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Festivals and Street Opera

Oyster Opera loves bringing opera to people who have never been into an opera house or even to a classical concert. Dressed in fabulous eccentric operatic costumes we take our portable battery-operated sound system with our backing tracks and hit the festivals and streets of Britain and abroad!

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"Thanks for such an enjoyable performance - you put the sunshine back into our lives on that rather dismal day !!"
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WHERE WE HAVE PERFORMED

We have sung at the Barnstaple Festival, Ferrara Festival, Italy, Exeter Festival, Hampton Court Festival, City of London Festival, as well as in London's Covent Garden, Taste of London food fair at Somerset House and Regent's Park, La Dolce Vita lifestyle show in Earl's Court and Greenwich Car Free day, high up in a scissor-lift to name a few!

We have also sung in Jersey in full 18th Century costume during the hottest weather on record and the other extreme - battling against the freezing wind at the Big Splash, in Brighton. We have been seen in Dublin with our Gondola at the Tall Ships Festival and at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland and many, many more!

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"I've never been to an opera - but now I'm definitely going to give it a go.
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The effect is truly magical! Children are spellbound by the fabulous clothes and loud noise, ie singing. Teenagers try not to listen but can't resist the powerful voices - so very different from Girls Aloud and Take That! Adults are amazed and delighted. They all love to be chased or serenaded.

We attract crowds of all ages and while maintaining beautiful, engaging music, we like to focus on entertaining and having fun.

We can perform with 1, 2, 3 or more singers, alone or with oyster opera's Gondola, to traverse the lawns, paths or pavement (not too good on cobbles!) Or for Christmas The Snow Queen, and/or King and/or Rumple (the dwarf) in her fabulous Narnia-esque sleigh - a must for any Christmas entertainment.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------"Where's your microphone? No, she's miming! - You can't sing that loud without a microphone!" (......oh yes we can!)
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OYSTER OPERA IN DISGUISE!

We just can't say no! We get loads of requests to dress up as waiting staff, or chefs, and cleaning staff, or just to mingle into a venue dressed like everyone else (Mystery Guests) . and then SUDDENLY . da daaaaa! Surprise!!! We break into song with either the battery-operated sound system hidden in our shopping bag or in a bucket - or we might be wearing lapel microphones, or using handhelds - and it's "Wow!" everyone thinks it's great.

Okay, sometimes there might be one or two grumpy chaps who don't like it, but we move swiftly away to serenade all the others - generally everyone thinks it's fabulous.

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"I've got goosepimples all over my arms hearing you singing. It was amazing!"
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OYSTER OPERA IN DUBAI

If you've been in Dubai you may have seen three oyster opera singers at the Kempinski Shopping Mall or in the huge Sezzam Restaurant overlooking the Ski Slope?

For a month at a time oysters have been entertaining shoppers, residents and holidaymakers in various venues. Dressed in normal clothes or as waiters or chefs, they burst into song whilst wandering along the malls or through the restaurant, as well as performing on the stage to massive audiences together with a variety of acts from all over the world who have been specially brought to the Kempinski Mall.

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To see more images of Oyster Opera performing at Festivals and Street Operas, please see our photo gallery.

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SO, if you would like oyster opera to liven up your festival, fair, shopping centre or event please contact us.

We don't usually need any extra equipment unless we are to wear microphones and therefore will have to do a sound check with your engineer. We will just turn up, decide the best place to base the orchestra, or just tow it along with us in various disguises and then burst into song!

Usually 2 x 20 minutes slots.

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