Victorian Opera Northwest promotes the excellent forgotten music of 19th century operas by British and Irish composers. A lot of this music was extremely popular yet has been unjustly neglected.

We uncover the hiding places of the original manuscripts, recreate fresh orchestral parts and print facsimile vocal scores to enable première recordings to be made for the collector.





Michael William Balfe's Satanella

Our performance of Satanella has now been released on Naxos 8.660378-79. It stars Sally Silver as Satanella and is conducted by Richard Bonynge. Details of the recording can be found here.

The CD set, collectors CD booklet (with full libretto); original libretto facsimile; vocal score and band parts are available from Victorian Opera Northwest. Please contact us for details.


Sullivan's On Shore & Sea and Kenilworth

The recording  of Arthur Sullivan's forgotten cantata, On Shore & Sea (1871) together with the masque Kenilworth (1864) was released in July 2014 on Dutton CDLX 7310, conducted by Richard Bonynge, AC CBE. Soloists Sally Silver, Nico Darmanin, Louise Winter, Donald Maxwell are joined by the John Powell Singers. See here for details of these works.  


British Opera Overtures

The orchestra of Victorian Opera Northwest under Richard Bonynge have recorded a number of Victorian English opera overtures and they are now available on SOMM CD 0123 : British Opera Overtures. More detail on the content can be found here.


Macfarren's Robin Hood

Victorian Opera Northwest's recording of Macfarren's Robin Hood has been released on Naxos 8.660306-07. John France in a MusicWeb International review wrote "This is a CD that all opera fans ought to have. Some people will ignore it simply because it was written by an Englishman during Queen Victoria's reign. They would be utterly misguided to do so. This is a great work; possibly the composer's masterpiece and is a light opera (not operetta) that can hold its best up against anything offered by the Italians and the French and the Germans from the same period."   Further details on the recording may be found here.



Victorian Opera Northwest are grateful for and rely on the contributions from sponsors who make these ventures possible. A tremendous amount of work is necessary to resurrect these works from oblivion and to create fresh scores and parts and sponsors and subscribers are needed to help meet all the costs. Sponsors' details will be printed within the CD booklet and they will receive advance complimentary copies.  Please contact us if you are interested in contributing.

We are very happy to welcome soloists and conductors interested in this genre to join us and take part in the recordings.



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