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COMPANY OF

SINGERS

AN EXPERIENCED COMPANY OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS, BRINGING CLASSICAL, OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATRE TO AUDIENCES 

FELICI OPERA

AN EXPERIENCED COMPANY OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS, BRINGING HIGH QUALITY  AND INNOVATIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCES

TO THE HERTFORDSHIRE AREA,

RAISING FUNDS FOR CHARITIES

Felici Opera 2023 Programme

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Saturday 18th February

A delightful evening of classical and popular songs to warm our hearts at Valentine's, raising furnds for St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter.

Featuring

Zoe Jasko - Soprano

Cherly Aughton Clark - Soprano

Robert Little - Tenor

Margaret Johnson - piano 

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Saturday 11th March

An intimate chamber concert in the drawing room in the home of our patrons Sir Simon and Lady Caroline Bowes Lyon at St Paul's Waldenbury, featuring songs, duets, and piano duets of husband and wife composers, Clara Robert Schumann.

This concert was orrignially programmed for March 2020, but unfortunately was cancelled because of the pandemic. It is a great pleasure to bring to to our audiences for March 2023.

Featuring

Carola Emrich-Fisher- Mezzo-soprano

Crispin Lewis- Bass-baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano 

Clifton Hughes- piano 

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Sunday 25th June

The White Cottage, Waterend Lane, Wheathampstead

An afternoon, garden concert in support of Keech Hospice

Details will be announced Spring 2023

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Sunday 2nd July

Hill Farm, Priors Hill, Pirton

An afternoon, garden concert

Details will be announced Spring 2023

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Sunday 24th September

We are delighted to be returning to Copped Hall for an opera treat. This concert was orriginally programmed for September 2022 but was postponed following the death of Her Majesty, the Queen.

Further details, including how to book, will be made available in the early summer.

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Saturday 7th October

Opera Italia!

Mozart, Verdi & Puccini in the drawing room at St Paul's Walden Bury. In support of St Paul's Walden church maintenance.

Details to be published early summer 2023

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Saturday 2nd December

We return to the Palladian church at Ayot St Lawrence for a special winter treat. Details will be published early autumn 2023.

 

THE FELICI ETHOS

 

Felici means "the happy ones" and so we aim to provide high quality and creative musical events - bringing happiness to audiences and performers alike.  Although we are delighted to perform all over the United Kingdom we are particularly focused on Hertfordshire.

Supporting charities is central to our ethos. Since our founding in 2016 we have raised over £23,300 for a wide variety of charities including the NKF (National Kidney Federation), Macmillan Nurses and Medicins Sans Frontiers as well as local hospices,  community projects and church maintenance and renovation.

We seek to support and nurture young people by including them in our events, introducing opera and classical song to school-age pupils and to support the career of young professionals.

We understand that our performers have diverse commitments and we always seek to be as flexible as possible with our rehearsal schedules whilst never compromising on the quality of our performances.

We are supported by Godfrey Laws, Chartered Accountants.

FELICI OPERA FOUNDERS 

 Margaret Johnson and Zoe Jasko

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Margaret Johnson
(Founder/ Musical Director)

As Co-Director, Margaret brings a wealth of experience from a number of fields.

 

She trained at the Royal College of Music. After graduation and a year of advanced studies, including work in the RCM Opera School, she completed her Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education.  For many years her work as a professional musician continued alongside a career in education, teaching all ages from Early Years to adults. As a Primary Headteacher, she was involved in research projects with a number of higher education establishments such as Westminster College, Oxford (Study of Gifted and Talented pupils) and De Montfort University (MA Modules in Educational Management). During this time she gave presentations on many aspects of leadership, especially Strategic Leadership and Team Building.

 

As a professional musician, Margaret has worked with soloists, ensembles, choirs, choral and operatic societies and orchestras over many years, primarily in the North Herts area.  She has a particular interest in and passion for the voice – possibly not that surprising, given her Welsh and Italian heritage! She currently works as a singing teacher and repetiteur/vocal coach as well as MD//Conductor. She met Zoe when, as MD, she worked with her on a production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Ultimately this led to the formation of Felici – a fusion of two highly creative minds!

 

Margaret is also a qualified Spiritual Director and a licensed lay Minister in the Church of England. Life coaching and counselling skills are endemic to her work. Her particular interest has always been the encouragement of personal growth and the development of innate talents and skills. She has spent a lifetime working to enable people to realise potential, particularly those in the musical profession.

 

In addition to her professional musicianship and her leadership and communications skills, she has an ability “think outside the box" alongside a passion to provide performing opportunities, especially operatic ones, and especially for young professional singers.

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Zoë Jasko
(Founder/Creative Director)

 

Zoe is an experienced performer, creative designer and events manager. As an author, her first book What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire  was published by The Endless Bookcase in April 2022.

 

Coming from an arts background focusing on literature, theatre and art history (French and History BA Hons Exeter, Victorian Studies MA, Birkbeck University of London) Zoe has worked in the areas of product development, designing and delivering training courses and corporate strategy in the private and public sectors as well as small businesses.

As an events manager she has recently lead the Music and Performing Arts Team in the Welwyn Garden Centenary Foundation’s birthday celebrations for the town and has been responsible for overseeing a programme of events that involves all areas of the performing art, including performers of all ages and ability and raises the profile of live entertainment in the community.

Zoe loves working with the talented Felici performers on diverse creative musical events. She is delighted that her love of singing and event organising enables funds to be raised for national and local charities. Singing the role of Zerlina in the Felici Opera's production in the Marble Hall inside Hatfield House has been just one of the highlights of the journey so far!

Patrons
We are grateful for the most kind support of our patrons:
Sir Simon Bowes Lyon KCVO
Lady Caroline Bowes Lyon
Peter Waine
Sponsors
We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:
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