Audience member, Riverside Plays Opera, Durham Brass Festival 2011

We wish to place on record our appreciation of the …evening at Consett on July 11th. We had not been to an opera or brass concert before but we thoroughly enjoyed it…We feel fortunate that we were able to experience this concert so near to home, as anything comparable, we believe  we should have had to travel to London to see. We hope that… there may be more presentations in the future.

It Ain’t Necessarily So:  Passion and Jealousy in Mike’s bar!

GERSHWIN_flyer.jpgInterOpera spread its wings to the South Coast this Summer!

Called in to raise charitable funds in the community of St Leonard’s-on-Sea, IO created a spectacular event on a shoe-string budget.

Gershwin_night.JPGFor two nights only in this year’s St Leonards Festival, St John’s Pevensey Road was transformed into a seedy uptown “Mike’s bar”.

 

 

 

 

 

Bringing a fantastic evening of entertainment, cabaret style, to St John’s, the professional cast of local musicians, led by IO music director, Alistair Dawes, all gave their talents to support St John’s work in the community. The top-rate voices included Susannah Appleyard, John Twitchen, Toby Sims and Tom Clarkson, thrilling us in Gershwin’s mini jazz opera Blue Monday. The acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tazina Frank joined the 1st half programme of well-loved Gershwin numbers, with the festival Combo (with Alistair playing piano... jazz – style!!) and the audience joined in the fun – fifties dress was optional. Refreshments were available at the licensed bar and the show took place around informal cabaret tables and no-one forgot their dancing shoes!

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The end result led to a cheque presented to InterOpera of over £337, a great new partnership and a splendid profit of nearly £2500 for the needy!

IO has been asked to create another sparkler for next year and we know we are up to the challenge.