“A sort of delightful terror”
Founded in 2019, Gothic Opera curates mysterious performances of rarely-seen operas in uncanny, atmospheric spaces, taking the dark, eerie intensity of gothic fiction as its starting point.
“A sort of delightful terror” is an expression used by Edmund Burke in A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, 1757
Co-founder and director Alice Usher talks to Opera Now magazine about the inspirations and goals that brought the company to life.
Click here for full article.
"All credit to Gothic Opera for staging this rarely performed opera with such palpable enthusiasm."
Opera Now reviews Der Vampyr. Full write-up here.
"One of the best performances of anything I have ever seen... ever."
Der Vampyr audience member on Instagram.
"The music was wonderful, and the young singers were outstanding, with a forceful vampire by Ian Beadle and exquisite singing by all the women."
Der Vampyr audience member on Facebook.
A Gothic Festival:
Now available to watch online
This Halloween, Gothic Opera presented a stylish evocation of the eerie and macabre, performed by a large cast of talented singers. In three curated concerts, the audience journeyed through a selection of rarely-heard spine-chilling operatic repertoire, some of which was performed for the first time since the nineteenth century.
You can now watch the performances online here.
Gothic Opera returns to London Month of the Dead
We performed a selection of spine-chilling songs and arias with a great cast of singers at Kensal Green Cemetery, on 9th, 10th and 11th October.
Click here to find out more.
Your first glimpse of our Bluebeard's Castle project
We're delighted to share a snapshot of Bluebeard's Castle. Featuring live singing by the cast and animations by the students of Ravensbourne University. Livestream on 4th July, hosted by Neverthere @Surge festival. Click here to watch.
All four chapters of The Goth Chapters digital project are now available
Gothic Opera presents the exclusive premiere of composer Stacy Garrop's song cycle, The Goth Chapters, recorded in isolation in the coronavirus crisis. Click here to see all four chapters.