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Wedmore Opera – a new production of Figaro in early July 2023

We are a long standing community opera company, celebrating 35 years this year. Our mission statement is “Excellent Opera in a Village Setting”. We’ve been silent for far too long, covid over the last two years has been very unkind to singers. But we’re now ready to make our voices heard again.  

 

We’re planning a new production of Figaro in early July 2023 and we would love past, present and new members to come and join us. We need singers for the chorus, and that includes those of you who have never done anything like this before but who fancy singing as part of an opera chorus, working alongside professional singers.  Figaro is essentially a farce it is written by Mozart, remember him in the film Amadeus?! Everyone will know the big arias, look ‘em up! but it was written in a time of revolution, with servants outwitting their masters, remind you of anything?   

 

You don’t need experience or to be able to read music, there won’t be any chorus auditions, we just need enthusiasm and commitment. We will provide lots of vocal support including a wonderful app we’ve discovered that will allow you to get ahead of the curve! 

 

We are planning a one day Vocal Workshop in March to give singers a chance to get to know each other and practice some pieces before rehearsals begin in earnest in May (Sunday afternoons.) Although we are an established company, every production is a new venture, whilst we have a “backbone” of stalwarts we want to encourage new chorus members, and new soloists, we want a new and vibrant team with all that potential talent! It’s early days in the planning process, but we want to try to dispel the “elite” tag associated with the genre. It won’t be set in the 18th century, with no corsets and crinolines, we want a more contemporary and relevant vibe.

We will also need to enhance our backstage team, set building, sound, lighting, costumes, hair, make-up, and stage management, if that’s what you’re interested in, tell us! There are plenty of opportunities both front and backstage.  If you would like to get involved or to find out more, please email wedmoreopera@gmail.com You can also find out more about us on our website www.WedmoreOpera.com

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