Brussels Light Opera Company

BLOC plans to present The Pirates of Penzance in June 2021

"The Pirates of Penzance"
at the De Bosuil Cultural Centre, Overijse, in June 2021

and at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Harrogate, UK in August 2021


COVID restrictions permitting, the Brussels Light Opera Company will present Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Opera The Pirates of Penzance at the De Bosuil Cultural Centre, Overijse, from 3rd to 6th June, and at The Royal Hall, Harrogate (UK) on Thursday, 12th August as part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

Stage Directors will be Angela and Tony Lowe, Musical Director Maestro Lionel Bams, a team that worked brilliantly together presenting you  The Sorcerer in 2019.  Again, as for The Sorcerer, the Production of the show will be in the very capable hands of Barbara Bauer and Alex Just.

A Zoom presentation of the show will take place on Tuesday, 26th January at 20:00.  This will include an outline of the story of the opera, details of the principal and chorus rôles, and information on how the auditions* are going to take place.  If you are interested in taking part in this show, either on or off stage, don't miss the presentation, the invitation link for which can be obtained by sending an e-mail to:  Please note that, due to technical constraints, the number of places at the Zoom meeting will be limited.

The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas.  It is a tale of tender-hearted pirates, feisty females, bumbling British policemen, true love ... and lots of silliness!  The music is full of catchy tunes, uplifting choruses and heart-warming melodies.  This is opera at its funniest... and the Stage Directors, Angela and Tony Lowe, will do their best to make it even funnier!!

In view of the current pandemic, music-learning rehearsals will start via Zoom meetings, so that when the time is right for physical rehearsals to take place safely at the De Kam Cultural Centre (172 Beekstraat, 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem), the company will be well prepared musically.   (See below for further information on safety measures that BLOC will be taking.)

*  If necessary, we shall organise an "Auditions Question and Answer Session" on Tuesday, 9th February via Zoom.  For any questions, please contact