The Opera and Arts Festival is now over for another year after a very successful week at the beginning of July. The ground-breaking 2015 production of Carmen proved yet again what WO, with its unique mix of professionalism and enthusiasm, can achieve.
“Marie Elliott made a sensational Carmen, Ben Thapa an ultimately tragic Don José, while other soloists included Tom Colwell, Jack Tebbutt, Siona Stockel, Justin Bindley, Gemma Hildred, Bethia Hourigan, Alan Philps and John Pumphrey.
Residents, including a cast of children, supported the professionals with some sensational singing and dancing – not forgetting the magnificent costumes.”
Other Festival events were also praised in the press:
“Clare Teal, singing with Edward Leaker's Swing Jazz Orchestra, provided the festival with a triumphant, toe-tapping start.
Best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope talked to BBC arts reviewer and presenter, Francine Stock, about her novel-writing techniques and also shared her passion for literacy and her ambition to encourage today's youngsters to read. Comedian Marcus Brigstocke raised the roof with his irreverent brand of humour.
Shenagh Govan's War Crimes for the Home was a hugely powerful and thought-provoking study of one woman's abandonment during the war, while Anna Newman's wonderfully sonorous marimba playing in St Mary's Church provided a beautifully peaceful interlude.
Marie Vassiliou and Nico de Villiers, also performing in the church, gave a lively rendition of some of their favourite songs to a hugely appreciative audience.”
As those who attended will know, however, the experience for some was marred by the non-delivery of the correct seating. We would like to apologise to anyone who was disappointed by their experience, and we hope this will not affect your support.
What next? Watch this space… And if you would like to make sure you are kept up to date with all future WO events, go to our Get Involved page