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Arts Council to support Dorset Opera

Dorset Opera is very pleased to announce that it has been successful in its bid to the Arts Council Catalyst Small Grants programme.

Phil Gibby, Area Director South West, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Dorset Opera through our National Lottery funded Catalyst Small Grants programme, this investment will help to build their fundraising capacity and attract more private giving.

“The Catalyst Small Grants fund is one of the measures we put in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient arts and culture sector. This grant is one of more than one hundred we are making across England and we look forward to seeing the impact this investment will have for Dorset Opera and more widely across the country.”



Following a very successful 2017 season which was acclaimed by critics, the Dorset Opera Festival is presenting two new productions for 2018. The British stage première of Massenet’s Le Cid and Puccini’s perennial favourite La bohème.

In acknowledging Arts Council England’s generosity Dorset Opera’s Artistic Director, Roderick Kennedy, said: “To be performing the British première of an opera as glorious as Le Cid 106 years after the composer’s death is quite extraordinary – especially when that composer is as revered as Jules Massenet.

“We have a distinguished history at Dorset Opera of performing premières and Le Cid promises to be a popular choice. Whilst it has been occasionally performed elsewhere in the world and it was a huge success when it was first written, it has since fallen out of the repertoire. On reviewing a production at the Paris Opera in 2015, a British critic described it as ‘a masterpiece’.”

Tickets will be available when the box office opens on March 6th via 01202 499199 or online at www.dorsetopera.com.