All the operas produced by CHO have been newly translated by the Music Director. Other opera companies are welcome to hire our scores and orchestral parts; in recent years we have hired music to (e.g.) Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, and Iford Arts. The scores are full scores (not vocal scores), but in the case of a Handel opera a full score will not pose problems for a competent répétiteur. Some of the editions present the whole opera; in the longer operas judicious cuts have usually been made. Our normal practice is to supply an opera company with one clean master-copy of the score, and one clean master-copy of each orchestral part, and to leave it to the hirer to make and bind copies as required. Alternatively we can do this copying and binding ourselves, for a small extra charge.
If you are interested in hiring the music for one of the operas that CHO has produced (for a list of titles, see our past productions), please contact the Music Director as early as possible. We are an extremely small team, and it is not possible to supply music at short notice. The Music Director will be able to give details of the edition, and of the hire charges, and to answer any questions you might have.