Photos below by Mike Thompson ed. Ian While
Photos above by Linda Petzing. Click for full-size images.
Photos below by Mike Thompson ed. Ian While
We had the most wonderful week --- the weather pretty well perfect, as you can see from these amazing photos (courtesy of Gerard Regle, on tour from France. Click for full-size images). Audience numbers were BIG - we were full or almost full at every Minack performance.
"Huge congratulations to you all ! What a triumph for Duchy Opera .
Have a well deserved rest now ......" JR
"What an experience - an anticlimax but looking forward to our next exciting adventure. We were so blessed with wonderful weather, full houses, a very experienced orchestra and amazing talented soloists." CP
"I just wanted to say "thank you" for making me feel so welcome and very much part of Duchy Opera. I enjoyed the whole "La Traviata experience" very much and it has all been very uplifting, helping me through difficult times. I look forward to working again in the future with my new (and old) friends." IW
"Thanks to everybody. It's been an amazing experience. Even our stay was great. We should not wait a year for the next one!" AC
Ticket sales continue with great speed, increasing day by day as we get nearer to the opening night next Monday. Our two casts are ready to go and new costume fittings have been completed. We have a great treat in store.
Here are some more comments from Falmouth to spur you on to a second viewing:
"The first night was sparkling with excitement from both the Company and audience."
One opera aficionado in particular was full of compliments , saying he could hear every word from both chorus and soloists; much better than the ENO he had been to!
Lovely appreciative comments from the Friday audience on their way out, enthusing: "the best for years",
how much they had "enjoyed every moment". Some were coming the following night as well as they had enjoyed it so much!
The next morning a FODO member phoned to say she had been to 17 Traviatas all over the country / world and this was the best!
Similar comments were expressed on the Saturday night. “Thank you for inspiring and enthusing our FODO members to keep supporting our fund raising efforts, enabling us to give you a substantial cheque towards future productions. "
Can I add that we really appreciate all the support, financial and otherwise, that we receive from our Friends (FODO) and we are so glad that you enjoyed yourselves so much.
The cast and crew were delighted to be treated to champagne in the bar afterwards by our President John Nettles, who also gives us great support. Thank you John!
Minack Tickets: www.minack.com 01736 810181
(Photo: Linda Petzing)
What the audience had to say after our Falmouth shows:
"Simply wonderful. Cheryl Brendish was outstanding - a veritable star! Quite the best evening of my 12 years of membership of Duchy Opera!" It even beats the 2005 Die Fledermaus - my first attendance (less said about the more recent version -the better!) Thank goodness for the traditional staging in full costume - can I hope this trend may be continued in the future? Please pass this on to all who went to make this such a memorable evening. Of course - the next production will be expected to surpass this..."
"......how much I enjoyed last night’s performance and how impressed I was with the standard of the production in every respect. First, Paul Drayton, responsible for the splendid singing from the chorus to the principals, especially the main trio: the ‘everlasting’ John Hobbs (how has he managed to retain such quality over the years?); Arthur Swan, new to me, but I hope he will come again; and Cheryl, in what must have been one of the most challenging roles she has ever had. I especially appreciated her singing in the last act which was beautiful in its restraint."
"The staging and costumes were fine and the chorus movement was drilled (Jesse Giulani) and the orchestra responded well to Paul’s direction. "
A Falmouth teenager will appear on stage with the Duchy Opera in a home town performance of La Traviata in June. Rebekah Scamp is a 19 year-old former Truro College student who has been a member of the company since 2013, and will be performing the role of Flora in shows at the Princess Pavilion and the Minack Theatre.
The opera world resounds with tales of bribery and corruption but fortunately such tactics were not needed by Duchy Opera in persuading P&J Print (Newquay) to halt their imminent print run of 4000 programmes for an urgent edit.A demanding schedule of performances of Verdi’s much-loved opera La Traviata at the Minack Theatre necessitates double casting the leading roles but when one of the designated Violettas suddenly had to withdraw from th...e role last Monday consternation ensued. Director of the show, Penzance-born Richard Jackson, with his connections as teacher in the main London Music Colleges, pulled out all the stops and to the delight of all concerned succeeded in engaging Alinka Kozári for this demanding role. Hungarian born soprano Alinka, now resident in the UK, is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest and the National Opera Studio, London and made her début in the role of Violetta for Iford Arts Festival in summer 2013, also singing the role with Diva Opera in France and in Drapers’ Hall, London.
La Traviata will also be performed in Falmouth’s Princess Pavillion on June 9th & 10th when leading local soprano Cheryl Brendish will be singing the role of Violetta , sharing it with Alinka at the Minack (July 3rd – 7th). Falmouth Tickets are available from www.crbo.co.uk/duchyopera 01726 879500; Minack tickets: www.minack.com 01736 810181
Please come and join the Friends of Duchy Opera on this delightful evening with talented young musicians. You can arrive early and explore the lovely gardens, enjoy drinks and canapés from 6.15pm, and then sit down to hear the music in the ancient church of Lanhydrock.
Tickets £15 (£12 for members of FODO) from 01872 510850
Saturday 20th May 6.15 for 7.00 pm
Lanhydrock Church, near Bodmin
Thanks to Ann McC for highlighting this fascinating 30min programme on Radio 4 yesterday. "La Traviata: Tales From the Stave". Listen to it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08npns8
"Frances Fyfield is joined by the Soprano Irina Lungu and the musicologist and conductor Nigel Simeone to explore the Manuscript of Verdi's enduringly successful Opera La Traviata. The handwritten score telling the tale of Violetta's noble humility amidst the conventions and hypocrisy of 19th... century Paris is held by the Ricordi Archive in Milan. With the kind permission of the Archive and their leading expert Gabriele Dotto, the team get to see the precision and brilliance of a score that contains some of the most familiar music ever to grace an Opera stage. There are also surprising omissions and examples of the striving of a perfectionist."
Producer: Tom Alban.
Duchy Opera welcomed FODO members to their La Traviata Rehearsal on Sunday evening. Members had an opportunity to meet several cast members and the production team. During the evening the FODO Committee presented the Company with a very generous donation of £6100 from fundraising activities held throughout the year. The monies will be used to support the La Traviata production at Falmouth Pavilions in June. Paul Collins (Chairman) kindly acknowledged the continuing support of FODO in his acceptance speech and thanked all the members for their hard work and the difference this made to Company.