At Shadwell Opera, we believe in the relevance of opera to the twenty-first century

Shadwell Opera is one of the UK's leading opera voices, performing in venues expected and unexpected since 2009. Working with some of the country's most talented young singers and instrumentalists, we have received continuous critical acclaim for their work, and in so doing showcasing the high quality the new generation of performers can achieve. We perform contemporary chamber opera in uncut orchestrations, often contextualising recent works within a wider European modernism.

Recent projects have included fully-staged productions of Schoenberg Erwartung, Mark-Anthony Turnage Twice Through the Heart, George Benjamin Into the Little Hill, Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King, and Janacek Diary of One Who Disappeared. This November we will stage a new production of The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies and a concert of Berio, Walton and Berberian at Hoxton Hall.


Shadwell Opera is led by Artistic Director Jack Furness and Musical Director Finnegan Downie Dear. Their collaboration and creative vision is at the heart of what Shadwell Opera does. We perform in and around London, and are committed to bringing contemporary music theatre to new audiences.

We have three main goals when we make shows:

Showcasing Young Talent

We work with the country's most talented young singers and instrumentalists, showcasing the quality of what our generation of performers can achieve.

Promoting British Opera

We make shows that speak to a contemporary sensibility, with a focus on British works of the last half century in the context of a wider European Modernism.

Expanding Audiences

We perform in and around London, and are committed to bringing contemporary music theatre to new audiences. Tickets are £5 for <30s and £15 for everyone else.

Jack Furness

Artistic Director

Herald Angel Award winner Jack Furness studied music at Cambridge University, where he received a double first-class honours degree. Jack founded Shadwell in his second year at Cambridge, as has work as Artistic Director since its inception. 

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Finnegan Downie Dear

Musical Director

Finn is a young conductor and pianist with a growing international career alongside his role at Shadwell. He is an ardent proponent of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a particular interest in working with singers in opera and in recital. 

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