About

In launching Regents Opera in 2012 we have kept innovation at the forefront of the new company. Performances have not been confined to the proscenium arch, but engage the audience from a theatrical environment in the round to large-scale promenade installations.

General director Nicholas Heath says: “This is an exciting time for the independent world of opera. Despite the current difficult financial climate, Regents Opera ensures that everyone who loves opera will be able to attend a stylish and high-quality production with fabulous singing and in doing so challenge the established subsidised sector as we have done in the past with the standards set by Opera A La Carte.”

Nicholas Heath

General Director

Nicholas has many years’ experience of the opera world.  After studying art and design, he chose to pursue a career in singing, which grew from the Montepulciano Arts Festival in the early 1980s and led in 1993 to a full time contract at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

He formed his own opera company Opera A La Carte in 1993 and has produced, directed and designed over 45 productions as well as devising master classes and education programmes within the UK and abroad.

From 2004 – 2017 he has lectured in Opera Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He left the Royal Opera House in 2006 to work on a project run by Streetwise Opera and to devote more time to Opera a la Carte.  In 2007 he participated in the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme and in 2009 joined Davies Music and Concert Directory International developing opera work for their singers.

He formed Regents Opera in 2012 to extend the work of Opera A La Carte on a larger scale.

He is a keen sailor and cook.

David Eaton

Music Director

David studied at the Royal College of Music under Yonty Solomon.

He has performed as an accompanist across the country as well as on BBC radio and television. He is a busy proponent of piano accompanied opera, has worked for many small opera companies and is a founding member of Charles Court Opera. He has conducted for Iford Arts and the Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Company, and is musical director of Grims Dyke Opera.

David has had his own translations of Bastien and Bastienne, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville performed across the country and has also worked as a writer and arranger for the Charles Court Opera pantomime for the last 12 years. He has recently written a new commission for the King’s Head Theatre based on the racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

Our patron –  Sir John Tomlinson

Born in Lancashire, Sir John studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and with Otakar Kraus. He sings regularly with The Royal Opera and English National Opera and as well as all the major International opera companies.
In 1993, he won a Grammy Award for Bartok’s Cantata Profana and in February 2007 he was honoured with the “Special Award” at the Laurence Olivier Award Ceremony.
He was awarded a CBE in 1997 and Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2005.