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Harlekin Studio Opera made their debut with this homespun Opera - constructed from an amalgamation of well known choruses and arias. 

Produced in only 4 months with a group of people who had never met before (Not forgetting the director demanding a life sized elephant and flock of birds!). This project was hugely exciting and will hopefully inspire further exploration of devised opera in the region.


It's fantastic when creative people work together to support each other. We were thrilled to work with local costume legend David Gibson who made the biggest dress anyone has ever seen for our Queen of the Night, Rosie Simpson. He was also responsible for bespoke costumes for Sarastro (Jamie Whitfield), Elettra (Jolanda Grijpstra) and the little Prince and Princess (Lucy 9, Reuben 7)

Props and Puppetry


It was an enormous privilege for us to have Rose Furlonger and Glynis leading the way with our props and puppetry department. Member's also chipped in where they could and we were able to create a very real feeling of the disfunctional town of Nacht.

Our Elephant was aptly named 'Tuscanini' and was operated by David Thompson, Emily MacCready, Emma King and Jolanda Grijpstra (who stepped in after an unrelated back injury!)

Costume Design - David Gibson
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Directors Notes - Robert Hardiment
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Villager’s Chorus (Guillame Tell) - Rossini

Der Vogelfänger (Die Zauberflöte) - Mozart

Porgi Amour (Le nozze di Figaro) - Mozart

Habenera (Carmen) - Bizet

Castle on a Cloud (Les Miserables) - Schoenberg

Priest’s Chorus (Die Zauberflöte) - Mozart

In Diesen Heilgen Hallen (Die Zauberflöte) - Mozart Monster Away (Artaxerxes) - Arne

Pour une femme (La Fille du Régiment) - Donizetti

Voi che sapete (Le nozze di Figaro) - Mozart

Non piu andrai (Le nozze di Figaro) - Mozart

Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore) - Verdi

Der Hölle Rache (Die Zauberflöte) - Mozart


L’ho Perduta (Le nozze di Figaro) - Mozart

Czardas (Instrumental) - Monti

Soldier’s Chorus (Il Trovatore) - Verdi

Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre) - Wagner

Overture to Tannhäuser - Wagner

Corriamo, fuggiamo (Idomeneo) - Mozart

D’Oreste d’Ajace (Idomeneo) - Mozart

Un aura amorosa (Cosí fan tutte) - Mozart

Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music) - Sondheim

The Sky above the Roof - Vaughan Williams

Bei Männern (Die Zauberflöte) - Mozart

Wach Auf! (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) - Wagner