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La Bohème, April 2023

Photos: Patrick Frost, BlackStar Pictures

5***** for Don Pasquale (Opera Now)

'Dazzling coloratura... some fine singing... the musical style and  excellent Italian pronunciation were admirable... a most enjoyable evening.' 

Philip Blake-Jones, Opera Now, August 2022. Click here to read full review

'An unexpected feast of top-drawer opera'   Will Frampton, Bournemouth Echo, on Magic Flute, April 2019 . Click here to read full review

Click here and  here to read about us in

Dorset Magazine

Hurn Court Opera showcases some of the finest young singers in the country.


At the heart of our company is the belief that emerging artists, struggling to carve out careers, need high-quality, appropriately paid performance opportunities – and audiences to delight and enthuse!

We offer:

  • Exciting chances to experience the next generation of singers in professional productions.

  • A mix of opera, recitals and public masterclasses, with singers supported by artists at the top of the profession.

  • Performances tailored to a range of innovative venues.

  • Orchestras comprising experienced professional players.

  • The HCO Singer of the Year Competition.

What the critics say...

'Dazzling coloratura and impressive top notes..some fine singing...a voice to watch with a rare elegance of tone...the musical style and  excellent Italian pronunciation were admirable...a most enjoyable evening at the opera.'

Philip Blake-Jones, Opera Now, August 2022 on Don Pasquale. Click here for full review.

'... Two promising singers on the threshold of glittering careers gave an outstanding recital... Both singers, already equipped with considerable experience in opera, conveyed admirable poise, intelligent musicianship and flawless techniques.'

David Truslove, Opera Today, on a recital by Siân Dicker, soprano, Michael Lafferty, baritone and  Ashley Beauchamp, piano, 2019. Click here for full review.

' of the most enjoyable nights at the opera I have ever experienced. Some of these singers were not just already fit for performance with an established company, they were among the better singers I have seen in their role.' 

Will Frampton, Bournemouth Echo, on Magic Flute, 2019. Click here for full review.



led by Michael Chance CBE

Sunday 9 July 2023, 3.00pm, Merley House, Wimborne, BH21 3AA


Michael Chance CBE    Photo: Leela Bennett

Internationally renowned countertenor and Artistic Director and CEO of The Grange Festival, Michael Chance CBE,  will lead a masterclass with emerging young singers.

Tickets £20; under-18s and in full-time education-free

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Finance and Patrons:

Andrew Foot

07717 570333

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Jean Woodall

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Artistic Director and enquiries from singers:

Lynton Atkinson

07855 957209

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Marketing, press and general enquiries:

Rosie Clay

07951 078207

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HCO Singer of the Year Competition:

Kaarina Manzur

07780 682316

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