What's New?

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

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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Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder and his Family
The book about the Loder family of musicians, Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder and his Family, edited by Professor Nicholas Temperley and published by Boydell and Brewer, to which David Chandler and Valerie Langfield have contributed chapters, was published in February 2016. Do order it from your local library. It had an excellent review in Opera magazine (August 2016).

Loder Celebration 2015

The Loder Celebration 2015, from the 15th -18th October 2015, acknowledged the importance of an extraordinary family of musicians who lived in the city of Bath between 1770 and 1840.

There was a range of events - an exhibition, a Study Day, two lunchtime concerts and an evening concert - and as far as Retrospect Opera was concerned, it was the evening concert that was the most significant. It took place at the beautiful Assembly Rooms, and the second half of the concert was devoted to extracts from Loder’s Raymond and Agnes.  Donna Lennard sang the role of Agnes, John Colyn Gyaentey sang Raymond, and Joe Corbett sang the Baron - John and Joe replaced the scheduled soloists, at very short notice. The Bath Philharmonia played superbly, and many of the players said how much they enjoyed the music, and how Verdian it was. Jason Thornton conducted with aplomb, and the extracts were linked with a narrative given by two members of the Natural Theatre Company.

It was a treat to hear the music live, and the audience enjoyed it greatly. Some had heard the performance of the opera in Cambridge back in 1966 but of course for most, it was quite new.

There are some pictures of the rehearsals for the concert, in Room 3 of the Photo Gallery, and also a few short extracts from the concert itself, in the Listening Gallery.