1 January 2020- Thank you so much to all our audiences, friends, members, patrons, sponsors and performers. Felici Opera has had a great 2019, we have continued to grow and we are so glad that you have been part of this with us. In 2019 we raised £6884 for charities: Barnardos, PHASE (Hitchin), Breast Cancer Care, St Peter's Ayot (St Peter), St Lawrence (Ayot St Lawrence), Our Lady of Lourdes (Harpenden) Third World projects and Copped Hall Trust renovation. We look forward to a fantastic 2020. Happy New Year!
21 July 2019 - A fabulous evening of Mozart in the gardens of St Paul's Walden Bury, Hertfordshire. The gardens were open for picnics and exploration before a bespoke performance of highlights from Mozart's three operas The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte. With an audience of over 200, the performance raised over £1500 for All Saints Church St Paul's Walden Bury maintenance fund. We are very grateful to our hosts and patrons Lady Caroline and Sir Simon Bowes- Lyons for their support.
22 June 2019 - An audience of over 100 people in the gardens at the White Cottage, Waterend for our Evening of English Song helped us raise over £877 for St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter. Together with our Victorian Evening of Song in February we have raised a fabulous £1350 for the Church facilities this year!
May 2019 - A fabulous £854.54 has been raised through ticket sales and retiring collections for Breast Cancer Care from our production of Cosi Fan Tutte.
January 2019 Felici Opera is absolutely delighted that American tenor Andrew Bearden Brown will be giving his debut European performance as Ferrando in our production of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte”.
Lauded by The Washington Post for his “pure” and “poignant” sound, he began his singing career as a treble in the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of Michael McCarthy. At the Cathedral he sang for services of national importance, including the state funerals of President Ronald Reagan, President Gerald Ford, and most recently John McCain.
He relocated to London autumn 2018 to study for a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music. He is further supported by the Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern Scholarship.
January 2019 - We have successfully changed our legal status to a Community Interest Company (cic) with the new legal name Felici Opera. As a Community Interest Company our registered aim is "to encourage and promote vocal classical music, especially opera, through creative professional performance in local communities – primarily Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and also elsewhere in the UK where appropriate – making it accessible in language, venue and price; through such events, we aim to raise funds for local, national and international charities."
We are delighted and honoured that Sir Simon and Lady Caroline Bowes Lyon have become our patrons as well as Peter Waine (former trustee of the Royal Opera House and former Director of the CBI)
December 2018 - We are delighted to announce that Godfrey Laws Chartered Accounts will be Felici Opera sponsors in 2019 and 2020 Godfrey Laws are based in Ampthill, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City. We are grateful and excited to be continuing our partnership. For more information see www.godfreylaws.co.uk
13 October 2018, our performance of Don Giovanni at Hatfield House has been a resounding success - selling out with a month to go and raising more than £2000 for Isabel Hospice. We are deeply grateful to the support and generosity of Lord and Lady Salisbury and also our wonderful audience
As part of our commitment to young artists, Felici is delighted to be able support soprano Charlotte Derry with her forthcoming recital (September 2018). Charlotte is currently playing Donna Anna in our autumn 2018 production of Don Giovanni
July 2018 - Felici are excited to announce that our production of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte is fully cast, the production team appointed and the venues booked! There will be a retiring collection for Breast Cancer Care at each performance. Tickets will be on sale from January 2019.
On the beautiful, hot summer's evening of Saturday 30 June Felici's The Three Sopranos performed to help raise funds for the restoration of the columns at the grade one listed St Lawrence Church, Ayot St Lawrence. Felici will be returning on Friday 17 June 2019 with a fully staged performance of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
April 2018 - Felici is delighted that up-and-coming young opera singer Peter Edge will be appearing as Masetto in this autumn's production of Don Giovanni. Peter is completing his Masters in opera studies at the Royal College of Music and is already making waves in the world of classical singing and opera.
May 2018 - Felici members Zoe Jasko, Sue Wookey and Janet Tackley were thrilled to be invited to the Children's Ward at the Lister Hospital to learn how funds raised at our September 2016 Fairies in the Garden has helped children and young people on the ward and to learn about the plans for purchasing an interactive sensory floor carpet which will help reduce patient (and parent!) anxiety whilst waiting for appointments and treatments.
10 March 2018 - A Night in Vienna ( a specially written show written and directed by Zoe Jasko and co-produced with Musical Director Margaret Johnson, featuring 15 members of the Felici Company) raised £360 for Garden House Hospice, Letchworth.Councillor Alan Millard, Chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council (pictured) said “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".
16 March 2018 - An Enchanted Evening of Musical Theatre raises £1295 for Wembley School
Felici performers Zoe Jasko, Margaret Jonson, Robert Little and Howard Etherington were absolutely thrilled to perform at a fabulous evening raising funds for the furbishment of the extension at St Margaret Clitherow School. Pictured here Zoe and Margaret with Ewa McSperrin (headmistress) and Dru Pillau (event organiser and sponsor)
March 2018 - We are delighted to announce that Godfrey Laws Chartered Accountants based
in Hitchin, Ampthill and Welwyn Garden City have become sponsors of Felici events and the Felici production of Mozart's Don Giovanni for 2018/2019.