Mike and Clair Stones

My wife and I were privileged to attend "From Darkness to Light". We would like to congratulate all those concerned in staging what was a very moving and thought-provoking occasion. Readings were aptly chosen and well delivered and music performed to a high level. Above all it was entirely appropriate that surviving members of the DLI, there when the camp was liberated, should be part of the parade. Moving also were the lines of children, each carrying shoes and the pile of footwear assembled at the font symbolising the victims.

Truly it inspired us to believe that such evils should never be forgotten and that every effort be made to ensure that the like never happens again.

Introducing InterOpera

Patron: Dame Josephine Barstow​

Alistair_Dawes_conducts_the_St_Cuthb4.JPGFor over ten years InterOpera has enabled its Durham Dales audiences to experience the finest music in the world and through music to reach a higher awareness of the world, its issues and its opportunities. Under the experienced baton of Alistair Dawes, world-class artists drawn from the UK’s major opera houses, have brought live opera to a mix of rural and cosmopolitan audiences including people who have never experienced live opera before, as well as opera-lovers unable to access high-quality opera because they live in remote rural places or find accessing opera difficult in other ways.​

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Projects and outreach work are used in many diverse ways:

  • attracting new audiences
  • promoting important themes and charities
  • raising awareness of current and important issues in targeted communities 

Blending international and emerging artists with local performers and creators, our aims are:

  • inclusiveness
  • integration
  • innovation
  • accessibility
  • participation

Alistair_Dawes_Felling_Band_Heather_.JPGWe use a wide range of venues and offer educational projects to dovetail with our productions. These projects build understanding alongside a sense of ownership and develop abilities and talents at all levels and ages.
Using contacts forged during Maestro Dawes' career at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at International Houses, expertise and imagination link hands with local enthusiasm and drive to produce our varied and polished performances.
Each event is individually and imaginatively designed to extend the experience of live operatic performance to new audiences and participants. 
If you would like to discuss a project, please contact us.