Preston Opera was the brain child of local musician and force –of-nature, Frank Salter who gathered together a very small group of singers in 1965, who had a mutual interest in performing opera. Up to that point, opera in Preston had been restricted to visiting touring groups.
Early productions were staged in the Preston Playhouse and in 1976, Preston Opera moved to the Charter Theatre, where it has performed annually ever since, accompanied by its own, full orchestra – something of a unique selling point.
Membership of this very friendly group of singers has grown extensively since those early days and the Company is always keen to encourage young talented singers as well as members who are happy to help front-of-house, or backstage, in a non-singing role. There’s something for everyone!