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Do take a look at this interview, about Dame Ethel Smyth, broadcast through Pyrford TV ARTS, the Spring Edition. It’s between Tim Matthews and our own Chris Wiley. In the background, you’ll hear parts of the Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate, from Retrospect's recording. It’s really interesting, very well done, and lasts about eight and a quarter minutes. Thank you Chris, Tim, and Pyrford TV Arts! It’s also available through this Youtube link - our bit starts at about 9:04.

We’ve now re-released the 1994 recording of Smyth’s The Wreckers, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. We've retained the original artwork but re-packaged it, and also added an invaluable Foreword by Dr Christopher Wiley, which brings Smyth’s reception history up to date. Please click on the CD Sales tab, above. We sell worldwide and take a variety of payment methods!

We've teamed up with the distributor Discovery - we’re looking forward to developing the collaboration, which is enabling our CDs to be even more widely available.

We released Christmas Gambols and The Musical Tour of Mr Dibdin, by Charles Dibdin last November. Please click on the CD Sales tab above, for more details. 

Dibdin was an extremely important figure in the history of English comic opera, and of song, and we’re delighted with the response we’ve had to the CD. We are planning another recording of music by Dibdin, to be called Dibdin’s Shakespeare.

We are also very excited with the early edits of Loder's glorious Gothic opera Raymond and Agnes which we recorded last in October, with Richard Bonynge conducting the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Richard is extremely impressed with the opera and very happy with how the recording went.

Our soloists were amazing: Majella Cullagh (Agnes), Mark Milhofer (Raymond), Andrew Greenan (the Baron), Carolyn Dobbin (Madelina), Quentin Hayes (Antoni), Alessandro Fisher (Theodore), Alexander Robin Baker (Francesco), Timothy Langston (Landlord), Philip Wilcox (Roberto) and David Horton (Martini).

We have a strong team involved, but are always glad of further financial support! Please click on the Listening Rooms link above to hear extracts from the 2015 concert in Bath, with the Bath Philharmonia. The 2-CD set will include all the dialogue, and the booklet will include the libretto.

And do click on the link in the left hand panel for more details.

The Boatswain’s Mate and Fête Galante were staged by Opera 5, in Toronto, last June: the reviews have been excellent. We were very proud of our part in enabling the production to go ahead.

Our recording of The Boatswain’s Mate was made top selection in BBC Radio 3’s weekly series ‘Building a Library’. It was described as “a must for any self-respecting Smyth collection or collection of British music” and “it’s really The Boatswain’s Mate, bursting with cheekiness and fun, that stands out here. It’s a young cast, but giving us committed, accomplished performances, and the only chance we have to hear this little gem of an opera.” You can hear the podcast here. It’s generated a great deal of interest, and endorses what we’re trying to do - to make music available that would not otherwise be so. 

Don’t forget - we sell worldwide! 

And click on Stagetalk, the online theatre magazine, for a piece about Retrospect Opera, The Boatswain’s Mate, and, briefly, about Pickwick.  

In October 2016, Opera magazine made The Boatswain's Mate their Disc of the Month! Please click here to go to the Sales page, where you can find more information. We also had a good write-up in BBC Music Magazine (December 2016) and a glowing one in Musical Opinion, and many other really positive reviews.

There's a very interesting in-depth interview with Odaline de la Martinez, (interviewed by Robert Hugill, of the review site Planet Hugill) here. She speaks of her work to promote American composers in the UK, and also of her championing of Ethel Smyth, with a brief note about The Wreckers, and the difficulty of sourcing the score for it.

We’re fundraising for another of Ethel Smyth’s operas, Fête Galante. The left hand panel is the place to click on to find out more!

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