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Tailor made opera brings sweet notes to a garden Arranging a full operatic performance can be daunting at any time with its demands of cast, clothing, sets and crew. Add to that the vagaries of travelling the world and it could be a task too difficult to contemplate, let alone handle! Nicholas Heath remains calm, however, as he plans the forthcoming visit of Opera a la Carte to Ireland in July.
Getting Così under canvas Opera in a tent? It's one of the attractions of a garden staging of 'Così Fan Tutte' with a Raj theme, along with some promising young singers, writes Arminta Wallace
Radio Interviews Radio interviews with Opera A La Carte to come
Wayward Don wins the hearts of music lovers A colourful assembly gathered in a gracious garden to witness justice being done. There were gentlemen in powdered wigs, ladies in dramatic gowns and masks, some comic, a couple sinister, others rather beautiful. And this was only the audience.
Heath’s lusty production Energetic ‘Tosca’


We have just returned from Italy where we performed a wonderful gala at The Salone Margherita in Rome. We would also like to annouce that we are performing Rigoletto in conjunction with our sister company Regents Opera in 2017. It will star Quentin Hayes in the title role. Our production of La Bohème has finished for 2016 to some great critical acclaim.

"La Boheme was beautiful. The whole event certainly gave Glyndebourne some serious competition. The acting, music and singing were superb. I just loved it and so did all my guests – four of whom are serious musicians."

"Last night at Holland Park was excellent - but not as much fun as your La Bohème. Cast of 100 and orchestra of 30 but your cast of 6 + 2 and a piano was wonderful."

The Marriage of Figaro recieved this review.

Also after our first night at Kirklinton Hall we recieved this note.

"Last night's performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" at Kirklinton Hall was simply magnificent. The penultimate aria "Contessa perdono!", the Contessa's "Più docile sono" reply and the final ten-voice "Ah! tutti contenti" was the most exquisite musical experience I have ever known. I'm still feeling emotional about it this morning.

The singing, the acting, the sheer physicality of your performances - every moment was magically enhanced by the closeness and intimacy of the setting. As an ensemble, what I noticed was your infectious sense of enjoyment. All of you genuinely seemed to delight in performing together. The musical accompaniment heightened the emotion of the singing without ever being overriding.

I am can say in all honesty that your performance was a life-changing moment for me and for that, you all have everlasting gratitude. Thank you."

Since 1993 Opera A La Carte has established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and original chamber opera companies. Its founder and director, Nicholas Heath, has used his extensive musical and performing experience as well as his knowledge of the established talents and rising stars at Covent Garden and ENO to create a flexible company equally at home with corporate cabaret  to a full scale opera.

Opera A La Carte’s thought provoking productions challenge, entertain and transport the audience without being elitist or overly highbrow. For further information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call  +44 20 7724 2696.

Their flair and enthusiasm has provoked great critical acclaim … ‘Dare we say, better than Glyndebourne…’





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General Director
Nicholas Heath

Musical Director

Robert Bottriell

Company Manager
Ruth Hansford


Maria Olmos
Frances Heap


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Nicholas Heath