OperaGold was founded in 2004 by vocal tutor Nan Christie as a means of giving students, alumni and young artists performing experience and the chance to sing fully staged operas in their original language with full orchestra.
Since then the Department of Music has staged an opera annually as part of the PureGold Summer Music Festival, held at Goldsmiths and other South London venues, which have traditionally included Southbank Centre and the Albany Theatre.
Vocalists and instrumentalists receive one-to-one tuition. Intense rehearsals culminate in performances during the public summer music festival, PureGold. Commercial-level recordings of the production are made, which performers can add to their portfolios.
The Department of Music is grateful to the leading opera and theatre professionals who have generously contributed their expertise and support to the singers in Masterclasses and OperaGold productions.
Nan Christie, Vocal Tutor
Stewart Crosbie of Crosbie Marlow Associates, one of the UK’s Leading Theatrical Production Management Companies
Caroline Lenton-Ward, Vocal Tutor
Holly Mathieson, Vocal Director and conductor
Bryan Raven, Managing Director of White Light
David Syrus, Head of Music at Covent Garden, conductor and celebrated vocal coach
John Wilkie, Director
PureGold Opera productions
2005 Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas
2006 Die Zauberflöte
2008 Peter Grimes
2009 Le Nozze di Figaro
2011 La Bohème
2012 La Traviata
2013 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (celebrating Britten’s centenery)
2014 Die Zauberflöte
2015 Die Fledermaus
2016 Opera Scenes
OperaGold 2016 production
Have you ever wondered who is sitting next to you on the tube? Or why the other passengers on your flight are travelling today?
Directed by John Wilkie and conducted by Holly Mathieson, the 2016 staged OperaGold project was a deconstruction of renowned operas, presenting them as a series of snapshots of characters, all of whom are linked only by their boarding pass.