A world-class evening of opera will take place at Belvoir Castle

A night of world-class opera will take place in a historic setting near Grantham.

On Thursday, June 9, an evening of opera and songs from musicals will take place at Belvoir Castle, led by renowned music director Orlando Jopling.

The evening will feature four singers and five chamber musicians, who will transport the audience on the journey of four characters through a kaleidoscope of arias, duets and ensembles from a carefully selected repertoire.

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Music by Britten, Strauss and Mozart will be on the evening’s programme, along with songs from musicals such as Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Orlando hopes to combine his knowledge of the orchestral and lyrical repertoire with a thirst for new music and the discovery of new composers.

He previously worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, both on the concert platform and in the recording studio.

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The Ballroom at Belvoir Castle (56949433)

This evening of opera marks the first of a new artistic strand of programming to be presented by Belvoir CEO Emma Stenning, who brings a wealth of performing arts experience gained from her previous roles.

Emma said: “I was delighted to join Belvoir Castle last December in this new role as CEO, and I can’t believe how quickly the last five months have gone by as I learned get to know the estate and the wonderful communities of people who live and work here.

“I have a background in the performing arts, as a theater, opera and music producer, so I came here with a genuine passion for bringing live performances to the castle and the grounds. “

“I couldn’t be more delighted to present our first event in what I hope will become a regular work schedule. Orlando Jopling is an extraordinary conductor and musician, whose career-long project to bring world-class quality music to local and community environments is something I have long admired.”

Credit: RJ Brown, Belvoir Castle (56949441)
Credit: RJ Brown, Belvoir Castle (56949441)

Emma continued: “When I invited him to bring his ensemble to perform in our beautiful ballroom, he jumped at the chance.

“Whether you’re an opera lover or a beginner, this event will be for you, and I encourage you to join us from the start as we move to bring more live performances to this historic setting.”

Doors will open at 6.45pm, ready for performances from 7.30pm, but the historic formal gardens will open at 5.30pm if guests wish to arrive early and enjoy a picnic.

You can buy drinks from the bar on arrival and parking on the castle terrace is available at no extra cost.

More information about the evening can be found at https://www.belvoircastle.com/opera-evening/

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