Hatstand Opera are a professional opera company based in Farnborough in the UK. We’ve been presenting opera highlight shows for almost 20 years, and we are a UK Ltd company. We have an experienced core of international opera singers and pianists, and we work mainly with digital piano accompaniment.
Hatstand Opera’s office is in Farnborough in Hampshire, famous for its international airshow. Hatstand Opera do travel across the UK and beyond to sing, so do call us if you want a performance in Penzance or Perth Scotland – or even Perth Australia!
Yes, we do sing at weddings; see our Opera at Weddings page for more details. We can sing either during the ceremony, or at the reception, or at both!
Yes, we offer a funeral singer service through our sister website www.singersforfunerals.co.uk.
Hatstand Opera perform frequently outside during the summer months, and we very much enjoy singing in the glorious British sunshine! If you’d like an outdoor opera event, whether raising funds for charity or for a private party, please see our Put on a Show page.
All our public performances are listed on our Hatstand Opera Performances Diary page, with full details of how you can buy tickets for any of our shows. Please note that we never sell tickets direct ourselves; tickets are only available from contacts listed on the Diary page.
In a word, no! We do not list all our private performances on a public performance diary for obvious reasons, so while there may be gaps in our diary when it appears we are not performing, we actually often are! Do call us on 01252 511 762 to check our ability on any given date.
Yes, we’ve sung at many private homes, from elegant Georgian houses to modest semi-detached homes, and most places in between. Our only criteria is that there is enough space for us, your guests, our digital piano, and a room large enough that even when we sing quietly, we won’t deafen everybody! Please ring us on 01252 511 762 to discuss, as it’s always easier to talk through on the phone.
Yes, Hatstand Opera can be booked direct, as we don’t have an agent or sole agency representation. Most professional party planners and wedding organisers book us and liaise with us direct, and we then invoice you rather than the client.
Sorry, we don’t offer a singing waiter or surprise waitress style of show. It’s interesting that many clients who booked such a show in previous years often book us as a follow-on for guests who enjoyed the opera and the music. We can still be a ‘surprise’ item during an evening, suddenly appearing in the middle of dinner for example, but we will need to set up our piano in advance.
Our performances are usually accompanied live by our highly talented concert pianist on our digital piano. However, there are rare occasions when it is either impractical or unfeasible to have a live pianist, and on these occasions we use our own high-quality, professionally recorded backing tracks. It’s not ideal, and certainly not what we want to do all the time, but it has been useful in the past for events such as singing next to the lions on Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, and six storeys up on a glass platform with acrobats tumbling underneath us!
We are not auditioning for new singers for Hatstand Opera; click on the link for full details of the Hatstand Opera auditions policy. We welcome CVs from experienced opera repetiteurs and accompanists.
No, but of course we would say that! Our prices are very realistic for a professional company of experienced opera singers, and many of our clients raise substantial sums of money for charity after covering our fees and other costs. We offer a comprehensive performance package for both theatres and private events – for full details, see our Put on an Opera Show page. We’re also VAT free!
Yes, but before you ask, no, we haven’t been on X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent! We’ve sung on various TV shows over the years, and certainly would love to do more, so if you’re a TV executive or researcher looking for something different for a game show or a singer for a period drama, contact us on 01252 511 762. We’ve featured on numerous radio shows, and our singers have also recorded various film soundtracks; our Dutch baritone’s Lord of the Rings Elfish is pretty good!