OPERA has always been a big seller at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and next weekend the theatre hosts a production that is sure to be a winner.
Mid Wales Opera, already popular with Huddersfield audiences, returns to the town with a new version of Mozart’s celebrated comic piece, The Marriage Of Figaro.
The opera is at the LBT for one performance, on Saturday, September 12, in what is an English premiere of this new look at one of opera’s best-loved characters.
The opera was written in 1876 to poke fun at an outdated eighteenth century aristocracy and is based on the stage comedy of the same name by Pierre Beaumarchais. Mozart created an opera with colourful characters and powerful music that reflects all the emotions connected with love, betrayal and reconciliation.
The arias are well known, the production very different. In this version the action is set in a time just before the First World War, another period when the old order was about to change.
The new look at this masterpiece comes from the experienced director/design team of Martin Lloyd-Evans and Bridget Kimak who two years ago produced the company’s production of La Bohème.
The opera will be sung in English in a translation by Amanda Holden continuing her long association with Mid Wales Opera.
The accomplished cast are drawn from the National Opera Companies and will be accompanied by Mid Wales Opera’s acclaimed Chamber Orchestra conduced by Keith Darlington, who is undertaking his last tour for the company.
The company has already announced the appointment of Nicholas Cleobury who will take over as the company’s artistic director next month.
Tickets are £19, £16, £12 plus concessions from the box office on 01484 430528. The music begins at 7.30pm.