Now in its ninth year, Bijou Opera is an opera film club that meets periodically to screen great opera performances (plus the occasional ballet and operetta). In planning our programme for each year, we take great care in selecting what to show. We look for singers who can also act, production values that are true to the intentions of both the libbretist and composer, the finest orchestral playing and ‘proper’ sets and costumes.
In doing this, we provide something quite different from the local multiplex cinemas which offer the latest from the Met. and La Scala, because we primarily screen great performances from past decades. All our films carry subtitles in English, so whatever the original language, you can easily follow the story. A programme is on sale before every screening, and there is a 15 minute interval when tea/coffee and biscuits is served at no charge.
Our two film venues
We have two venues, one in Cirencester (The Royal Agricultural University) and the other in Cheltenham (Charlton Kings, Stanton Suite) to provide for the incresingly wide distribution of our membership. Both are commercial venues, equipped with professional high tech DVD projection and audio equipment, full blackout and comfortable seating, where everybody has a perfect view of the full size screen. All our performances take place on a Sunday afternoon, and prior to the screening, at both venues we continue to offer the popular option of a traditional Sunday lunch, with wine plus tea/coffee.
Our programme for 2018
The full programme for 2018 is available on our website.
As well as opera screenings, we run holiday trips – always based somewhere that we have good knowledge of the hotels and local attractions. Past holidays have included Vienna, Salzburg, and Tuscany.
Our next holiday is a trip to the North Cornish coastline, centred around Bude, in June 2019. See our holiday page for more information.
Joining the Bijou Opera Club
This is a friendly opera club with membership open to everyone. No knowledge of the subject is needed to belong, just an interest. Subscriptions for 2018 remain unchanged for a fifth year at £12.00 for an individual and £18.00 for a couple (from 1 August, £6.00 single, £9.00 couple). To join, follow the instructions on the membership page.
As a member, you will receive an email or letter in the post (your choice) one month in advance of each session, giving full details and a ticket order form. Tickets (at £12.00 each) need to be bought in advance. You may buy tickets for non-members (also at £12.00) who can attend as your guests.