OYC’s spring production, 'Purcell and Puccini...their Tragic Heroines', is an innovative and exciting exploration of Purcell and Puccini’s portrayal of tragic heroines. It provides an invaluable opportunity for the choir to perform in a high quality staged opera complete with costumes, lighting, set and orchestral accompaniment. As in previous years the opera promises to be a highly memorable performance for both choir and audience.
This project provides young people the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a high quality operatic performance. The music is significantly more challenging and the standards of the production are much higher than is generally possible in a school setting. Such opportunities for young people are increasingly rare given funding cuts to music education in schools, and yet they play such an important role in nurturing young talent. Choir alumni have said that in previous years the event has provided an inspiring insight into the world of opera. During its 36-year history the choir has nurtured more than a thousand singers; one in ten of whom have gone on to be professional musicians. All look back on the OYC Spring Opera performances with a great deal of fondness.
How you can help
Whilst choir fees have been kept low in order to broaden affordability, other associated costs such as venue, set, lighting and professional musicians has risen year on year. The cost of staging the opera is around £5000. Ticket sales revenues are not enough to fully cover the costs. In order to make this annual event sustainable, and nurture the musicians of the future, additional funding is needed. We hope that you will give generously to enable the spring opera to continue in the future.
Photographs taken during last year's production, "An Evening With Amadeus"
More About this Year's Opera
The Oxford Girls’ Choir 2020 opera is an innovative and exciting exploration of Purcell and Puccini’s portrayal of tragic heroines.
Puccini and Purcell may seem to some a strange mixture, but to OGC they are all in a day's work. Our 2005 participation in La Bohème with Joseph Calleja in the spectacular Astra opera house in Gozo was a defining experience for OGC (joined by members of our junior and boys' choirs). After our 2018 singing-and-dancing presentation of Handel and Britten in “Ovid”, this year we combine and contrast these two great composers for the stage in their depiction of Tragic Heroines.