I am delighted to be joined by Bronwen Stephens-Harding, Founder of Rogue Opera. Rogue Opera’s premise is to bring Opera to the masses. Bronwen declared her ambition to be an opera singer at the age of 5. While her career has taken her from teaching English in Japan, to working in the hospitality industry, and in marketing, her passion to make a career out of Opera has never diminished.
Having come from her Australia, via Japan & Thailand, Bronwen has made London her home since 2001. While working in marketing she gained her licence to busk on the London Underground and from the hardened commuter’s positive reaction to her singing it encouraged her to make a business from her love of Opera and to carry on taking opera to a new audience.
While discussing her career and business development Bronwen talks us through her Fantastical Summer Party in the Walled Garden of Wormsley Estate. The party provides a wonderful twist on a traditional English Garden Party adding an immersive experience with theatrical aspects of Narnia and the Hobbit.
Guests are treated to Fizz and Gin Cocktails and dinner is a Fig & Goats Cheese salad, followed Salmon escalope with ginger beans, and dessert being assorted chocolates served by actors and singers around the garden.
Guests would be treated to roaming promenade of entertainers: acrobats & magicians and musicians.
The first dance track is You’ve got the love sung by Candy Station and Sir David Attenborough will be attending to
Eco-friendly fireworks will mark the end of a wonderful evening and guests will be given wildflower seeds as a parting gift.
Rogue Opera provides shows to both the public and corporate market and Bronwen talks about one of her highlights: getting 700 corporate delegates, with no singing experience, to perform the humming chorus from Madame Butterfly.
Bronwen discusses the importance of checklists and having a clear & defined focus and forward plan for your business.
She also chats through the importance of pivoting to an on-line performance subscription model during the pandemic to stay relevant and engaged in the market and provide her freelancers income opportunities.
With future growth planned into Singapore and the Middle East and her absolute passion to take Opera to new horizons it is a truly inspiring conversation for listeners.