Tuesday, 8 May 2012

OUtdoor opera The Barber of Seville comes to Newbury

Greenham Common Trust has invited Britain’s leading outdoor opera company Opera Brava to return for their fourth year to Newbury Racecourse on Saturday June 30th 2012 to perform Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
The Trust has been organising and subsidising outdoor operas since 2005, delivering outstanding professional performances which are accessible and enjoyable for family audiences at a fraction of Covent Garden prices.

In Olympic year the whole country is poised for a myriad cultural experiences and The Barber of Seville promises to be a spectacle which will not disappoint. With an audience of up to 2,000 adults and children expected, this production will excite and thrill regular opera audiences and anyone who wants to see opera for the first time.
Opera Brava Director Bronek Pomorski says: “Written in three weeks, Rossini’s

melodic masterpiece is one of the wittiest and most immediately appealing comic

operas in the repertoire today and as fresh to the ear now as when it first burst upon

it’s Italian audiences in 1816. As the plot unfolds and is dramatically told through

Rossini’s brilliant musical structure, it helps us to understand, in part, the Barber’s

special place in the history of opera.”

Opera Brava is also celebrating its 25th year as Britain’s leading touring opera

company. Their production of The Barber of Seville is performed by professional and

experienced national and international opera singers who have worked with major

companies such as; English National Opera and Covent Garden. Paul Austin Kelly

has sung The Count Almaviva at The Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden, Gillian

Webster who has sung Mimi at The Royal Opera House sings Berta, Mark Beesley

currently at The Royal Opera House is Bartolo and Martin Nelson a regular at The

Royal Opera House sings Don Basilio. Two young rising stars, Niamh Kelly as Rosina,

and John Lofthouse as Figaro, unravel Rossini’s fantastic score with wonderful

skill. This is all held together by Jeremy Silver, an international conductor who has conducted at English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Europe and in South Africa.

Greenham Common Trust spokesman Julian May says: “The outdoor opera events

have become a must see in the Newbury calendar. We are delighted to welcome

back Opera Brava who always deliver a very special evening to remember.”

The Trust is also funding the hugely popular junior opera for the third year in partnership with Opera Brava, which will be performed at Newbury Racecourse on Felix Rayner, headteacher of the Winchcome School, says: "The Winchcombe School is delighted to be working with Opera Brava this summer on their production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. This will be an amazing opportunity for our children and staff to work with professional singers and actors. We hope this will unleash the many talents of our children and give them a new and exciting experience they can build on in the future. We thank The Greenham Common Trust in their support of this project - the whole school community are looking forward to

Bronek Pomorski adds: "We are really looking forward to working with the teachers and children of Winchcombe School at Newbury Racecourse. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the school children to experience performing in an outdoor Opera and hopefully a memory they will cherish for years to come."

Tickets for The Barber of Seville cost £10 and are available from the Corn Exchange in Newbury. You can purchase tickets online from www.cornexchangenew.com, by calling the theatre’s box office on 01635 522733 or by calling into the theatre in the Market Place, Newbury. Doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start. A licensed bar is available and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and their own chairs.

The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe performance starts at 7pm and admission is
free.

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