Opera dei Lumi is a touring opera company founded in 2014. Its mission is to explore repertoire from the Age of the Enlightenment, bringing fresh, innovative readings of musical works – both well known and obscure – which are never routine. Performing operatic repertoire – particularly Mozart’s – is at the heart of the company’s aims, but not exclusively: the name translates as ‘Opera of the Enlightenment’, though the Italian noun ‘opera’ also translates simply as ‘work’, ie – any musical work, operatic or not.
Since its creation in 2014, Opera dei Lumi has produced concert performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Linz symphony as part of the Glasgow Cathedral Festival of Music. More recently, Opera dei Lumi toured the 1742 Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah.
At the core of each Opera dei Lumi project is a strong emphasis on historically informed performance through research. It is our intention in the near future to become a period instrument ensemble. As well as its strong ties with Edinburgh, Opera dei Lumi is proud of its origins in the North East of England. Both Mozart opera productions featured as part of the recently formed Berwick Festival Opera, as did one of the performances of Handel’s Messiah in 2017.
Part of Opera dei Lumi’s mission is to bring high-quality performances to areas which are culturally underserved, like Berwick-upon-Tweed. Each of the BFO performances have been sell-outs, indicative of the appetite for more live music-making in rural areas, something Opera dei Lumi aims to continue to provide.