Summer 2021: Garsington Opera (booking closed)

26 September Sunday: WNO Madam Butterfly, 4.00 Millennium Theatre, Cardiiff ( please see web page)

21 October, Thursday: WNO The Barber of Seville, 7.15, Hippodrome. Birmingham (please see web page)

Winter 2021-22 The Society plans to mount a full series of monthly meetings before Christmas. We have provisionally booked Simon Rees to talk about Madam Butterfly in September and The Barber of Seville in October. Dates tbc. For our opera dvds the committee have already selected a Metropolitan Opera production: The Enchanted Island. This is a  pastiche of Shakespearean comedy with music selected from baroque opera and with a magnificent cast. We hope to enhance the festive mood of the evening with an equally festive tea in the interval. Date tbc. 

After Christmas we aim to complete the interrupted Ring  cycle with Gotterdammerung and we have booked a further lecture on the Ring. Date tbc.  By this time we hope to be able to recommence our usual programme of opera trips.

Information about ETO:  ETO are touring Armidigi (Handel) this Autumn. The nearest venues are Leamington Spa (23 October) and Bradford on Avon (27 October)  Any members individually interested, please consult the website:

ETO plan to arrange a performance of Bach, St John Passion with local choirs (date and venue tbc)  and a season at The Everyman with La Boheme and The Golden Cockerel (arrangements tbc). ETO are eager to re-establish their links with COS.

Please get in touch with the committee at any time via the website with ideas and suggestions.