”

“Everything was outstanding. The new libretto/the arrangement/the singers/musicians. But watching the children totally captivated.”

“I found the performance completely absorbing. I was transported from a busyish street to a grand opera house and found the story accessible, funny and moving. A unique idea brilliantly executed. Well done to all involved.”

“The fact it was in English, great fun, constantly moving venues, the music and voices excellent.”

Costa Coffee, Raynes Park

And so, the hugest thanks to everyone who was involved in the production – supermarkets, libraries, cafes and pubs that agreed to let us perform in their store; our supportive partners and funders; the wonderful young people at schools and Jigsaw4u and older folk at the community organisations who’ve taken part in our workshops and sessions; our amazing volunteers without whose help we would never have pulled the logistics of the performances together; our fab singers and instrumentalists, and you, our amazing audiences.

We’ve had a lot of fun creating this performance so really hope you enjoyed it too. If you want to get in touch with any thoughts on the performance or ideas for our future street opera projects please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

“I’d date Guglielmo if he was filled with marshmallows…”

Wow, running opera workshops for young people can be such fun – and so rewarding! We’ve just run a series of workshops at Merton primary, secondary schools and the fantastic Jigsaw4u as part of our Cosi Fan Tutte Street Opera project, funded by Wimbledon Foundation and it’s really been fantastic. Many of these children would not otherwise have an opportunity to access this art form, and some may not have previously known what opera was, but after a session with us they were confidently singing a Mozart love duet and giving us their best confident cocky Guglielmos and flirty coy Dorabellas!

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Big thanks to everyone involved in Drifting Dragons

Patisserie Valerie, Wimbledon Piazza

Patisserie Valerie, Wimbledon Piazza

We had such an amazing time running our Merton Opera project Drifting Dragons this summer – we hope you managed to catch one of the performances on your high street or perhaps participated in one of our workshops at schools and young people’s groups in the area.

It was fantastic seeing the surprised faces in Morrisons and M&S as customers realised that other customers were opera singing their conversation! And we were delighted by the positive audience responses – everybody seemed surprised and pleased we’d gatecrashed their lives for 10mins in a public space as they went about their daily life, shopping, waiting for a bus or drinking coffee.

Jigsaw4u

Jigsaw4u

The biggest thanks to all of the local businesses across the borough of Merton that supported the project and allowed us to perform in their stores – Wyevale Garden Centre, The Gorringe Park Pub, Tesco Tooting, M&S and the Qube Centre, Café La Lavella and Morden Library, the New Horizon Centre and Pollards Hill Library, Starbucks & Waitrose Raynes Park, Tag Elezz Café and Morrisons Mitcham, Patisserie Valerie and Morrisons Wimbledon, Saucer & Cup and the Co-Op Wimbledon Park, Maison St Cassien and Bayley & Sage! And also thanks for those involved in our performances as part of the Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival – Café Route, Dalston Junction station manager, Dalston Square, Hackney Council and of course the Arcola itself. We had so much enthusiasm and support so thank you all! Read more