2019 Autumn Concerts: Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz

Saturday 5th October 2019 – Holy Cross and St Mary Church, Quainton
Saturday 12th October 2019 – St Mary’s Church, Princes Risborough

This autumn we will perform Berlioz’s sparkling opéra comique Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. We will perform in French, with a narrative in English replacing the spoken dialogue. There will be two performances, directed from the piano by Musical Director Kelvin Lim.


There is plenty of chorus work in Béatrice et Bénédict. We do not audition chorus members – all are welcome.

Chorus rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 7 to 10pm and will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP21 7QX in the Parish Hall. There will be five rehearsals, on Mondays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September and the afternoon of the concert days.

Principal roles

We will pay small fees to those singers taking principal roles, subject to contract.  As a concert presentation, principals cast are not required to be off-book in performance. However they are expected to know their parts thoroughly ahead of coaching sessions in September with the Musical Director, to be arranged at mutual convenience.

We are holding general auditions for the principal roles and these are open to all. They will be held on Sunday 19th May from 3 to 7pm at our rehearsal venue, Holy Trinity Church, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP21 7QX in the Parish Hall. To book an audition time, please send an email to: auditions.aylesburyopera@gmail.com. Closing date for applications is 5th May.

Audition Repertoire

Béatrice          Recit and aria: Dieu! que viens je d’entendre!
Héro                Je vais le voir
Ursule             An appropriate aria in French
Bénédict         Ah! je vais l’aimer
Claudio          An appropriate aria in French
Don Pedro     An appropriate aria in French
Somarone      Le vin de Syracuse

We will provide an accompanist, however you are welcome to bring your own.