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Clonter Opera Theatre

Address : Swettenham Heath
Town/City : Congleton
County : Cheshire
Country : England
Post code : CW12 2LR
Phone : 01260 224514
Web Site :  www.clonteropera.com

Clonter hopes that you will be able to join us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary year. We have a more diverse programme than ever before, and very much hope that you can find something to suit your taste.



cheshire clonter2Clonter Opera Theatre, at the heart of the countryside, captures the drama and glamour of a night at the theatre but with a twist – combining performances with either a 70 minute supper/picnic interval, or a pre-performance supper, all in a converted barn in Cheshire, North West England.

This delightfully quirky venue contains a 400 seat auditorium with adjoining bar and dining areas; offering the option of formal dining, ready made canapé baskets or you can bring your very own interval feast to be eaten at an indoor picnic table.

Clonter also has its own highly regarded residential opera studio which is a springboard for up and coming opera stars to gain further experience and work with top music and stage directors. See those stars now as they embark on their opera career – a list of past performers reads like a 'Who's Who' of some of the biggest names in opera today.


As part of Clonter Opera Theatre, the Clonter Farm Music Trust (CFMT) is committed to providing the highest quality training and performance opportunities for young singers. The mission is to 'bridge the gap' between conservatoire and professional work.

Each year Clonter Opera auditions hundreds of young singers at music colleges around the UK, and also holds auditions for singers who have recently embarked on professional careers. Most singers who take part in the opera studios are under 30 all tuition and accommodation is provided free of charge. When appropriate more established artists are also offered opportunities to develop more demanding roles.

Residential facilities and a staff of international experience ensure that singers, selected after comprehensive auditions, achieve maximum potential during the 'opera studios' and thereafter. Through the creation of Clonter Farm Music Trust (CFMT) a unique residential, touring and educational programme was developed and continues to grow.

The artistic policy is to select repertoire that is both suitable for young singers and also attractive to the general public. Tailored versions of whole operas allow singers to perform complete roles with orchestra.

Summer productions are taken on tour to London in the Autumn with performances at the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music. This gives singers an extended period to 'get to know their roles', an invaluable opportunity for the singers to be seen by managements and press and is an essential part of the overall vision. The next tour is planned for 2013.

Clonter's unique Opera Prize, worth £2,000, is the only inter-conservatoire opera prize awarded in the United Kingdom. Singers are nominated by the heads of opera at the principal music colleges and then go forward to a competition at Clonter Opera Theatre, held at the beginning of each year.

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