Dulwich Opera Company will present a staged performance of Puccini's La Bohème at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th April 2015 in All Saints Church, West Dulwich. The company was recently formed by two young opera singers in the area looking to create more performance opportunities. They gave their first recital in All Saints Church in November, and are now producing their first complete opera.
The cast will be made up mainly of young professional singers, who are looking for more role experience, and will be directed from the piano by experienced music director, Kelvin Lim. Kelvin has worked for many companies around the UK including English National Opera, The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Dorset Opera, and Longborough Festival.
The production will be directed by local theatre director, Joanne Boniface, and designed by Nina Dunn. Joanne Boniface has a great deal of experience of creating her own projects and working with young singers. Nina Dunn runs her own studio as a video projection designer and her theatrical work includes projection design for the Glyndebourne Festival, ENO, Northern Ballet and the Mariinsky Theatre’s recent production of Britten’s opera, 'A Midummer Night's Dream’, which won the Zolotoy Sofit award for Best Opera and was shortlisted for 7 Golden Mask Awards.
All Saints Church is a beautiful space to perform in, and for audiences to visit. It is hoped that the design for the opera will provide atmosphere, suggested setting and emotional touches to support the artists. It will integrate fully with the architecture and fabric of the venue and provide the artists with an unfussy but atmospheric concept within which to play.