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Arcadian Opera to Present Open Air Opera at Stowe
Arcadian Opera is very pleased to announce that they are bringing a production of England’s favourite one act opera, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to Stowe on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
On Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August 2020, at 2:30pm, we are performing our first open air opera on the Palladian North Front of Stowe House. This sublime venue, the largest jewel set in Stowe Landscape Gardens, is the perfect place to perform Dido and Aeneas.
The audience are invited to bring picnics to the area near the North Front, and afterwards they will be seated by stewards at the correct distance from each other on the open air auditorium. All the Government Guidelines on social distancing at open air events will be strictly observed.
We are thrilled to announce our cast, who have agreed to this venture at very short notice! Please click on their names for more information.
Dido – Phillipa Thomas
Aeneas – James Hutchings
Belinda – Rebecca Bottone
The Sorceress – Louise Crane
The Lady in Waiting – Elise Fairley
Mercury – Tom Dixon
Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, 19 & 20 October 2019
Although often overlooked owing to Gounod’s more famous opera Faust, written the previous year, his rarely performed Romeo and Juliet has exquisite music and is a mesmerising vehicle for the age old Italian story that Shakespeare made so famous. The opera libretto keeps closely to Shakespeare’s story with the addition of a trouser role – a popular theatrical conceit of the time.
Once again Arcadian Opera employed established professional singers to sing the demanding lead roles in the opera and they were accompanied by the Arcadian Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Although current productions of Romeo and Juliet are more often than not updated, the set and costumes designed by Stage Director Ali Marshall, put the action back in the wild and dangerous times of fifteenth century Italy, when gang warfare was also a fact of life.
Romeo – William Branston
Juliet – Charlotte Hoather
Stephano- Elouise Waterhouse
Gertrude – Gemma Morsley
Mercutio – James Gribble
Tybalt – James Hutchings
Paris – Matthew Clark
Capulet – Richard Woodall
Friar Lawrence – Tobias Odenwald
The Duke of Verona – Oliver Gibbs
OPERA GALA 2019
The Gala, held in the Roxburgh Theatre, Stowe, Buckingham on 4 May at 7:30pm included a lively selection of opera favourites. The concert opened with a selection of pieces from the Magic Flute. The Opera Babes sang a medley of Mozart including pieces from Cosi fan Tutti. There was also stirring stuff from Carmen and a beautiful piece from Saint-Säens Samson et Delila which accompanied the dancers in spring rites at the Temple of Dagon.
The second half of the Gala introduced the audience to Gounod’s often overlooked opera Romeo and Juliet, which the company will produce in full in October. The dancers then performed the Bacchanal, also from Saint-Säens Samson et Dalila. The rousing conclusion was the the choral finale of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg.
The Wreckers, 27 & 28 October 2018
In celebration of 100 years of the beginning of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom we performed Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers on 27 and 28 October 2018. For this we garnered several excellent reviews including from Opera Magazine and a four star review from The Stage.
Thirza, Pascoe’s wife – Jennifer Parker
Mark, a young fisherman – Brian Smith Walters
Pascoe, the village pastor – Steven East
Lawrence, the keeper of the Light – Ian Beadle
Avis, Lawrence’s daughter – April Fredrick
Harvey, Lawrence’s brother in law – Richard Woodall
Tallan, landlord of the village inn – Phillip Abbott
Jack, Tallan’s son – Elouise Waterhouse
Lighting Designer – Matt Caton
Projections Illustrator – Toby Marshall
Opera Gala, 24 March 2018
Hosted by TV personality and celebrity auctioneer Charlie Ross with:
Gareth Lloyd, Tenor;
The Elixir of Love, 27 & 28 October 2017
A vibrant production of this sizzling opera by Donizetti in a new translation by Musical Director Justin Lavender. Going back to the original Italian with its whimsical jokes, Justin has written a lighthearted libretto which trips off the tongue and is thoroughly enjoyable for audience and singers alike. Set in an imaginary nineteenth century English village to reflect the English translation, to complete the fun there is a cameo appearance by TV personality and celebrity auctioneer Charlie Ross!
Adina, a young, independent landowner – Emma Charles
Nemorino, a simple shepherd lad – Ben Smith
Gemma, an elderly sheepdog – Gemma Harvey
Gianetta, a saucy maid to Adina – Susanna MacRae
Sergeant Belcore, a womanising soldier – Wesley Biggs
Dr Dulcamara, a mysteriously successful doctor – Tobias Odenwald
Cochise, Dr Dulacamara’s henchman – Phill Abbott
Dr Septimus Stradling, the village pastor – Charlie Ross
Farmhands and their families played by the Arcadian Chorus
Gala Concert, 3 June 2017
with Natasha Day, Soprano; Louise Crane, Mezzo Soprano; Wesley Biggs, Baritone.
Original costume design by Gillian Liddel for the Polovtsian Dances Choreographed by Tamara Vile, danced by Kay Fagan, Elise Fallon, Jessica Hingham, Crystal Leung-Yi, Ana Pereira, Kiabella Sgambati, Charlotte Watson
Puccini’s ever popular La Boheme is startlingly reimagined in Arcadian Opera’s first ever production for the Roxborough Theatre at Stowe. The struggling bohemians of fin de siècle Paris are transported to the fringes of the Bloomsbury group in 1930s London. Sung in English, with full orchestral accompaniment and a large chorus of talented local singers.
Mimi, a freelance embroiderer – Natasha Day
Rodolfo, a struggling writer – Gabriel Courvoisier
Marcello, an unsuccessful artist – Wesley Biggs
Musette, a cabaret singer – Sara Whichelow
Schaunard, a musician – Jacob Bettinelli
Colline, a philosopher – Tobias Odenwald
Benoit, a slum landlord – Paddy Marshall
Alcindoro, a man about town – Chris Marlow
Parpignol, an itinerant toy seller – Luis Orozco
The Policeman – Nick Adams
We are delighted to announce we will be performing our first Gala. It will start at 8pm and is in the The Ugland Hall, Stowe School. Performers will include Justin Lavender, The Opera Babes, Louise Crane, Stephen Gadd
By George | 16th February 2016 | Past Events
Future plans include:
- May 2020 The Magic Flute
- Oct 2020 Faust