Opera da Camera was formed in 1981 by Jeffrey Davies as a small professional opera company and registered charity.
The original objectives were to provide opera performances for children, young people and adults, of high quality at modest cost, and to take opera to areas and venues where the art form seldom reaches.
Opera da Camera developed as a small-scale touring group to perform rare operas, as well as some of the more standard repertoire, excerpts and concerts, performing not only in theatres and at festivals but also in unusual venues.
Following this Opera da Camera evolved further and a summer school was held at the University of East Anglia Music Department, where eminent professional musicians, performers and composers such as Susie Allan, Stephen Varcoe, Ian Kennedy, Graham Trew, Angela Bostock, Michael Pilkington and Betty Roe shared their expertise and tutored all standards of singers and instrumentalists over the course of a weekend.
As of 2013, Opera da Camera began running workshops under the title East Anglia Music School and now holds three one day events per year. The high standard of professionals remain and we have been privileged to share music and learn from the best in today’s field. These have included pianist and accompanist Roger Vignoles, baritone and composer Roderick Williams, soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, contralto Hilary Summers and Royal Wedding soprano Elin Manahan-Thomas.
We are privileged to be able to say that our Honourary President is Roger Vignoles and Honourary Vice President is Roderick Williams OBE.