Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Choral society lays on a night at the opera

TWO rising stars of the opera world will take centre stage at the summer concert of the South Chiltern Choral

TWO rising stars of the opera world will take centre stage at the summer concert of the South Chiltern Choral Society next month.

Tenor Ed Lee will be making a dash from the Buxton Opera Festival — where he is singing in four operas — to sing Nessun Dorma, among other favourite arias.

Meanwhile soprano Lisa Wilson, who is about to take the role of Mimi in La Bohème for the English National Opera, will jon Ed in four duets at the concert in Reading University’s Great Hall.

The evening is billed as a night at the opera, and the choral society is planning to entertain the audience with many favourite arias and choruses.

David Doidge, the society’s publicity manager, said: “We were charmed when Lisa sang the FauréRequiem for the society last year in Douai Abbey. There were cries of ‘More, more!’ but there is only one solo in the requiem — so we had to invite her again.”

The programme includes 20 arias and choruses, including pieces by Handel, Mozart, Giodani, Wagner, Verdi and Leonard Bernstein, all arranged by conductor Gwyn Arch. The repertoire includes Brindisi from La Traviata, Handel’s Largo and Where’er You Walk, O Mio Babbino Caro from La Traviata and Voi Che Sapete from The Marriage Of Figaro as well as Art Thou Troubled and Silent Worship from the choir. The concert will be accompanied by pianist Ian Westley.

Come To The Opera is at the Great Hall, University of Reading on Saturday, July 13 at 7.30pm, and the grounds will be available for picnics from 5.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£6 for U18s) available from Nicola Woodman on 0118 9891606 or visit www.south chilternchoralsociety.org.uk

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