Who Are We?
Jubilee Opera was formed in 1987 as a result of a production of Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde’ in Aldeburgh Church, the first time it had been performed there. Such was the enthusiasm in the local community that it was decided to start an opera company for young aspiring performers to work with professionals on productions of the highest possible quality and standard. The aim was to give children, with little opportunity elsewhere, the chance to discover their own abilities and to develop their musical and performance skills, thus engendering a lifelong love of the performance arts. This is what lies at the heart of Jubilee Opera’s ethos.
“For a quarter of a Century Jubilee Opera has been lifting the standards of children’s opera in Britain to standards that match anything in Europe”.
– Roderick Dunnett (Music & Vision)
30 Years of Jubilee Opera
In 2017 we celebrated our thirtieth year of enabling local children to become immersed in the world of music and performance
It all began with Noye's Fludde...
A 1987 performance, directed by Basil Coleman was the catalyst for the founding of Jubilee Opera.
And a later performance in Orford Church in 2008.
Sets & Costumes...
Productions are created by professional design teams, here Noye’s Fludde by Robin Don.
Battles make good Theatre...
The Siege of Gloucester in ‘All the King’s Men’
The Battle of Waterloo in ‘The Drummer Boy of Waterloo’ (first image)
The Battle of Trafalgar in ‘Hip Hip Horatio’ (second image)
Churches provide magical Venues for Performance...
Orford Church ‘Noye’s Fludde’
Aldeburgh Church ‘Saint Nicolas Cantata’
Southwold Church ‘The Winter Star’
Famous Writers have made it to the Stage...
Oscar Wilde ‘The Happy Prince’
Roald Dahl ‘James and the Giant Peach’
Lewis Carol ‘Alice’
Robert Browning ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’
The Brothers Grimm ‘Cinderella’
Beatrix Potter ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’
Rehearsing Britten’s Curlew River with Mahogany Opera Group in St Petersburg.
Our joint production of Krása’s Brundibár also with Mahogany Opera Group in the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall.
Benjamin Britten’s vision for children runs through all Jubilee Opera’s work, no more so than in 2013 with ‘A Time There Was’, a live broadcast of ‘Saint Nicolas’ and a Centenary Birthday Party in the Jubilee Hall.
Not the End...
“Great fun creating and developing character”
- Jubilee Opera member
“Hard work yet inspiring. You can’t succeed if you don’t put the effort in, always a joy to perform and great fun!”
- Jubilee Opera member
“We always try to see Jubilee Opera – imaginative, interesting and fun”
- Jubilee Opera Audience member