Thursday 8 August 2013

Co-Opera Co Summer Season

Co-Opera Co Summer season - The Mikado, Madama Butterfly
Co-Opera Co is back for its  Summer season from 3 September, this time at the Hackney Empire, where the young singers will be performing in two new productions The Mikado and Madama Butterfly. The company's aim is to give aspiring artists the chance to work with and learn from some of the most highly regarded singers, conductors, directors, actors and choreographers in the business today. To this end, their Summer Season is the culmination of a learning process for the young performers. 

This year The Mikado will be directed by James Bonas and conducted by John Andrews, with Tristan Stocks as Nanki Poo, Llio Evans as Yum Yum and  Owain Brown as Poo Bah. Madama Butterfly is directed by Jacopo Spirai and conducted by Martin Handley with Verunka Vikova in the title role and with the distinguished baritone John Rawnsely as Sharpless. The two productions run in tandem at the Hackney Empire from 3 - 7 September, then they will also be touring, with performances in Crawley, Wellingborough, Rhyl, Croydon, Bury St. Edmunds and Hastings. There is also a gala concert at the Hackney Empire on 5 September with Rosalind Plowwright under the direction of Stephen Higgins.

The company is entirely self funded and entirely reliant on donations, on box office sales and on contributions from participants to cover costs. This year they started the Co-OperaLottery as an additional fund raising venture; the next draw is on 24 August and participants could win £1000.

Further information from the Co-Opera Co website.

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