Les Azuriales produces a small number of performances in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild to support its other activities. They are only open to Sponsors and the Company of Angels. You can apply to join here .
Because the last row of the audience is closer than the conductor in an opera house, everyone is involved in the immediacy and emotion of the performance. The performances are accompanied by piano, which initially surprised many people who have subsequently been so drawn into the action that they believe that there is an orchestra. The productions are produced by Diva Opera.
The ten photographs (and their captions) in this sequence show you what happens during an evening at Les Azuriales.
Built upon the narrowest point of the isthmus of Cap Ferrat Beatrice de Ephrussi Rothschild's villa looks over the bay of Villefranche to the west and over the sea to Italy on the east. The villa, built under the personal supervision of Beatrice herself, houses an eclectic collection of fine art, furniture, porcelain all bequeathed by the Baroness to the Académie des Beaux Arts (a part of the Institut de France), on the condition that it was to "keep the essence of a private salon".
In the colonnaded covered patio, a perfect setting for opera, our audience experiences the eighteenth century intimacy of a private musical soirée, surrounded by precious works of art exactly as Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild intended. In the delightful gardens, a marvel in themselves, our guests stroll before the performance begins and during the interval and also where, under a balmy starlight sky, dinner after the performance is served.
For more information on the Villa - see its website.
This video was made in 2007 by one of our young team, Tom Mustill, as part of his preparation for becoming a film maker. It shows you what happens during an evening.
Auditions will take place on the 10th and 11th of January 2015 in central London. Last deadline for applications is December 14th. Please send the application form + CV (pdf ) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your application is successful, you will receive an invitation during the week of December 15th for auditions in January.
The winners of our 2014 International Competition are announced here