Dorset Chamber Opera was founded in 1990 and gave many successful opera performances for over twenty years. It was a small, non-profit making company, which had at its core a group of professional and semi-professional singers, some of whom have sung with the best opera groups in the country.
It toured Dorset and the South West, performing in country houses, theatres, churches and arts centres.
Fully-staged operas were presented, in costume, usually in English and to a piano accompaniment.
DCO was recognised as a company dedicated to the art of singing and the production of fine, small-scale operatic performances. Its performances raised in excess of £20,000 for charity.
1991 The Marriage of Figaro 1991 Cosi fan Tutte
1992 Suor Angelica 1992 Hansel and Gretel
1993 Don Pasquale 1993 The Marriage of Figaro
1994 The Secret Marriage 1995 The Barber of Seville
1996 Cosi fan Tutte 1997 La Traviata
1998 Don Pasquale 1998 G & S Excerpts
1999 The Marriage of Figaro 2000 The Elixir of Love 2000 The Devil’s Trill 2003 Amahl and The Night Visitors
2003 Barber, Boheme, Rusticana, Rigoletto excerpts
2004 Echo and Narcissus 2010 The Cask of Amontillado
The Marriage of Figaro
Cosi Fan Tutte
Hansel and Gretel
The Secret Marriage
The Barber of Seville
Gilbert and Sullivan Excerpts
The Elixir of Love
The Devil's Trill
Amahl and the Night Vistors
Joint production with Puddletown Middle School. Following workshops given by Dorset Chamber Opera within the school, the opera was performed with the school choir as chorus and featuring Robbie Bowering's operatic debut in the title role. It was presented twice, once for the school children and once for parents and friends.