Retrospect Opera

Great British Operas On Record

Opera Performances Materials For Hire

We have scores and orchestral parts available for hire for the following operas:

  • The Bohemian Girl (Balfe) - full score and parts - this matches the Boosey Royal edition of the vocal score, which is available on IMSLP
  • Falstaff (Balfe) - full score, parts and the newly typeset vocal score  
  • The Maid of Artois (Balfe) - full score and parts
  • Raymond and Agnes (Loder) - full score, parts and the newly typeset vocal score
  • Robin Hood (Macfarren) - full score and parts
  • The Boatswain's Mate (Smyth)
    We can offer 3 versions: full orchestral (which is not actually ready yet, but can be if there is real interest), and two reduced orchestrations, ‘A’ and ‘B’, both of which Smyth herself made. The ‘B’ version is for just 11 players plus 3 for the on-stage band.
    Do note that for the reduced orchestration versions, Smyth cut the Intermezzo between Parts 1 and 2, and some of Part 2 Scene 8.
    The vocal score is available via IMSLP, so only the full scores and parts are available.
    Please email for details of the orchestral requirements.
  • We also welcome enquiries about Lurline (Wallace)
  • We also welcome enquiries about the piano concerto by Ruth Gipps and the piano concerto and the Variations for piano and orchestra by Dora Bright

... and overtures (full score and parts):

  • The Mountain Sylph (Barnett)
  • The Night Dancers (Loder) (reconstructed by Valerie Langfield)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (Macfarren)
  • The Boatswain's Mate (Smyth) - we can offer 3 versions: full orchestral, and reduced ‘A’ and reduced ‘B’ - please see above for more information
  • The Wreckers (Smyth) - both the Overture and also the Prelude to Act 2 ‘On the Cliffs of Cornwall’
  • The Golden Web (Goring Thomas)
  • The Amber Witch (Wallace)
We can provide single items from the operas, including Non v’e donna’, from Balfe’s Falstaff, and ‘I dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls’, from his Bohemian Girl.

We also have the following arias:
  • From The Amber Witch (Wallace):
    • My Long Hair is Braided
    • Haughty Maid

    For information about fees and other details please contact us at

    Vocal scores for some of these operas are available on IMSLP (see Vocal scores of the period often have typographical errors in them, are sometimes hard to read, and at times don’t actually match the original full score. Very, very gradually, we are producing newly typeset vocal scores which match the other performing materials.