Weston Rhyn set to welcome international opera singers

WESTON Rhyn, Oswestry will host international opera singers for the production of Madame Butterfly at the Holroyd Community Theatre.

The singers are members of the North Wales Opera Studio and are led by renowned local singer Anne Williams-King, who has performed at some of the world’s most impressive opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne.

Rehearsals are underway for the company’s production of Madame Butterfly, which runs from Thursday September 8 to Saturday September 10 and is conducted by Ms Williams-King and fellow international opera singer David Bartleet.

Ms Williams-King said: “I’m really encouraged by what we’ve done so far.

“This group of singers have the most extraordinary voices and a natural ability to tell a story – which is so important in opera.”

The singers have traveled the world to get here, with performers from China, Greece, India, Spain, Italy and Wales.

The production will be accompanied by live instruments and conducted by Mr Peter Crockford, who has experience conducting for the BBC, Glyndebourne and Welsh National Opera.

Mr Crockford said: “The understanding and humanity that Puccini manages to create in this opera is incredible.

“Audiences will get the glory and tragedy of history through music, no doubt.”

Made Butterfly is a tale of unrequited love, and Puccini’s poignant score follows the tragic story of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with US naval officer Pinkerton, with devastating consequences.

Ms Williams-King added: “If you haven’t been to the opera recently, or ever before, I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

“The music is just magnificent, the costumes are bright and we are in the most beautiful of settings, you will have a great evening.”

To book your tickets, go to www.theholroydtheatre.co.uk/madame-butterfly or call the box office on 01691 776069.

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