Mike and Clair Stones

My wife and I were privileged to attend "From Darkness to Light". We would like to congratulate all those concerned in staging what was a very moving and thought-provoking occasion. Readings were aptly chosen and well delivered and music performed to a high level. Above all it was entirely appropriate that surviving members of the DLI, there when the camp was liberated, should be part of the parade. Moving also were the lines of children, each carrying shoes and the pile of footwear assembled at the font symbolising the victims.

Truly it inspired us to believe that such evils should never be forgotten and that every effort be made to ensure that the like never happens again.

Having_a_Ball_1.jpgIn November 2015, popular international stars, Penelope Randall-Davis and Roderick Earle, were joined by two exceptional discoveries: Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz the British/Australian soprano and British-born Thomas Elwin alongside Soloists and Voices of Rocket Opera Ensemble in this all-new programme set to thrill and delight our audience. 

North East Brass Ensemble also joined the line up for the very first time and InterOpera's new chorus made their concert debut in an all-new programme set to thrill and delight the audience. 

Having_a_ball_8.jpgThe fast-paced programme romped through the infectious fun of Rossini's Overture, The Italian Girl in Algiers, the gossipy Servants' chorus from Donizetti's Don Pasquale and the dramatic beauty of the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. 

The audience were asked to brace themselves for the intense drama of Verdi's Masked Ball as the intrigue and excitement of the final Act was unmasked in a totally uncut transcription for the amazing North East Brass Ensemble and the magnificent cast.

Listen to some excerpts from the programme: 

Don Pasquale Servant's Chorus - Donizetti 

Sextet and Chorus - Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti

Ballo in Maschera: Act 3 Scene 1 Part 2 - Verdi 

Ballo in Maschera: Act 3 Scene 1 Part 2 - Verdi

Ballo in Maschera: Act 3 Scene 2 Part 1- Verdi

Ballo in Maschera: Act 3 Scene 2 Part 2 - Verdi