Monday, 16 May 2022

Operas to benefit children s charities

THREE children’s charities will benefit from the 11th season of Fingest Great Barn Opera.

THREE children’s charities will benefit from the 11th season of Fingest Great Barn Opera.

Facing on to the central courtyard at Manor Farm in Fingest, the Great Barn is the venue for two productions by opera company Diva Opera being staged next month.

The first, Donizetti’s comic masterpiece Don Pasquale, is being staged on Saturday, September 3, at 6pm. This is followed a week later by Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte — tickets for which have “more or less sold out” according to the organisers.

With the focus on the remaining tickets for Don Pasquale, Sylvia Crowther of Fingest Great Barn Opera said: “This is an opportunity to experience a wonderful performance by established professional singers who sing at the major opera houses, and also highly talented young singers.

“The operas are performed in traditional costume and sung in Italian, with surtitles for the benefit of the audience.

“There is an extended interval for picnics and we provide under-cover picnic tables for your party in a marquee on the courtyard and in the little barn. Cars are parked in the paddock behind the barn.”

One of the UK’s leading chamber opera companies, Diva Opera was founded in 1996, since when it has produced more than 40 different operas internationally.

First performed in 1843 and fizzing with humour and sparkling music, Don Pasquale tells the story of an elderly bachelor who becomes the victim of a clever plot to disillusion him of the notion of conjugal bliss, leaving the way clear for his long-suffering nephew to marry the girl of his dreams.

Sylvia added: “This year we will be supporting three charities: Child Bereavement UK, the SMA Trust, which funds research into spinal muscular atrophy, and Best Beginnings, which offers support and guidance for families and aims to give every baby in the UK the best start in life.”

Tickets for Don Pasquale and Cosi fan tutte are £75. To book, visit, email or call Sylvia Crowther on (01491) 638474.

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