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.
Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm
USHAW COLLEGE CHAPEL
A celebration of the best of County Durham:
its inheritance, its countryside and its people
InterOpera brings you some of our most wonderful past commissions from Durham-born composer Will Todd, Condatis by long-time collaborator Steve Robson and an atmospheric new commission, The Promised Child by Julian Philips and Stephen Plaice.
Julian is one the UK’s most versatile composers. He was the first composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne Opera and is currentlyHead of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stephen is a well-known dramatist and one of Britain's leading librettists and is professor and writer-in-residence at the Guildhall.
The concert, under the experienced baton of InterOpera’s Music Director Alistair Dawes, features the rich voice of well-loved Australian soprano Laura Wolk-Levanowicz, last heard singing with InterOpera in 2015. Laura has been described in Opera magazine as “a star voice” and “electrifying, vocally every inch an Aida”. You will not be disappointed.
Our dramatic baritone is Chris Childs Santos, currently studying with Renato Bruson, He has already sung in concert with Sir Mark Elder and the great Richard Bonynge. His roles include Macbeth, Germont (sung across Canada) and Iago (in Otello).
We specially welcome new partners Easington Colliery Brass Band and the Ushaw Chapel Choir under the direction of Alex Chisholm-Loxley.
AFTER SHOW RECEPTION
Join us in the Francis Thompson Room after the performance for a free glass of wine and an opportunity to meet members of the cast. Ask those questions that have always perplexed you, learn more about our next production, Lidice Passion and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process.