We are delighted to report that we have recently finished paying off our financial shortfall. This allows us to take stock and start planning for the future. A heart-felt THANK YOU to our financial supporters and to all who contributed to the efforts of the past year.
In reverse order, the plans are that in July 2015
, funds permitting, we plan to perform a classic and popular opera in a newly designed theatre tent; local singers will be invited to audition for some solo roles.
10-12 July 2014
will see performances of Purcell's tragic love story Dido and Aeneas
. This will be in Wedmore Village Hall, followed by a picnic in "The Hills and Vales" of the surrounding fields (or staying in the hall if people prefer). We are looking for chorus members to perform in this delightful opera which offers many wonderful choruses.
Prior to rehearsals for Dido and Aeneas, Wedmore Opera has been very fortunate in getting Julian Jensen
, opera singer and Director of Music at Millfield School, to lead a workshop for both new and “old” singers. In his initial career as an opera singer, Julian worked with some of Europe's leading opera companies, and his recording of Lucio Dalla's Caruso
in the film's soundtrack was extremely well reviewed and chosen as a critics' choice over Pavarotti's version! Julian is a charismatic and gifted workshop leader: this should be a great day and something to look forward to in the depths of winter.
The workshop with Julian will take place in the village hall from 10am to lunchtime on Saturday 22 February
. To express interest in being involved in either the 22 February workshop or in Dido and Aeneas
or both, please contact us