The Company

Opera del Mar was founded in August 1995 by businessman Jeremy Delmar–Morgan and soprano Irmgard Elisabeth Berry to give young singers the opportunity to appear in professional performances of fully–staged operas. Since its inception, the company has employed a happy blend of the brightest talents from music colleges and experienced singers from companies such as the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Singers who began their professional careers with Opera del Mar have gone on to work with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North.

Opera del Mar’s productions have been highly acclaimed for their dramatic intensity, musical excellence and visual beauty. All operas are sung in sympathetic English translations which are accessible to today’s audiences yet remain faithful to the original intentions of the composer and librettist. Operas are staged within the period stipulated by the composer with meticulous attention being paid by the artistic team to the historical accuracy of costumes, props and style. The productions are extremely adaptable and venues range from the Grand Staircase at Holkham Hall to the Daffodil Field on Brownsea Island, as well as more conventional locations such as ballrooms, community halls, theatres and marquees.


Most of Opera del Mar’s performances are given for charity fundraising events but the company may also be booked for private functions, corporate hospitality, arts festivals and commercial theatres etc. From 1996 to 2003, Opera del Mar presented a week of open-air opera each August on Brownsea Island, an idyllic National Trust property in Poole Harbour, with audiences averaging 2000 per season.

One of the most flexible of all small–scale touring companies, Opera del Mar’s performances and concert programmes may be accompanied by a piano soloist, string quartet and pianist, twelve–piece orchestra or twenty–piece orchestra, depending on the requirements of the engagement.


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