Upcoming Events

21 June, 2024 - 5 October, 2024

Young Artists Tour 2024

BAREFOOT OPERA’s vibrant, energised new production pulls at the heart strings with a dynamic take on Verdi’s classic tale of love, loss and sacrifice in this years Young Artists Tour – La Traviata.

Living life on her own terms, glamorous Violetta falls in love with the young poet Alfredo. But their intoxicating romance takes a devastating turn when Violetta’s past life catches up with her, and she’s forced to sacrifice what may be her only chance of real love. And as Violetta battles a serious illness…will it be too late?

BAREFOOT OPERA’s ensemble-style production brings the story of La Traviata bang up to date, and demonstrates why it is one of the most popular operas of all time.

With young co-directors Michael Spenceley and Alfie Chesney at the helm, Verdi’s riveting tale of scandal, forbidden relationships and damaged reputations is brought to life with physical theatre, choreography and dynamic staging. An impressive, young international cast, with accompaniment from the BAREFOOT BAND (piano, clarinet, double bass and accordion) brings our signature twist to Verdi’s memorable, ravishing music. And with people from choirs and schools all over Kent, Sussex and London taking part on stage alongside the professionals, this is an opera for us all to enjoy!

Join us on our 12 night tour across the South East and London this summer!

This year’s Young Artist Tour of La Traviata is BAREFOOT OPERA’s biggest yet. Opening in St. Leonards-on-sea on June 21st, we then move on to the spectacular Crowhurst Place for an outdoor performance following our sell-out show there last year, then onto Rye and Findon Place for the first time.

The tour resumes in September with dates in Lamberhurst and Maidenhead, four shows at the Arcola Theatre in London, as well as our first show in Brighton. We hope to see you there!

  • St. John’s the Evangelist, St. Leonards-on-sea – Friday 21st June (featuring Voiceworks choir and Bexhill College)
  • Crowhurst Place, Lingfield – Saturday 22nd June (outdoor performance featuring East Grinstead Choral Society and Imberhorne School)
  • Rye Creative Centre, East Sussex – Saturday 29th June (featuring the Marsh Choir)
  • Findon Place, West Sussex – Friday 19th July (outdoor performance)
  • Down House, Lamberhurst – Saturday 14th September (with Tunbridge Wells Choral Society)
  • Norden Farm, Maidenhead Music Society, Maidenhead – Tuesday 17th September
  • St. Michael and All Angels, Brighton – Saturday 21st September (with Brighton and Hove 6th Form College TBC and choir TBC)
  • Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, Dalston – 24th-28th September (with Hackney Voices)
  • Wooburn Festival, Bourne End – Saturday 5th October