Presenting fully staged grand opera, sung in English

Bristol Opera plans to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s  “A Masked Ball” on the 2 July 2022. The opera combines political intrigue, forbidden love and assassination, and is loosely based on an 1833 play, about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was shot while attending a masked ball.

Auditions will be on Sunday, the 3nd of April, from 1:30pm at St Andrews Church, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PS. If you are interested in any of the parts, could you please let us know soon. If you cannot do the 3rd of April you can also audition on at a Thursday rehearsal.

RoleVoice type
Riccardo, Earl of Warwick and governor of Bostontenor
Amelia, wife of Renato, in love with Riccardosoprano
Renato, husband of Amelia and Riccardo’s secretary, best friend and confidantbaritone
Oscar, Riccardo’s pagesoprano
A judgetenor or soprano
Silvanobass or alto/mezzo
Amelia’s servanttenor or soprano

Audition pieces are based on the Ricordi score, available on IMSLP [Under “Vocal Scores]. For the performances we will be using a translation by Graham Billing, copies can be obtained at rehearsals.

The audition pieces will be

  • RICCARDO [Tenor] pages 249 to 254
  • RENATO [Baritone] pages 209 to 215
  • AMELIA [Soprano] pages 134 to 141
  • OSCAR [Coloratura Soprano] pages 28 to 32
  • ULRICA [Mezzo-Soprano] pages 50 to 53
  • SAMUEL & TOM [Basses] pages 7 to 10

The parts Silvano, High Court Judge, and Amelia’s Servant can audition with a small piece of their choice which does not need to be from this opera.

Company members, please contact a member of the committee to arrange an audition time. If you are not a company member, please use the membership email address on the website. Please note there will a non-refundable audition fee of £10, to be paid before the audition for non company members.

Fresh from the success of their recent performances of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love, Bristol Opera are reviving their crowd-pleasing production to raise funds for the people of Ukraine.

This enterprise is the brainchild of soprano Sophie Kirk Harris, who played the prima donna role of Adina in the production. She is passionate about finding a way to help the people of Ukraine and felt this would be the best way to use the talents of everyone involved.

The Elixir of Love is a charming, light-hearted opera full of sparkling tunes, performed in this production by a cast of highly talented young professional and semi-professional singers.

The company will be performing two semi-staged concert versions of the opera. William Stevens will conduct, as well as singing the role of Dr Dulcamara, and Robert Marson will accompany on the piano.

“The reaction from the company was amazing,” Sophie told us. “I couldn’t believe every single person would be available and get behind the idea, but the response was unanimous.”

Sophie and other cast members are also working hard to produce a range of special crafts in support of Ukraine, which will be for sale at the concerts.

The Elixir of Love
Gaetano Donizetti
Saturday 19th March 7pm
at St Francis Church, 287 North Street, Ashton Gate, BS3 2AN
Tuesday 22nd March 7pm
at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3ED

Recommended donation £10 with bucket collection. Tickets on the door.