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 premiere recordings to be made for the collector.




New Recording:   Alfred Cellier's Dorothy (1886)

conducted by Richard Bonynge

Following the success of Balfe's Satanella we have had requests to research a number of good operettas/musicals over the last year. Amongst the composers, probably the best to consider is Alfred Cellier (1844-1891). He wrote six operettas/musicals and was a chorister with Sullivan at the Chapel Royal. He became Sullivan's MD for Savoy Opera premieres in London and New York and for them wrote 10 curtain-raisers, a few of which have been of recent interest.   Dorothy was a tremendous West End success that out-shone the popular Mikado, playing concurrently. It seemed that no recording was possible as the music appeared to be lost. However, we have at last been able to assemble a full score and are now in a position to record.

As before, we are indebted to Richard Bonynge for giving us his support and agreeing to conduct the recording. The lead role of Dorothy will be taken by the well known soprano Majella Cullagh.  Other parts, chorus and orchestra will be drawn from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester thus giving them a valuable opportunity to broaden their experience at an early stage in their careers.

However, as always, to achieve all this we need your help. Please see the flyer for details of how you can help or contact the chairman, Ray Walker - 

Michael William Balfe's The Sleeping Princess

The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is staging a performance of Balfe's operetta The Sleeping Princess in Dublin on 22 January at 7.30pm. See here for details.  

Backdrop to a Legend

by Raymond Walker & David Skelly

This new hardback theatre book on the scenic design of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company is shortly to be published by Limited Edition only. It details theatre history, lighting, the scenic artists, their fascinating lives and their working. Subscribers will be listed within the book and copies will be numbered. See here for more details. Please contact us for sample pages and any enquiries.  

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 hereb> 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.



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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