Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August, 19.00 & 21.00


Opera North




This production is the latest incarnation of The Lost Chord by Tim Hopkins for Opera North: a series of pieces taking different paths through music by Sullivan, Balfe and others. The first The Lost Chord (May 2007) was a video installation and immersive performance at Belsay Hall, commissioned for the English Heritage project Picture House. The second (January 2010) took place in the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North Leeds alongside Opera North’s mainstage production of Ruddigore. Gaining a script, this event formed the mysterious model for tonight’s visit to Hammersmith.




Who is our mysterious absent friend?

What lies on the other side?

What has Bovril got to do with it?


After dinner on a slow summer’s night, the candlelight flickers and your host rises to his feet… An intimate audience of just 30 people will gather around a large dining table for an evening of mysteriously fragmented tales, Victorian obsessions and witty, heartbreaking songs by Sir Arthur Sullivan and others, performed by the strangest of your fellow dinner guests.




The Lost Chord

Director/ Words: Tim Hopkins

Production Manager: Graham Davison



Geoffrey Dolton


Daniel Norman

Matthew Sharp

Nicholas Sharratt




Geoffrey Dolton studied at the Royal Academy of Music, the National Opera Studio, and in Milan with a Peter Moores Foundation scholarship. He made his debut as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte for Opera North. Since then he has sung principal roles for every major company in the UK. He has worked as a performer and director in Hong Kong, Adelaide and Auckland, as well as Venice and many other cities around Europe.


Tim Hopkins Director and Set Designer/ NESTA Fellowship 2001-2005. AHRC Fellowship, Dept of Music, University of Sussex 2007-2012. For Opera North: The Lost Chord, Belsay House, with English Heritage; The Abduction from the Seraglio; Carmen, Iphigenie en Aulide, Radamisto, The Forest Murmurs; Of Thee I Sing and Let ‘Em Eat Cake (set design). La Voix Humaine, Operosa, Bulgaria; Owen Wingrave, Royal Opera.


Daniel Norman studied at Oxford, in the US and Canada and at the RAM. He has extensive international experience in both concert performances and opera. Daniel’s recent engagements include White Minister Le Grand Macabre (ENO), Messiah (Minnesota Orchestra), Beethoven 9th Symphony (Barbican), Carmina Burana (Columbia) and Basilio Figaro (Garsington). Future engagements include Hugh the Drover (New Sussex Opera) and Moser Die Meistersinger (Glyndebourne).


Matthew Sharp studied at the Koln Musikhochschule, Trinity College, Cambridge and in Stockholm. He combines core, ‘classical’ activities with a uniquely pioneering outlook within music and across disciplines. Matthew’s own work in opera and music theatre has been highly acclaimed and toured the UK, US and India. He has given solo performances at Glastonbury and Latitude and collaborated extensively with leading artists from jazz, world music, theatre, dance and film. He is the new Artistic Director of the Deal Festival for Music and the Arts.


Nicholas Sharratt studied in Koln and Cambridge. He has performed at major venues and festivals worldwide. For Opera North: Papageno and the title role in The Pied Piper. Solo performances with, the LPO (SBC), RPO (Barbican), at Glastonbury, the Wigmore Hall, recordings for Sony, Naxos and Avie. He has made pioneering collaborations within music and across disciplines and is the new Artistic Director of the Deal Festival.