Top opera stars will guest in a ‘dazzling medley’

Swedish-born soprano Therese Wincent
Swedish-born soprano Therese Wincent

LAUNCHING an exciting departure from their traditional music Todmorden Orchestra, along with their friends in Todmorden Choral Society, will stage a Grand Opera Gala of light entertainment on Saturday, June 25.

This will feature no fewer than eighteen excerpts from popular world-famous operas.

On offer at the summer concert at Todmorden Town Hall is music we all know, a dazzling medley of operatic arias, choral and orchestral pieces.

They range over the whole field of human emotions from pathos and tragedy to laughter and comedy. Composers like Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet and Borodin feature in the list of musical miniatures in the concert which starts at 7.30 pm.

The operatic titles are as famous as their creators. They include The Meistersingers Prelude, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, The Grand March from Aida, The Easter Hymn by Mascagni, Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise, Offenbach’s Barcarolle, Puccini’s O my Beloved Father, Toreador from Carmen and many more.

Taking part in what will be long remembered as a major musical event are two singers who have both made their names in the world of international opera.

Swedish-born soprano Therese Wincent moved with her family from Stockholm to England as a schoolgirl, later studying at the Royal College of Music in London and, after graduation, at the Hochschule of Music in Vienna.

Currently Therese is working with the Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz in Munich where she has sung the leading role as Pamina in The Magic Flute and in numerous other performances including La Boheme, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hansel and Gretel and Sweeney Todd.

Guest baritone Gary Martin, has an equally impressive CV and along with Therese is a singer with the Munich Staatstheater where he has been a leading baritone for the past eleven years. His numerous title roles there have included Don Giovani in the Barber of Seville, Sweeney Todd, Germont in La Traviata and The Traveller in Death in Venice.

The concert will be conducted by Antony Brannick, choirmaster with the Choral Society, and the orchestra conductor, Nicholas Concannon Hodges. The orchestra leader is Andrew Rostron.

The Grand Opera Gala is being staged with the aim of introducing innovative orchestral events by the orchestra, the Choral Society and the backing of talented soloists.

Members of both local groups are particularly grateful to Todmorden Town Council who have sanctioned financial support for the concert. This has provided welcome assistance with the organisation and costs involved.

Tickets for the Grand Opera Gala which has already attracted widespread interest are £12. They are on sale at the hall door, at Todmorden Information Centre on Burnley Road, or from Jennifer Moorhouse who can be contacted on 01706 817333.