We’re thrilled to share with you news of our neighbouring music festival – Opera in Oborne which is happening in August.
Each year in August, St Cuthberts Church is transformed into a theatre for a weekend of sublime music. Whilst everything ‘back of house’ is carried out by an enthusiastic crew of villagers, the cast are all international soloists in their own right.
Opera in Oborne aims to make opera accessible to all and encourages first time opera-goers. Operas are cleverly abridged by the Director, Stephen Anthony Brown and usually last 2 hours including the interval. Televisions are used to show the audience plot prompts throughout the performances.
As circumstances allow, additional events are put on over the weekend, or at other times of the year. Proceeds from the event go to the upkeep of the church.
Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th August 2019, 8.00 pm
The most famous opera of them all, Puccini’s La Boheme.
Everyone loves La Boheme! Whether its the fantastic music, the tears of joy and heartbreak for Rodolfo and Mimi, or the sheer style of bohemian Paris in La Belle Époque, everyone adores this most romantic of operas. If this is your first visit or your hundredth, La Boheme’s emotional charge is irresistible – and you certainly need those tissues!
Il segreto di Susanna
Saturday 3rd August, 3.00 pm
What is Susanna hiding? Her husband’s suspicions are driving him wild. Will it destroy their marriage?
All is revealed in this hilarious 50 minutes of sparkling opera at its tuneful best by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Writing at the same time as Puccini, Wolf-Ferrari became internationally famous for his beautiful melodies and bubbling comedy. “Il Segreto”, with its contemporary plot and catchy tunes, is a great example of why he was one of the most performed opera composers of the 1900s.”
The Gala Concert
Sunday 4th August, 6.00 pm
How Opera in Oborne started, the ever-popular gala concert.
Previous years have included favourites such as the Toreador Song, La donna e mobile and Maria from West Side Story alongside some lesser known, but beautiful arias.
The perfect way to introduce opera to a wider audience.
For more information about performances and tickets call 01935 817194 or visit: