NEWS

Don Giovanni: next production

October 02, 2019

We are excited to announce that our Spring 2020 production will be Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Rehearsals will start on Friday, 1st November, with performances in April 2020 at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley. Auditions will be held in November.

The first meeting, on 1st November, will start at the earlier time of 7:30pm. We will be exploring plans and ideas for future productions.

For more details, contact us via the CONTACT page. 

Edited 13/10/2019.

Opera Favourites at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry

May 12, 2019

You are invited to a feast of favourites from the world of opera on Saturday 18th May at 1pm at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, presented by three of the stars of the East Midlands Opera scene. Included in this 45-minute recital by Nicola Bingham, Debbie Dubberley and Ethne Goode are well-loved arias from The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, Samson & Delilah and many more by Handel, Bellini, Donizetti, Lehar. Particular favourites are Che Farò (What is life to me without thee’), made famous by the renowned Kathleen Ferrier, the heart-stopping ‘Softly awakes my heart’ from Samson & Delilah and the Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann.

Stanley Opera to take part in Music in the Mead

March 09, 2019

Stanley Opera will take part in Music in the Mead, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's series of free concerts in Argents Mead, on Saturday 8th June. They will perform a concert of popular numbers from musical theatre, operetta and opera.

Admission: Free

Saturday 8th June at 1:00pm

Argent's Mead, Church Walk, Hinckley, LE10 1BZ

Stanley Opera in Concert in Burbage

March 09, 2019

The principals and chorus of Stanley Opera will appear in a concert of great popular numbers from musical theatre and operetta at Burbage Methodist Church.

Admission: £8.00.

Saturday 9th March at 7:30pm

Burbage Methodist Church, Windsor Street, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 2EF.

Ticket available from

   - Burbage Community Library

    - Stanley Opera members

    - On the door

Reserve tickets in advance. Leave your name, number of tickets required and contact number by

    - Ringing Stanley Opera on 07761 225458

    - Messaging Stanley Opera at https://www.stanleyopera.co.uk/contact

Music for an November Evening

November 16, 2018

A concert of great popular numbers from musical theatre and operetta featuring the principals and chorus of Stanley Opera.

Earl Shilton Methodist Church, 21 Wood Street, Earl Shilton, LE9 7ND.

Hinckley Opera Festival 2019

We are excited to announce that following a successful application to Arts Council England, Stanley Opera will be organising Hinckley Opera Festival 2019.

The festival will run from Saturday 30th March to Saturday 13th April, 2019.

Check the festival website or local press for more details.

www.hof2019.co.uk

The Marriage of Figaro cast

We are pleased to announce casting for our April 2019 production of The Marriage of Figaro at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley. Casting of two further roles, Don Basilio and Don Curzio, will be completed soon.

Figaro   Richard Tegid Jones

Susanna   Becca Madden

Count   Chris Marlow

Countess   Debbie Dubberley

Cherubino   Elestren Vassalli

Marcellina   Ethne Goode

Dr Bartolo   Andrew Robinson

Barbarina   Courtney Lawrence

Antonio   Mike Hargrave

Villagers and servants   The Stanley Opera Chorus

The Marriage of Figaro auditions

September 10, 2018

Auditions for The Marriage of Figaro will take place on Sunday, October 14th from 9:30am at the Concordia Theatre, Hinckley. Auditionees will be expected to use the Jeremy Sams English version of the opera. Audition pieces are available on request.

For more details contact Stanley Opera via the CONTACT page.

Rehearsals will start in November.

The Marriage of Figaro: next production

May 13, 2018

We are excited to announce that our next production will be Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. While it has a serious message for our current #MeToo times, it is also arguably the funniest opera ever written. 

 

Figaro and Susanna, his bride-to-be, battle to outwit the lascivious Count Almaviva who somehow still believes in the droit de seigneur – that as their lord and master he can rightfully claim sexual ownership of his female servants. Throw in a forlorn Countess, a testosterone-fuelled Cherubino, the scheming Marcellina and Bartolo (not to mention a drunken gardener and some of the greatest tunes ever written) and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect opera. 

Rehearsals will start in the autumn with performances in April 2019 at the Hinckley Concordia Theatre. 

Auditions will be at the end of September. More details to follow. Edited 28/07/2018.

Newsletter published

April 14, 2018

The latest Stanley Opera newsletter has been published. To read it, just click on the image.

To subscribe to and receive the newsletter by email once or twice a month, go to the CONTACT page and fill in the Subscribe to newsletter form.

Restaurant reveals its Cinderella Special Menu

March 09, 2018

Rossini Ristorante have just released details of their special fixed price Cinderella Opera Menu which they will be offering diners during our run of Rossini’s opera at the Concordia Theatre in April. A delicious two-course meal will cost just £16.90 and a three-course meal £19.90.

 

The top Hinckley restaurant will also continue to offer the regular á la carte menu, with Cinderella ticket-holders eligible for a 10% discount on pre-performance meals from 5pm on show nights: 13th, 17th, 19th & 21st April.

Cinderella set taking shape

February 27, 2018

With six and a half weeks to go before the first night of Cinderella, the set is gradually taking shape in the Concordia Theatre workshop. Stanley Opera has a reputation for creating its sets ‘in-house’, with designer Rick Scrine, pictured here and responsible for shows since 2004, working on construction with workshop manager Brian George and his team of skilled volunteers.

 

At this stage, ‘shape’ is the operative word as the complex settings for Don Magnifico’s kitchen courtyard and the royal palace involve constructing huge pieces of a three-dimensional jigsaw that will be decorated and then fitted together on stage five days before the first night on Friday 13th April. We're not superstitious, in spite of the date. Let’s trust that, unlike other jigsaws, no pieces will be found to be missing then.

A great offer from Rossini's

January 29, 2018

We’re delighted to report that top Hinckley restaurant Rossini will be supporting our production of Cinderella by offering 10% off pre-performance meals. For a great night out, ticket holders will be able to claim their discount on à la carte meals from 5pm on performance nights (13th, 17th, 19th & 21st April), giving plenty of time for a leisurely meal before strolling round to the theatre for the show at 7.30.

 

The restaurant, named after the opera’s composer, will also be creating ‘La Cenerentola’, a special fixed price two-course dinner devised by their chef in honour of the production. More details soon.

Charles Pole

January 09, 2018

It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of Charles Pole. Charles was a dynamic Stanley Opera member during the 1990s, both performing and directing for the company.

His roles included Mephistopheles in Gounod's Faust (pictured here in 1993)Colonel Frank in Strauss's Die Fledermaus (1994) and Dr Miracle in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann (1996). He directed all three of these shows, plus Carmen in 1995, the Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci double bill in 1997 and five concerts between 1992 and 1996.

Competition winner

January 07, 2018

The winner of the Christmas Competition is Kirsty Stoker from Hinckley.

We offered two free Cinderella tickets as the prize in our online competition. Kirsty can now choose which performance she would like to attend as our guest in April.

 

Introducing Hélène Ducos

January 01, 2018

Stanley Opera are delighted to welcome the exciting young mezzo soprano Hélène Ducos in the title role of our forthcoming production of Cinderella, Rossini’s great romcom opera.

 

After leaving school, Hélène initially studied piano and accompaniment in France at conservatoires in Toulouse, Montauban and Bordeaux. She subsequently studied for voice diplomas at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, one of the most respected universities in Europe for music studies, and is currently in the UK in the final year of the Vocal and Operatic degree course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

Hélène speaks French, English, German and Italian and has sung several major principal operatic roles, most recently Hänsel in Hänsel and Gretel and Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera.

Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2017

December 16, 2017

Alec McGregor – pianist, composer and one of Stanley Opera's accompanists – made the shortlist of finalists in the Radio 3 Breakfast Carol Competition 2017. A team of judges whittled all of the entries down to a shortlist of six.

 

Radio 3 asked listeners to vote for the overall winner, whose carol would be played on Radio 3 throughout the Christmas period. Voting was open until 5pm on 21 December.

The winner, announced today, is Bernard Trafford of Oxford.

Click on the image to hear Alec's carol sung by the BBC Singers. Updated December 22, 2017

Cinderella cast

We are pleased to announce the cast for our April 2018 production of Cinderella at the Hinckley Concordia Theatre. The show will also feature the full Stanley Opera chorus. 

Cinderella   Hélène Ducos   

Ramiro   Alexander Anderson-Hall      

Don Magnifico   Andrew Robinson      

Clorinda   Debbie Dubberley   

Tisbe   Becca Madden   

Dandini   Chris Marlow        

Alidoro   Andrew Bowditch

    

November 21, 2017

On Wednesday 6th December, two of Stanley Opera's experienced sopranos will be joined by four up-and-coming young singers for the last concert in this year's SMARTS lunchtime recital programme at Hinckley's St Mary's Church. Becca Madden, Elestren Vassalli, Debbie Dubberley, Melanie Nute, Nicola Bingham and Courtney Lawrence, pictured here with accompanist Chris Howard, will be performing well-known operatic arias and songs from musical theatre, together with some festive numbers to celebrate the approach of Christmas.

The recital starts at 1pm and tickets, available in advance from the St Mary's coffee bar or on the door, cost just £4.00.

Advertising in a Stanley Opera programme

November 18, 2017

To advertise in a Stanley Opera programme, all you need to do is contact us. We have loyal advertisers who reserve spaces in every programme. However we do currently have some full page, half-page and quarter-page spaces available. Prices remain very reasonable.

An advertisement in a Stanley Opera programme reaches a wide audience. With our next programme being a 'Souvenir Cinderella Special', now would be a very good time to reserve a space. We can design your advert for you should you wish us to do so. 

Joining Stanley Opera

November 06, 2017

Stanley Opera always welcomes new members. With our new production of Cinderella starting rehearsals in November 2017, it would be a very good time to join us.

 

It is always better to become a company member at the beginning of a rehearsal period, ideally during the first three weeks. But it is possible to catch up if you are determined enough. If you are interested, don't hesitate to contact us. Just go to the CONTACT page and drop us an email.

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