Peterborough Opera

Peterborough Opera has the aim of providing an opportunity for people to take part in and watch live opera productions in and around Peterborough. An average year will see us perform a handful of concerts, a fully staged opera in October or November, and a Christmas carol concert in December.

We are always on the lookout for new members from across the vocal spectrum and our usual rehearsal time is 7.30pm on Friday evenings throughout the year (with no break for school holidays) and the place for the rehearsals is St Lukes Church, Mayors Walk, Peterborough PE3 6EZ. Easy parking available and this is a ten minute walk from the rail/bus station. If you are interested in coming along please contact Sue Benjaminson suebenjamins@gmail.com, or ring 01780 440800 or mobile 0777 9998132.

The Peterborough Opera team at work and play

After a production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2011, in 2012 we are performing a dual programme – Puccini’s comedy Gianni Schicchi and Mascagni’s Cavelleria Rusticana. These operas, in English, will be shown at Stamford’s Corn Exchange theatre which we turned to in 2011 to help balance our accounts. It is not just the Government who are short of money in these tight economic times! However we maintain strong links with Peterborough itself. We are taking part in various city-wide musical events including music for the annual Fotheringhay Floral festival in June and the welcome of the Olympic Torch to the Peterborough area in July We are led by our inspirational Musical Director Marc Murray, who joined us nearly two years ago. He hails from Cape Town, South Africa, where he had extensive experience of opera and he is also a highly talented organist. His primary role in England is as Director of Music at St Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincs (The Stump) but he shares his time with Peterborough Opera.

Marc makes a striking contribution to the vigour and enthusiasm of our company and is always seeking to develop the skills and experience of each member of the company whatever their previous background.  This year we have selected two shorter opera works for our production in the first week of November 2012 — Gianni Schicci, a comedy, by Puccini and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni. Our Producer for the operas will be Shirley Burchell, experienced with an immense background of opera in the region, and who has produced some of the company’s most popular performances.

Tickets will be on sale from June for the operas which will be performed on the nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8th, 9th, 10th November at the Stamford Corn Exchange. Tickets are £13 adult; £12 concessions and FREE for each child with an adult.

Rehearsals for this year’s operas started in May. Principal roles have mostly been cast but one or two roles may still be needed and new chorus members can still be accommodated if contact is made in the next few weeks. For details contact the secretary Sue Benjamins at suebenjamins@gmail.com or the Producer shirley.burchell@virgin.net.

Please visit our website www.peterboroughopera.co.uk for further information on our productions and to see a photo gallery of some previous operas.

Peterborough Opera – Upcoming Events

Opera Gala night at St Johns Church, Cathedral Square, Peterborough on Saturday 16th June – Tickets £10 each to include a glass of wine (or soft drink) and each child FREE with an accompanying adult. A lovely and rare “night out at the opera” – dress up if you like and enjoy a whole evening of favourite arias and chorus from members of Peterborough Opera.

Opera Gala night in WISBECH, mid September – details to be announced.