London Bel Canto Festival 2020

La sonnambula (Bellini) & Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart)


Master Classes


Simone Victor

Beatrice di Tenda

22 August 2019

Livia Brash

Beatrice di Tenda

24 August 2019

Beatrice di Tenda

Vincenzo Bellini

22 & 24 August 2019 @ 7:30 pm

St. George's Church Hanover Square

Performances Finished

Bellini's rarely performed opera Beatrice di Tenda performed with the London City Philharmonic conducted by Olsi Qinami.

Melodramma Serio’ in two Acts

Music by Vincenzo Bellini

Text by Felice Romani

First Performance at Teatro La Fenice, Venice,

March 16th 1833

The Castle of Binasco, near Milan. 1418.

Beatrice Lascaris di Tenda is widow to former ruler and Condottieri Facino Cane. After his death, she married Filippo Maria Visconti, making him Duke of Milan and conferring on him her wealth, property, and political influence.

Brian Hotchkin


Sergio Augusto


Taryn Surratt


Sam Elmi


Romance, drama, beautiful music, and tragedy! What more could you ask for in an opera? The capstone of our 2019 opera festival will be Bellini's rarely performed Beatrice di Tenda performed with the London City Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Olsi Qinami.


  • Beatrice  Simone Victor (22 August 2019)
  • Beatrice Livia Brash (24 August 2019)
  • Filippo Brian Hotckin
  • Agnese Taryn Surratt
  • Orombello Sergio Augusto
  • Anichino Sam Elmi
  • Rizzardo Shakti Pherwani

Beatrice di Tenda is a tragic opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini, from a libretto by Felice Romani, after the play of the same name by Carlo Tedaldi Fores.


In order to gain the title of Duke of Milan, Filippo has married the former Duke's wife, Beatrice. Filippo is distraught, however, because he is really in love with Agnese. Agnese, meanwhile, is in love with the Lord of Ventimiglia, Orombello; who is in love with Beatrice. Out of jealousy, Agnese arranges that Filippo should catch his wife in a compromising position with Orombello. Thinking falsely that Beatrice and Orombello had been lovers, Filippo sentences Beatrice to death. (

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Opera Academy

The festival academy will offers the opportunity to study with world - renowned artists: Bruce Ford, Aprile Millo, Nelly Miricioiu, Maestro David Parry and Ken Querns-Langley.

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London Bel Canto Festival

Festival Recital Opportunities

The London Bel Canto Festival is looking for exciting emerging operatic talent from around world who would like to make their London debut. There will be full and half recital opportunities throughout. Apply now for your chance!

Opera Academy

World-class training from some of the top performers in the field of Bel Canto. Apply for the two-week academy. Every student will receive daily private singing lessons and coaching, as well as the chance to perform in concerts and master classes.

Singing Lessons and Repertoire

Singing teachers include world-renowned bel canto tenor Bruce Ford, Nelly Miricioiu, and the founder of the Bel Canto Vocal Studio K E Querns-Langley. The coaches will include pianist Roberto Bertuzzi from La Fenice in Italy, as well as the wonderful Danish pianist Janus Araghipour.

Performance and Theatricality

Students at the academy will have the opportunity to have master classes with one of the greatest bel canto conductors Maestro David Parry. There will also be other wonderful master classes from Nelly Miricioiu and Bruce Ford! And let's not forget the fantastic performance practice teachers!