About Opera in Oborne
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.
"What a wonderful evening. We could not have enjoyed the Opera more. It was magnificent. Please pass on our thanks to all those who worked so hard in making the evening special. With our best wishes"
"We have just come back from Oborne where we heard Opera in Oborne sing Figaro and give a gala concert. We had forgotten how brilliant this group can be. The setting, the environment and proximity of opera in a small church is truly special. There is nothing like it in an opera house or concert hall. We marvelled at how this group of young stars acted out their story with such drama and emotion in a constricted venue; but that is the joy of top artists playing for you just where you can almost touch them. Not to be missed!"
“Something to sing about”. We saw Don Giovanni, sung to a breath-taking piano accompaniment, by a seven strong company of young and amazingly talented international artists. The Grange sponsored the event, incidentally, providing apparently endless top-class wine before, during and after the evening.”
"As someone who has studied opera singing seriously and taken part in performances over the years, I would like to say how impressed I was with the abridged version of Don Giovanni put on by the Intermezzo Soloists in Oborne Church on 7th and 8th August this year. The quality of both singing and acting by all members of the cast was of a very high order. The diction was excellent throughout. Some of the areas in this opera are notoriously difficult and to achieve such a high standard with only one day for rehearsal is a very remarkable achievement indeed. A special word of praise is due to the excellent pianist/redacteur who played the very challenging accompaniment without a break throughout the entire performance. I was only sorry not to have been able to attend the Concert the group gave on 9th August but I understand that this was also splendidly done and most enjoyable".
Opera in Oborne to host Opera Cameratina
We are delighted to announce that Cameratina is returning in April with its most ambitious programme yet.
Taking as its theme the bicentenary of the 19th century diva, composer and muse, Pauline Viardot, Cameratina and its new artistic director, Susanna Stranders, have created a weekend combining some of the finest music of Belle Epoch Paris with two new works by young British composers and, as a special treat for children of every age, a new English translation of Viardot’s comic operetta Cinderella.
Susanna is familiar to Opera in Oborne audiences as the musical director of Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro (not to mention the joyous ‘Joyce the librarian’). Susanna is now on the music staff at Covent Garden as an assistant conductor and repetiteur, as well as teaching at The Guildhall School of Music. Her background has allowed her to create an ensemble of some of the best emerging talent in British opera for us this April.
For more information about the four performances, please visit www.cameratina.org
Tickets are available via Opera in Oborne in the usual way firstname.lastname@example.org or 01935 817194
A new opera for our time
Monday 4th April 22, 3pm
During the first lockdown, young composer Zygmund de Somogyi was commissioned to write a piece that was ‘of our time’. Zyggy chose Hikikomori, the modern Japanese phenomenon in which people withdraw completely from all society for years at a time.
The new piece, a chamber opera for four voices and a piano, will be performed by Katy Thomson, Kieran Rayner, Lúnó Connolly and Liam Bonthrone, with Michelle Santiago playing the piano. They will be directed by Susanna Stranders.
Tickets are £10 per head (no charge for those of school age) from email@example.com or by telephone from Nigel Masters on 01935 817194.