Upcoming performances

Another Elixir

What
Doctor Dulcamara in Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love
Who
Brent Opera: Anthony McCarthy, musical director; Kirsty Bennett, director; featuring Danae Eleni and Emma Johnston as Adina, Ruth Knight and Madonna Mallon as Gianetta, John Findon and Edward Saklatvala as Nemorino, and Ian Helm as Belcore.
When
Thursday 30 and Friday 31 January 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Where
St. Andrew's Church, Frognal Lane and Finchley Road, London, NW3 7DY
Admission
£12.50 on Thursday, £15 on Saturday
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Contact Sara Meadows (020 7794 9516) for further information

Recent performances

Michelangelo, by Wolf and Shostakovich

What
Hugo Wolf's Michelangelo Lieder and Dmitri Shostakovich's Suite on Words by Michelangelo Buonarotti, Op. 145
Who
Derek S. Henderson, bass-baritone, and Julian Gallant, piano
When
Tuesday 25 September 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Admission
£20, available at the door or book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 7269 9770 or sending an e-mail to bookings@pushkinhouse.org.uk.
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This concerty is in support of St. Gregory's Foundation. For more information, visit the Pushkin House website.

Magnifico

What
Don Magnifico in Rossini's Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Who
Brent Opera: Anthony McCarthy, musical director; Randy Nichol, director; featuring Mary-Jane de Havas as Cinderella, Derek S. Henderson as Don Magnifico, William Rae as Dandini, Graham Neal as Ramiro, Luci Briginshaw as Clorinda, Sarah Tyler as Tisbe, and Anthony Scales as Alidoro.
When
Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 January 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where
St. Andrew's Church, Frognal Lane and Finchley Road, London, NW3 7DY
Admission
£12 on Thursday, £14 on Saturday
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Contact Sara Meadows (020 7794 9516) for further information

Selling Love Potions in Hertfordshire

What
Doctor Dulcamara in Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love
Who
Southgate Opera: Neil Cloake, conductor; David Luck, director; featuring Lexi Hutton as Adina, Renato Cordeiro as Nemorino, David Roberts as Belcore, Derek S. Henderson as Dulcamara, and Yvette Litchfield as Gianetta
When
Thursday June 16 to Saturday June 18 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Where
Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Herts
Admission
£14 to £16 (concessions available)
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Further information on the Southgate Opera website

Popstar to Operastar on ITV1

What
I'll be singing tweets in an operatic style on a live webcast on the ITV website in conjunction with the popular ITV1 show Popstar to Operastar
Who
Milena Dobrzycka, soprano, and Derek S. Henderson, bass
When
Every Sunday for 6 weeks, beginning June 5 until July 10, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Where
ITV website
More
There's also a web application on their website which you can use at anytime, beginning June 5, to send operatically sung (by me) tweets, texts, or e-mails

Singing and Dancing in the Lord

What
A charity concert in aid of St. Mary Magdelen's Church in Willesden Green
Who
Internationally-renowned soprano Patricia Rozario, Mark Troop, Derek S. Henderson, and others
When
Friday June 10, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Where
St. Mary Magdelen Church, Peter Avenue, Willesden Green, NW10 2DD
Admission
£7 in advance, £12 at the door

The Barber of Seville (or Salisbury)

What
Doctor Bartleby (i.e., Bartolo) in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, a production inspired by the acclaimed 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Who
OperaUpClose (2011 Oliver Award winner for Best New Opera)
When
Confirmed performances on Friday, June 3, and Thursday, June 30, at 7:15 p.m.
Where
King's Head Theatre, Islington
Admission
£10 to £22.50 (Book tickets in advance)

Il barbiere di Siviglia

What
Doctor Bartolo in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, sung in the original Italian with full orchestra and chorus and updated to be set during the Spanish Civil War
Who
West Sussex Opera
When
Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1LQ
Admission
£12 to £25 (Concessions and group discounts available.) Book in advance online or by calling the WSO Box Office on 01243 544 382.
More
Read more about this production on the WSO website.

A Mighty Grecian King

What
Jacques Offenbach's La belle Hélène, the fun-packed comic operetta which pokes fun at contemporary society to the lens of an incongruous collection of legendary ancient Greeks
Who
Suffolk Opera, featuring Clare Presland as Helen, Anthony Flaum as Paris, John Meers as Menelaus, Jon Openshaw as Calchas, and Derek S. Henderson as Agamemnon; Robin Martin-Oliver, director; Peter Cowdrey, musical director
When
November 18-20, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QR
Admission
£7.50 - £20.50 (group concessions available).
To book, call 01284 769505 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. - Sat.), e-mail booking@theatreroyal.org, or visit the Theatre Royal website

Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass

What
Joseph Haydn's Missa in Angustis (a.k.a. Lord Nelson Mass)
Who
The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra; Adam Balkwell, conductor
When
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Where
St. John's Church, Fulham, SW6 1PB
Admission
£10
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Concert will also feature Bach's Double Violin Concerto and Mozart's Symphony No. 40.

Don Cassandro Goes Prime (Meridian) Time

What
Mozart's first opera, La finta semplice, composed when he was only 12
Who
Opera at Home, with Derek S. Henderson as Cassandro, Alessia Mankovskaya as Rosina, Borja Gómez-Ferrer as Fracasso, Adam Torrance as Polidoro, Alexandra Rigazzi-Tarling as Giacinta, Rebecca Dale as Ninetta, and Dario Dugandzic as Simone; directed by José Manuel Gandia
When
September 21, 23, 25, 28, and 30 and October 5, 7, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and October 3 at 4 p.m.
Where
The Greenwich Playhouse
Admission
£15 (£12 concession); £20 season ticket for entry to both La finta semplice and concurrent production of La finta giardiniera. More information on tickets available on TicketWeb.

Solo Recital

What
Recital including the songs of Purcell, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Vaughn Williams, and Head and featuring Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.
Who
Derek S. Henderson, bass; Julian Gallant, piano
When
Thursday, July 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Admission
£10 (£8 concessions), available at the door or book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 7269 9770 or sending an e-mail to bookings@pushkinhouse.org.uk.

Handel's Messiah in Aylesbury

What
Handel's Messiah
Who
Professional soloists and orchestra joined by local amateur choruses
When
Sunday, May 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Where
Aylesbury Civic Centre, Market Square, Aylesbury HP20 1UF
Admission
£10 (£6 concession)

Recital at the White Hart

What
An evening of opera and song in an informal setting
Who
Siobhan Mooney, mezzo; Sharon Selman, soprano; and Derek S. Henderson, bass; accompanied by Richard Black, piano
When
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 8:30 p.m.
Where
The White Hart, Waterloo
Admission
Free

Charity Concert at Mount Kenya

What
Black-tie charity fundraising concert for the Kijani Kenya Trust
Who
Members of Operaplayhouse, including Derek S. Henderson, bass
When
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Where
Mount Kenya Safari Club at the base of Mount Kenya, Nanyuki, Kenya
More
The Kijani Festival

Recital at the Forge

What
An evening of opera and song, presented by "Ezra Williams Presents"
Who
Derek S. Henderson, bass; Cindy Yeap, soprano; Ezra Williams, tenor; Noel Charles, piano
When
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden NW1 7NL
Admission
£12 (£10 concession or if you book in advance)
More
The program will feature Modest Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death as well as works by Verdi, Massenet, Offenbach, and others.

Mozart's First a Second Time

What
Mozart's first opera, La finta semplice, composed when he was only 13
Who
Opera Petit, with Derek S. Henderson as Cassandro, Alessia Mankovskaya as Rosina, Borja Gómez-Ferrer as Fracasso, Edward Lee as Polidoro, Belinda Williams as Giacinta, Rebecca Dale as Ninetta, and Dario Dugandzic as Simone; directed by José Manuel Gandia; accompanied by the Brunelleschi Ensemble
When
Thursday, November 26 (7:30 p.m.), and Friday, November 27 (7:45 p.m.), 2009
Where
The Space, east London
Admission
£15/£10 (£12/£8 if booked before November 16) — Purchase tickets online

Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin

What
Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, Eugene Onegin based on Pushkin's verse novel
Who
Suffolk Opera, with Derek S. Henderson as Zaretsky
When
Thursday, November 19, through Saturday, November 21, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1QR
Admission
£7.50 to £20.50 — Purchase tickets online
More
Visit the Suffolk Opera website

Cassandro in Mozart's La finta semplice

What
Mozart's first opera, La finta semplice, composed when he was only 13
Who
Opera Petit, with Derek S. Henderson as Cassandro
When
Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Reform Club, Pall Mall

Recital with Helen Bailey

What
A recital of songs and arias with accomplished soprano Helen Bailey
Who
Derek S. Henderson, bass, and Helen Bailey, soprano
When
Friday, September 25, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Where
The Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA
Admission
£10 (£8 concessions), available at the door or book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 7269 9770 or sending an e-mail to bookings@pushkinhouse.org.uk.
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Helen Bailey and Derek S. Henderson recently performed together to rave reviews in Hampstead Garden Opera's production of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. This recital offers them a chance to showcase some of their other repertoire (featuring songs and arias by Shostakovich, Barber, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, and Gershwin) and raise funds for their singing studies. For more information about Helen Bailey, who has begun studies at the Royal Academy of Music this autumn, visit her website. For more information on the recital (programme, bios, venue), visit the Pushkin House website.

Grimeborn Opera's Figaro: The Loyal Subject

What
An adaptation by Barnaby Rayfield of Beaumarchais' Figaro trilogy, featuring music from Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Darius Milhaud's The Guilty Mother interlinked with Beaumarchais' dialogue.
Who
Grimeborn Opera, including Derek S. Henderson as Bartolo and Begearss
When
Friday, September 4, 2009, 8:15 p.m.
Where
Arcola Theatre, Studio K, 27 Arcola Street, London E8 2DJ
Admission
£15; tickets can be purchased through the Arcola Theatre website.
More
Learn more at the Grimeborn Opera Wikipedia entry.

Tribute Concert for Prof. Gertrude Falk

What
A tribute concert dedicated to the memory of Prof. Gertrude Falk, noted physiologist and lover of classical music
Who
Performers from various disciplines, including Derek S. Henderson, bass, and Ezra Williams, tenor
When
Sunday, July 26, 2009, 7 p.m.
Where
Craxton Studios, 14 Kidderpole Ave., Hampstead NW3 7SU
Admission
£15 (concessions £12)
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Proceeds from the concert will benefit Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, a cooperative village of Jews and Palestinian Arabs in Israel.

An Evening of Opera and Song

What
Arias and songs performed by London's up-and-coming young artists. Programme to include Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Gounod, Wolf, Tchaikovsky, Ives, Weill, and Ireland. Derek sang three songs by Charles Ives, "Charlie Rutlage," "Down East," and "Circus Band," and Gremin's aria from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
Who
Derek S. Henderson, bass; Cindy Yeap, soprano; Siobhan Mooney, mezzo-soprano; Ezra Williams, tenor; Ben Keith, tenor; Russell Matthews, bass; and Noel Charles, piano
When
4 July 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Where
St. Gabriel's Church, 30 Warwick Square, Victoria, SW1V 2AD
Admission
£10, available at the door
More
See the flier for the recital

Giacomo Puccini's La bohème

What
Puccini's beloved opera in four acts, composed in 1896 and based on Scènes de la vie de bohême by Henri Murger. Set in the Latin Quarter of Paris, La bohème vividly depicts the lives of four young Bohemians (poet, painter, musician, and philosopher) and their loves. It is perhaps the most popular and most widely performed of all operas. Puccini's powerful music in turns evokes heady mirthfulness, searing romance, and heartwrenching pathos. Derek S. Henderson sings the role of Gustave Colline, the hyperphysical philosopher with the famous overcoat. Performances are sung in English.
Who
Southgate Opera, directed by Cecil Hayter and conducted by Neil Cloake. The cast also features Randy Nichol as Rodolfo, Lee Mason as Mimì, Richard Arundel as Marcello, Marcin Kopec as Schaunard, and Christina Sampson as Musetta.
When
24-27 June 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Where
Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2HN
Admission
£13-16 (concessions available). To book tickets, call the Wyllyotts Theatre Box Office on 01707 645005.
More
www.southgateopera.co.uk

Carlisle Floyd's Susannah

What
Composed in 1955 by the American composer Carlisle Floyd and loosely based on the Apocryphal Bible story from the Book of Daniel, Susannah tells the story of a Fundamentalist religious community in backwater Tennessee and its hypocritical attitudes towards human passions such as lust and higher ideals such as forgiveness. Susannah is a powerfully dramatic story, intended originally as a cautionary tale aimed at McCarthyism and other forms of intolerance, and is paced by music at once intensely driven and lushly lyrical. Derek S. Henderson plays the role of the evangelical preacher Olin Blitch, a larger-than-life figure who encapsulates both the best and worst traits of this community.
Who
Hampstead Garden Opera, directed by Sinéad O'Neill and conducted by Oliver-John Ruthven. The cast also features Helen Bailey as Susannah, Nick Whitfield as Sam, Zack Roberts as Little Bat, Martin Musgrave as Elder MacLean, and Jill House as Mrs. MacLean.
When
24, 30 April & 2 May 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
26 April 2009 at 4 p.m.
Where
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, N6 4BD
Admission
£16 (concessions £14) on 24 April.
£20 (concessions £17) all other performances.
Tickets can be purchased by phone at 020 8340 3488 or online at www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com
More
Read a review of Susannah

Song recital

What
Final recital for the Birkbeck College Concert Singing Diploma course. Derek S. Henderson sang Mendelssohn's "Lord God of Abraham" from Elijah, Duparc's "Le manoir de Rosemonde," and Brahms' "Auf dem Kirchhofe."
Who
Students in the Birkbeck College Concert Singing Diploma course
When
12 July 2008 at 3 p.m.
Where
9-11 Mandeville Place (near Oxford Circus), Westminster, London
Admission
Free

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