Heritage Opera’s Autumn Tour (MC)

03/10/2011

Heritage Opera’s Autumn Tour (MC)

Founded in 2006 Heritage Opera is a fully professional touring company based in the North-West of England. Each year the company present three or four fully staged and costumed operas in addition to concerts, education workshops and other events.
Its new touring production of Bizet’s Carmen opens at Haigh Hall, Wigan, on Friday, 21st October, 2011. Booking is now open but seats are selling fast. The other tour dates are as follows:

Saturday 22nd October – Skipton Town Hall, Yorkshire
Monday 24th October – Thornton Manor, Wirral, Cheshire
Tuesday 25th October – Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire
Thursday 27th October – Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancashire
Friday 28th October – Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe, Lancashire
Saturday 29th October – Towneley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire (Sold out)
Sunday 30th October – Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire (Sold out)
Wednesday 2nd November – Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, Lincolnshire

Additional tour date 
Saturday 5th November 2011 – Town Hall, Blackburn Road, Accrington, Lancashire
For one night only at Accrington Town Hall, Heritage Opera will present Bizet’s Carmen in partnership with the renowned Lancashire Sinfonietta which will feature 45 musicians for their operatic debut. Bookings can be made on the website www.lancs-sinf.com.

The Heritage Opera Ensemble will accompany performances at Haigh Hall; Thornton Manor; Lancaster Grand Theatre; Hoghton Tower and Blackfriars Theatre. Piano accompaniment will be used at the other venues.

In the three years I have seen several lavish opera productions both in Berlin and Munich but none have been more enjoyable than the Heritage Opera productions that I have attended. Where entertainment is concerned Heritage is a hidden gem of the British opera world. Earlier this year I was at the world première of Jonathon Dove’s opera Mansfield Park. It was my fifth Heritage Opera production and the marvellously high standard of performance from this talented and enthusiastic cast was remarkable.

I wrote in my report after their 2010 production of Johann Strauss II, Die FledermausAs a small professional company, Heritage Opera’s resources allow only for a piano accompaniment. But don’t let that put you off, as it’s surprising how one’s attention seems to focus more on the characters and the dialogue.”

Please see the Heritage Opera’s website for full details including on-line booking: http://www.heritageopera.co.uk/

Michael Cookson

 

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