I couldn't find a thread for this one but am sure some others here are familiar with this company, which tours to non-traditional venues.
Current production is Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto (sung in Italian but with hilarious projected dialogue help - can't say whether it's an exact translation.) I caught this at the Geffrye Museum but there are further dates in the London and general south-east area. I don't think I've ever enjoyed an opera production so much; the smile never left my face for the whole 2 hours 30 duration and at times I was actually grinning broadly or laughing.
Caught up with this in Thaxted last night. Agee with the OP the spirit was right and the only person without a smile on their face was the pianist who for some reason had the hump all evening.
My only problem was the venue. Church’s are fine for church music but I’ve never enjoyed other concerts in them (Union Chapel excepted). The sound was too bright and the piano echoed. This made it hard to appreciate the performances and exacerbated the music sounding repetitive. This was composed in the gap between Mozart dying and Rossini being born and you could hear them both at times. The cast and in particular the leading lady did perform well. The comedy was highlighted. And as I say the audience loved it.
The company have an explicit aim of trying to widen the appeal of Opera. The projected dialogue was anything but faithful, very broad but worked fine here. Lines referring to being from TOWIE and not fitting into your Downton Abbey did raise a laugh.
Hope to try Hansel & Gretel but with their commitment to unseal venues I’m a little apprehensive.
Thank you for the recommendation and its worth adding we were delighted by the architecture of the church. If you’re ever an hour early for a flight to Stanstead, you could do worse than checking out this beauty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaxted