Bath Opera Newsletter No. 11, September 2012

Welcome Back...

It has been a very busy summer season for Bath Opera, and we hope you managed to see Carmen. This year, our touring production was performed 9 times over a 5 week period, and received high acclaim in all the venues. Directed by Jane Clark, Carmen was seen in Seend, Bradford on Avon, Bath, Lyncombe, Chippenham, Great Chalfield and Warminster. Our modern setting of Bizet’s classic , saw Sophie Yelland as a provocative lap dancer in the role of Carmen, Oli Hounsell as professional football player, Escamillo, and Rupert Drury as athe easily-led and forlorn runaway guardia, Don Jose. Other singers included Hannah Lockwood as Micaela, Judy Davis as Mercedes and Jessica Hemley as Frasquita.

Thank you to everyone who came to support the production and we’ll look forward to seeing you again at the next one...

It’s All Change...

Following the BathOpera AGM last week, we now have a new Chair, a new Secretary and a new Committee member. Hannah Lockwood follows Peter Redfern in the role of Chair, Lucy Gaskin takes over from Gill Clark as Secretary and Rupert Drury replaces Judy Davis on the Committee.

Our New Committee in Full -

* Chair – Hannah Lockwood
* Secretary – Lucy Gaskin
* Treasurer – Brian Hunt
* Bookings Manager – Sue Meakin
* Committee – Rupert Drury and Neil Kirkman.
* Musical Director – Peter Blackwood

We now have direct e-mail addresses for the officers, meaning you can contact any of these people directly...

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So What's Next...?

Rehearsals are already underway for BathOpera’s February 2013 production of Verdi’s Nabucco. 2013 marks the 200th Anniversary of Verdi’s birth, and in a slight change to our usual format, the first night of the run we will be a black tie gala performance, with ticket prices including canapes and wine.

Nabucco can be seen on Thursday 14th February 2013 (Gala performance), Friday 15th February and Saturday 16th February. Tickets will be £20 each (£30 for the Gala performance) and will be available soon, so watch this space...

BathOpera are very excited that Nabucco is being directed by John Palmer. John directed Luisa Miller for BathOpera in 2011, and we are all overjoyed that he has returned to work his directorial magic once more, whilst we are under the baton of Peter Blackwood. Edward Harper takes the title role, while Judy Davis takes on the dramatic Abigail, Hannah Lockwood sings Fenena, and Rupert Drury plays Ishmael. We are also excited to welcome Rod Hunt back into the fold – Rod sang the role of Wurm in 2011’s Luisa Miller and now returns to sing Zachariah. This really promises to be an exciting, innovative and dramatic production.

Spotlight On...

This is a new feature in the e-Newsletter, and each month, we will highlight a member of the company, focussing on their roles within BathOpera, as well as their lives outside the company...

Spotlight On... John Palmer (Director of Nabucco)

What is your full name?

John Palmer

What is your role in Bath Opera in 2012

Stage Director

What do/did you do for a living?

A government adviser for education and child protection (before that teaching/teacher training/education administration/school inspection etc etc)

What is your favourite opera and why?

Can I have two? Marriage of Figaro because it was the first I ever saw and it was that magical Kent Opera production from the 80s - and Carmen because it was the first I directed (for White Horse in 1992)

What excites you most about our production of Nabucco?

The challenge of staging an epic-scale story in a school theatre with very little budget - and making it both absorbing and 'real' for our audience.

Tell us a secret...Something we might not know about you.

My first car was an Isetta bubble car. Wish I still had it...

If you could do any job in the world, what would it be?

Artistic Director of the RSC

If your friends could describe you in 3 words, what would they be?

Loyal, discrete, irreverent

And that was a little insight into the life of our wonderful director, John Palmer.

I’d Like To Be Involved...

Rehearsals are now underway for Nabucco, but if you would like to be involved in any aspect of production, from make-up to set-building, do not hesitate to contact us. You can e-mail me, Hannah (chair), via the address above for more information.

If you feel you’d like to support BathOpera in more ways than attending our performances, now is the time... This is the start of the BathOpera year, and we are searching for Friends and Patrons. Our Patrons Secretary is Michael Williams, and he can be found via e-mail (). For details of cost and the perks involved in becoming a friend or patron, please see the BathOpera website.

And thank you again for your continued support.

Hannah Lockwood and Lucy Gaskin

Bath Opera Chair and Secretary

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