Sat Sept 16 – Life & Art – 2 Operas in English- “aching cheeks after hilarious and entertaining night…”

Mozart’s The Impresario & Edward Lambert’s The Oval Portrait 

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A professional troupe of 5 young talented singers take part in this double bill of short operas at the Croft Hall, Hungerford.

The manager wrestles with the Arts Council’s funding cuts. Two sopranos battle it out for top billing – and the highest notes. All seems lost until The Impresario comes to the rescue.  Mozart’s sparkling chamber opera is an hilarious take on the dilemmas that face theatre companies when putting on a show. Set in the present day, Mark Burns’ new English version shows us just how much things have not changed in the 230 years since this piece was first performed.

 The Oval Portrait  is a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story which tells of a visitor at a remote castle who is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman: he learns that as her husband painted her, the picture came alive, while she lived on only in his art… A short story told through the medium of song.

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featuring rising young professional singers

Jennifer Witton & Elizabeth Karani (sopranos), Daniel Joy (tenor),
Samuel Pantcheff & James Schouten (baritones)

Director – Mark Burns
Musical Director – Edward Lambert
Lighting Designer – Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
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running time about 1 hour 40 minutes including interval

pre-show meal at 7pm can be ordered online in advance

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