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 OPERA PRODUCTIONS AND

INNOVATIVE CONCERT PERFORMANCES

TO LOCAL AUDIENCES

CALENDAR 

Friday 20 December 2019

Sacred Song for Christmas

St Lawrence Church, Ayot St Lawrence

7.30pm

  In support of church conservation

 

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko - soprano

Sue Wookey - mezzo soprano

Thomas Niesser - baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Tickets £15 (under 18, £5) including complimentary drink on arrival

Join us for a concert of sacred music including arias from Handel's Messiah  and other sacred songs from around the world to start the Christmas season. Funds raised will assist the conservation of the grade one listed church Palladian church, St Lawrence

2020 Programme

We are thrilled to unveil our programme for 2020

Saturday 29 February 2020

Rossinni

Petite Messe Solonelle

Bring and Sing!

Northampton Philharmonic Choir

1pm for 1.30pm

Concert 6pm

St Michael’s Church, Perry Street, Northampton NN1 4HL

Featuring Felici Opera solosits:

Charlotte Derry - soprano

Carola Emrich-Fisher - mezzo soprano

Gabriel Courvoisier - tenor

Phil Wilcox - bass baritone

 

£20 (including afternoon tea)

Bringing classical music into local communities  is one of our passions at Felici Opera. We are therefore delighted to be able to support Northampton Philharmonic Choir with their "bring and sing" day featuring the wonderful Petite Messe Solonnelle by Rossini. For more information please visit:

www.northamptonphilharmonicchoir.co.uk

Saturday 14 March

An Evening with

Clara and Robert Schumann

St Paul's Walden Bury, SG4 8BP

7.30pm

  

In support of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Hertfordshire

 

Felici performers:

Carola Emrich-Fisher - mezzo soprano

Thomas Niesser - baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Alicia Chaffey - piano

Tickets £25

Join us in the drawing room of our Felici Opera patrons Sir Simon and Lady Caroline Bowes Lyon, at their estate at St Paul's Walden Bury near Hitchin for a charming evening of songs and piano solos composed by Clara and Robert Schumann.

Sunday 5 April

A charming afternoon's concert of light music including popular items from opera, operetta and musical theatre followed by tea and cake with a chance to chat and help us raise fund for an important piece of equipment at the Stevenage Lister Hospital.

Time for Tea

Pirton Village Hall, SG5 3RG

3.30pm

  

In support of the Lister Hospital's appeal for funds to purchase the Da Vinci Single Port to assist surgeons carry out complicated 

prostate and urology operations

 

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko-soprano

David Crew - baritone

Howard Etherington - saxophone

Clifton Hughes - piano 

Margaret Johnson - piano

Tickets £10 (including tea and cake)

Saturday 20 June

The Three Sopranos

 

The White Cottage

Waterend, AL4 8TP

7.30pm

(gardens open for picnics from 5pm)

  

In support of Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Garden City

 

Felici performers:

Jessica Wiley - soprano

Zoe Jasko-soprano

Cheryl Aughton Clark - soprano

Margaret Johnson - piano

Tickets £15 (£5 aged 18 and under)

An open-air riverside concert in a stunning Hertfordshire beauty spot. The White Cottage is featured in the Grantchester TV series and in the NGS yellow book. Gardens open from 5pm for picnics, bar available. Please bring a chair or a rug and come prepared for any weather!

Friday 3 July

Join us for our popular Time for Tea concert, a charming afternoon of light music including songs from opera, operetta and musical theatre followed by tea and cake with a chance to chat.

Time for Tea!

 

St Francis Church

Welwyn Garden City

2.30pm

Free entry

tickets must be ordered in advance (no door sales)

  

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko-soprano

Robert Little - tenor

Alastair Sharp - piano

We are delighted bring our popular Time for Tea concert to the Welwyn Garden Centenary Celebrations and are very grateful to the John Lewis Partnership for their sponsorship. Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance for catering purposes. The concert is demential and wheel chair friendly

Friday 3 July

A summer evening's outdoor concert of English Song in the beautiful North Hertfordshire garden of Felici Opera's co-founder. Garden open for picnics from 6pm, bar available. Please bring a chair or a rug and come prepared for any weather.

This concert is in support of St. Mary's Church Pirton. St.  Mary's has been the location of our Felici Opera large rehearsals and we are grateful for the church's support. It is urgently in need of a very expensive new central heating system. Please do come along and support our fundraising and enjoy a wonderful evening of song in a beautiful garden.

An Evening of English Song

 

Hill Farm

Pirton, SG5 3QH

7.30pm

£15 (£5 aged 18 and under)

Gardens open from 6pm for picnics

In support of St Mary's Church. Pirton

  

Felici performers:

Augusta Lees - soprano

Sandra Eagle - soprano

Tim Hobman - baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Sunday 12 July

Puccini!

 

St Paul's Walden Bury

Hitchin SG4 8BP

6.30pm

£20 (£15 aged 18 and under)

Gardens open from 5pm for picnics

In support of Garden House Hospice, Letchworth

Following our July 2019 sold out performance of our bespoke production "Mozart: A Trio of Operas" we are delighted to return to the gardens of our patrons' estate for our bespoke 2020 production "Puccini!" Come and enjoyed staged highlights with interlinking narration from Puccini's beloved La Bohème  and Tosca.  Gardens open for home picnics from 5pm. If bad weather the event will take place in All Saint's Church, St Paul's Walden.

Sunday 27 September

We are delighted to be have been invited to return to Copped Hall in Essex for an opera afternoon to raise funds to help restore this magnificent manor house to its former glory and for use as an arts and education centre.

A Box of Opera Delights

 

Copped Hall

Essex, CM16 5HR

4pm

£20

In support of Copped Hall restoration

  

Felici performers:

Elizabeth Bottone- soprano

Zoe Jasko- soprano

Gabriel Courvoisier - tenor

Margaret Johnson - piano

Saturday 3 October

Any Dream Will Do: 

A Celebration of the music of Sir Tim Rice

 

Hawthorne Theatre

Welwyn Garden City

7.30pm

£16

A bespoke  Musical Theatre show produced by Felici Opera to celebrate Welwyn Garden City's Centenary year and the music of former local resident Sir Tim Rice. Local amateur groups and schools join with Felici Opera performers in numbers from Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion King.

Saturday 24 October

Join Felici Opera performers at the beautiful Grade I listed Palladian Church at Ayot St Lawrence for an evening of gens from Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Lehar and friends.

A Night in Vienna

 

St Lawrence Church

Ayot St Lawrence

7.30pm

£15 (£5 aged 18 and under)

Gardens open from 6pm for picnics

  

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko- soprano

Suzanna Perry- soprano

Richard Perry - baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Saturday 14 November

Felici Opera is thrilled to be invited back to Royston Methodist Church to support the church in a fundraising concert. Curtain Up! is a light-hearted evening celebrating the best of British Musical Theatre.

Curtain Up!

 

Royston Methodist Church

Pirton, SG8 7AU

7.30pm

£12

In support of church maintenance

  

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko- soprano

Rebecca Badham - soprano

Robert Little - tenor

Howard Etherington​ - saxophone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Saturday 28 November

Time for Christmas Tea!

 

ChristChurch Baptist Church

20 Tewin Road

Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1BW

2.30pm

Free entry

tickets must be ordered in advance (no door sales)

  

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko-soprano

tbc- baritone

Alastair Sharp - piano

Join us for our popular Time for Tea concert, a charming afternoon of light music including songs from opera, operetta and musical theatre followed by tea and cake with a chance to chat.

We are delighted bring our popular Time for Tea concert to the Welwyn Garden Centenary Celebrations and are very grateful to the John Lewis Partnership for their sponsorship and to Christchurch Baptist Church for their hosting and organisational support. Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance for catering purposes. The concert is demential and wheel chair friendly.

Saturday 12 December

Sacred Song for Advent

 

St Lawrence Church 

Little Stanmore, HA8 6QS

7.30pm

  

Felici performers:

Zoe Jasko-soprano

Carola Emrich-Fisher - mezzo soprano

tbc - baritone

Margaret Johnson - piano

Tickets £15 (£5 aged 18 and under)

Felici Opera return to the magnificent baroque church of St Lawrence, Little Stanmore where Handel was composer-in-residence in the employ of the Duke of Chandos for an advent seasonal recital.

FELICI OPERA FOUNDERS 

 Margaret Johnson and Zoe Jasko

 

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 the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - Local Opera for Local People!

Supporting charities is central to our ethos and so as a Community Interest Company (c.i.c) many of our events have a fund-raising element. Since 2016 we have supported a wide variety of charities including the NKF (National Kidney Federation), Macmillan Nurses and Medicins Sans Frontiers as well as local hospices and community projects.

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.

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.

Zoë Jasko
(Founder/Creative Director)

 

Dropping academic music studies  at age 14 in favour of  a Business Studies GCSE set Zoe on a different career path from many other singers, but a path that she sees now as preparing her well for her role as Creative Director at Felici Opera. A BA Hons degree in French and History at the University of Exeter, with a particular interest in art hisotry, film history and theatre,  was follewed by several years in product development for retail before entering the Civil Service where she held various roles including her favourite - designing and delivering training courses. Whilst a civil servant Zoe took an MA in Victorian Studies ,with a particular interest in art history, at Birkbeck College, University of London through evening and weekend study. Through all these years she studied singing privately and was a member of choirs and amateur dramatic groups.

Upon the birth of her first child, which interupted her proposed art history PhD,  Zoe took a career break, sadly not returning to study or to the Civil Service. When her third son was born she took up a role as Director and Company Secretary in her husband's business undertaking strategic and administrative duties. It was at the same time that she met her current voice teacher Liz Harley and began studying the Swedish-Italian Bel-Canto school of singing.

Now with four young children,  Zoe joined Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society in 2013, where she met Musical Director Margaret Johnson when she was cast as Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods". A great friendship ensued which resulted in Zoe and Margaret founding Felici (now Felici Opera) in 2015 when Zoe's fourth child started school.

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 int Felici Opera's production in the Marble Hall inside Hatfield House has been just one of the highlights of the journey so far!

 

 

WHAT THEY SAY

"We very much enjoyed your performance of Cosi, three hours of sublime music with your excellent voices and acting. Thank you very much indeed".

" I really wanted to thank you again for the truly wonderful evening we enjoyed last night at Hatfield House. Your production of Don Giovanni was superb and the high quality of the cast and musicians along with the enormous amount of work that had gone into everything that made the occasion so successful was of course very apparent."

"I sincerely enjoyed watching and listening to this compelling production (Figaro). Not only was the singing beautiful and full of emotion but the acting was on top form. I loved how the audience didn't stop clapping at the end. Highly recommended and I can't wait to see another Felici production!"

"I've now seen your Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi and now I only ever want to go to see opera in English!"

"There were so many highlights in the evening that produced a joyous yearning for more!"

"We wanted to write and thank you and everybody at Felici for all of the hard work, energy and time that you gave to make your event (Marriage of Figaro) in aid of Place2Be such a storming success.... on behalf of all the children, family and schools that we work with, thank you for your generous support" 

Councillor Alan Millard, Chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council said of A Night in Vienna -Gala (March 2018) “It proved to be a wonderful night, with brilliant singing, dancing and music, I thoroughly enjoyed travelling back to Vienna of yesteryear. A great fundraising night for the Hospice".

"It was a delight to meet you on that special evening in St Andrew's Church. The Felici Opera cast gave a superb performance of the opera Don Giovanni and the production was excellent" - Lady Skeet.

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

© 2018 Felici Opera

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