Go, Go, Go Team!
Kurt Gänzl is the leading authority on the history of light musical theatre, the author of the near-legendary The British Musical Theatre and The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre. Here’s what he has to say:

"Go, go, go team! I get really aerated when I go on YouTube to listen to such huge British 19th-century operatic hits as ‘Bid me discourse’ and ‘Tell me, my heart’ and they’re not there. Minor and flopped ancient Italiana by the tumbrel-load … but where is the Bishop, the Wallace, the Barnett, the Loder, the Benedict, the Goring Thomas, the Mackenzie, the Stanford, the Smyth? … It’s been a kind of snobbism, I reckon. I am really glad to see that attitude finally fading. Go for it. You are needed."
A Brilliant Idea...
Dame Felicity Lott, the renowned soprano, is best known as a concert artist, and for her many operatic rôles. She has a particularly soft spot for British music, and we are very proud to receive her endorsement:

"I think Retrospect Opera is a brilliant idea. What happened to all the British operas that were popular in their day but have disappeared almost without trace? I am sure there are some gems waiting to be discovered. Valerie Langfield introduced me to some beautiful arias by Balfe and there will be many more that we have never had a chance to hear and appreciate. This is such a worthwhile endeavour and I do hope it will receive support and the necessary funding."
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Research

We research forgotten gems of British opera and produce professionally edited new performance editions of the work.

Record

We record every note, as the composer intended them, using the best singers, musicians and conductors.

Release

We release a recording with an informative booklet, essays on the work and its context and full libretto so everyone can enjoy it!