Northamptonshire singers giving audiences a taste of opera

Oundle singers Liz Williams, Colin Pendrill and Diana Awdry
Oundle singers Liz Williams, Colin Pendrill and Diana Awdry

Three singers from Northamptonshire will be among those headlining a series of performances in the region introducing opera to a wider audience.

Liz Williams, Diana Awdry and Colin Pendrill, all from Oundle, are soloists in forthcoming presentations of Opera Bites, a taster and introduction to some of the most popular and best-loved operas.

The presentations are being put on by Peterborough Opera, and take place at the Key Theatre Studio, Peterborough, on Friday, October 31 at 7.30pm, the Corn Exchange Theatre in Stamford on Saturday, November 1 at 7.30pm and The Angles Theatre in Wisbech on Sunday, November 2, at 3pm. Tickets are £12, with children £6.

Professionals Alison Charlton-West and Shiona Cormack will be singing. The short excerpts from a few popular operas are giving a number of soloists the chance to study a major role and a chance for others to direct.

Operas to be featured include Puccini’s La Boheme and Madam Butterfly, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.

For more details call Shirley Burchell, the director of productions, on 01832 272738.