About us


Artistic Directors
Jack Edwards Peter Holman

Opera Restor'd is a touring company specialising in seventeenth and eighteenth century English opera and music theatre.

These centuries provided a wealth of attractive, accessible music which is not well known yet part of our musical heritage and still entertaining today. Supported by the expertise of specialists in the field, yet always bearing in mind the expectations of modern audiences, the company seeks to bring this repertory to a wide audience both at home and abroad.

In recent years we have focused on small-scale, fully-staged, flexible productions of eighteenth century works from both England and Europe, sung in English and supported by a small orchestra.

The company has performed in theatres, concert halls, historic buildings and major festival venues throughout Britain and has toured to France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey. Since its creation in 1986 the company has attracted considerable acclaim for re-creating and making accessible the rich musical life of earlier centuries.

Opera Restor'd was the first opera Company to tour on the Early Music Network, has provided music and performers for the film Princess Caraboo and featured in the BBC Radio series Opera Out and About.

The company works with Hyperion Records in recording English opera.

Past productions have included:
Thomas Arne:
The Cooper
Samuel Arnold:
The Portrait
William Boyce: Peleus and Thetis
Charles Dibdin:
The Grenadier, The Brickdust Man, The Ephesian Matron
John Frederick Lampe:
Pyramus and Thisbe
Matthew Locke: The Masque of Orpheus
La Serva Padrona
The Death of Dido
Dido and Aeneas, Saul and the Witch of Endor

We also make the repertory known through broadcasting and educational work.


Sir Michael Checkland, Sir Claus Moser KCB, CBE, FBA, Professor Brian Trowell

Member of the Independent Theatre Council
and the Opera and Music Theatre Forum

Main contact: Caroline Anderson
Tel: +44 020 8870 7649 Fax: +44 020 8516 6313
54 Astonville Street, London SW18 5AJ

Opera Restor'd is represented in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and
Spain by Thomas Wolfram, Primusic Wien.
Tel: 0043 1 532 71 24 FAX: 0043 1 532 71 40




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Registered address: 54 Astonville Street, London SW18 5AJ

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