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Monday, 16 May 2022

Essex Summer Opera Festival launched by Wild Arts with new production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower (photo Layer Marney Tower)
Layer Marney Tower (photo Layer Marney Tower)

A new charity, Wild Arts, founded by conductor, composer and cellist Orlando Jopling, is presenting new opera festival in Essex. The Essex Summer Opera Festival is presenting its inaugural production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at the lovely Tudor mansion of Layer Marney Tower from 7 to 10 July 2022. The festival will present opera at close quarters, sung in English by an outstanding cast, and re-imagined for more intimate, accessible performances.

Cosi fan tutte will be presented by six singers and seven musicians, conducted by Orlando Jopling with a cast including Ella Taylor (who won second prize at the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards), Martha Jones, Joanna Songi, Richard Dowling, Gareth Brynmor John, and Eddie Wade, directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan, founder of the theatre company Metta. The production will update the action to 1970s Cambridge University.

Performances will take place in Quintin’s Barn, an atmospheric 16th-century structure with excellent acoustics, fresh from extensive refurbishment enabled by the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Prior to the festival, Wild Arts is presenting a Summer tour of smaller venues in Essex, including a preview of the production.

The Festival is presented by Wild Arts, a new charity which seeks to bring world-class cultural experiences to under-served rural parts of the UK, working in harmony with the natural environment and involving local communities. Wild Arts was founded in 2022 by Jopling as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the worrying impact of increasing social division and climate change.

Full details from the Wild Arts website.

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