Jubilee Opera, based in Suffolk, offers a platform for children in the community to explore an exciting world of music, song and performance.

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.

In response to growing demand, Jubilee Opera formed Jubilee Opera Chorus, which meets periodically throughout the year for training and coaching and from which the main productions are cast.

Jenni Wake-Walker, founder and chief of all departments in Jubilee Opera since its very beginning, has now retired.  Jubilee Opera wish to acknowledge their debt to her, and to wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.  And express the hope that she will still make her skills, experience and knowledge available to us when we require it, which will be frequently. 

Tom Appleton, briefly our Artistic Director and CEO, has also now moved on to exciting new projects.  We wish to convey our thanks to Tom for helping Jubilee Opera re-emerge after the pandemic, and for all his efforts in raising the company’s profile.  We look forward to collaborating with him in the future. 

The Jubilee Opera team are pleased to be able to call on the skills and talents of a wide range of professional arts practitioners to support their work in bringing the wonderful world of opera into the lives of children and young people who would otherwise not have access to it.

In order to be able to continue this work, the existing Jubilee Opera team have identified a need for assistance.  We intend to recruit a number of key people to assist us with the essential fund-raising and preparatory work that is required to mount our productions.  If you are interested in being one of those key people, please do contact us.

Nick Fowler – Artistic Director
Elizabeth Elliott – Vocal Coach & Music Director
Sue Knight – Administrator & Chaperone
Conca Goyder – Props Maker & Chaperone
Sara Hinton – Chaperone
Hilary Heseltine – Chaperone
Katy Chadwick – Chaperone
Peppy Macdonald – Chaperone
Tracey Mayo – Chaperone

                     Past performances include:

Noye’s Fludde – Benjamin Britten
The Little Sweep – Benjamin Britten
The Happy Prince – Malcolm Williamson
Cinderella – Peter Maxwell Davies
James and the Giant Peach – Douglas Young
All the King’s Men – Richard Rodney Bennett
The Pied Piper of Hamelin – Jonathan Willcocks
Brundibár – Hans Krása
The Drummer Boy of Waterloo – David Stoll and Megg Nicol
Hip Hip! Horatio – Michael Hurd arr. Timothy Henty
A Time There Was – Benjamin Britten arr. Stueart Bedford
The Tailor of Gloucester – Trad. arr Andrew Plant
The Winter Star – Malcolm Williamson
Saint Nicolas – Benjamin Britten
The Casket Girl – Russell Hepplewhite
The Beggar’s Opera –John Gay arr. E.J. Dent

Jubilee Opera has performed a number of times at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, and has broadcast live on Radio 3. In 2013 five of the company’s trebles took part in Mahogany Opera’s tour of Britten’s Church Parables to St. Petersburg, Southwark Cathedral and Buxton Festival. Jubilee Opera has collaborated with Mahogany Opera Group on their tour of Brundibár, and on their Snappy Operas project.  They supplied the chorus of children for English Touring Opera’s performances of La Bohème at Snape Maltings and have taken part several times in the Celebrations events there.  Jubilee Opera children have also been involved in the performances of The Magic FluteDie Fledermaus and The Barber of Seville put on by Opera For Woodbridge.

Artists who have performed with Jubilee Opera include:

Steuart Bedford, Ben Parry, Nicholas Collon, Graham Ross, Stephen Westrop, William Carslake, Dominic Ellis-Peckham,
Timothy Henty, Alice Farnham, Lee Reynolds, Jack Ridley, Tom Appleton, John Andrews

Bryan Drake, Alan Oke, Richard Lloyd Morgan, Nuala Willis, Stefan Holmström, Andrew Slater, Charmian Bedford, Julian Close,
Stephen Brown, Emma Carrington, Andrew Staples, Lexi Hutton, Alex Ashworth, Peter Brathwaite, Piotr Lampa, James Hall,
Rob Gildon, Matthew Kellett, Sofia Troncoso, Sam Oram

Basil Coleman, Richard Gregson, Frederic Wake-Walker, Denny Sayers, Alys Kihl, Lucy Bradley, Sue Moore

And a host of professional pianists, instrumentalists, lighting designers, set designers, costume designers and makers, prop and scenery makers, technicians

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