Opera Bites - get a taste of opera
Don’t be afraid, dig right in…get a taste of opera. Opera Factory presents a selection of operatic scenes to feed your soul on Saturday 24 February at 4pm and 8pm (Raye Freedman Theatre, Epsom). Opera Bites offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety ofsnippets including Mozart comedies, Menotti's dramatic 'The Consul', Nicolai's 'Merry Wives of Windsor', Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress' and Rossini's 'Barber of Seville'. It's the perfect opportunity for those new to opera to take a dip into this theatrical world and for those who love opera, what could be better than a chocolate box selection all in one sitting?
Opera Factory will present a selection of comedic, scandalous and tragic short scenes from a variety of well-loved opera stories at the Auckland Fringe Festival on Saturday, 24 February. Performed by some of the best young singers in Auckland, the event, ‘Opera Bites’ offers a unique opportunity for those new to opera and opera lovers alike to enjoy snippets from a wide repertoire including Nicolai’s mischevious, Ladies Trio from Merry Wives of Winsdor in which a gossiping trio of ladies plot against the dirty, rotten scoundrel, Falstaff.
The show features dramatic pieces relating to crises of freedom including Menotti’s, Death’s Frontiers are Open from The Consul, which depicts the struggles of those trapped within an unidentified totalitarian country, desperate to escape and find a better life.
Artistic Director Sally Sloman says everyone at Opera Factory is excited to participate in the Fringe Festival for the first time since 2011, when they won the Best Production in the Music category award for performing the mysterious Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.
“‘Opera Bites’ has been deliberately designed like a chocolate box selection, offering those new to opera a unique, affordable and accessible opportunity to get a taste of the assorted range within this type of theatre,” says Sloman. “The costumed performance includes some wonderful, light-hearted pieces to both delight and surprise the audience.” Featured singers from the twenty strong cast include the accomplished June Dams, Anna Mahon, Angus Simmons, Michael Potts and Emma Sloman.
‘Opera Bites’ offers a unique opportunity for everyone to get a slice of opera. Join us in celebrating the most theatrical of art forms on 24 February at the Raye Freedom Arts Centre in Epsom at 4pm or 8 pm. Book your tickets today on iticket.co.nz and best be quick as limited seats are available.
About Opera Factory: A charitable trust that enables singers to experience a variety of performance opportunities and training in opera and theatrical vocal music. It is known for its innovative and accessible chamber opera presentations, and ‘Opera Bites’ will be no exception.
Presented as part of Auckland Fringe festival from 20th February - 4th March 2018. For the full programme visit www.aucklandfringe.co.nz