Tuesday 12 December 2023

Opera Unwrapped for Christmas in Norwich

Opera Unrwapped for Christmas

The Norfolk-based charity Into Opera continues its mission to get people 'into opera' with its Opera Unwrapped for Christmas concert on Friday 15 December 2023 at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich, one of the last events at the venue before it closes its doors for restoration.

John Andrews conducts the Britten Sinfonia and they are joined by an enviable line-up of vocal talent, soprano Alison Langer, tenor Monwabisi Lindi, mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard and baritone James Cleverton. There will be arias from Puccini’s La bohème, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Verdi’s La Traviata, seasonal music from Howard Blake's The Snowman and the musical Meet me in St. Louis, as well as Christmas songs and carols. 

In addition to Into Opera’s launch of the successful Norfolk Into Opera Festival, the charity has also built a reputation for its transformative education work in local schools. As part of Opera Unwrapped for Christmas children from the choirs of the Bawburgh School, Barford Primary and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary will have the chance to share the stage and perform alongside Into Opera and Britten Sinfonia’s professional musicians. 

"The cut to funding of classical music and opera this year has been devastating in its impact. It has put organisations like Into Opera and Britten Sinfonia under huge risk and financial pressure. Norfolk is one of the places to have really experienced those cuts. Regardless, Into Opera and Britten Sinfonia were determined to join forces, to stand by each other at this difficult time and to collaborate. We are excited to bring so much artistic talent to Norfolk this Christmas to lead our celebrations at The Halls, it’s set to be quite an evening!"

Genevieve Raghu, Artistic Director and Chief Executive: Into Opera

Full details from the Into Opera website

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