Pegasus Opera Company

Pegasus Opera Company

At a glance

Causes

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

To provide opportunities for artists from global majority heritage.

To promote opera among young people in underserved communities and to expand their cultural horizons

To promote opera in culturally diverse communities for all ages

Activities

Pegasus Opera Company is a London and UK-based professional opera company with a widespread family of artists, participants, and supporters. The company produces high-quality performances and balances this with a focus on artist development, with an eye to promoting the talents of emerging artists of global majority heritage and supporting them on eminent platforms of note and significance. 

For over 30 years, the Company has held on to its late founder Lloyd Newton’s ethos of ‘harmony in diversity’. In October 2022, Pegasus was awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England, an acknowledgment of the Company’s place as a leader in its field with a responsibility to protect and develop the national arts and cultural ecosystem through its programmes. 

Pegasus showcases artists, challenges audience perceptions, and advocates for inclusion and positive change. Since its inception, Pegasus has had a remarkable history of producing full scale operas and concerts, and it champions diverse composers and celebrates music of the black diaspora. Alongside its mainstage productions, 

Pegasus provides an incredibly strong education and outreach programme, working with local authorities and schools in Lambeth and further afield, as well as running community choirs.The company has performed critically acclaimed productions including Koanga at Saddler’s Wells, Porgy and Bess at the Barbican and Treemonisha at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Recently, Pegasus performed Mami Wata at The Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, a production which championed female, global majority classical composers. Pegasus has commissioned the full-scale Windrush Opera (working title) which charts the experiences of intrepid travellers from the Caribbean who made a new life in the UK. 

Pegasus was at the centre of the Windrush 75th Anniversary celebrations in London and maintains a proud history in developing traditional and contemporary operas and concerts, and making these accessible to wider audiences across diverse communities. Pegasus Opera Company’s Patrons include award-winning international soprano Danielle de Niese, Sharon D Clarke MBE, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa DBE, Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, Kristin Lewis, and Roderick Williams OBE.

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