The Opera Cabaret began in 1996 as a small experimental musical event for the Stoke Newington Midsummer Festival. It was the brainchild of Farquhar McKay, local music enthusiast and frustrated impresario. Farquhar wanted to share his love of opera with a wide audience of existing opera lovers and newcomers to the world of opera with all its excesses, excitement and enchantment. So, the first Opera Cabaret took place in the theatre at Stoke Newington School which , for a brief enchanted evening, was transformed into a cabaret style theatre, where the audience sat at little candle lit tables and drank wine while three young singers sang a selection of arias from the big showstopper operas.
Since then, the Opera Cabaret has grown into a spectacular celebration of music and fun, with superb performances of arias, duets and ensembles by a group of accomplished singers, many of whom are well established on opera stages. After popping up in various venues around Stoke Newington, the Opera Cabaret has found a home for the last few years at the The Round Chapel in Lower Clapton. Here, the tradition of cabaret is continued with the transformation of the Victorian chapel into glittering opera venue.
In April 2015 the Opera Cabaret presented a magical evening in Primrose Hill, and we are delighted to the returning to the newly refurbished Cecil Sharp House on June 5th 2016.
The evening is presented by Adey Grummet with great verve and always culminates in a mighty rendering by audience and performers of ‘Va Pensiero’ , the stirring chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s Nabucco. Come and join us!