Westminster Opera Co. is based in London and the Charente Maritime in South West France. Our raison d'être is to provide an exciting performance opportunity for emerging artists: advanced students - singers, orchestral players and production team members, or those newly established on the professional scene.

After two weeks of rehearsal in London, WOCo. transfers to France. As artistes en résidence at the Château de Panloy in Port d'Envaux, the performers/ production team work intensely for a week, building an opera and a special esprit de corps. This unique experience allows each young artist, under the direction of distinguished professionals, to extend their range of musical, acting, design & production skills in an intimate and supportive setting.

The climax of this work is an open-air opera on sequential nights in August in the atmospheric setting of the Château. Local residents and Summer visitors picnic in English style in the entracte of a fresh and accomplished opera production, bearing witness to the next generation of musical talent.


Find out more about WOCo's 12th Season - Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel by clicking here. 


Booking, picnicing and directions:
Everything you need to know for your visit

Emerging Artists

Opportunities for newly established singers, players and production team members


All the latest news can be found here including latest audition details for Emerging Artists to be held in December 2019 and January 2020