About us

n. agreement (of opinions etc.); same mind; concordance, harmony;
general voice, chorus.

Consensus was founded by Tim Johnson (tenor), and Claire Johnson (soprano), in 2007 with the aim of bringing the very best local actors and singers together to perform works combining drama with high quality operatic music, whilst at the same time raising money for worthy charitable causes.

The desire to bring operatic music in a truly dramatic setting to a wider audience is a major part of this philosophy, which we have pursued by taking our highly accessible performances to several local venues around Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds.

Our highly acclaimed performances to date have included Cimarosa’s comic masterpiece Il Matrimonio Segreto set to a new libretto, based on Garrick and Colman’s The Clandestine Marriage, a new adaptation of Sheridan’s School for Scandal with music by W.A. Mozart and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, including musical selections from Otto Nicolai’s sparkling operatic reworking of the play, which was selected as one of the RSC’s Open Stages productions in 2011.

Other more recent productions include Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband with hauntingly beautiful music by Puccini, and William Wycherley’s classic Restoration comedy The Country Wife, which was set to the bubbling melodies of Rossini.  Then 2014 saw a return to the sparkling combination of Sheridan and Mozart as we performed The Rivals, plus a new link up with Stratford Music Festival Fringe as part of the RSC’s latest Open Stages initiative with a concert of music and words inspired by Shakespeare. Then in October 2015 we were delighted to over £2200 for local charities as we performed one of the best-loved and most-quoted plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest combined with music by Cole Porter and friends.

We look forward to seeing you from 2 to 5 November 2016 for Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer!

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High quality opera and drama in Stratford upon Avon.