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OPERA HOLLAND PARK ETCETERA

ONLY 19 TICKETS LEFT FOR OUR PERFORMANCE @ OPERA HOLLAND PARK AS PART OF THEIR NEW ETCETERA FESTIVAL, NEXT SUNDAY, 24TH JULY, 2PM.

BOOK NOW TEL: 0300 999 1000 

£12 (FULL) £6 (UNDER 25s) !!!!

affordable, accessible opera … in english.

Review of Cambridge previews

According to the Cambridge Tab’s classical music reviewer, “The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Shadwell Opera’s Albert Herring, which is not only the best opera I’ve seen but also one of the best shows of any kind I’ve seen in Cambridge.”

http://cambridgetab.co.uk/culture/sidney-sussex-arts-festival-2011

BOOK NOW FOR TOUR PERFORMANCES!!!! SELLING V. FAST (SOME NEARLY SOLD OUT)

Book tickets for Egerton Music Festival performance this Friday 1st July, www.egertonmusicfestival.co.uk

Hungerford and District Music Festival performance Saturday 2nd July, www.hadcaf.co.uk

Abbot’s Leigh Bristol performance Saturday 9th July abbotsleigh.herring@gmail.com

Cardiff, St Fagan performance Sunday 10th July http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/English/Albert-Herring-10/7/2011/

Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk performance Sunday 17th July www.glemhamhall.co.uk or Tel: 01728 746 704

Opera Holland Park performance Sunday 24th July Tel: 0300 999 1000

OPERA HOLLAND PARK BOX OFFICE

TEL: 0300 999 1000

LIMITED AVAILABILITY ALREADY!!! BOOK NOW. SUNDAY 24TH JULY, 2PM.

SHADWELL OPERA @ OPERA HOLLAND PARK

Shadwell Opera @ Opera Holland Park

Pleased to announce another performance of Albert Herring. This time at Opera Holland Park’s 2011 festival, on the 24th July 2011! 2pm - limited number of tickets for this performance at this international opera festival. Box office deets to follow.

ALBERT HERRING TOUR DATES

BOOK NOW FOR HERRING TOUR PERFORMANCES: TICKETS SELLING FAST… 

15th June - The Cambridge Union Debating Chamber, Cambridge, 8pm

Box Office: www.adcticketing.com / Tel: 01223 300 085

20th June - Gonville & Caius College Master’s Garden, Cambridge, 2pm

Box Office: www.adcticketing.com / Tel: 01223 300 085

25th June - Sidney Sussex Arts Festival, Cambridge, 2pm

Box Office: www.adcticketing.com / Tel: 01223 300 085

1st July - Egerton Music Festival, Egerton, Kent, 8pm

Box Office: www.egertonmusicfestival.co.uk / Tel: 01233 629 165

2nd July - Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival, Berkshire, 7.30pm

Box Office: www.hadcaf.co.uk / Tel: 01488 684 038

9th July - Holy Trinity @ Abbot’s Leigh, Bristol, 7.30pm

Box Office: abbotsleigh.herring@gmail.com / Tel: 01275 372 611

10th July - Everyman Festival @ St Fagan, Cardiff, 4pm

Box Office: http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/English/Albert-Herring-10/7/2011/

/ Tel: 029 2087 8444

17th July - Glemham Hall, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk, 7.30pm

Box Office: www.glemhamhall.co.uk / Tel: 01728 746 704

24th July - TBC Watch this space

Updated cast list for ALBERT HERRING

Albert Herring - Sam Furness

Sid - Gareth John

Nancy - Amy Lyddon

Miss Wordsworth - Maud Millar

Lady Billows - Isabella Gage

Mr Gedge - Christopher Dollins

Mr Upfold - David De Winter

Mrs Herring - Anna Harvey

Florence Pike - Eleanor Minney

Superintendent Budd - George Dye (Cambridge performances only) 

Emmie - Harriet Colley

Conductor - Christopher Stark

Director - Jack Furness

Designer - Sophia Parkinson

SUMMER 2011 - ALBERT HERRING

Shadwell are pleased to announce our summer plans - performances of a brand-new production of Britten’s ALBERT HERRING…

Cast made up of a mix of the country’s most talented young singers and a star-studded orchestra to be conducted by Christopher Stark. 

Following continued sell-out runs and critical success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Shadwell Opera are bringing their production around festivals, villages and towns across the country. This will be no classical production: expect one hundred years of light hearted village battle between virtue and vice, progress and tradition, decorum and drunkenness. And within this, a poor and chaste youth, Albert, struggling to assert himself and find his place in the world as he is forced by the local grandees into the dubitable honour of May King (in the absence of a suitable candidate for May Queen). Added to this, the production will also stage Albert’s dreams in the musical interludes, creating an interpretation rarely attempted. So whether you want something fun to pass a summer evening with comedy and cakes, simply enjoy delicious music, or want to engage with a serious piece of theatre, Shadwell Opera’s production of Albert Herring will have it for you. Come and join in the May Feast!!!

DATES BEING ADDED ALL THE TIME… WATCH THIS SPACE FOR TOUR SCHEDULE AND BOX OFFICE DETAILS - VISITS INCLUDE KENT, BERKSHIRE, CAMBRIDGE, BRISTOL, CARDIFF, SUFFOLK AND LONDON…

Cast:

Albert Herring: Sam Furness

Sid: Gareth John

Nancy: Amy Lyddon

Lady Billows: Isabella Gage

Miss Wordsworth: Maud Millar

Mr Gedge: David De Winter

Mr Upfold: Christopher Dollins

Mrs Herring: Anna Harvey

Emmie: Harriet Colley

Cis: Fiona Brindle

Harry: Pollyanna Furness

Herald Review from Edinburgh…

A sweet dream from a nightmare scenario

Published on 31 Aug 2010

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosslyn Chapel

****

Shadwell Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, performed in Rosslyn Chapel, was one of the highlights of last year’s festival. This year the youthful company, formed by Cambridge students, has returned to the Fringe, staging that same production of Flute as well as a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Britten’s operatic take on Shakespeare is a more challenging prospect than Mozart’s magical work: musically more complex and less immediately appealing, it requires a strong ensemble cast and a very good orchestra.

Shadwell’s production certainly fields the former; however, losing its orchestra and having to find new musicians at very short notice (the sort of circumstances any company would dread) has presented a challenge that the company could not entirely surmount.

There is also a sense that Shadwell may have outgrown the surroundings of Rosslyn. It’s certainly an interesting venue and its small size gives the performance a wonderful sense of intimacy, but this production didn’t particularly engage with the space in the same way as did the original Magic Flute.

Still, there is a lot to admire here, particularly in the strength and enthusiasm of the extremely fine cast. Most of the soloists cut their teeth as Cambridge choral scholars and it shows in the quality of the ensemble – these singers listen instead of just following the conductor.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in the mechanicals’ play in the final act. Momentum can be starting to pall by this point, but the light-hearted exuberance of the youthful cast made this a wonderfully silly, entertaining account of Britten’s opera-within-an-opera.

Rowena Smith

scotsman review edinburgh 2010

Musical review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosslyn Chapel

 

By Tim Cornwell
Published: 28/8/2010

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It is a privilege to listen to the voices of Cambridge Univeristy’s Shadwell Opera. That is as true for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in their second year performing at Rosslyn Chapel, as it was for The Magic Flute, their inaugural show.

But where the Mozart piece was an award-winning Fringe spell-binder, this production of Benjamin Britten’s opera aimed for the highest stars but did not reach them.

The company are mostly recent or current choral scholars at Cambridge. The singing and dramatic intercourse of the pairs of lovers, in particular Ed Ballard as Demetrius, and Rachel Bagnall as Helena, was superb, from the entrance of Titania and Oberon, to the final thunderous Theseus, to a wonderful lion or the spell-binding chorus of fairies.

There is a case for bringing this ensemble to a larger city-centre venue. But this year’s orchestra was rounded up in haste to replace last year’s stunning ensemble, and it showed; the mirrored backdrop dazzled part of the audience; the ambition needs sharpening, and the backdrop made little sense.

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