Dulwich Opera Company aims to raise £3,500 to fund a chamber ensemble for our brand new production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

New stretch target

We are delighted to have reached our initial target, and will now be able to fund the chamber orchestra for our production - a huge thank you to all our supporters.

You can still pledge if you want to get involved; any additional funding received will be used to support the production as a whole, enhancing the experience for our creative team, cast and audiences. We will now receive whatever is pledged.

Why we are seeking funding

Così fan tutte is a fantastic opera with a captivating yet hard-hitting story which forces us to examine ourselves and question who we are and why we behave the way we do. In order to maximise the impact of this brand new production Dulwich Opera Company aims to raise £3,500 to fund a chamber ensemble of 11 professional musicians to provide a rich musical accompaniment.

It is our goal to work with a chamber ensemble as it is the next important step to take the company and this production to a new level in a way that cannot be achieved with a piano accompaniment alone.

This will provide a number of benefits for singers and audiences and the wider classical music community:

An enhanced experience for young singers

– Bridging the gap between formal education and the opera profession with the experience of performing a role with an orchestral accompaniment. Gaining experience of singing in a kaleidoscope of orchestral sounds leading to more dramatic and fulfilling performances.

An enhanced experience for our audiences

– Hearing Mozart’s music brought to life with an exciting array of orchestral colours which support the cast in bringing more drama to the production.

Strengthening the Arts

- Creating freelance work for professional instrumentalists and supporting the classical music profession

Dulwich Opera Company is seeking to build on the success of its first year and a very well received and sold out production of La bohème in 2015. For Così fan tutte we have brought together a talented cast (further details to be released shortly) and a highly experienced and exciting creative team.

Our director Ptolemy Christie has many years of experience working in opera and has directed Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cosi fan tutte, La traviata (Nevill Holt /Pimlico Opera), ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ (Nationale Reisopera), La traviata (Winslow Hall Opera) and Sondheim’s Assassins in two British prisons using a cast of inmates (Pimlico Opera). Assistant Director credits include Die Walküre, Götterdämmerung (Tiroler Festspiele), Pelléas et Mélisande (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Jenůfa (Opera Zuid / Hannover), and he has assisted John Cox on numerous productions including Rake’s Progress (Glyndebourne, San Francisco and Opera Australia), Die Frau ohne Schatten (Royal Opera House and Melbourne Festival) Capriccio and Albert Herring (Opera Australia).

Our Musical Director Kelvin Lim trained at the Royal College of Music and English National Opera, studied under Philip Thomas, and has worked as repetiteur for English National Opera, ROH2, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Longborough, Mid-Wales Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Aldeburgh, Tete-a-Tete, Opera Project, and at Royal Academy of Music. Kelvin is Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera at Trinity College of Music. He has coached for Jette Parker Young Artists ROH, was chorus master for Opera Holland Park, and was a Senior Coach at Morley College Opera. Kelvin is musical director for his own company, Opera Forge, which performed semi-staged scenes from Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom as part of the Wagner 200 Festival and at St John’s Smith Square. He has regularly broadcast on Radio 3, and accompanied Sir John Tomlinson both on In Tune, and in recital. Kelvin is a CREAR Scholar, Bayreuth Bursary Prize winner, and the official accompanist for the Wagner Society.

Leading our design team, Nina Dunn runs her own studio as a Video and Projection designer. Her theatrical work includes projection design for Glyndebourne Festival’s Hippolyte et Aricie and Faust at the Mariinsky Theatre, working with Ian Galloway; Puccini’s La Bohème (WNO), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (ENO); Lloyd Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour); Aida (Raymond Gubbay, RAH); Cleopatra (Northern Ballet), Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean in a new version by Ben Power (National Theatre) and the Mariinsky Theatre’s recent production of Britten’s opera, A Midummer Night's Dream, which won the Zolotoy Sofit award for Best Opera and was shortlisted for 7 Golden Mask Awards.

By donating to this campaign you can help bring the music of Mozart's wonderful opera, Così fan tutte, to life with a chamber ensemble, fulfilling the dreams of this young opera company and its talented cast and enhancing the artistic experience for its audiences.

To find out more about our work, please visit www.dulwichoperacompany.org.uk