Forthcoming Performances >>

25 November 2014
Winter Gala Concert and Dinner

Past Performances >>

29 July 2014
Summer Season Preview Concert

31 August 2014
The Business of opera:
a careers day for singers

7 - 13 September 2014
The Little Green Swallow
and the BYO Masterclass Series

15 April 2014
Gala Concert and Dinner

19 November 2013
Gala Dinner and Concert

2013 Summer Season
Paul Bunyan
The Secret Marriage

3 June 2013
Summer Gala Concert

18 November 2012
25th Anniversary Concert

2012 Summer Season
The Bartered Bride
A Night at the Chinese Opera

12 June 2012
Gala Recital with Dame Felicity Lott

14 March 2012
Gala Concert, The Queen's Chapel

24 November 2011
Masterclass with Sir Mark Elder

2011 Summer Season
Le nozze di Figaro
The Rape of Lucretia

24 May 2011
Gala Recital with Sir Thomas Allen

29 November 2010
Masterclass with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

2010 Summer Season
La bohème

2009 Summer Season
Il Signor Bruschino & La scala di seta
The Rake's Progress

2008 Summer Season
La Rondine

2007 Summer Season
The Magic Flute
Albert Herring

September 1987 - September 2006
Past Productions

7 - 13 September 2014 Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street WC2A 2HT [map]

The Little Green Swallow: British Youth Opera Summer Season at the Peacock Theatre, 7-13 September 2014

The Little Green Swallow

Music by Jonathan Dove
Words by Carlo Gozzi
English translation by Adam Pollock

Monday 8 September, 7pm

Thursday 11 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 13 September, 7pm

Booking Form

'This world of singing apples, talking statues and dangerous quests seemed to cry out for music.' (Jonathan Dove)

From Carlo Gozzi - the 18th-century writer of Turandot and other magical fables - comes a sequel to The Love of Three Oranges.

Written in 1994, The Little Green Swallow was Jonathan Dove's first full-length opera, paving the way for his later Flight, The Enchanted Pig, The Adventures of Pinocchio and Mansfield Park.

In 2008 British Youth Opera gave the third UK production of Flight, heralded as one of the company's most acclaimed productions to date. We are proud to return to Jonathan Dove's music to give the third production of The Little Green Swallow.

The opera is set 18 years after The Love of Three Oranges and weaves commedia dell'arte into a fairy-tale world of intrigue and magic and the truly fabulous cast of 14 includes a court-jester-turned-sausage-vendor, long-lost royal twins, a couple of singing statues, three singing apples (after the previous fable's three oranges) and the little green swallow... who is not what he seems.

See below for cast list.

'Anyone who knows Dove's more recent opera Flight will be familiar with the style of this piece, which is influenced by John Adams and Stephen Sondheim.' (The Stage, 2005)

'Anybody who enjoys Stravinsky, Britten or John Adams will find them rolled together with expert grace in Dove's hands to form an inspiringly individual style.' (Richad Fairman, Financial Times, 2005)

'Few present-day composers are as accessible, dramatically astute and musically resourceful as Jonathan Dove.' (Richard Morrison, Chief Music Critic, The Times)

'Jonathan Dove's Flight... Energy, focus, pitch, visual design, the fusion of singer and character, the Southbank Sinfonia's ebullience: everything zoomed to the top, creating a triumphantly enjoyable show suitable for everyone, not just BYO supporters, families and friends.' (Geoff Brown, The Times, 2008)

The Little Green Swallow

Cover Performance (excerpts only)
Friday 12 September, 7.30pm

BYO's cover (understudy) performances are always popular with opera lovers, agents and casting agents, giving audiences an opportunity to hear more young singers on the threshold of their careers.

Booking Form

The BYO Masterclass Series
at the Peacock Theatre

A series of three public masterclasses in which leading figures from the world of opera work with BYO singers, coaching them on vocal and dramatic technique in a selection of arias and ensembles from the operatic repertoire.

Sunday 7 September, 2.30pm
with Susan Bullock

Susan Bullock is one of the world's most sought-after dramatic sopranos, particularly renowned for her role as Brünhilde in Wagner's 'Ring' cycle.

Booking Form

Sunday 7 September, 7pm
with Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner is recognised as one of the most talented conductors of his generation and has been Music Director of English National Opera since 2007. He is also a BYO alumnus, having been Assistant Conductor for BYO's 1998 production of Così fan tutte.

Booking Form

Tuesday 9 September, 7.30pm
with Diana Montague and David Rendall

Mezzo-soprano Diana Montague and tenor David Rendall have between them a wide-ranging repertoire and a wealth of experience on international opera stages from the Royal Opera House in London to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Booking Form

'Each masterclass has been so fascinating - such an eye-opener on what lies behind a great performance.' (BYO audience member)

The business of opera:
a careers day for singers
at the Edric Theatre, London South Bank University

Sunday 31 August, 10.30am

A special one-day BYO workshop addressing the non-performing aspects of a professional opera singer's career and providing advice on how to be successful off stage as well as on, with expert speakers from a range of roles across the opera profession.

Eventbrite - The business of opera: a careers day for singers

'This day helped me focus on what a singing career meant for me and what I needed to do to get there.' (BYO participant)

'The workshop was an invaluable insight into the singing profession and I feel a lot more informed now about the career I'm embarking upon.' (BYO participant)

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The Little Green Swallow: British Youth Opera Summer Season at the Peacock Theatre, 7-13 September 2014

The Little Green Swallow

Music by Jonathan Dove
Words by Carlo Gozzi
English translation by Adam Pollock

Creative Team

Lionel Friend
Stuart Barker
Simon Bejer
Lighting Designer
David Howe
Movement Director
Victoria Newlyn
Puppetry Consultant
Darren East
Production Manager
Tamsin Rose
Company Senior Stage Manager
Jenni Price
Costume Supervisors
Beth Madden
Laura Stanfield

Artistic and Production Trainees

Assistant Conductor
James Sherlock
Assistant Director
Laura Attridge
Assistant Designer
Zoe Hammond
Anna Reid
Assistant Lighting Designer / Programming Assistant
Rob Price
Matthildur Anna Gísladóttir
Jamie Matthew
Eda Seppar
Assistant Production Manager
James Ashby
Stage Manager
Casandra Adey
Deputy Stage Manager
Roma Melnyk
Assistant Stage Manager Book Cover
Mikael Bellanco
Assistant Stage Manager Props
Annabel Butler
Props Makers
Katy Eldesten
Rebecca Erratt
Lorna Ratcliffe
Wardrobe Assistants
Emma Kempson
Catherine Turley


Dominick Felix
King Tartaglia
Joseph Padfield
Elizabeth Karani
Emma Kerr
Tom Verney
Filipa van Eck
Adam Temple-Smith
Rozanna Madylus
Ed Ballard
Eirlys Myfanwy Davies
Matt Buswell
Three Singing Apples
Hazel McBain
Llio Evans
Katie Coventry


Dominic Walsh
King Tartaglia
Jonathan Alley
Sofia Larsson
Kamilla Dunstan
Cenk Karaferya
Charlotte Schoeters
Andrew Henley
Fiona Mackay
Nicholas Morton
Charlotte King
William Thomas
Three Singing Apples
Victoria Songwei Li
Susanna Buckle
Elspeth Marrow