Our New Opera on Radio Sheffield


Today on Paulette Edwards’ BBC Radio Sheffield you can hear Oliver Gildea (Des) and Sarah Kinsey (Donna) singing, and Robert Webb and Stephen Holmes being interviewed about Donna and Her Mobile.

Listen to the interview below:-

Also here is a clip of Sarah Ashton as Norma in #donnaandhermobile during the Tech rehearsal.

Sarah Ashton as Norma in #donnaandhermobile – tech rehearsal.

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Plus the “Bitches Chorus” Rehearsal!

Tech rehearsal for #donnaandhermobile

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Cinderella at Sheffield Cathedral – Classical Weekend

As part of the ‪#‎ClassicalWeekend‬ ‪#‎SheffieldCityOpera‬ is performing a reduced version of Jules Massenet Cinderella. Come along an enjoy a great (short) opera!

25th October 2015 – 1pm – Sheffield Cathedral

Tickets available on the door.


Musical Director and Pianist- Robert Webb

  • Cinderella (Lucette) – Sarah Richards
  • Cinderella’s Stepmother (Mme de la Haltiere) – Rachel Abbott
  • Cinderella’s Stepsisters (Noemie and Dorothee) – Fiona Constantine & Alexandra Robinson
  • Cinderella’s Father (Pandolfe) – Mike Willis
  • Prince Charming Rebecca Lambert
  • The King – Jeremy Craven
  • The Fairy Godmother – Lorraine Webb


Anne Bailey, Celia Lock, Helen Mathers, Marjorie Skidmore, Brenda Wingfield, Lynda Glover, Jean Hulley, Ruth Speare, Christine Warren, Helen Wickett, Barry Dines, Jeremy Craven, David Tomkins

Cinderella rehearsals in full swing

Last night rehearsals we were joined by the principals playing Cinderella, Madame de la Haltière and the Fairy. Chorus rehearsals are progressing well and proving a lot of fun.

Some snaps of our rehearsals for Cinderella in full swing! We’re having lots of fun getting ready, and really want you to come and have fun with us in June! Head over to Sheffield City Opera’s facebook page for the opera event page and details on where to buy tickets ‪@scopera‪#‎sheffieldcityopera‬#‎cinderella

At the King's Palace – Rehearsals for Cinderella

Fun times at Wednesday’s rehearsal.

This week we have been staging the scene at the King’s Palace where the prince has to choose a wife.

The King tell him that “soon you will see quite a display, the Creme de la Creme of my Kingdom”

The court is not so sure…

Cinderella – Opera – Sleep, Dream, Believe…


  • 7.30pm Fri 26 June
  • 2:30pm Sat 27 June
  • 7.30pm Sat 27 June

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Please note, the number of seats are limited – so don’t delay.

Sheffield City Opera Presents -Cinderella

Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1XZ
Music by Jules Massenet
English version by Jeremy Sams
Performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited

**For Health and Safety reasons, the Library Theatre cannot accommodate wheelchairs.**



Cinderella: Sarah Richards
Madame de la Haltière (stepmother of Cinderella): Rachel Abbott
Prince Charming: Rebecca Lambert
The Fairy: Lorraine webb
Dorothée, stepsister of Cinderella: Rosie Thickett
Noémie, stepsister of Cinderella: Fiona Constantine
Pandolfe, Cinderella’s father: Jak Laight
The King: Michael Willis


Musical Director: Robert Webb
Artistic Director: Kay Guccione

The story…

Cinderella lives in a grey world. As she stares into the ashes she cannot let herself dream like other girls. Upstairs it’s a riot of screaming colour as the stepsisters try on ball gowns. Their mother gushes as servants run in and out like ants. Comedy piles on comedy as the trio make some truly astonishing style choices.

Enter Fairy Godmother : Cinderella shall go to the ball. For Cinderella’s gown she borrows from the stars, the sun, the moon and a rainbow brushed with snow. Soon Cinderella unfurls into the being she truly is.

At the ball, dazzling days open up for Cinderella and the Prince. Each awakens in the other what otherwise could not be. Then, Cinderella in her haste loses her glass slipper – a slipper made of dreams. Without her dreams, Cinderella is lost. So is Prince Charming.

Enter once more the Fairy Godmother. As she raises her wand, her tender voice soars to the stars as she bids the pair ‘sleep, dream, believe…’

Massenet’s music underscores the action with wit, drama, and at times, sheer beauty – music that invites you to dream.

Falling In Love

A concert for Valentine’s Day

This concert features some of the greatest love-moments in opera and musical theatre – the rhapsodic love theme from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’; the passionate ‘Habanera’ from George Bizet’s ‘Carmen’; the love-bombing duet from Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’. Plus we have favourites from musical theatre – the unforgettable songs of Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein.

There’s also fun and froth galore in Donizetti’s ‘Elixir of Love’ – a world of True Romance comics. The fun continues with the Catalogue Song from Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ as a servant runs through a list of his master’s conquests as long as your arm.

It’s music to fall in love with.

Saturday, 14th February 2015 at 7:30pm

Dronfield Civic Centre Dronfield, S18 1PD.


Tickets: £10 (including refreshments)
Ticket Phone Line: 07547 230632

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Auditions for Cinderella – February 2015

Sheffield City Opera is planning to stage the opera Cinderella by Jules Massenet at the Library Theatre in Sheffield during week commencing 22nd June 2015. Current plans are to conduct three performances on 26th and 27th June 2015 at the Library Theatre in Sheffield. The opera will be sung in English.

In preparation, Sheffield City Opera is conducting auditions in Sheffield on Sunday, 1st February 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00pm for the various singing roles in Cinderella.

A second date of Sunday, 8th February (2pm to 5pm) has been arranged for any follow up auditions or for those who cannot make the first date.

If you wish to take part in the auditions, please respond to Barry Dines by email at:

To assist us in scheduling everybody into the time available, please let us know if you have a preferred time for your audition and we will try and accommodate this.

Best Regards,
Barry Dines – Chairman, Sheffield City Opera

Wanted: Artistic Director for Cinderella Opera

Sheffield City Opera is looking for an artistic director for our production of Jules Massenet’s Cinderella next May.

We are looking for a person that match as closely to the following criteria:-

  • Experience staging full operas in a theatre.
  • Prepared to work with an amateur company and have ideas on how to create an exciting production on a limited budget
  • Live locally in Sheffield and be prepared to organise and take rehearsals from Jan – May next year

Ideally we are looking for someone who wishes to gain more experience with opera production and can “bed-in” with the company for its duration. Due to limited funds we would not be able to pay for this undertaking, but could provide some expenses.

If you are interested please email info@sheffieldcityopera.com with your name and supporting information for the role. Entries should be received before 30th November 2014, and we will make a decision on the role by the end of December 2014.

Thank you.

Michael Willis

Former SCO member Elizabeth Watts sings at Last Night of the Proms

Elizabeth Watts, a previous member of Sheffield City Opera, is sing at the Last Night of the Proms this weekend. She will feature in both Part 1 (on BBC2) and Part 2 (on BBC1).

We are so pleased that Liz will be singing at this prestigious event.

You can find out more on her Radio 3 broadcast here and the programme for the evening this Saturday.

Follow Liz on Twitter