Glowing praise for community opera

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If you were hoping to see Blackheath Halls' production of Verdi's Macbeth (9-14 July), then I'm afraid you are out of luck, because the highly popular community opera is sold out.

Opera Today is the latest to give a glowing review of the production - "Nicholas Jenkins led his players through a rousing reading of the score and gave constant encouragement and clear direction to the entire cast…The small string forces…played with precision; and there were some lovely solos from clarinet, bassoon and piccolo."

Now in its seventh year, this renowned community opera gives the local community an opportunity to take part and see inside a fully staged opera. It is led by a professional production team, but the cast is made up of local people, young and old, and fronted by soloists from the international opera world.

This year the soloists include Quentin Hayes as Macbeth, Miriam Murphy as Lady Macbeth, Matthew Rose as Banquo and Charne Rochford as Macduff.

Three vocal students from Trinity Laban take on some of the other roles: Susie Buckle is Lady Macbeth's Lady-in- Waiting; Simon Dyer is the Doctor and Thomas Drew sings the role of Malcolm.

For pictures and more information visit the opera blog -

Picture credit - Lena Kern.

Tony Brewer (King Duncan), Charne Rochford (Macduff) and the community chorus.

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