West Green House Opera has announced details of their 2017 Season which runs from Saturday July 22nd to Sunday July 30th. Three new productions are to be staged, with one director making his UK debut. Casting focuses on outstanding emerging artists performing alongside established musical talent.

The return of Opera Project
The dynamic musical partnership Richard Studer (director) and Jonathan Lyness (conductor) return to West Green to stage a new production of Verdi’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’. Recently appointed as Artistic Directors of Mid Wales Opera and long recognized for their outstanding productions at Longborough Festival Opera, Richard and Jonathan return to West Green building on a longstanding creative relationship, most recently with sell-out performances of The Marriage of Figaro at West Green in 2015. Also returning to sing the role of Amelia will be Rebecca Nash, thrilling as the title role Ariadne auf Naxos in 2015. West Green favourite George van Bergen will sing Renato and exciting, emerging, Samling Artist Galina Averina will take the role of Oscar.

Spanish director Rafael R Villalobos makes his UK debut at West Green
The youngest ever winner of the Camerata Nuova prize for opera direction, Rafael R Villalobos is quickly gathering a reputation for illuminating and sensitive interpretations of opera in theatres from Seville to Rome, Madrid to Palermo. In May this year, his production of Dido and Aeaneas will be broadcast across 88 European cinemas to mark European Opera Day and in July he makes his UK debut directing a new production of Il Seraglio for West Green House. The prodigiously talented Oliver Zeffman will conduct his orchestra, the Melos Sinfonia and the cast will include Nicholas Sharratt, Oliver Johnson, Barnaby Rea and Elizabeth Cragg.

Thriller writer to direct operatic rarity.
Donizetti’s Rita is a domestic comedy with a deeper subtext, influenced by themes of marital abuse and eventual reconciliation. Musical specialist and acclaimed writer of psychological thrillers Morag Joss will direct a new production of this intriguing one act piece set for a small orchestra and just three singers – full casting will be announced in May 2017.

Music, Monarchy and Manhattan
Continuing their popular lunchtime event featuring a notable speaker from the world of either opera or gardens, West Green House is delighted to welcome David Starkey to speak on his acclaimed television series Music and Monarchy. A fascinating insight into the influence of the royal family on music over the centuries, this most intimate of events with an audience of just 80 people offers the chance to become better acquainted with one of the country’s best informed but occasionally controversial historians

Theatrical and musical forces combine in a unique show for one night only during the West Green House Opera Season. Theatre director Patrick Sandford (Nuffield Theatre, Pitlochry Festival) and musical supremo Harry the Piano bring together an evening of wit, charm, entertainment and some surprises celebrating a composer whose cannon of work lives on in theatres, jazz clubs and opera houses despite his early death at the age of just 38.


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