Artistic Director & Conductor: David Roblou // Chorus Master: John Upperton

Stage direction: Seasons 1-14 Alan Privett. Seasons 15-29 John Upperton.

Seasons 30 to present Lynne McAdam, unless otherwise indicated.

37th Season

November 2023 Puccini: La rondine – in concert (StJW), staging John Upperton

36th Season

March 2023

November 2022

Janáček: Jenůfa – semi-staged (StJW)

Zoë South, Helen Bailey, John Upperton, Mike Wells, Joanna Gamble, André Andrade, Kevin Rodgers

Smetana: The Bartered Bride – semi-staged (StJW)

Nicola Ihnatowicz, John Upperton, Kevin Rodgers, Paul Blundell, Jane Streeton, André Andrade, Daniela Bailey, Christopher Hollis

June 2022

A Choral Introduction to MSO’s Czech Season – St Alfege Church, Greenwich

Janáček: Otčenáš, Elegy on the death of my daughter Olga;
Dvořák: Mass in D

John Upperton, Paul Plummer, Richard Black and the Chorus of Midsummer Opera, conductor David Roblou

35th Season


34th Season

November 2019

Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites – semi-staged (StJW)

Zoë South, Sophie Boyer, Marie Elizabeth Seager, Siân Woodling, Katherine Williamson. Staging John Upperton

33rd Season

March 2019

Giordano Andrea Chénier – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Zoë South, Andrew Mayor, Stephen Cviic, André Andrade.

November 2018

Verdi Macbeth – semi-staged (StJW)

David Durham, Zoë South, Stephen Holloway, John Upperton. Staging Lynne McAdam & John Upperton

32nd Season

March 2018

Verdi Luisa Miller – semi-staged (StJW)

Andrew Mayor, Emma Dogliani, Stephen Holloway, John Upperton, Cheyney Kent, Siân Woodling.

November 2017

Vaughan Williams Riders to the Sea – semi-staged (StJW)

Leilani Barratt, Katherine Williamson, Siân Woodling, Oskar McCarthy

William Walton Henry V – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Tony Brewer.

31st Season

April 2017

Ponchielli La Gioconda – semi-staged (StJW)

Zoë South, Trevor Alexander, John Upperton, Siân Woodling, Stephen Holloway, Anna Loveday

November 2016

Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel – semi-staged (StJW)

Lucy Goddard, Catrine Kirkman, Jane Streeton, Stephen Svanholm, Joanne Whalley, Katherine Williamson, Lynne McAdam. Staging John Upperton

30th Anniversary Season

April 2016

Mozart Don Giovanni  semi-staged (StJW)

Andrew Mayor, Oskar McCarthy, John Upperton, Emma Dogliani, Nicola Ihnatowicz.

November 2015 

Verdi Un ballo in maschera – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Jane Streeton, Andrew Mayor, Catrine Kirkman, Justin Bindley, Graham Stone, Joanna Gamble.

29th Season

March 2015

Puccini Tosca – semi-staged (StJW)

Deborah Stoddart, John Upperton, Stephen Holloway. Staging John Upperton & Lynne McAdam

November 2014

Mozart La clemenza di Tito – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Nicola Ihnatowicz, Norma Ritchie, Lucy Goddard, Emma Dogliani.

28th Season

March 2014 

Puccini La fanciulla del West – semi-staged (StJW)

Zoë South, John Upperton, Trevor Alexander.

October 2013

Verdi Otello – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Lorraine Ely, Andrew Mayor.

27th Season

April 2013

Massenet Werther – semi-staged (StJW)

John Upperton, Norma Ritchie, Trevor Alexander, Elinor Jane Moran.

November 2012

Beethoven Fidelio – semi-staged (StJW)

Zoë South, John Upperton, Stephen Holloway.

26th Season

February 2012

Wagner Die Walküre (Acts II & III in concert) (StJW)

Stephen Holloway, Zoë South, John Upperton, Deborah Stoddart, John Milne

November 2011

Mozart Idomeneo (StJW & Broadway Theatre)

Deborah Stoddart, John Upperton, Norma Ritchie, Emma Dogliani, Stephen Cviic

25th Season

February 2010

Wagnerabend  Die Walküre Act 1, Walkürenritt, Götterdämmerung Act III, Scenes 2 & 3 (StJW)

John Upperton, Deborah Stoddart, Stephen Holloway, Zoë South, John Milne

November 2010

Verdi Don Carlo (StJW & Broadway Theatre)

John Upperton, Trevor Alexander, Zoë South, Deborah Stoddart, Stephen Holloway, Aidan Smith, John Milne.

24th Season

April 2010

Weber Der Freischütz (StJW & Broadway Theatre)

John Upperton, Deborah Stoddart, Jane Streeton, Rupert Pentargon

October 2009  

Triple Bill:  Puccini Il tabarro; Poulenc Gloria; Puccini Suor Angelica (StJW)

Zoë South, Ben Regan, Trevor Alexander; Emma Dogliani;

Deborah Stoddart, Lynne McAdam, Catrine Kirkman, Katy Bingham-Best, Morag Boyle; staging (Suor) Trevor Alexander

23rd Season

March 2009  

Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (StJW & Broadway Theatre). Double-cast

Jane Streeton/Emma Dogliani, John Upperton, Trevor Alexander/William Leigh Knight, Stephen Holloway/Rupert Pentargon

October 2008

Verdi Aïda   (StJW & Broadway Theatre)

Deborah Stoddart, John Upperton, Zoë South, Trevor Alexander, Stephen Holloway

22nd  Season

April 2008

Bellini Norma (StJW & Broadway Theatre, Catford)

Deborah Stoddart, John Upperton, Emma Dogliani, Rupert Pentargon/William Leigh Knight

November 2007

Revival of Turandot (Broadway Theatre Catford) – for cast, see below

July 2007

World Première of Sorbet! Sorbet! by Simon Milton, Véronique Souberbielle & Bernard Turle

(MSO at the Festival de Carnoules, Var – fully staged, Bernard Turle)

21st Season

May 2007 

Puccini Turandot (with uncut original finale by Franco Alfano) (StJW)

Deborah Stoddart, John Upperton, Emma Dogliani, Rupert Pentargon

February 2007

Concert  Rossini Petite messe solennelle,  Poulenc Le bal masqué (StJW)

October 2006

Concert  Glière Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Elgar The Spirit of England, Simon Milton Tyranny of Distance (World Première) (StJW)

20th Season

April 2006 

Concert Mozart Sinfonia concertante K297b, Requiem; Simon Milton Fallen Idols (World Première) (StJW)

February 2006 

Concert Simon Milton Fanfare for Verdi Brass; G Gabrieli Canzon primi toni à 10; Verdi Requiem (StJW)

November 2005 

20th Anniversary Concert   Handel Ode on St Cecilia’s Day;  Finzi Dies Natalis;

Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (St John’s Smith Square)

July 2005  

Massenet Werther; John Gay The Beggar’s Opera (Festival de Carnoules, Var, fully staged)

19th Season

May 2005 

Concert   La Marseillaise (arr. Berlioz),  Fauré Requiem,  

Naji Hakim: World premières of his orchestrations of Phèdre, Ouverture Libanaise (StJW)

February 2005

Concert   Handel Zadok the Priest,  Mozart  Concert arias, Paris Symphony, Ave verum corpus, Beethoven Choral Fantasy, Simon Milton Ozymandias (World Première) (StJW) 

October 2004

Concert   Rossini Songs, Quartets & Choruses; Poulenc Le bal masqué;

Litanies à la Vierge noire de Rocamadour; Tel jour, telle nuit  (StJW)

18th Season

April 2004

Concert  Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, Verdi Requiem (StJW)

January 2004

Concert   Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin, Duparc Six mélodies,

Finzi Dies Natalis,  Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (StJW)

October 2003

Inaugural Concert of the Chorus of Midsummer Opera

Stravinsky Pulcinella, Rossini Stabat Mater (StJW)

July 2003

Bizet Carmen (in association with WEM7 at Carnoules, Var, France – fully staged, Bernard Turle)

17th Season

June 2003 

Purcell Dido & Aeneas, Prelleur Baucis & Philemon (fully staged)

Clarke & Daniel Purcell The Four Seasons from The Island Princess (Spitalfields Festival, Wilton’s)

May 2003 

Inaugural Concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Midsummer Opera; first MSO concert in StJW

Wagner Siegfried Idyll, Wesendonk Lieder; Berlioz Les nuits d’été, Carnaval Romain

16th Season

November 2001 

Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Woodville Halls, Gravesend, fully staged)   

15th Season

Spring 2001

November 2000

Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Barn Theatre, Oxted, fully staged)

Rossini La donna del lago (St John’s Smith Square) 

14th Season

July 1998

Revival of Dido & Aeneas (Opera Holland Park)

13th Season

Spring 1998

February 1998

June 1997

Revival of Rigoletto (Marlborough)

Revival of Rigoletto (Bermuda Festival)

Revival of Handel Atalanta (St John’s Smith Square & the Händel-Festspiele Halle)

12th Season

July 1996

Verdi Rigoletto (Polesden Lacey)  

11th Season

November 1995

July 1995

Revival of Dido & Aeneas (South Hill Park)

Revival of Partenope (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)

10th Season

May 1995

February 1995

July 1994

Revival of Le nozze di Figaro (Brighton Festival)

Revival of Le nozze di Figaro (Bermuda Festival)

Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Ealing & Polesden Lacey Open Air)

9th Season

September 1993

Blow Venus & Adonis & Purcell Dido & Aeneas (Ealing)   

8th Season

November 1992

Revival of Acis and Galatea (Grand Theatre, Blackpool & Syon House, Brentford)

October 1992

September 1992

July 1992

June 1992 

Revival of Così fan tutte (Weston-super-Mare)

Handel Agrippina (Ealing)

Revival of Acis and Galatea (Wiltz, Luxembourg)

Revival of Così fan tutte (Polesden Lacey Open Air Theatre)

7th Season

September 1991

July 1991

Revival of Così fan tutte (Ealing)

Opera al fresco II’ (Norwich)

6th Season

February 1991

September 1990

June 1990

Mozart Così fan tutte (Bermuda Festival)

Handel Partenope (Ealing)

Opera al fresco (Osterley Park House)

5th Season

March 1990

January 1990

October 1989

Revival of Acis and Galatea (Grand Théâtre de Tours)

Revival of L’occasione fa il ladro (St John’s Smith Square)

Revival of Acis and Galatea (St John’s Smith Square & Edinburgh Festival Theatre)

June/July 1989

Rossini  L’occasione fa il ladro (Ealing)    

4th Season

September 1988

June 1988

Handel Acis and Galatea (Ealing)

Alison Bauld Nell (World Première, MSO Commission), Van Diemen’s Land (Donmar Warehouse)

3rd Season

January 1988

September 1987

Revival of Atalanta (St John’s Smith Square)

Handel Atalanta (Ealing)

2nd Season

February 1987

July 1986

Revival of Erismena (St John’s Smith Square)

Cavalli Erismena (Ealing)

Opening Season

June 1985

Handel Rinaldo (in the garden of 90 Grange Road, Ealing)

Jenny Miller, David Skewes, James Meek, Lorelle Skewes, Teresa Lister

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