OPERA has always been a house filler at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and with two big productions scheduled for the autumn season, tickets are expected to sell fast.
Both companies, due to stage productions in Huddersfield in the autumn, will be familiar to local opera audiences.
The operas they are bringing are expected to hit just the right note too.
First to return are Mid Wales Opera. They arrive at the LBT on September 11 with Offenbach’s The Tales Of Hoffman. They are followed in late October by Pimlico Opera with Verdi’s Falstaff.
Both companies are firm favourites with opera audiences and have been regular LBT visitors.
If you remember productions at the LBT of Smetana’s most successful opera, The Bartered Bride, of Verdi’s Rigoletto or Mozart’s Don Giovanni with a Thirties setting, then you will surely welcome back the Mid Wales.
In Offenbach’s The Tales Of Hoffman, they have chosen an opera that certainly offers entertainment value.
Expect a spectacular piece of theatre with widespread appeal.
The well-regarded Pimlico Opera follows that in late October with Verdi’s hugely popular comedy, Falstaff.
What else can you say about a production which has Shakespeare’s large than life knight, Falstaff at its heart?
He’s loud, large and a double dealer when it comes to woman. But he’s also enormous fun and you can expect vanity and plenty of laughter in this new production from Pimlico Opera.
The company, like Mid Wales, has been a popular and regular visitor to Huddersfield. It too was founded almost 20 years ago by Wasfi Kani.
The company has built a considerable reputation not only for its touring productions but for its work in prisons. Pimlico spends six weeks each year working with the prison service, culminating in a series of public performances which see prison inmates sharing the stage with professional singers.
Box office for both productions is 01484 430528.