Presenting fully staged grand opera, sung in English

If you love acting, singing with professional orchestras and soloists, wearing amazing tailor-made costumes and going to the pub after rehearsals (optional), we’d love to welcome you into our family!


How to join?


If you’re interested in joining Bristol Opera as a singer, we prefer that you start rehearsing with us before the New Year, as our main production takes place in spring. The best way to find out whether Bristol Opera is for you is by coming along to one of our rehearsals. We’ll invite you to attend a few rehearsals to get to know the group before you decide to join. What’s more, all new members can sing with us for three months before committing or paying any membership fees. Please contact our membership secretary Katherine Billington via email for further information by email


Audition – chorus


If you decide to become a singing member of Bristol Opera, we’ll ask you to audition. Don’t panic! We’ll just ask you to sing a few scales and a song to our Musical Director. The ability to read music is always helpful but not essential. The process is very easy-going and we’re a supportive and friendly group.


Audition – solo parts


Auditions for solo parts in our spring 2019 production of La Belle Helene by Offenbach will be held soon!

This is your chance to audition for a part in a fully staged grand-opera, wearing beautiful 1930’s bespoke costumes! The opera will be performed in English with a full orchestra.

When: Thursday, October 18 at 7.30pm and Saturday, October 20 daytime (tbc).

Where: Horfield URC Hall at the crossroads of Downend Road and Muller Road. For details on how to find us, please see our contact page.

If you’re interested in auditioning, please contact our co-director Charlotte Monk by 12 October by emailing 

Cast list:

Helene                                                 Mezzo-Soprano
Agamemnon, King of Kings            Baritone
Menelaus, King of Sparta.               Tenor
Paris, son of King Prius of Troy      Tenor
Calchas, High Priest of Jupiter       Bass
Achille, King of Phthiotis                Tenor
Oreste, son of Agamemnon            Soprano
Ajax 1, King of Salamis                   Tenor
Ajax 2, King of the Locrians          Baritone
Parthenis, a courtesan                    Soprano
Lorena, a courtesan                          Mezzo-Soprano
Bacchis, Helene’s attendant            Soprano

The opera will be performed on 10 – 13 April 2019.




We hold weekly rehearsals, with longer breaks over the summer holidays and Christmas. Members are therefore asked to commit to regular attendance as much as possible. When a production is imminent, we also hold a few additional weekend rehearsals.

When: Thursday evenings from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

Where: Horfield United Reformed Church, BS7 9RE. This is on the corner of Downend Road and Muller Road, with the entrance on Downend Rd. There is free street parking available.


Membership fees


Membership of Bristol Opera costs £180 per year, with a reduced rate of £60 for students and a reduced fee for those on a low income. Members also have the option to pay monthly. All new members are welcome to sing with us for three months before committing or paying any fees.