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About Opera in Oborne

How it all started

Opera in Oborne began out of a chance meeting between Oborne residents, Sir Robert and Lady Susan Corbett, and the musical director of a group of opera singers. Some years later, when St Cuthbert's was looking for a fund-raiser, the singers were asked to perform a concert. On a very cold January evening in 2012, four singers and a pianist gave a breath-taking performance of popular arias to Oborne’s residents. Such was the success of the evening that they were immediately press-ganged into returning. 2013 saw another wonderful performance, but the unreliable church heating and the icicles on the pulpit persuaded the villagers that this should be a summer event.
In 2014, to refresh the format, it was decided to produce an abridged opera. With the help of the musical director Gill Ford and the singers, Mozart’s The Magic Flute was decided upon, and a version was arranged by Stephen Brown. On a balmy August weekend, the inaugural Oborne Opera Weekend took place. The Magic Flute was a triumph, and the Sunday concert was as good as ever. All three evenings were sell-out performances.