Wednesday 18 January 2023

Wild Arts announces the second Essex Summer Opera Festival with Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney Tower

Orlando Jopling's company Wild Arts has announced the second Essex Summer Opera Festival at Layer Marney Tower. The company will be presenting a new production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore on 22, 24 and 25 June 2023. The production will be directed by Guido Martin-Brandis, conducted by Orlando Jopling with Galina Averina as Adina, Thomas Elwin as Nemorino, James Atkinson as Belcore and Alex Jones as Dulcamara.

The production takes place in Quintin's Barn, a newly renovated 16th century barn in the grounds of Layer Marney Tower, and audiences can explore the 120-acre grounds, picnic in the gardens, and, on Sunday, climb the Tower to take in the surrounding views. And the festival is the starting point for a 30-date Summer tour of rural locations in the UK.

Pupils from four Essex schools will take part in the company's first education project where a specially adapted version of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love will be the basis for interactive workshops introducing pupils to the opera's story and music, and the pupils will then attend the dress rehearsal of the full show. The workshops will be designed to help schools deliver the National Curriculum for music and the updated National Plan for Music.

Full details from the Wild Arts website.

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