Bath Russian Opera and Bath Chamber Opera
Bath Russian Opera was set up to perform Malcolm Hill’s recent Comedy-Opera, The Bear, very loosely based on the play of the same name by Chekhov. It was given its U.K. premier on Friday 18th November 2011 at the Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath, and performed by Bath Russian Opera. The libretto had been enlivened by Gene Tyburn (and Katharine Tylko) but with elements of farce and some humorous plot twists and turns not in other versions.
Bath Chamber Opera is the same group, but without the Russian connection, and in 2016 the two groups merged to keep the name Bath Chamber Opera, which specializes (but not exclusively) in comedy-opera (i.e. unlike comic opera it is sung throughout).
For more information about Bath Chamber Opera on their own web-site, please click HERE
The original members of Bath Russian Opera in The Bear were:
Julia Rushworth (Soprano) as Mrs Popova,
Simon Caldwell (Baritone) as the servant Luka
Paul Feldwick (Bass) as Smirnov
Malcolm Hill (Director)
Their next production was on Friday 24th May 2013 at the Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath, as part of the Bath Festival Party-in-the-City.
Parts of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin were performed. These parts were repeated and enlarged in Box, Wiltshire, on Saturday 28th September 2013.
Julia Rushworth (Tatiana)
Simon Caldwell (Onegin)
Paul Feldwick (Gremin)
In their next performances, the cast was augmented by
Jane Hunt (Soprano) and Rob Jack (Tenor) in
Women on Top
(based on Aristophanes’ The AssemblyWomen) –
A Comedy-Opera of Sex and Socialism in Ancient Athens
and another comedy-opera:
How the Viking got his Horns
Preview performances of Women on Top were:
One scene on 16th May 2014 at 7.00 at the United Reform Church in Bath (as part of Bath Festivals’ Party-in-the-City), and all four scenes on 18th May 2014 in Box, Wiltshire.
The first official performance was on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at the Rondo Theatre, Bath.
A shortened version of How the Viking got his Horns was performed on 15th May 2015 at 7.30 at the United Reform Church in Bath (as part of Bath Festivals’ Party-in-the-City).
Bath: the Graveyard of Ambition
A one-act comedy-opera, first performance was on 19th August 2017. For details please visit BathChamberOpera.co.uk