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NCO Studio Friday Recital Series, 1.15 pm, New College Ante-chapel – TT2022

Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Recital Series which is held on Fridays at 1.15 pm during term time in New College Ante-Chapel. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.

Week 1 – 29 April
Ben Watkins
Week 2 – 6 May
Amy Higgins
Week 3 – 13 May
Jessie Edgar
Week 4 – 20 May
Theo Nisbett
Week 5 – 27 May
Dónal McCann – Cancelled
Week 6 – 3 June
Lois Heslop
Week 7 – 10 June
Clara Wittmann
Week 8 – 17 June
Anna Townsend

Week 1
29 April
Ben Watkins with Dónal McCann
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Week 2
6 May
Amy Higgins with Tom Burkill
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Week 5
27 May
Dónal McCann with Robert Quinney – Cancelled
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NCO Studio Friday Recital Series, 1.15 pm, New College Ante-chapel – HT2022

Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Recital Series which is held on Fridays at 1.15 pm during term time in New College Ante-Chapel. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are pleased to announce that New College is once again open, and that the recital series is back in person.

Week 1            21 January
Dan Gilchrist
Week 2            28 January
Austin Haynes
Week 3            4 February
Maryam Wocial (rescheduled to Week 4)
Week 4            11 February
Maryam Wocial
Week 5            18 February
Seb Hill
Week 6            25 February
Dom Grimshaw (cancelled)
Week 7            4 March
Saskia Jamieson Bibb
Week 8            11 March
Melissa Talbot

Week 1
21 January
Dan Gilchrist with Dónal McCann
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Week 2
28 January
Austin Haynes with Luke Mitchell
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Week 3
4 February
Maryam Wocial
Rescheduled to
11 February

Week 5
18 February
Seb Hill with William Harmer
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Unfortunately and with apologies, the livestream is not available for this recital.

Week 6
25 February
Dom Grimshaw
Cancelled due to illness.

Week 7
4 March
Saskia Jamieson Bibb with Harry Baigent
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Week 8
11 March
Melissa Talbot
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Unfortunately and with apologies, the livestream is not available for this recital.

NCO Studio Friday Recital Series, 1.15 pm, New College Ante-chapel – MT2021

Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Recital Series which is held on Fridays at 1.15 pm during term time in New College Ante-Chapel. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are pleased to announce that New College is once again open, and that the recital series is back in person.


Week 2            22 October
Theo Nesbitt
Week 3            29 October
Colin Danskin
Week 4            5 November
Maryam Wocial
Week 5            12 November
Austin Haynes
Week 6            19 November
Sternberg Consort
Week 7            26 November
Melissa Talbot
Week 8            3 December
Matt Pope

Week 2
22 October
Theo Nisbett, with Dónal McCann
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Week 3
29 October
Colin Danskin, with Dónal McCann
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Week 4
5 November
Maryam Wocial, with Dónal McCann
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Week 5
12 November
Austin Haynes with Luke Mitchell
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Week 7
26 November
Jessica Edgar with Luke Mitchell
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Week 8
3 December
Matt Pope, with Dónal McCann
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NCO Studio Friday Recital Series, 1.15 pm, New College Ante-chapel – TT2021

Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Recital Series which is held on Fridays at 1.15 pm during term time in New College Ante-Chapel. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sadly, the College is currently closed to all visitors. To join the weekly recitals by livestream, please click on the links provided below. The recordings will be available until 30 June 2021.

Week 1            30 April
Theo Nesbitt with Dónal McCann
Week 2            7 May
Maryam Wocial with Toby Stanford
Week 3            14 May
John Johnston with Dónal McCann
Week 4            21 May
Karol Jozwik with Jamie Andrews
Week 5            28 May
Emily Mustoe with Matthew Foster
Week 6            4 June
Filippo Turkheimer with Helen Chua
Week 7            11 June (Performance Postponed)
Will Prior with Will Harmer
Week 8            18 June
Elizabeth Vineall with Toby Stanford

Week 1 – 30 April
Theo Nisbett, with Dónal McCann
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Week 2 – 7 May
Maryam Wocial, with Toby Stanford
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Week 3 – 14 May
John Johnston, with Dónal McCann
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Week 4 –21 May
Karol Jozwik, with
Jamie Andrews
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Week 5 – 28 May
Emily Mustoe, with
Matthew Foster
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Week 6 – 4 June
Filippo Turkheimer, with Helen Chua
Performance Postponed
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Week 8– 18 June
Elizabeth Vineall, with Toby Stanford
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NCO Studio Friday Recital Series, 1.15 pm, New College Ante-chapel – MT2020

Welcome to the New Chamber Opera Studio Friday Recital Series. The recital series has been running since 1994 and offers singers across the University and beyond the opportunity to perform a short programme in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sadly, the College is currently closed to all visitors, and non-New College members are not able to attend the recitals.

* Please print off your ticket and bring it with you. Please do the same with the programme and biography; these will not be available at the venue.

Week 1 – 16 October
Filippo Turkheimer, with Donal McCannÂ
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Week 2 – 23 October
Maryam Wocial, with Toby Stanford
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Unchanged:

Week 3 – 30 October
No recital

Cancelled
Week 4 – 6 November
Chris Murphy, with Toby Stanford
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Week 5 – 13 November
Theo Nisbett, with Dónal McCann
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Week 7– 27 November
Tom McGowan with Ben Collyer
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Week 8– 4 December
Richard Douglas, with Toby Stanford
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A Coffin, a Confession, and a Cautionary Tale – Three Pieces of Music Theatre

Works by Nicolson, Hogarth, plus the premiere of Luke Smith’s An Organist’s Confession

10 March 2022
8.30 pm in New College Ante-Chapel

Book tickets here: TicketSource

Three Pieces of Music Theatre 

A Coffin – Last Things by Alasdair Nicolson, with a text by Craig Raine, is a meditation at the bedside of a dying woman. (Performance deferred)

A Confession – The Organist’s Confession by Luke Smith, with a text by Michael Burden, is a study of an organist with dementia.

A Cautionary Tale – The Evils of Tobacco by Samuel Hogarth, with a text after Chekhov, is a humorous didactic on smoking.


Last Things – Karol Jozwik, countertenor
The Evils of Tobacco – Austin Haynes, countertenor
The Organist’s Confession – Lindsay Bramley, mezzo-soprano Premiere

Haydn: La vera costanza

An 18th Century Season

New College Ante-Chapel, New College
7 and 8 February 2020, 8.00pm

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/newchamberopera

Haydn’s riotous comedy, La vera Costanza, The True Constant, was one of the composer’s early works for the theatre at Eszterhaza, the summer palace of his patron, from 1762, Nikolaus I, Prince Esterhazy. The opera was first performed on 25 April 1779 and was later revived there in 1785. The version of the work we have today is a reconstruction for the 1785 revival; a fire destroyed the theatre in late 1779, and with it were lost the performing materials and scores for some of Haydn’s operas. The composer subsequently reconstructed a number of them – including the much-loved Il mondo della luna – from sketches and from memory.

Haydn’s opening storm sequence which begins in the overture, sees Baroness Irene, Ernesto, Lisetta, and Villotto rescued from a shipwreck by Rosina and Masino. Count Errico, whom she hopes to dissuade from marrying the fisherwoman Rosina. But – and not unusually for the 18th century – we discover that the Count has ALREADY married (and abandoned) Rosina, who has had child by him. Neither the Count nor the Baroness and her retinue know of the child’s existence. The Baroness is promoting Villotto as a possible husband for Rosina, an impossibility that descends into farce, when the Count suddenly appears, threatening to kill his rival with a pistol. And so the opera proceeds, with Ernesto threatening Masino with a dagger, and other probable – and improbable – incidents!

Conductor: Joseph Beesley
Assistant conductor: Toby Stanford
Director: Michael Burden

Rosina: Aine Smith
Baroness Irene: Laura Coppinger
Lisetta: Maryam Wocial
Count Errico: Richard Douglas
Marquis Ernesto: James Gant
Masino: Dominic Spencer Jolly
Villotto: Filippo Turkheimer

HANDEL: ACI, GALATEA, E POLIFEMO

An 18th Century Season

New College Chapel, New College
7 March 2020, 8.30pm
Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/newchamberopera

The mythological narrative of Acis and Galatea was a subject of continual fascination for Handel. Extant sources attest to at least three distinct renditions, including the contemporary favourite, Acis and Galatea, which had its London premiere in 1718. A consequence of the lasting popularity of the London version is that Handel’s other settings have been consigned to obscurity. New Chamber Opera attempts to correct this imbalance. For one night only, we will give a concert performance of his 1708 setting, Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo, in the tranquil environs of the chapel of New College. Aci brims with the confidence of a composer cognisant of his capabilities and displays a range of operatic devices that became central to the Handel’s mature operatic style: bravura arias are interspersed with cantabile reflections; doleful continuo-accompanied numbers are contrasted with full-textured, magisterial entries and exits; and textural choice becomes as much a signifier of affect as musical content. Handel evidently realised his precocity, choosing to use it for concert performance in 1732.

Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo offers a unique setting of the familiar Acis narrative – one that certainly deserves both performative and critical attention.

Summer Opera 2022

Domenico Cimarosa, Le astuzie femminili (Feminine Shrewdness) 1794

29 June (Preview), 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 July 2022.

Feminine Shrewdness (performed in English) is the perfect opera for summer; a lighted-hearted look at the difficulties created for the orphan Bellina and her ward Don Romualdo by Bellina’s father’s impossible will; this provides her with a large dowery, but only if she should marry the crude and cowardly Don Gianpaolo Lasagna. All the action flows from attempts to rescue Bellina from her cruel fate and includes two characters who disguise themselves as Hussars, while wildly speaking broken German.

As always, we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Summer Opera. However, please note that due to the changing COVID19 situation, the organisation and management of the event and venues are subject to change.

Timings: 
6.00pm drinks
6.30pm Act I
7.45pm Picnic Interval
9.00pm; Acts II and III
10.30pm Curtain down

Performances will be dedicated as follows:

29 June (Preview) New Chamber Opera
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2 July New College Development Office

3 July Oxford Friends of Welsh National Opera
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Enquiries to Bernadette Whittington 07813 907466

5 July New Chamber Opera
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6 July Friends of the Oxford Botanic Gardens
Enquiries to Freyja Jones 07472 365001  or
email: [email protected]

8 July New College Development Office

Conductor – Steven Devine
Director – Michael Burden

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 Anyone who is not on the NCO electronic mailing list and who would like to be updated on the Summer Opera, should email [email protected] 

 

Cimarosa: The Secret Marriage

JdP Music Building, St Hilda’s College
1 and 2 November 2019, 8.00pm

Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on?q=newchamberopera

The only opera in history to have been entirely encored at its first performance, The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) tells the story of Carolina, secretly married to her father’s secretary Paulino. Her father is trying to marry Carolina’s sister, Elisetta, to one Count Robinson, but his plans have been derailed; the Count only wants to marry Carolina. Meanwhile, Carolina’s and Elisetta’s Aunt Fidalma has fallen in love with Paulino, providing yet another complication… the libretto, by Bertati, is based on an English comedy by George Coleman, and set by Cimarosa, one of the most prolific and capable opera composers of the late 18th century. It was first staged on 7 February 1792.

Conductor: Joseph Beesley
Assistant conductor: Toby Stanford
Director: Michael Burden

Carolina: Margaret Lingas
Elisetta: Emily Brown Gibson
Fidalma: Stephanie Franklin
Paulino: Richard Douglas
Count Robinson: Tom McGowan
Geronimo: Chris Murphy